I also asked why the schedule is so screwy, with the seniors having their final exams 2 1/2 weeks after their midterms and the rest of the students not having finals until September. The answer is a multi-step process.
Me: That sounds like you're making extra work for yourself.
Teacher: ^_^; <clearly wants to agree, but "that's the way things are">
Finally, this afternoon, it was five minutes before the start of my speech class, and I was wondering if I should give the students their self-evaluations. I was handed the evaluations several weeks ago, but was only told that the students were to fill them out "near the end of the term." At a meeting a short while ago, we had determined that next week was the last class, during which the students would give their speeches in front of an audience of their classmates. So, I figured, maybe next week they would be too busy to fill out evaluations and I should do it this week.
So I asked one of the English teachers if it was okay to have the students do the evaluations this week, and he said yes...since today was the final class.
Me: But next week is supposed to be the last class...
Teacher: There's no class next week.
Me: At the meeting we decided the students would give their speeches next week.
Teacher: The schedule was changed.
Mind you, this is five minutes before class starts--and if I hadn't thought to ask, I wouldn't have known even this much. Good communication, guys.