November 14, 2012 | 512 views
Getting back into the school routine
The phone call that Hewlett High School students received from Superintendent Dr. Joyce Bisso on Oct. 28 was not the typical one. In most cases, when school is called off, it is the morning of a snowstorm, not the evening before a superstorm. Initially excited about having one fewer day of school, students were in for a surprise when given seven full days off from school.
The week of Oct. 29 was extremely strange. There may have been an unexpected hiatus from school, but many students were without power, heat, and electricity. The week off from school was a different type of vacation. Instead of being able to go into town with friends to eat dinner, shop, or to see a movie, students bonded with their families in either their homes or in family friends’ homes. However, the original feelings of excitement turned into uncomfortable and worrisome ones. The storm came at a very inopportune time for many Hewlett students. Seniors had been working to finish their college applications for the early deadlines when the storm hit. For those without electricity, the application process was made especially arduous.
Halloween didn’t go exactly as planned. Students couldn’t sport their costumes in the halls, and Key Club’s annual Halloween event didn’t take place. Had there been school, students would have been taking their final tests of the first quarter. Furthermore, various athletic teams were hoping to have successful playoff events, but those didn’t take place on their originally scheduled days, either.