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  • December 6JKB gift card collection for Ronald McDonald House. Drop off during lunches on Tues. & Thurs. in café or rm 203.

  • December 6Link Leader yearbook photos on Wed, Dec. 7th during your lunch. Meet by the attendance office.

  • December 6Netflix Club will meet Thurs. after school in rm. 42 to watch Disney movies.

  • December 6JSA a political debate club meets on Thursdays after school in room 236.

  • December 6There will be a girls softball informational meeting Tuesday at 7:20am in room 301.

  • December 6There will be a yearbook informational meeting in room 216 Tuesday before OR after school in rm 216.

  • December 6Senior Panoramic Photo Wed, Dec. 14th 2nd hour in main gym. Order forms available next week at senior exits & Activities.

  • December 6Spring Musical, the Addams Family, auditions & informational workshop on Mon, Dec.12th in the choir room from 3:30-4pm.

  • December 6Truth Seekers meets Friday after school in room 207. This is wild card Friday, so bring your own topic.

  • December 6Theatre Central will meet this Wednesday after school in the auditorium.

  • December 6GEMS will meet Thursday after school in rm. 34. Ms. Eier will talk about engineering at Molex.

  • December 6Freshman, join your Link Leaders' “Cocoa & Cram” sessions on Thurs. & next Tues. Meet outside of rm 100.

  • December 6Join Mickey Mouse Club before school thru Wednesday in rm. 221 to watch Lilo and Stitch.

  • December 6Spanish Club will watch Elf on Tuesday after school in room 102. Bring a snack to share.

  • December 6NCHS Show Choir Audition Workshops will be Friday, Dec. 16th 3:30-6pm and Monday, Dec. 19th 3:30-5pm in the Choir Room.

  • December 5Holiday Spirit Week – 12th-16th, Mon: Pj Day, Tues: White Out, Wed: Tacky Sweater Day, Thurs: Scarf & Socks, Fri: Candy Cane Day

  • December 5TC presents Junie B. Jones in “Jingle Bells Batman Smells” Thurs. 7:30pm and Fri. and Sat. at 8pm. Tickets $5.00 each.

  • December 5Holiday Toy Drive ends Dec. 13th. Drop off new toys valued at $10 - $20 in Activities, Main Office, or the Leaning Commons.

Weekly late start good for teachers, now do something for students

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Art by Sanya Rupani

Art by Sanya Rupani

Art by Sanya Rupani

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Each of us has been plagued with waking up at ungodly early hours for school. Whether it be for a club, track practice or just to make the bus, many of us leave the house at 6:30 a.m.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, many teenagers are unable to fall asleep before 11 p.m. due to hormone shifts during puberty. The National Sleep Foundation also recommends that students get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. This means, if students go to bed at 11 p.m., they should be waking up between 7 and 9 a.m. With our current school schedule, this is impossible.

So when the Central Times Editorial Board heard that the school board voted on March 6 to have a late arrival day every week, we were pleased.

The reasoning, however, left us with mixed feelings.

According to the public meeting notes, called BoardDocs, that are located on the District 203 website, the proposal reads: “We recommend that our Board of Education approve weekly collaboration time for [Professional Learning Community] PLC implementation beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.”

Essentially, PLC is a fancy name for a group of teachers who all teach the same subject. Currently, they meet once a month on late arrival days, but next year they will meet every week. The hopeful outcomes of this collaboration are “high achievement” of students, “collective responsibility” of students by teachers, “accountable” practice in the classroom and “build teacher knowledge through shared practice and supportive co-worker community.”

The school board’s decision will effectively help students by creating a consistent classroom experience for all students enrolled in a certain course and allowing us the happy accident of one day of extra sleep a week.

But this is not enough. It’s a good step. But it’s not enough.

According to administrators, this decision was made without regard for the district-wide survey about late start times because this plan to increase the frequency of late starts has been in progress for eight years. However, we’d like to point out that in the presentation to the school board on March 6, results from the survey were used—but the ones that show the community desire for moving start times back every day were conveniently omitted.

Regardless, the CT staff is urging the school board not to forget the results of the late start survey. While teacher collaboration and a once-a-week late start is great, student health should be seen as equally important to teacher collaboration and should not be forgotten.

When we discussed this with administrators, they said that a later start every day is a hassle. It would be a scheduling nightmare and, as a result, they are ignoring the results of the late start survey.

Well, we think they should spend a little more time in Ranch View Elementary School. Walk into any classroom, kindergarten through fifth grade, and you’ll hear a few common things: “Got grit?” “The Power of Yet” and “Flexible Thinking.”

Each of these statements encapsulates things that District 203 administrators could learn a thing or two from.

Grit tells students to have “resilience in the face of failure and [demonstrate] a deep commitment to long term goals,” according to a letter from Ranch View principal Sue Salness.

“The Power of Yet” tells us to never give up and to say, “I can’t solve that problem yet.”

“Flexible thinking” urges us to think outside of the box, forming creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

By simply glancing over the science that proves students need more sleep, and by ignoring our voices in the district-wide survey because it is a “scheduling nightmare,” District 203 is showing that it does not value student health, which is hypocritical. To ask the community for feedback, then find out that the community is concerned about student health, but then not take timely action on that concern is disrespectful and wrong.

Students are expected  to be complex thinkers and quality workers. District administrators, it’s time to take your own medicine. Don’t you give up, even if scheduling is  difficult. What you’ve done is good. But you haven’t solved what, for so many of us, is the real problem… yet.

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