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Administrators support a later start for Fairfax high schools. Patch file.
Sondra Selway July 18, 2014 at 07:49 am
Posting as a private voice lesson teacher whose schedule will be very negatively impacted by thisRead More change, I am still in favor of high school (and middle school) students going to school later. In my opinion while 40 minutes is an improvement....it should be even later than this. It is NOT healthy for teens to have to go to school so early in the morning. Due to their home work load if they want high grades or even average grades, they are going to be up late at night. They are all living with sleep deprivation - a condition that I have - and this is not acceptable - a serious health issue, and one that will likely have life long adverse affects on their brains. I have been teaching for 40 years. It's very sad to see the state of students now compared to those I taught 40 years ago.
Sonja Moore July 18, 2014 at 11:02 am
Finally Fairfax County is doing what other Virginia counties have done for years. It seems the smartRead More thing to do is switch elementary and high school start times and leave middle school the same. The sad thing is my daughter or grand daughter will not be able to take advantage of the later start times, since it has taken the county so many years to even consider later start times.
Dolores July 19, 2014 at 09:55 pm
You can't put a price on the health and well-being of a child. I hope the district makes the changeRead More - it will be money very well spent. Our district changed to a later start time last year and my boys did get more sleep with a later start time. They maintained the same bed time as before the change and were more alert and happier once they were able to get enough sleep. Make the change, your kids are worth it.
Rae Anne Resident June 2, 2014 at 09:35 am
Only a grate fool wood let they kids eat food from school. make they lunchers youselves. it aintRead More rockem science.
Solange Kincaid June 2, 2014 at 01:45 pm
When did a school lunch become such a primary event in a students' life? A home-served dinner shouldRead More be the primary meal event where the kiddies share daily events and nosh on the freshly prepared healthy foods selected by the nurturing adult in the home. School lunches should provide the kiddies with quick energy and inexpensive staples like mac 'n cheese, fries, chocolate milk, and ice cream. Volunteer in an Arlington public school cafeteria and see for yourself the food that is trashed daily that could probably alleviate the starving masses in India and Nigeria for a day! Kids also feel stigmatized by signing in with a school ID that designates free lunch recipients whereas the other kids produce the cash. School-provided breakfasts also rely on bagels and buns - all prone to add to obesity. Parents who don't take the time to provide breakfast to a kid are worthless.
Charlene Culpepper June 9, 2014 at 04:37 pm
I am 65 yrs old and remember eating in the school cafeteria for many years. The food was so so butRead More it was also a break from the old standby of PB&J or bologna sandwiches that was standard lunch fare in our household. My folks mixed it up but we also paid per day for every lunch we ate at school.. There is no right or wrong way to do this.. Make lunches at school cheaper or better tasting... My grand kids simply don't eat if the cafeteria serves crappy tasting food or if they don't like what I make for them at home.. Ergo, they don't eat anything from 7:30 in the morning when they have breakfast until at least 3:30 in the afternoon when they come home starving... I'm pretty sure most kids are like that since mom and dad are not there to insure that they eat.. Kids will be kids...
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Of the 487 students admitted to TJ this year, 83 are from Herndon's Carson Middle School. Patch file photo
Jody May 3, 2014 at 05:43 pm
The answer is that kids who get into these gifted & talented schools (now called Level 4) areRead More very bright, high achieving kids.
Mozart May 4, 2014 at 11:58 am
Jody - Lake Braddock, like the other schools with more than 10 admits to TJ, is an AAP center.Read More What's notable is that four AAP centers (Glasgow, Hughes, Sandberg and South County) apparently had fewer than 10 admits to TJ this year, whereas Carson MS had over 80.
Jody May 8, 2014 at 09:06 am
Yes, and two schools sent over 50 kids. These schools must be doing their job extremely well andRead More probably also have a large pool of high achieving kids in their areas. I assume (maybe I shouldn't) that there is an objective selection process in place that awards placement purely on merit and achievement. These numbers probably reveal that a quota system isn't applied for the sake of "fairness." That's a good thing.
Top 10 High Schools in Virginia.
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 07:14 am
Do you know what the criteria was for ranking? It would be interesting to see how many of theseRead More schools have an entrepreneurship focus.
John Wesley Brett April 24, 2014 at 08:58 am
The methodology for US News & World Report's "Best High Schools" can be found here:Read More http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/2014/04/21/about-the-best-high-schools-rankings
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
Thanks.
Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
CS April 23, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Instead of trying to be your kids best friend, get them to bed earlier! I go to bed at around 930pmRead More when I can so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 530am to get to work by 7am! That's life! Not sure how this helps them prepare for real life where employers don't care about how much sleep you got the night before! This argument is really absurd and a waste of time.
Lisa Ross April 23, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Convict and CS, you obviously think most parents are neglectful. They are not. And my teens are inRead More bed at 9 pm every night with no electronics. But in order to get 9 hours of sleep and still wake at 5:30 am, they would have to be in bed AND asleep at 8:30 pm. NO teen can fall asleep that early -or even at 9 or 9:30 pm. Teen biology is DIFFERENT than adult and child biology -THAT is the issue. Their melatonin does not turn on till about 10 or 11 pm and they are not alert until about 8 -9 am. Just ask any HS teacher about their first period class. That is why this is a problem -not because parents just let their teens stay up till all hour. Adults can also choose where to live and which jobs to take. So for example, I would never take a job that starts at 7 am. But FCPS kids have no choice when they have to get up and research shows they sleep is every bit as important as food for physical and mental health. For teens, it's also even more important than for adults like you two since teens are still growing. Besides the period between 0 -2 years of age, I bet the teen years are the biggest growth period for body and brain development. This issue matters.
CS April 23, 2014 at 06:07 pm
Thank you for your input, Lisa. I raised my kids and also was a kid myself. I understand how puttingRead More kids to bed earlier allows them more sleep. Not sure our biological makeup changed much since I was a kid or my children were going to school. As far as kids not being able to fall asleep? My kids had no problem because they led active lives during the day. Sleep was welcomed by bedtime. Also, you would have to be naïve to believe that many parents give their child a reasonable bedtime or a bedtime at all for that matter. I'm quite sure many parents have no idea how late their kids stay up. You are obviously an exception. It's also silly to think that kids are not going to stay up later because of this. So, all of this effort will be for naught. It hasn't impaired the growth and learning of kids thus far. Not sure I've met anyone who has been a failure because their school start at 720 instead of 820. As far as my job being a choice? Wow! Would be nice to have the luxury of choice when it comes to decent employment. I envy you for that!
Summer will wait one more day.
D. Brown April 12, 2014 at 07:28 am
Why bother? The books and supplies will be packed away. It is just a waste of people's time.
Rolling Thunder 2013 April 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
@D. Brown. I thoroughly agree. Waste of time and money.
afsheri April 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Agree - what is the point? More money spent on opening for a few hours for zero productivity. AddRead More some Saturdays to the schedule between now and then.
School Delay Decision from Fairfax County Schools. Patch File.
Mike March 20, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Our lagging performance has everything to do with the idiots running Henrdon Elementary. Lots of forRead More sale signs going up this spring as a result! Nice job HE!
Mike March 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Our lagging performance has everything to do with the idiots running Henrdon Elementary. Lots of forRead More sale signs going up this spring as a result! Nice job HE! I see Brenda Wichman was nice enough to perpetuate the whine about the poor kiddies having to stand and walk on snow at the bus stop or on their way to school! OH THE HORROR! Man some parents are freakin...well, you know.
Tara March 20, 2014 at 05:20 pm
I see you like kids.....
Snow Day Decision from Fairfax County Schools. Patch file photo.
Molli Ismail March 3, 2014 at 05:57 pm
SERIOUSLY??? All I can say is I went to school in Maine. You walked to school in two feet of snowRead More and yes over a mile at times. Is it that people are paid to much money to not get the snow removed in a timely period or is it that we have incompetent bus drivers that cant drive the kids to school? Seriously, what is the problem? Maybe we need to look at the time management of the administration. What can I say, comments are free!
Christopher Gee March 3, 2014 at 06:09 pm
^congrats on walking to school. As they have said before the county covers a lot of ground and theRead More row homes/projects around Alexandria haven't been touched.
TS March 3, 2014 at 06:46 pm
The Centreville and Chantilly housing areas show no signs of plowing as of this evening. This isRead More not ordinary snow. The icy under-layer makes it particularly difficult. Safety should always come first.
There's a way around the calendar crunch for some snow days: a state waiver. Patch file photo.
Cee IheartNez Carter February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am
Since they are not going to change the date of regularly scheduled testing I don't think that makingRead More up the days do anything good for the students. Unless these days can be made up in advance of the test (sol, ect) so my vote it to not extend school!
MomtoB February 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Most schools around the world have classes year round. We have 180 days and then aren't even goingRead More to make up the ten missed days. It's ridiculous. These kids need to be in school. Yes make up the days, go to a longer school year. Make Monday's full day, take away teacher work days and whatever else it takes. There were talks about starting before Labor Day every year - why didn't that take place? Our kids are missing out on education and they need to be in school more to make up for it.
Meg February 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Maybe schools should have thought of this before classes were cancelled. There's no reason kidsRead More can't go to school because of the threat of snow. And "storms" where we get 2 inches and classes cancelled are JOKE. And I'm sorry when temps are in the low 20's with windchills in the teens or single digits - that's what layers are for... wear winter clothing and dress for the weather. I have absolutely no sympathy for the kids needing to be in school longer.
School Closings, Delays Info for Fairfax County Public Schools. Patch file photo
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle February 12, 2014 at 05:11 pm
If you are in need of childcare during tomorrows snow day your little ones are invited to The SitterRead More Circle "Snow Day Play Date" Songs, crafts, games, a bounce house and great new friends! Click on the EVENTS page of www.thesittercircle.com for more information!
Mary Ann Barton February 12, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Thanks for posting your information Rachel!
Skip Endale February 12, 2014 at 08:35 pm
school closings etc being the know https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean/ just sane.
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