Shahyan Pour Teimour
Recent controversy over the block schedule has sparked a protest from high school students. Two of Mission’s very own, Wendy Ritz, a junior, and William Cracker, another junior, are leading the protests.
The controversy first began mid-way through February, which started a group, and is still going today, gaining new followers every single day.
The group calls themselves, “The Ritz-Cracker Faction” or the RCF for short, due to their leaders’ last names.
The group’s slogan is “We must be gone, from earlier on!” referring to being let out of school at an earlier time.
On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, we were able to get group leader Wendy Ritz in for an interview. She explained her stance on the controversial opinion, “We get out of school too late. I get home at 3:30 and have no free time for myself. I have homework, sports, and need at least some sleep.”
We were also able to interview a couple more students in Wendy and William’s group. Some things they had to say include, “We all agree with Wendy and William,” and “I wanna spend more time in my life doing things I love instead of being at school for most of the day, and then going home just to do more work.”
Even though it doesn’t seem like the group has made much impact, they have made more progress than you would think. Their protests reached the Saddlecrack Valley Unified District School Board, and a decision was made.
Starting after spring break, a new schedule will be announced for all students at any high school in (SVUSD).
The new schedule will be implemented at Mission Viejo High School (MVHS) first, and will then fan out to other schools in the district, including El Toro High School, Trabuco Hills High School, and Laguna Hills High School.
The current schedule will be replaced with the following schedule:
For both even and odd period block days, there will be no more 0 period. 1st and 2nd period will start at 5:50 AM and will end at 7:25 AM. There will be a 12 minute break from 7:25 to 7:37. There will be a 35 minute tutorial period from 7:37 to 8:12. 3rd and 4th period will begin at 8:20 and will go till 9:55. Lunch will continue to be a 40 minute period from 10 to 10:40. And 5th and 6th period will end the day from 10:45 to 12:20.
This is an April Fools’ article.