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Ava Hustek
During flex at NHS, math teacher Lauren O’Brien and Julia Longoria work to catch up on missing work.

WOODBURY — Nearly three months into school, some students are feeling outraged by the lack of flex periods.

Nonnewaug has a schedule with a Wednesday advisory/flex period that typically alternates each week. The point of advisory is to talk as a class about what is happening in the school, while flex is a scheduled free period for students to use as necessary. 

So far this year, the school year has had only three scheduled flexes, and ag students were only able to attend one flex because of ag meetings that are scheduled during flex.

“I think that it’s unfair for students in ag to have to go to an ag meeting instead of getting a flex,” Nonnewaug junior Julia Longoria expressed. “I don’t have time to go see my teachers sometimes, so flex is an important time for me.” 

Flex is an off period similar to a study hall for students and teachers. It’s a time for students to see teachers to make up work or get help.

“As a freshman I don’t have room to fit a study hall into my schedule, so it would be nice to have flex more often, but I have only been to one because of the ag meetings,” said Charlotte Gowell. “I find it really unfair, especially when other students not in ag get to have flex and we don’t. It feels like we are being penalized for being in ag.”  

Flex can be a great way to utilize school time, according to some teachers.

“Flex gives me the opportunity to see students that need extra help, or if they missed a class I can catch them up,” NHS math teacher Marty Malaspina said. “It’s a great way to see students without pulling them from another class or out of my class teaching time or even after school.” 

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Ava Hustek '25, Reporter
Ava Hustek is a junior at Nonnewaug High School and is a reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is from Middlebury and is in the ag program. She plans to major in veterinary science. In her free time, she likes to be with her friends and work with cows. As a first-year reporter, she is excited to write about sports and school events.
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