Late Start Tuesdays draw misxed reviews from students, others
Walk in to Middle Park High School on a Tuesday morning at 8:30, and you won’t find us in classes.
You will either find us scrambling to finish procrastinated homework, or just not find us at all. Most of us praise the extra time to cram, but does this extra hour one day a week really benefit us in the long run?
Late start Tuesdays are the extra sleep for senioritis-infected soon-to-be graduates, the catch-up times on the endless amounts of work for the overly stressed juniors, and the times for cliques of preppy freshmen and sophomores to catch up on their social lives.
After asking several students, as well as some teachers here at Middle Park High School about their thoughts on late-starts, I have begun to understand the arguments over this issue.
Because of the late start, Tuesday’s schedule is much different than the rest of the days of the week. First of all, there is no study hall on Tuesdays, which some kids actually do like. This makes things more complicated by giving everyone lunch at the same time. Sharing the lunchroom affects those juniors and seniors who either don’t have their privilege passes, or simply choose to stay at school for lunch.
The whole idea behind late start Tuesdays was to get an hour of teacher collaboration time. Vice Principal Mr. Thurston, says they are “great.”
“We rearranged the whole year’s schedule, so that you are getting a better learning experience, because the teachers are sharing and collaborating during that time so that they can teach you better,” said Thurston.
On the other hand, students say that they would rather get out earlier in the day than start later in the morning.
“We [in sports] are missing the afternoons anyway, so why not lessen our work by letting us get out early in the first place?” says junior Sydney Markle.
For others, it isn’t a matter of when. Underclassmen, like sophomore Kelly Stefanski, say that they would like late starts a lot more if all of the schools started late, “then the buses could run late, too, and I could actually sleep in,” said Stefanski.
But not all opinions from students are negative. Senior Jamie Damon says that she “loves late starts. Period.” Many other seniors agree whole-heartedly.
Late start Tuesdays seem to be getting along with our student body just fine. Although they could use a little revising for next year, late starts have helped to keep Middle Park somewhat sane, at least for the moment.
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