Censored story on Steinmetz time change

(This article was censored by Principal Stephen Ngo. It did not appear in the November-December 2015 issue of the Steinmetz Star newspaper as the staff had planned.)

Survey Results

 

                          8 – 3:11            9 – 4:11

Freshmen                 143                   66

Sophomores            190                 183

Juniors                       133                   56

Seniors                      181                  150

Staff                             76                   16

Parents                      142                   64

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865                  535

Total surveys counted: 1,390

62%                        38%

 

Many worry about students commuting after dark

Later bell schedule enables more rest, but hinders activities and jobs

By McKenzie Lacefield

[Jacara Adams, Juan Cebollas, Eduardo Vazquez and Maya Robinson obtained interviews for this story. First period journalism students counted surveys and transcribed comments.]

A majority of students, parents and staff members who took the Steinmetz Star Bell Schedule survey in November indicated that they prefer last year’s bell schedule to this year’s one, which is an hour later. Of parents, 68 percent said they prefer an earlier start time.

Nearly 1,400 surveys were returned to the Star, with 320 people including signed comments.

The surveys were distributed in November to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in their English classes, to staff members in their mailboxes, and to parents at report card pick-up on Nov. 19.

Schedule pros and cons

Students who prefer an earlier schedule commented about the loss of time in the afternoons because of the 4:11 dismissal. Many said they were concerned with safety because it is dark when they are walking home or taking public transportation.

“Now I don’t really have time to do anything at home,” sophomore Michelle Villanueva said. “Staying after school isn’t even okay. It’s so dark and dangerous.”

Parents also commented about safety.

“It’s too dark for the kids to walk through Riis Park,” parent Shirley Cisneros said.

Some students said they are not helping as much with family responsibilities. Many said that the late dismissal has adversely affected their employment, athletics and after school activities.

“Now that school starts later, I have been working fewer hours and even staying up at work till midnight,” senior Victoria Galvin said.

“Athletes get home later than usual due to practices and games after school, and they don’t have enough time for homework,” junior Leinaliz Miranda said. “How are we supposed to participate in after school clubs and activities and sports and have good grades?”

Many students commented about homework.

“I need more time after school for my job and homework,” junior Nicholas Vozilkowski said.

Some said they felt fatigue and hunger in the later afternoon at school.

“I don’t like the schedule because it is too long of a day now and half way through the day I am already tired,” senior Joseph Pace said.

Students who prefer this year’s schedule commented that the 9 a.m. start allows more sleep.

“I like the new schedule as it is,” sophomore Thalia Ocasio said. “I love the extra sleeping time.”

Other students said they now have more time to eat breakfast, get ready and commute to school.

“It gives me more time to get ready since I sleep in the same hours I always do, and same goes for waking up,” senior Luis Estrada said.

Some students commented that they are doing more in the mornings.

“You can wake up early to do homework,” senior Angel Quintero said. “You have more time and less struggle. You are capable of doing many things in the morning.”

More comments by students, parents and staff about how the bell schedule change has affected them may be found further down in this article.

CPS’ reason for the change

The new bell schedule was mandated at Steinmetz and 40 other schools by the Chicago public schools (CPS) in order to save $5 million in transportation costs, according to a CPS Office of Communication August 10 press release. CPS has an approximate operating budget of $6 billion.

“Every dollar we save by staggering school bell times and streamlining transportation services next school year is one more dollar we don’t have to cut from our classrooms,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said, quoted in the press release.

School budgets were severely cut throughout CPS this year. At Steinmetz, $1 million was cut. [See “CPS slashes school budget” in the Sept.-Oct. 2015 Star, available on the Steinmetzcp.org site.]

The Steinmetz Star requested information from Traci Daniels of the CPS Office of Communication.

The Star asked three things – if CPS would go back to the 2014-15 bell schedules next year; the number of students at the high schools with altered bell schedules who ride a CPS school bus route; and for further information about how changing the bus routes for high school students saves money.

Ms. Daniels replied in an email message on Dec. 7: “I’ve submitted your request to my colleague who handles transportation. He should follow up with you shortly.” At press time, the Star has not received any answers.

The August 10 press release states the following:

Chicago is one of a handful of major districts in the country that doesn’t stagger its elementary and high school start times; as a result, the average cost for CPS to transport a student is more than triple the median cost for districts with more than 100,000 students, with CPS paying an average of $4,450 per student and other districts paying $1,250, according to the most recent data from the Council of Great City Schools. CPS costs are higher resulting from the District running more buses on fewer routes, as a result of bell times that aren’t staggered. CPS buses make an average of 3.2 runs per day, while similar districts make 5.1 runs.

CPS is facing a $1.1 billion operating deficit as a result of declining state educational funding and a broken pension system. To avoid classroom cuts, CPS is shifting schools’ bell time in order to reduce transportation costs as part of almost $200 million in cuts to central office, operations and programming. By modifying transportation services, CPS is helping to keep resources in the area that is the key to all of our improvement efforts – our schools. These current reductions are critical in the face of inevitable additional future budget challenges.

CPS says that ‘for some schools’ a later start would have a negative impact

Although Mr. Claypool announced in July that 80 schools in CPS would have their schedules changed (60 of which were high schools), 34 high schools kept their 2014-15 schedules, including Taft, Foreman, Lane and Whitney Young.

The August 10 CPS press release quotes Board of Education President Frank Clark explaining why CPS and the Board allowed the schools to revert back to their original bell schedules:

“After listening to educators, students and families express their concerns about changing bell times, the Board of Education felt it was incredibly important to work with principals to determine the best options for their school communities,” Mr. Clark said, according to the press release.

“By engaging principals and learning about the many unintended consequences the changing bell times caused, we decided to rescind those changes that had a negative impact on schools. These changes reflect a collaborative approach that both appreciates our fiscal challenges but still puts children first.”

Eight high schools that had been given a proposed later schedule – including North Grand, Schurz and Morgan Park – ended up obtaining earlier schedules than they had in 2014.

See http://cps.edu/News/Documents/bell_times_sy15-16_update.pdf for a list of all the schools that had CPS proposed bell changes. The list specifies which schools “agreed to original change,” “agreed to alternative” or “reverted to old bell.”

An even earlier schedule is working

The Morgan Park high school newspaper EMPEHI News reports that the new 7:30 a.m. start at Morgan Park, located at the intersection of 111th St. and Vincennes Ave., was working well.

The October story, “Earlier school start time appears to be a success” by Kiara Mason and Kamari Moore, explains that the Local School Council president and the principal of the high school rejected CPS’ proposal of a later schedule because of safety concerns.

The newspaper reports that the Morgan Park LSC president Carisa Parker led the effort to reject the proposed 9 a.m. start time, convincing district officials that an early start time would benefit students more than the later time.

“‘Our main concern was the safety of students with a later start, and thereby later dismissal time, students would be walking home or taking public transportation,’” the report states, quoting Ms. Parker’s written explanation.

“‘Given the current tragic violence plaguing Chicago, we felt that a later start time would be negligent. I also urged Mr. Osland [then Executive Director, Transportation Chicago Public Schools] to consider the number of after school extra-curricular and sports teams and clubs at Morgan Park. Those students would be leaving the building even later.’”

“‘Mr. Osland went on to tell me about some study that shows that teens needed more sleep and later start times would help them be more rested. Then he suggested that our sports and extra curricular clubs have practice a couple of hours before school started. I questioned the validity of the claim that later start times were in part due to a study that encouraged more sleep.’”

Empehi News concludes: “After a ‘lively discussion,’ Osland was persuaded to a change, but said he could only accommodate a 7:30 or 9 a.m. start, as there were no other options, according to Parker.”

Morgan Park’s schedule is now 7:30 to 2:45. Schurz and North Grand are on a 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule.

Network 3 schools move to later times

Steinmetz and 21 high schools in CPS, including other Network 3 high schools Prosser, Douglass and the three Austin building schools of Austin Polytech, Austin Business and VOISE, moved to the late start, with dismissal times after 4:00 p.m.

The Star emailed Network 3 Austin/Belmont Cragin Chief of Schools Randall Josserand about his reaction to student concerns about the late dismissal time. Star adviser Sharon Schmidt wrote to him on Dec. 8, asking the following:

  1. Do you have any comments for our readers about concerns with this year’s schedule – especially about safety, family responsibilities and employment issues?
  2. Do you think this bell schedule will remain the same for next year?
  3. How does this schedule save money for CPS? (My students read the CPS press release and have posed questions about bussing and costs to the Office of Communication as well).
  4. Are there any other things our readers should know regarding this issue?

Mr. Josserand replied on Dec. 12, saying he would be happy to meet with journalism students on Dec. 16.

“I can arrange my schedule to meet on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., if that works for everyone at the school,” he wrote in an email.

On Dec. 16 he did not come to Steinmetz.

 

Principal Ngo’s concerns

Principal Stephen Ngo told the Star (in an interview in November) that he thinks that CPS may change the bell schedule again next year.

“I think next year CPS will evaluate the situation,” he told Star reporters Maya Robinson and Paris Glispie.

“My own gut feeling is that next year they will want all schools on the same start time, and so it seems like the majority of schools are on the early start time I think that it will go back. What has to happen is that all schools have the same start time. I don’t mind the later start, but you can’t have some later and some not.”

Mr. Ngo said that the later dismissal time affects sports.

“The biggest problem with this is sports, especially for away games,” he said. “Our students lose instructional time because they have to travel far to get to a game. There are certain sports, like football and bowling, that we don’t control the venue. So if sports administration decides to schedule a football game at 4:00 we have to pull our students out. Any time you lose instructional time there’s a chance for that impact. My main issue is different schools at different times. Competing against Prosser is fine. Competing against Schurz – we have to get the students out early.”

Mr. Ngo said that the later bell schedule has benefits.

“All the research shows that setting the time back is healthier for young people,” he said. “Many high school students are sleep deprived as it is. They go to bed at midnight. They don’t get enough sleep. Extra sleep and they’re healthier and more attentive. That translates to greater student achievement.”

The Center for Disease Control released a press release on August 6, 2015,, Aug. 6, 2015, reporting that most U.S. middle and high schools start the school day earlier than the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of 8:30 a.m. The press release reports that, according to the AAP, “too-early start times can keep students from getting the sleep they need for health, safety, and academic success.”

The press release said two out of three high school students fails to get enough sleep.

Mr. Ngo said there were pros and cons to the change.

“Another challenge is students who work getting to their jobs an hour later,” he said.

He said there were few complaints from parents in August.

“We polled the parents,” he said. “We only got 26 phone calls. Four liked it. I don’t have a leg to stand on. We put out an auto dialer in English and Spanish. We got 26 phone calls. CPS really isn’t going to listen to what I say, [students] say, teachers say. But they listen to what parents say. But when only 26 parents called in, that means 1,525 parents were like ‘we’re good with it.’ That was the interpretation. If our parents don’t have an issue with this, it’s hard to change it. I think the majority of parents are okay with this.

The Star asked Mr. Ngo if there were other problems that parents call in about.

“Not large scale,” he said.

The Star asked Mr. Ngo about tardies with the later start.

“There are still a lot of first period tardies,” he said. “At about the same amount as last year. And we’re getting double the early dismissals that we used to have. I did share that with the network. Double what they were last year. Majority doctors appointments.”

Steinmetz LSC heard no concerns from parents

Jose Quiles, Steinmetz LSC President, said that when Principal Ngo told the council this summer about the Board’s plan to change the start time that “on a personal note, I thought of the safety issue,” but that he represents parents.

“I felt that with the time change it was going to get darker sooner, but if parents don’t bring it to us, there’s no issue,” Mr. Quiles said in a telephone interview on Dec. 14 with reporter Jacara Adams and her teacher.

He said that when the time change was mentioned in the summer no one on the LSC opposed it.

“I can’t speak for the LSC if it hadn’t been brought to the table as an issue,” he said.

He said parents didn’t contact the council about the time change. He said there are times when parents at Steinmetz get more involved.

“When it’s something that concerns them they come out.,” he said.

Previous earlier and shorter schedules

In the recent past, the Steinmetz school was much shorter – beginning at 8 a.m. and ending much earlier in the afternoon. Five years ago, most seniors got out of school two and a half hours earlier than this year’s students.

In the 2009-10 school year, and for many years before that, the class schedule at Steinmetz was 8:00-2:30 (with teachers beginning work at 7:30 a.m.). Most seniors were programmed for 8th period lunch, of which attendance was optional, so many chose to leave school at 1:50, when 8th period began.

In 2010-11, the schedule changed to 8:00 to 2:55 for students and teachers, with most seniors programmed for lunch at 2:10. In 2011-12 the schedule went back to 8:00 – 2:30. That year, Rahm Emanuel ran for mayor of Chicago and made a campaign promise to increase the school day and the school year, which he claimed were the shortest in the nation.

After Mr. Emanuel was elected mayor and gained control of CPS, Steinmetz moved to an 8:00 to 3:11 schedule. The school no longer scheduled an 8th period lunch, so seniors no longer had the option to leave earlier.

In 2015, the bell schedule became 9:00 to 4:11.

Other schools look for scheduling options

Many people who took the Star survey suggested that 9:00 to 3:00 would be the best schedule.

Another district near Chicago has decided to move their school start time back, but without pushing the dismissal time back.

In November, Stevenson High School’s board voted to push the start time for most of its school days back, from 8:05 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with days still ending at their usual times of 3:25.

Survey opinions

More than 300 people returned their Steinmetz Star Bell Schedule survey to the Star with their names and comments. The survey takers had responded to the following: “Optional: If you are willing to be quoted in the Star, please comment on this year’s bell schedule.”
The following list of statements includes all the signed parent comments, and a representative sample of the student and staff comments.

Parent comment on safety and family concerns

All of the following comments were on surveys that chose 8:00 – 3:11 as their preference:

“Students have siblings to watch”. Flor Mujea
“It’s not safe for students as later time is dark outside”. Santiago Banderas
“I hate [new schedule]”. Providencia Alvarez
“It’s too dark outside in the winter for kids to be out”. Lorena Banderas
“Mi hija camina al oscurecer”. Maria Gaitan

One parent, who chose the 8:00 – 4:11 schedule as a preference, said the following:

Steinmetz staff comments on what’s best for students

Nearly all the comments from teachers were from those who like the earlier day.

“Students should be afforded their time after school to participate in much needed extra curriculars in order to get the best out of their high school experience.” Beth Perez, teacher and NHS sponsor

“There is something wrong with it being the end of 8th period and seeing the sunset!” Miguel Ochoa, teacher and coach

“It really didn’t make a difference with students getting to 1st period on time or at this point school at all.” Sgt. Robert Davis, teacher

“The later school day is hard on everyone. It makes it very hard for our students to be involved with after school programs, athletics, their community and their families. We encourage and value involvement in extracurriculars and want our students to be well-rounded, but we are not giving them time to do so. Students have missed late-afternoon classes for athletics, college and scholarship interviews and to get to important personal commitments, including watching younger siblings and getting their own jobs.” Tara Scolire, teacher

“This year’s schedule certainly hasn’t helped my first period attendance, and I see numerous kids leaving during 7th. I asked one where he was going and he said, “mi trabajo.” It’s a shame the board is forcing kids to choose between helping support their families today and their own future.” Kristi Woodward, teacher

“It’s very tough on student-athletes and coaches who need to homework, etc. but are at school to 6:30 or later for practice and games.” Brad Dowling, teacher and coach

“Although I enjoy the late start, because I always work after school, I get out when it is dark, cold, gloomy.” Mariella Rotondi Cole, teacher

“It’s difficult for sports because the start of game time is usually 4:30. It’s hard for teams and officials who work till 4:11 to get to games. It’s dangerous for kids to go home in the dark.” Donna Rieger, teacher

“Some students still come in late. Students that need to work to help family are punished by not being able to work or have to work later hours. Sports programs affected when only one or two schools in our conference have late dismissal and all others have earlier dismissals.” Sgt. Garry Frank, student services and coach (retired Nov. 19)

“This is a very bad schedule because of after school activities. But whatever the principal wants we will do.” Joan McCollum, lunchroom manager

“I would like to go back to early start. Students continue to come late.” Laura Jimenez, ASM coordinator

“9:00-3:00 would be perfect. After 3:00 the students’ attention span is lost. Debra Kern, teacher and club sponsor

“The 9:00 – 4:11 schedule reduces class time for student athletes. It is also very difficult for students who work after school.” Maribeth Ward, teacher

“I’m torn because the 9:00 start makes it easier for me to drop my child off in the morning. However, getting out after 4:00 leaves no time for me to stay after school to plan my lessons, grade papers, and make copies. I have to do a lot more work at home, and don’t have a lot of time for other things like cooking dinner and having family time. Neha Jotwani, teacher

Students comment about needing time for work
“It is convenient to start school earlier and end it earlier as well. Some people have jobs and it is hard to maintain the time. Klaudia Batko, junior

“Even if we do get longer time to sleep, we spend basically the entire day in school. I don’t get home until 5-5:30 and with that schedule we get limited job options.” Esmeralda Dominguez, senior

“Now that school starts later, I have been working fewer hours and even staying up at work till midnight.” Victoria Galvan, senior

“This schedule really interferes with work. My five days a week turned to three days a week and that is very little income. I am a full time student, full time mother of a 8 month old and I work on the weekends.” Brenda Barrera, senior

“My five days a week turned to three since we have been getting out at 4:11; we don’t have much time to work after school because the day is pretty much gone by the time school’s over.” Tridaya McGee, senior

“I strongly dislike the starting time. It’s hard on students who work and have responsibilities.” Alisson Castellanos, senior

“Some kids have responsibilities, whether it is to take care of a sibling or get to a job after school. We have important things we need to take care of, but the board of education does not recognize that.” Tiara Coria, sophomore

“I feel like the juniors and seniors should start at 8:00 because many of us work and need these extra hours for more money for those that pay bills at home like I do.” Nicos S. Quintero, senior

“The new bell schedule allows many people to get to school on time, but the dismissal time gets in the way of other things that students need to get done after school. For example many of the students work after school and are expected to arrive at 4:00 or 4:30. As working students, there is only so much we can do in a certain amount of time. Jobs are very important for many students. CPS just doesn’t seem to understand that many students are struggling financially and they need to keep their jobs, but with this new schedule keeps students from getting to work on time and they can’t just find another job because of this economy. It’s extremely difficult to find a good paying job and make enough money to survive in their living conditions.” Luis Ortega, senior

“Some of the students have responsibilities. Many of the students from Steinmetz have to go to work and it’s hard for us if we get out at 4:11.” Helen Richiez, senior

“Students that are planning to or are working would definitely like it earlier because they will be able to make more hours at work. The schedule should be 8:00 to 3:11 because we will have more time to get home from our programs after school. It wouldn’t be so dark outside, especially for those who take the bus home or walk. By having an 8 – 3 schedule it’ll actually help us later in life for college for those who will take morning classes. Students will get used to the time itself.” Jazmine Rivera, senior

“The 9:00 to 4:11 schedule messes up my work schedule. Change it back!” Randy Ardelean, senior

“A lot of us have jobs. Now we go to work really late. If they change the bell schedule I think it would be better because we will get to our jobs on time.” Veronica Murillo, senior

“With it ending so late it affects my work schedule. By the time we get out of school it is already dark out.” Catrina Kelley, junior

“I will like to work more hours when I get a job.” Richard Flores, junior

“When I get out of school I have to rush to work and sometimes I’m not on time and it comes out in my check.” Ronald Evans, junior

Students speak out about interference with sports

“When volleyball was in season it was hard to get out so late. I also have tons of homework. I’d rather have the old bell schedule back.” Monica Laddaran, sophomore

“Practices in the morning make us exhausted and less focused throughout the day. ASM programs let us out at 6:30 and some of us live almost two hours away.” Delanie Preston, junior

“This really interferes with being in sports because we get out later. Not only that, but I wish I had the time to work during the week on my days off from sports, as opposed to just weekends.” Ashley Komperda, senior

“I’m a student that plays basketball and I love the sport, but I always end up going home late and I don’t have time to do what I want.” Rahman Ukoja, sophomore

“It’s really complicated now that soccer season is starting because I live really far away.” Stephanie Alonso, senior

“Although it’s an hour difference, it makes appointments harder to be scheduled and sports last longer, which makes less time for homework and a bit more stressful.” Maria Medina, senior

“I absolutely hate the practices before school. Now that winter is coming I can’t imagine taking a cold shower before class and having to wake up at ungodly hours and take a bus to practice. It’s just inconvenient.” Jaylene Rodriguez, junior

“There’s a lot of drama with the security staff letting athletes in for morning practice. It’s annoying. Let me practice.” Adriana Cortes, junior

“The new schedule isn’t as good as we thought it would be. For us athletes, it’s worse because we have practice until like 8:00 since we get out later. It’s not worth it.” Raymond Perez, junior

“Kids like me that do extracurriculars have no time to do homework. Away games take so long that by the time we get home, it’s already 9:00 p.m.” Luis Fernandez, junior

“Many people have jobs, a lot of homework and some people are involved in sports. People who have sports have to leave 8th period for games. It gets dark out early.” Victoria Lara, senior

“It takes away from my time to workout. I used to come home everyday and go straight to the gym, but now things are a lot more complicated for me.” Freddy Beltre, senior

“The earlier time is better overall for the school and the athletes.” Abner Munguia, junior

Students express concerns about safety

“With students getting out of school at 4:11 it is really dark and it is very dangerous, especially due to the spike in the crime rate.” Lushell Matthews, junior

“No me gusta porque es muy tarde y cuando salgo del colegio esta oscura.” Fernando Gonzalez, sophomore

“I walk out the school building and it’s like 12 a.m. How am I supposed to walk home in the city of Chicago like this? We may never know.” Kienna Bariso, sophomore

“By the time we get home it’s already dark and all we have time for is eating, homework, showering then off to bed.” Michelle Arreda, senior

“It would be nice to go early to school and come out early because it gets really dark outside after 4:00.” Hector Perez, freshman

“I really hate how we get out so late. It’s dark and I walk home.” Kinga Tarasiewicz, junior

“I think 8:00 was a good time because now we get out of school it is almost dark and some people live very far and they get home when it’s already nighttime. People could get hurt.” Everett Jennings, junior

“I’m scared to walk home later in the day.” Adriana Cortes, junior

“Having school start at 9:00 is convenient because I live far, so I have time to get here by 9:00. But getting out at 4:11 in the winter time is difficult because it’s dark out and I have one hour to get to work before it gets completely dark.” Sheila Morales, senior

“I believe we should start school at 8:00 because at 9:00 we get out too late. And since it’s getting dark quick and that’s dangerous for children to home at that time.” Corteesha Davis, freshman

“It’s really dark and kids have after school activities. Anything can happen at that time.” Briana Patton, junior

“It’s too dark outside when we get out at 4:11.” Diovion Harris, junior

“If I want to stay late for an afterschool activity,like poetry club, then I have to walk to the bus stop and from my bus stop to my house in the dark. As a young girl, it’s nerve wracking.” Alina Qureshy, sophomore

“The bell schedule is crazy. I have to take the bus home and it’s already dark by 4:30.” Katera Goldman, sophomore

Students comment on sibling responsibilities

“I have to take my brother to school. I have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. Then I’m stuck for two hours outside waiting for the doors to open.” Evan Cruz Carrevño, senior

“I think the time should be changed back due to gas money. My siblings start at 8:00 and my parents have to be back and forth wasting gas. Also, being late to things they have to do. Plus, now that it’s getting darker out more quick, people have to walk home. Switch it back.” Giselle Bucio, junior

“When the school ends earlier, I will be able to get my brother from school and my mom can work longer.” Viktoria Veletyk, freshman

Students comment on school schedule issues

“Even though the bell rings later now, there are still people coming late.” Miguel Rabadan, senior

“I still can’t make it here on time.” Jackeline Sandoval, junior

“Even if we start at 9:00, look how the students’ attendance did not change.” Kinga Tarasiewicz, Junior

“I liked the way the bell was scheduled last year because it fit in with the Narragansett bus stop.” Damion Brown, junior

“Kids will still come late.” Andy Lagunas, junior

“As a student leaving after 4:00 it’s too late. We get hungry.” Carlos Rodriguez, Junior

Students comment on less time for activities

At first it sounded pretty cool, I mean, another hour of sleep? Sweet! However, now with After School Matters, I don’t get out till 6:30.” Anyela “Angie” Jaramillo, junior

“I liked the bell schedule last year because it gave you more time with friends after school.” Taeya McGee, junior

“I hate the new bell schedule. I don’t get more sleep than they said I would be getting. People in clubs and sports come home very late and that does not benefit them.” Agape Alfaro, sophomore

“The day is half over when we leave.” Anthony Alvarado, senior

“The new bell schedule is senseless because most of the students thought they could get more sleep, but they stay up even later now.” Chiya Loyd, sophomore

“Steinmetz should go back to the 8 a.m. start time because it allows teachers and students an extra hour of money making, watching TV, hanging out or whatever we choose to do with the time.” Tahsheka Alexander,

“Even with the new start time, I’m still used to the old times. Nine a.m. seems great, but I still manage to wake up at 6:30 or 7:00. It’s just easier for me.” Mark Nieves, senior

“We leave too tired.” Jacqueline Pullas, junior

“The day feels like it drags with the new schedule.” Adriana Cortes, junior

“This year we have a lot more activities to do and now we don’t have time for them.” Krisafer Beria, senior

“I’d rather start school early and get out early because I have a life.” Ashley Caraballo

“I really, really hate it. It’s really late when people stay after school for ASM and it gets dark faster. I have a life, you know. Jocelyn, senior

“We come out too late and then we don’t have a lot of time to do other important things.” Jailyn Diaz, sophomore

“Even though we have to wake up early in the morning, it’s okay. At least we can get home early and do our homework and help our parents do chores. Maria Isabel Francisco

“You come to school early, either way. I rather suffer first and enjoy all the time I have later for homework, family, friends, sports, etc.” Faviola Delgado

Students comment about homework

            “Getting out of school earlier would be good for me. That way I could work an hour more and get out early to do homework.” Giselle Gonzalez, junior

“I feel that this school time that we have now is crazy. I am in IB and do sports. I really don’t have time for anything anymore. I get home late then I have a lot of homework. I feel that with this schedule they really aren’t thinking about students.” Areion Smith, junior

“With an earlier day I could be home earlier and relax a little, then do homework. Now, most of us usually get home at 5:30 and do chores, etc. Most of us live far, take the bus and it already gets dark. Sometimes I stay for tutoring until 5:30 p.m. and still have to take the bus home. This doesn’t give me enough time to enjoy myself for a few minutes; instead I go straight home and start doing homework. I would like to get a little break from school.” Brenda Batrez, junior

“Some of us are up very early in the morning trying to get our homework done.” Teandra Johnson, junior

“I don’t like the new schedule because we get out too late and don’t have time for after school activities or homework because we get home to late and have like four hours for homework.” George Cocom, sophomore

“I think people don’t get enough free time because we get out so late and our homework takes even more time from us. So, it would be better if we had our old schedule.” Marcelo Roa, sophomore

Students comment about getting more rest

“I like the new start time because we aren’t tired and come to school later.” Brian Geans, senior

“I enjoy sleeping. I’ve never been a morning person.” Tyler Graves, senior

“I like the new way because I can get more sleep, but I’m leaving anyways so it doesn’t matter. The new schedule interferes with a lot of stuff.” Venice Gonzalez, senior

“It gives me time to sleep more in the morning. #sleep#is#life.” Steven Morales, senior

“I get to wake up an hour later than last year.” Karen Bahena, senior

“I like the new bell schedule because I get more hours of sleep and that makes me feel more awake in school. I have more motivation. Jacqueline Saldana, senior

“It gives me more sleep.” Matthew Zavala, sophomore

“I believe this new time could be beneficial and harmful depending on who you are.” Ryan Allibore

“I actually like the starting time because I get to rest for the next day and it prepares you for the real world; there’s some people who work from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Albert Toczek, senior.

“I like the schedule because I still have time to sleep when I come home late from work. Marcin Maluszko, senior

“I prefer the 9:00-4:11 bell schedule for it give Steinmetz more sleep and it decreases the amount of tardies in the school.” Yesenia Martinez, junior

“I prefer waking up at 9:00 and getting out at 4:11 because I get more sleep now.” Trevon Davis, junior

“I get more sleep and don’t come to school late anymore.” Jasmine Sanchez, junior

“Just no 8:00, please, and thank you. Charles Sherman, junior

“We get more sleep.” Aryanna Dixon, junior

“This gives us the morning practice, time just to wake up, easier to do homework in the morning, I just hate how we get out later. Peter Szczech, sophomore

“More sleep, the better.” Jasmine Milan

“Starting late is great!” Sebastian Nunez

“I think it’s better to start at 9 a.m. and get out at 4 p.m. It’s better for those who live far and for those who live close to get a bit more sleep. Manuel Reynoso, sophomore

“I have insomnia and my medication doesn’t kick in till much later. The bell schedule gives me more time to come to school on time and not be too tired to get my work done. If the bell schedule went back to 8:00-3:00 I would have many detentions and would not be able to focus on my work.” Summer Reynolds, sophomore.

“I love the time. I don’t have to get up very early.” Jade Briggs, sophomore.

“I like having morning practice and waking up early for sports.” Patrick Oasin, senior.

“The new bell schedule is actually easier for me to work with.” Alec Reyes, senior.

“I say start at 9:00 because I wake up late and I go to sleep late. Adrian Torres, junior.

“The fact that school start one hour later is very refreshing in the morning. I don’t have any complaints about leaving at 4:11 either because as long as you’re organized one can manage what they need in the day.” Yahaira Villatoro, sophomore.

“I like the new bell time because I get more sleep at night.” Max Solorio, senior.

Students comment about doing more in the mornings

It gives me more time to get to school on time and drop my little brother off at school.” Jazmilette Machado, junior.

“You have extra time to do homework in the morning.” Alicia Verquizo, senior

“I don’t have to wake up early and I don’t feel rushed.” Alma Carmona.

“I can do double swim practice so it helps me and my teammates get better at swimming.” Javier Delgado, senior.

“I think we will have more time in the morning and we can still work after school.” Jassan Hernandez, senior.

“The new bell schedule is amazing it gives students more time to prepare before school and do homework (lol) because we are pretty lazy and procrastinate a lot.” Vincent Fernandez, sophomore.

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4 thoughts on “Censored story on Steinmetz time change

  1. McKenzie, I am so proud of you! This article is well researched and written. You are an amazing young woman. Please visit the library soon! Merry Christmas to you! –Miss Melissa

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  2. Well researched and you present both sides of the issue clearly. Would be interested in seeing a follow-up story on parent involvement, or lack thereof, and the the decision for which edible change. Did CPS survey or poll families before the change?

    Also, I know districts
    Listen to parents, but what about students? We’re young people surveyed on the change? Where is the student voice in this at your school?
    Steinmetz is lucky to have young journalists like you!

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