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Making time for more time

Posted: October 25, 2016 in Academics, Four-day Week
Students have had to adjust as 30 minutes were added to the school day. The change was made to offset the time lost when the district switched to a four-day week in 2015-16. (Photo by Hannah Molino)

Students have had to adjust as 30 minutes were added to the school day. The change was made to offset the time lost when the district switched to a four-day week in 2015-16. (Photo by Hannah Molino)

By Alissa Baker
Cougar News Blog

     An extra 30 minutes has been added onto Cactus Canyon’s schedule to make up for the time lost since Friday was cut from the week of learning.
     The extra half-hour that the school added on has changed a few things for students, teachers, and parents. For most students, the extra time has made a positive change in their lives.
Sakura Deal, an eighth grader, said she gets more done because of the extra time.
     “I guess it made an impact in my life because I have more time to focus on my work and get stuff done,” she said.
     Although some students aren’t even aware of the change of schedule, it has parents running around the clock. While it means some long days for students, they understand why the extra minutes were needed.
     “They took away an extra school day, so of course they had to have added extra minutes,” said Zayden Furnish.
     While the majority of the school agrees that 30 minutes is enough time, Angelina Sinclair stands out claiming it would be better if the school had more extra time.
     “I think it would be a good idea to add on an extra 10 minutes to the end of school for kids to get help on homework,” she said. “Most of our parents have no idea how to help us with it; it’s so different from what they’ve learned when they were kids.”

James Armstrong
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon has changed its hours to have longer days because they changed to four day weeks. This has affected the students and staff both positively and negatively.
     Not only do students have to wake up earlier and stay later, but even more so for the teachers. Some teachers’ sleeping schedules have even changed due to the time change.
     “With the earlier start time you have less time to get things ready for the day and less time to really think about what you are going to discuss during the day,” said eighth grade social studies teacher David McQuilkin.
     Starting earlier has not affected everyone either negatively or at all. Science teacher Regan Roach said she’s always been an early riser so the 6:50 a.m. start time is no problem for her..
     “Since I have always gotten up at 3 a.m. to go to the gym, it really hasn’t negatively affected my sleep cycle. If anything, the longer days just help me sleep better,” said she said.
     Many students and staff use their extra day off to catch up on sleep and or work around the house.
     “I use Fridays to catch up on sleep, do homework, and do chores,” said eighth grader Nicholas Moorhead.
     The longer days have affected how some students and staff interact with their family. They don’t have as much time to spend with families and friends.
     “I have to wake my children up earlier and put them to bed earlier due to the new schedule. I don’t get to spend as much time with my family as I’d like since I spend about two more hours per day at work. I do enjoy having Friday’s off to spend with family,” said seventh-grade science teacher Wendy McQuilkin.
     AJUSD is reviewing all aspects to the new schedule and conducting surveys of parents, students, and teachers to see if adjustments are needed for the 2015-16 school year.