Let it snow: single day off enjoyed by all

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    Students and staff alike were thrilled to get just one snow day, on March 4, after waiting for weeks to sleep in, go sledding, and catch up on Netflix. Photo: Ava Machowski
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    Students and staff alike were thrilled to get just one snow day, on March 4, after waiting for weeks to sleep in, go sledding, and catch up on Netflix. Photo: Ava Machowski
  • snow
    Students and staff alike were thrilled to get just one snow day, on March 4, after waiting for weeks to sleep in, go sledding, and catch up on Netflix. Photo: Ava Machowski

On March 4, 2019, the dreams of many ARHS students and faculty came true: they finally got their first snow day.

It was a perfect day; the light puffy snow was easy to clean up and the roads were clear by 10 a.m.

Leading up to this point, there was a lot of desperation for a snow day, especially on the part of seniors who don’t have to make them up.

Even the teachers were angling for a day off. “This is the first time in my career here that we have gone through February without a snow day,” said English teacher Mark Moriarty. “I’ve been working here for a long time too.”

“I don’t really mind it though,” he added, “since I can’t ride my motorcycle in the winter anyway.”

Typically, ARHS uses up all of the five allotted snow days.

Before the snow day, students were getting more and more tense. “I feel cheated,” said senior Oscar Triggs, “I blame global warming.”

Senior Zaim Elkalai was upset, too. “It sucks. We don’t have to make them up and we only get one. I’m tight,” he said.

Natalie Dougan also expressed frustration. “I for sure expect five plus snowdays; that’s just how it is,” she said.

Once the snow day arrived, students were jubilant. It was called the night before so people had time to plan their day off.

Senior Isaiah Moyston was extremely excited. “I started dancing with my little brother. We were lit,” he said.  

Many ARHS students enjoy days off by relaxing in bed, and some of the other most popular activities included sledding, reading, watching Netflix, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.

“I usually play 2K[19],  or Apex [Legends], said Moyston. “I don’t expect any snow days though. Mother Nature just happens,” he said.

Willa Hartl enjoys going sledding with her brother and mom. “I love snow days,” she said. “They are so worth it, especially because we don’t have to make them up.”

Not only do the students enjoy their days off, the faculty also was pumped as well.

“Teachers love snow days just as much as kids,” said math teacher Robin Oakes. “I get to sleep in until 7:30 a.m.,” she said. “That’s pretty late for me.”

The desperation in the senior class before the first (and probably only) snow day of the year was rising so quickly that the seniors planned one of their first-ever “winter senior skip days.”  

“I don’t think we’re entitled to have days off,” admitted Andrew Zhu, who said “snow days just happen sometimes.”  Despite that, he was honest that “I just didn’t want to go to school.”

Mr. Moriarty said it was the “earliest skip day I’ve ever heard of.”

“I get it,” he added. “The seniors were feeling a little bit slighted this year.”