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Palo Alto Administration Messes with schedule

Original post made by Concerned Student, Palo Alto High School, on Apr 17, 2008

ok this link goes to an editorial about the new bell schedule for play next year. I did not see it as a topic, so for all of the people of the community that wish learn more go to:

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2008 at 4:54 am

Welcome to the world, kids!

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 17, 2008 at 7:25 am

Tempest, meet Teapot. Gosh, do all high school papers sound that full of themselves?

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 17, 2008 at 8:52 am

This topic has been the buzz for weeks now at Paly, my 10th grader has been talking about nothing else. He was hoping for a change of some sort, but now feels that they have ended up with the worst possible scenario, the second semester choice.

My own opinion is that it does not matter much to me, we will work round whatever option they choose, I have stronger feelings about the calendar. But, since the admin has taken time to poll the kids as well as the teachers, they now feel that since only some of the teachers actually answered the survey, it isn't fair to take the ones who didn't vote as no votes (rather than too busy, or no opinion) and that the votes of the kids who do care have been ignored.

Whether there are advantages of the kids getting another 20 minutes or so in bed in the mornings or whether they can get rides to school with working parents are important issues to the kids. Their opinions were asked for, they had strong feelings, and now they feel hard done by. As Walter said, welcome to the real world, but personally, I feel good about the fact that they had opinions and were ready to voice them.

Well Done.

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Posted by More Info
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Apr 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

It's just the latest crusade by Paly students. Some things never change.

Knowing the Paly principal, she will work with the students to fix the problem. It's really not her fault that a large percentage of the Paly staff didn't take the time to vote.

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Posted by Junior
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 17, 2008 at 11:23 pm

So in response to more info,

The decision was ultimately not the vote of the teachers, but by the principal in the first place. I do see this as more of a denial of what the students voted on and basically saying, oh yeah thats awesome 81% would prefer a late start. But you know we could just think about ourselves, and change the schedule in a way that benefits us not the students.

Their message to the Paly community was they don't care about our opinions even though school is supposed to be for the kids, and not about the teachers.

Anyways that is just my take on it

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Posted by More Info
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Apr 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm


Your principal is working with the community (staff, students, parents, teachers, etc) to fix this problem.

Let me be direct: If the teachers voted on this issue (instead of ignoring it, as many did), this would most likely be a moot point.

40% of the staff didn't vote. How is that the Principal's fault?

And yes, it's great that the students want a late start. I'm willing to bet that if you polled the students and asked if they wanted a two hour lunch and no classes on Friday, you'd get a 81% positive result as well... probably higher.

Here's an idea regarding the late start: Go to bed earlier.

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Posted by No whining
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:41 pm

complaining about school is just a teenage sport, and at paly, they like to excel... it goes to a new level though when they blame the new principal just like they've done all year for doing things like enforcing rules (gasp!) and following recommendations (no!) and holding staff votes (ack!) that don't go the way the students want (shudder!) i actually am sympathetic and think they should start later but if they're overscheduled that's the root of the problem and the solution isn't the bells....

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