Too Much Homework

Problem:

The problem is that we have too much homework.  The current policy is that we can have homework for 45 minutes each day, 7 days a week.

Solution:

I think it would be good if homework could be limited to 20 – 30 minutes a day.  This could be an average of 20 – 30 minutes of homework each night.  We have about 315 minutes of homework a week in total now, but that could be less, about 210 minutes of homework total in a week.  Some nights might have more homework, but then other nights could have less.  There might be too much homework to pack into a day and go to school.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • More sleep
  • More family time
  • More time for play dates
  • More time for sports/exercise

Cons:

  • Less time for education
  • More work will have to be done during school

Reasonable:

I think this policy is reasonable because if kids get more sleep they will have less stress and be ready for school.

Call to Action:

I can send this to the teachers, the principal, the Board of Education, and the Superintendent to try to get the changes made.

By: Josh C.

Code: You’re in big trouble mister!

The Problem:

There is no punishment that is greater than detention but less than suspension. If you forget your homework you get detention. If you hurt a student more than once you get suspension.

The Solution:

If yoiu do something that does not deserve suspension you get school service. Depending on how bad whatever you did is you get a certain number of minutes of service. For example, if yoiu hurt a child you have to do 30 minutes each day for one week. You may have to wash tables with the custodian, rake leaves, be a hall monitor, wash down the recess equipment or help the librarian shelve books.

Pros:

The pros of school service are the student would learn their lesson working to prepare them for the future. Lastly, the custodian wouldn’t have to work as hard.

Cons:

The cons of school service are that the student might not understand what they have to make up. Kids might mess something in the school up by doing work wrong.

Call to Action:

This policy is a good idea because kids learn their lesson and they will  not do bad things again.

by Tristan L., Jimmy L., Jack F.

Lunch Detention for Irresponsible Students

The Problem:

The problem is that there are no specific reasons for students being sent to the lunch detention table. Now students are being sent there because their homework is done incorrectly or not completely.

The Solution:

Our solution is that only students that do not hand in the assigned homework can be sent to the lunch detention table. There will still have to be some punishment for students that hand in incorrect or incomplete homework. Students don’t even do much work at the lunch detention table. They usually talk to other students that were sent there.

Consequences:

When homework is handed in incorrect or incomplet a student can have to finish or fix it for homework. But it’s still the teacher’s choice if they have to do it for homework or not.

Pros:

  • Work actually gets done.
  • Students aren’t being punished for making a mistake.

Cons:

  • Students might think that they can not finish their homework and not get punished at school.

Call to Action:

We think that there should be a change to the lunch detention policy. Right now teachers are sending students to the lunch detention table for not only not bringing in their homework but for just about any reason the teacher wants such as incorrect, incomplet or late assignments. We’re suggesting that students should only be sent to the lunch detention table for ONLY not handing in homework. There still has to be a punishment.

by Anika S. and Alexandra W.

Snack’N Policy

The Problem:

At the cafeteria each grade goes to to lunch. Our classes are separated and are required to sit with our classmates, even though some of our friends are in a different class. This restricts us from visiting them.

The Solution:

The solution can be to enact a system that allows friends to visit others on specific days determined by the principal.

Another solution can be to allow friends to visit others but only temporarily.

Consequences:

If anybody does visit friends when they shouldn’t they lose the privilege of this for the next 3 special days.

Pros:

Friends get to talk with friends.

Kids might enjoy school more.

Cons:

At firedrills and lockdowns there may be safety issues.

Teachers will have a harder time getting their attention.

by Ryan A. and Ben A.

Sweeten up Parties

The Problem:

There are no sweets/cake allowed in the school because of “Health Problems”. That makes it unfair to the kids without “Health Problems”. This is a policy because there are peanut allergies and obese kids in our schools.

The Solution:

A solution to this problem could be to have non-peanut product cake and only allow kids to have a certain amount so they don’t become obese. Also, we could have all the kids celebrate their birthdays on one day of each month. This will decrease sugar and interuptions in class.

Consequences:

If you, by accident, bring in peanut products then a kid with allergies could get sick.

Pros:

  • Sweet Cake
  • Happier Kids
  • Not just fruits and veggies
  • Sugar (Yeah!)
  • A.T.H.C.

Cons:

  • People get crazy with too much sugar
  • Peanuts- DON’T BRING IN
  • Unhealthy
  • Sugar rush
  • N.A.T.H.C.

Call to Action:

We have decided that kids should not be punished by not having sweets at parties because of obese kids and peanut allergies. That is why we decided to make write a policy that says that you can bring in sweets that are non-peanut products and that you can only bring in a certain amount of sweets.

by Ben G. and Keiran D.

 

Problems with Indoor Recess

The Problem:

We can’t hang out with our friends during recess (free time). The reason this is the policy is because the teachers want to make sure recess isn’t out of control and that the kids won’t be late for afternoon classes. The problem is we can’t hang out with our friends and catch up with their lives.

The Solution:

Our solution is in the beginning of the day there is a sheet that you sign up to go to one certain class for recess. We won’t be able to switch classes in the middle of recess unless you want to go back to your own class. You can only have 27 people in one classroom. If all the lines on the sheet are filled up you can’t go to the other class you want.

Consequences: If you switch classes (but not to your own) you lose your privilege to switch for 2 weeks.

Pros: You can hang out with your friends. You get to see your friends for 15 minutes. Kids come early because the sheet is up in the morning.

Cons: Only a certain amount of people are allowed in a class. You only have 15 minutes and the rest is in your classroom.

Call to Action:

We think we should be able to associate with our friends during indoor recess in other classes. We think this because during winter we cannot see our friends in other classes during recess. Another reason is that after school we have a lot of homework so we can’t hang outside. If you don’t want it to be noisy, there can only be 27 people in a room. It will also encourage kids to come early because the sign up sheet is in the morning. If you want to keep track of where the kids are they can’t switch classes and they also will only be there for 15 minutes of the beginning of recess. Then they will have to go back. That is why we think we should be able to do this.

Kim S. and Shir N.

Vegetables: Saturated and Yucky

Problem:

The vegetables at school are from a can.  The lunch ladies make us eat them even when we don’t want them.  They give me stomach aches after I eat them.

Solution:

The solution that I have to this problem is that they should either not serve vegetables at all or buy fresh vegetables and cook them fresh. They should serve some vegetables that are fresh.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • We won’t get stomach aches and get sick
  • If they don’t serve vegetables at all they won’t waste money.  Many of the kids throw them out so there is no point in serving vegetables that kids aren’t going to eat.
  • With healthier vegetables, the students will get  more good nutrition and vitamins in what they eat

Cons:

  • We won’t be as healthy if we don’t eat vegetables
  • The school could get in trouble if they don’t serve vegetables
  • When students discover how good fresh vegetables are, they will ask their parents to buy them for home and that will cost the parents more money

Reasonable:

This idea is fair and reasonable because we shouldn’t be forced to eat vegetables.  If vegetables are going to be required by the school to be on our plate, they should be healthy and fresh.  This change wouldn’t just help me, it would help everyone in the school, because hardly anyone eats school vegetables

Call to Action:

To change the rule and the food at lunch, we could call the school district people in charge of food services and ask them for fresh vegetables or none at all.  This is how we could change the policy about vegetables being served to us unhealthily.

By: Cary K.

 

Food: Five Star or One Star

Problem:

In our school, there are a couple of problems that need to be fixed.  I think that the biggest problem is school lunches.  The current policy is that you must have a serving of vegetables, fruit, and/or milk.

Solution:

Here is my solution to this school lunch problem.  I think they should be serving fresh vegetables, not canned, getting fruit should be optional, the serving size should be the choice of bigger or smaller, and the food should be made to taste good. The kids should make most of their lunch decisions.  The only requirement should be that there are fresh vegetables.  We should let cooks actually cook the food fresh.  If all of this works out, the lunches will be better and the kids will be happy.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • kids will leave lunch without an empty stomach
  • kids will be happy with the lunches
  • maybe they will eat vegetables
  • money won’t be wasted on all the food that is left on the tray
  • kids will actually eat lunch

Cons:

  • there may not be enough vegetables
  • kids may eat too much
  • will cost more money to get better food
  • kids may eat more of the unhealthy stuff such as chocolate milk, pizza, and chips

Reasonable:

This idea is reasonable and fair.  Everyone in the district eats lunch, but not everyone buys lunch. They want their food to taste good.  I am very positive that this school isn’t the only school that has the same complaints that I  do.

Call to Action:

I think that this policy should go to the head of Food Services.  It should go to him/her because the problem is about lunches and the food.  It would make sense because they are the ones that deal with school lunches.

By: Dylan H.

Waking up early or waking up late???

Problem:

The problem is that elementary kids wake up too early for school.  The present schedule goes in this order: high school wakes up the earliest and middle school kids wake up the latest.  Elementary kids wake up the second earliest.  I think that this should be changed.

Solution:

My solution to this policy is that middle school kids should wake up second earliest because they’re older and elementary kids are just starting school.  But the consequences of this would be that middle school kids can’t be tardy because of the switch and elementary kids should be ready and refreshed.

Pros and Cons:

The pros of this policy are that older kids can be home to watch younger kids if their parents work, and elementary kids get to sleep in.  On their way to work, parents of elementary students can drop them off at school and they can have breakfast there. Elementary kids can then stay up later.  Middle school kids will have more time to play and study.

The cons are that middle school kids now have to wake up earlier, elementary kids would get home later and have less time to do homework.  If they have activities, middle school kids would have to change their routines.  Some kids have dinner early, so they might have to eat later.

Reasonable:

I think that this policy is fair.  If kindergarteners still get up early, they might not have breakfast because of the rush to school.  If they go to school later, it gives them time to eat breakfast.  Middle school kids could get up earlier and they should be ready for school.

Call to Action:

In order to get this policy to work, I would send it to the school district leader, Dr. Morton, so this policy could work for the school district.

By: Jack A.

Play or Stay

Problem:

During our school day we have recess after lunch. But lunch time seems too long and recess seems too short.  A lot of kids complain that we need more recess time.  Since we get 30 minutes of lunch, we always have extra time and are just sitting there.  We should have more recess time.

Solution:

I think that if we want extra recess and less time for lunch, we have to cut off time from lunch.  We can cut 10 minutes off lunch and add it to our recess.  Then we would have 20 minutes for lunch and 25 minutes for recess.  We can use the time so we aren’t wasting time, and if we are outside, people are getting more exercise.

Pros and Cons:

There are good reasons why we should do this, and some reasons why not to do it.  The good reasons are that kids can get more fresh air and students could have more fun if recess is 25 minutes long.  Also, instead of sitting in silence for 10 minutes, we can use that time to play.  But a problem that may occur could be that some students may need more time to eat.  Since some people may not be able to eat fast, the students may choose how much food they are going to eat.

Reasonable:

This policy is fair for all the students because they most of them like more time for recess. If you ask them, they will probably say that they have to sit for 10 minutes.  Almost every day at lunch the TA’s have us sit in silence for about I0 minutes.  Usually people are finished with their lunch and we just sit down and waste time that we could use to have fun.  I also think that people will like getting more fresh air.  It isn’t good to be inside all the time.  So if we have longer outdoor recess, we can get more fresh air.  It would be a more fun and useful time.

Call to Action:

In order to actually make this happen I will go to the lunch TA’s and teachers first to see if they would agree to these changes and if it would work for their schedules.  If that can work, then I would go to the principal, Mrs. O’Connor, because to see if it could be changed for the entire school, so that all of the staff would know about it.

By: Tara K.