If it's May it must be testing time, and in North Carolina that has become a time of confusion and stress. The tests, the grading and the way the results are used seem to change like the weather.
Parent Amy Wlodyka sent me the testing schedule she got from Providence High, accompanied by a note from the principal: "It is different than in previous years due to NC testing requirements and how much time has to be given for each individual exam. You will notice that A/B day exams are being given the week of Memorial Day. You will also notice there are 2 days in the middle of exam week which are regular school days. June 4 and 5 are Religious Holidays recognized by CMS and exams are not permitted to be given. Since those are regular school days, all classes will meet and attendance will be taken in each class."
She and I had the same reaction: What religious holiday? Thank goodness for the internet: It's apparently the Jewish celebration of Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and is also linked to harvest season.
The real question, of course, is how teachers and students are going to handle an exam schedule broken up by two days of regular classes.