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A High School Student's Thoughts on the New Schedule

letter-to-the-editorThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583.com by Mira HIgh, a freshman at Scarsdale High School:

"I am a freshman at Scarsdale High School and like many other students, I am concerned about the extra seventy-five minutes that will be added to the school week starting in September. It is said that each class will be extended by two minutes in order to give students more class time to work on assignments and with teachers. I believe that this will prove ineffective because many teachers dismiss class a few minutes early anyway and two minutes are not long enough to get much work done. This also isn't enough time to speak with a teacher because there is usually a line of students waiting to speak with them and two minutes would allow for only one or two students to actually meet with them.

Instead, this time could be split into two extra periods a week and be used for supervised study sessions where a small group of students can work on homework or class projects together. Or students can meet with teachers during this period for extra help. This could also be a great opportunity to introduce new classes that are hands-on and are not currently offered at the high school, such as, cooking, home economics, woodworking, and metalworking classes. I believe that these hands-on classes are more beneficial to students than an extra two minutes per class that wouldn't be properly utilized anyway."

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+6 #4 SHS mom 2017-02-26 20:40
I completely agree Mira. The contract called for the TEACHERS to work an extra 75 minutes a week. To expect students to be forced to sit in school an extra 75 minutes a week is ridiculous. It would be nice if teachers could use that time for office hours to meet with students and to offer review sessions. Lengthening each period by 2 minutes is just ridiculous. These kids are already swamped with work. They don't need another 75 minutes of new material presented to them every week. Even in the middle school most teachers are only available two times a week after school. My kids have told me stories of going for extra help at the middle school and there are 30 other kids there too. They have to wait in line and when they get to the front they can ask 1 question. If they have another question, they have to get in line again and wait. Surely this problem would be alleviated if teachers were available for extra help more often.
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+10 #3 Scarsdale Mom 2017-02-23 16:43
Great idea Mira! get a petition going from as many students as you can and present to the Board of Education.
#resist #activism
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+12 #2 Using time wisely 2017-02-22 19:04
I urge the Superintendent and the Board of Ed to work with parents, teachers, and students to implement a wise use of the extra 75 minutes.

As Mira pointed out, adding 2 minutes to each class is not really useful. There have been many suggestions for that time, one or more of which is surely feasible.

Let's all work together to make that time really count!
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+12 #1 SHS Alum 2017-02-22 18:23
These are great ideas, Mira! I hope that you continue to press for such sensible uses of the extra 75 minutes, and don't give up in the face of opposition. Don't give up!
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