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Mid-Year Exam 101

By Gabe Ferris

The return to school after the end of Christmas Recess not only marks the beginning of a new year, but it also marks the nearing conclusion of the first semester. However, before the first semester can come to a close, mid-year exams must be held.

This year, mid-years, also commonly referred to as midterms, are scheduled to run from January 16 to January 19. These exams, which most students find strenuous, are designed to test students’ overall knowledge in their respective course.

Unlike some final exams, mid-year exams test all of the information that has been taught during both the first and second quarters.

Since mid-years cover a wide range of previously taught material, it is recommended to start studying as soon as possible. Seeking out NHS tutors, and tagging yourself for SWAP to review material are both helpful tips. During exam week, NHS tutors can be found in the quiet study Media Center - they are able to help in all subject areas.

Although not an alternative to studying, it is important to eat healthily and to get lots of rest during exam week. According to research studies, students who get at least 7 hours of sleep improve their test scores by nearly 20% compared to when they get 5 hours or less. Further, malnutrition, or lack of a wholesome breakfast, has also been proven to have a direct negative correlation to test scores. These factors directly influence performance because students who are tired and/or hungry may get depressed and give up more easily. Conversely, students who had sufficient rest and a filling breakfast have correct insulin levels and significantly outperform those who did not eat. Waterville High is lucky to be able to serve breakfast every day before the first exam in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to rest each night and to eat each morning.

With the exception of seniors who are enrolled in Health or Career Prep and passing with a cumulative average in those classes of an 85 or above, mid-years are required to be administered to all students.

It is important to arrive early to your test because if you are more than 10 minutes late, you must receive permission from Mr. Laramee to take your test during a makeup exam time. Per the student planner, “Permission will only be given for an excused tardy.” However, if you know ahead of time you will be unable to attend your scheduled mid-year and have been approved for an excused absence, you must reschedule your exam yourself with your teacher for a mutually agreed to time.

In the event that school is canceled, the exam schedule will be pushed back one day for every snow day. Therefore, the test(s) scheduled for the snow day will automatically be rescheduled to the next day of school.

If a student has an open block or a study hall, it is not necessary that they attend that block. Also, there is a 30-minute break in between tests. As always, snack is served in the cafeteria, and you are sure to find students doing some last minute studying in the hallways. After the second exam of the day, but before any scheduled make-up exams, lunch is served in the cafeteria between 11:30 and 12:30. If you choose not to eat lunch, you are free to leave at the conclusion of your last exam.

The grade you earn on your mid-year exam counts for 20% of your semester grade for that class. You can determine what grade you need on your mid-year to earn an A in your class by visiting this website: https://rogerhub.com/final-grade-calculator/.

For more information regarding mid-year exams, see page 24 in your student handbook/planner, or see any teacher.


The year’s mid-year exam schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Jan 16th - Block P1 and P2

Wednesday, Jan 17th - Snow Day

Thursday, Jan 18th - Block P3 and P4

Friday, Jan 19th - Block W1 and W2

Monday, Jan 22nd - Block W3 and W4


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM -- First round of testing

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  --  Second round of testing

11:30 - 12:30 -- Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  --  Make-up testing

graphics courtesy of Ronald Roberge
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What's Going On


Thursday, January 18

Purple Day

Block 3 Mid-Year Exam 8-9:30 a.m.

Block 4 Mid-Year Exam 10-11:30 a.m.

Make-Up Exams 12:30-2 p.m.


Friday, January 19

White Day

Block 1 Mid-Year Exam 8-9:30 a.m.

Block 2 Mid-Year Exam 10-11:30 a.m.

Make-Up Exams 12:30-2 p.m.

JV Hockey @ Camden Hills 4:50 p.m. – bus 2:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball @ Maranacook JV 5/V 6:30 p.m. – bus 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Maranacook 6:30 p.m

Track @ Colby 5:30 p.m.

Swimming vs. Belfast @ Alfond 6:45 p.m.


Saturday, January 20

Hockey vs. Messalonskee 7 p.m.


Monday, January 22

White Day

Block 3 Mid-Year Exam 8-9:30 a.m.

Block 4 Mid-Year Exam 10-11:30 a.m.

Make-Up Exams 12:30-2 p.m.

Faculty Meeting in Media Center - 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 23

White Day

Senior Financial Fair – 9-11:10 a.m.

Boys Basketball @ MCI JV 5/V 6:30 p.m. – bus 3:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. MCI 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 24

Purple Day

MMTC Sophomore Information Session – 9-10:45 a.m.

ACE Meeting in PCR - 2:20 p.m.

Hockey vs. John Bapst 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 25

White Day

CHR in Trask Auditorium – 10:55 a.m. (Let’s Get Ready Presentation 10:40)


Friday, January 26

Purple Day

Vassalboro Community School Visit – 9-10:45 a.m.

Swimming @ Lincoln Academy 6 p.m. – bus 4 p.m.


Saturday, January 27

Cheering Regionals @ Cross Center TBD

Hockey vs. OT/Orono 3:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Oceanside JV 11:30 a.m./V 1 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Oceanside V 6:00 p.m. – bus 3:45 p.m.