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periodfor about 2,400 students for the past three years. We found it toohard to serve so many students in just 30 minutes. Also with researchthere was a correlation between nu-trition and academics, which waswith food there’s more energy for the students to have the energy to be able to work. So how do we feedso many students? Resolution = 2lunch periods. This system actuallyworks because with one lunch pe-riod we served roughly about 1000lunches. Now with two lunches,we serve twice as much! Why? 1)There’s less students. About 1300students eat each lunch period. 2)Students get to eat without tickets because last year 95% of the stu-dents turned in their lunch appli-cation and we met the guidelinestherefore we get free breakfast andfree lunch.”
Why is lunch6 minutes shorter? Is it because of the announcements or is it becausekids were ditching? And if kidsstart going back to where they’resuppose to be, then can we havethose 6 minutes back?
The reason I asked if the cut was about the an-nouncements or kids ditching wasbecause those were the two mainreasons that the students believed.
responded,“There’s actually two main reasonsthat we had to cut the 6 minutes andit’s not because of the announce-ments or the kids ditching. It was because since there’s no space, gap between the two lunches, there wasno time for our cafeteria workersto restock food. They didn’t havetime due to the constant comingsof the students. The 2
main rea-son was because custodians neededthat time to clean the tables, emptyout the trashcans, and clean up thelunch area. And the custodians aredoing all this in 6 minutes! Then wealso noticed that these 6 minutes
provided us with other benets.
One is that it lets staff monitor andmake sure the kids are in advisory.
Another benet was that it allowed
us time to give announcementswithout interruptions during theday when classes are being held.Basically the 36 minutes was a try.To change the schedule around, wehave to follow the guidelines andone of them was to allow at least 30minutes of lunch for all employeesand students. If there was a solu-tion to have a longer lunch, then I’d be on board!”Mr. Torres also noted thatif any student suggests a workablesolution, then he would be up for it. All you have to do is talk to himabout your solution but make sureyou stay within the guidelines. For example, those 4 reasons above area must, meaning it’s needed. Alsothe extra lunch time can’t cut intoclass schedules, all class schedules/time must be the same. Hopefullysome of you will step up and pres-ent a solution to Mr. Torres in or-der for all of us to have that extra6 minutes!
By Sandy Wang
School has always been the placewhere you learn, have fun, makefriends, join clubs, etc. But I’d nev-er imagine that school would causeso much stress in just one semes-ter. Lincoln’s schedule has changedthis year and I wondered if thatcould be a reason why students
at Lincoln are stressed. To nd
the responses of other students I
asked four simple quesons. Thesefour quesons will show you the
thoughts of other Lincoln students,who are currently experiencing abad case of school stress.
The quesons that I asked were:1) Do you feel stressed in school?Why?
2) Is this year more stressful com
-pared to the other years or do you
always feel stressed?
3) Due to school stress, how muchsleep (hours) do you get a night?
4) Does the new schedule have
do with your stress?
The rst response is from
who is currently in 11
This year has been busy at
mes. It feels stressful, other mes
not so much. It’s probably due tothe schedule. I have all my APclasses on odd periods, so on odddays it’s kind of like one intensive
class aer another.”2) “It’s slightly more stressful thanthe other years.”3) “I don’t sleep. I take four hournaps every 12 hours.”4) “Somemes I like the newschedule since it gives me me todo homework, but other mes I
think 84 minutes for a class is aw-
fully long. Somemes the schedule
makes it stressful. Teachers needto cover certain materials during a
certain me period, but with this
schedule, they don’t always getto go over everything in detail, sothey end up sort of leaving stu-
dents in the dark to gure thingsout themselves.”
The next response is from
who is currently in 11
1) “Yes, because of the stupid
2) “Hella stressful! Freshman andsophomore year = easy breeeezy.”3) “I sleep like 4-5 hours!”4) “How do they expect us to man
-age 8 classes when we can barely
manage 6 ha-ha? Then the stupid
double block messes up my grade
The third response is from
“Yes, because of all the ‘last
minute’ work the teacher gives.Plus the added pile of homeworkadds more stress.
2) “HELL YEAH!”3) “I get less than 6 hours a day!
That’s why I’m always so cranky
everyday.”4) “Yes! 6 classes a day was enoughto handle! But adding 2 more? Theschool is pung too much pres
-sure on our shoulders. We reallycan’t handle 8 classes a week. At
least, I can’t!”Final response is from
who is also in the 11
1) “Yes because there is doublework and half the me to do it.”
2. “This year is way more stress
3. “I get like 6 to 8 hours.”
4. “The new schedule is the wholereason for my stress.”
There are many more stu-dents out there that surely feelthe pressure on their shoulders aswell. I, for one, do feel as stressedas some of the people that you see
above. Yes it’s hard; it is stressful
but we do it to succeed. So forthose out there that think they’realone and dying of school stress,
you’re not alone! There are ways
you can deal with stress by doinghobbies that you like to do. Lots of students are stressed too so don’tthink that there is nothing you cando about it.
A Bad Case of SCHOOL STRESS
December 15, 2010