"Late to Class!"
Being late to class has many consequences. If you are wondering, there are multiple students that show up late to class daily! These students have faced many consequences for being late to class this past year.
When I interviewed teachers from Henry Hudson, they had their own opinions on why students are late to class. Many teachers have said that most students are late because they were for talking to friends in the hallway or going to the bathroom without asking first. Many teachers get frustrated if a student is late to class for various reasons. Many teachers may start a lesson and if a student comes into class late that student is holding up the whole class, and the teacher has to restart the lesson and get the class back on track.
Many students that don't have unexcused lateness are exceeding 50% or more of one class period. This will be considered an unexcused absence from class and will result in a "0" grade for the work in that class on that day. If you are late once or twice you get a warning. You can still get a “ 0”, too. These rules can be noted in our Student Handbooks.
"All students who arrive late and do not report to homeroom or procure a late slip from the office or teacher the vocational-technical school will be charged with an unexcused absence which will result in a "0" grade for all class work that day."
"Late to class will result in administrative discipline referral upon the third occurrence. Unexcused class absences will result in administrative discipline referral upon the first occurrence. When a student has committed three attendance violations of any combination of late to class, late to school, unexcused class absences, the next violation will be considered an act of defiance."
"When a student has committed multiple attendance violations of any combination of late to class, late to school, unexcused class absences, the next violation will be considered an act of insubordination. Students who fail to report for unexcused reasons to administratively assigned detention for an attendance violation will be considered guilty of defiance.A schedule modification may be imposed in cases where attendance infractions primarily affect a particular course of study. Students withdrawn from courses are ineligible to earn credits for such courses during the current school year."
It is important to be on time for class. If you are on time for a class you won't fall behind, won't frustrate the teacher, and won't get detention!
-Nicole Kohlhepp, 8th grade
Homework: Helping or Hindering?
As all students can agree, homework isn't really fun. We know that it is only to help us, but how much is TOO much? Students are constantly bombarded with mass amounts of homework in almost every class. I recorded how long it took me to complete all of my homework for a day and the results, quite frankly, angered me. It took five hours and fifty three minutes. That is a ridiculous amount of stress to put on a teenager. I get home at three and barely have time to participate in extra-curriculars.
I took a poll for the English I Honors class asking, “Do you believe you have too much homework?" The results didn't surprise me. Out of 15 votes, 90% said that they felt they were spending too much time on homework. Teenagers are more stressed and worked than ever before.
Teachers tend to give a lot of homework assuming the other teachers didn't give the same amount. It's a vicious cycle. Excessive homework can even lead to mental health problems. The national percentage of depression is 6%. In a study, they found that 26% of students had been medically diagnosed with Depression. That's not even counting the hundreds of millions of students that haven’t been diagnosed yet.
Students are overwhelmed with homework and it is bad for our health as a country. And the homework doesn't stop over the weekend. “The survey of 1,000 K-12 [in america] teachers found, among other things, that high school teachers on average assign about 3.5 hours of homework each week. For high school students who typically have five classes with different teachers, that could mean as much as 17.5 hours each week. By comparison, the survey found middle school teachers assign about 3.2 hours of homework each week and kindergarten through fifth grade teachers assign about 2.9 hours each week” It has increased significantly “By comparison, a 2011 study from the National Center for Education Statistics found high school students reported spending an average of 6.8 hours of homework per week, while a 1994 report from the National Center for Education Statistics – reviewing trends in data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress – found 39 percent of 17-year-olds said they did at least one hour of homework each day" ("US NEWS").
Teachers will argue that this will help prepare us for college, and that may be partially true. Students will need to continue staying organized and prepared for jobs. However, school today focuses solely on critical thinking and creative problem solving. Both of these are great skills in real life, but it's time to consider how teenagers can better benefit from their education.
-Jack Denvir, Freshman
A Huge Problem Growing up in 2019
People used to think that bullying only happened at school. Now teachers, parents, and even students know that there is an epidemic known as "Cyber-Bullying." The majority of today’s bullying happens on Social Media. I, for one, am a victim of bullying. My personal experience hasn’t been as intense as some others, but it has still been hurtful and depressing. Most people in my life haven’t noticed a great change in my behavior, but my closest family members have and are very concerned. A change in the way a person acts or reacts to others is one way to notice if a person is a victim of bullying.
They could have a sudden change of interests and more intense moods. Parents should sit down every single day and ask their child how their day was and how they are feeling. Most of the time people hold their feelings inside, because they think no one will understand or will say they just shouldn’t feel that way.
Not feeling safe to express your feeling can cause depression. I am currently going through a type of depression. At times, it is so intense and I think no one understands. Yes, most of the reasons for this depression has been caused by other sources, but at times it feels so much more intense due to the abuse at school. I have thought of many possible solutions, such as: changing schools, moving, or being home-schooled.
Lately, with help, I have come to understand that I need to change my way of thinking. I have to find the skills to learn how to deal with these issues. In life there will always be situations beyond my control like witnessing other people’s lack of compassion, being picked on or ridiculed for your taste, decisions or choices. It hurts that some people need to make themselves feel powerful and important by abusing others.
I think it would be beneficial for everyone if parents, family members, teachers and friends would ask each other how they are doing and mean it! They also need to be compassionate, understanding and patient. Sometimes it takes a while before you feel safe enough to express your problems and emotions with others.
-Olivia Fair, Freshman