News of change spread fast among studentsNews of the Lake Superior School Board’s vote to apply for a four-day school week this fall spread quickly among students in Two Harbors.
By: Sonja Peterson , Lake County News Chronicle
News of the Lake Superior School Board’s vote to apply for a four-day school week this fall spread quickly among students in Two Harbors. Just hours after the board finished voting Wednesday, students began discussing the decision on cell phones and the Web. By the time the bell rang for first period class Thursday it was practically old news.
Some students are thrilled and others are anxious.
“I think it’s a great thing,” said Two Harbors High School junior Andrew Lekatz. He said he hopes to work extra hours on Fridays to help him save money for college. He also said the day off will be a good time for community activities and club meetings.
“I don’t think it’s going to decrease how much we learn,” Lekatz said. He said he would rather have the four-day week than lose more elective classes and teachers to budget cuts.
Other students said they would spend Fridays working, sleeping in, catching up on homework, or spending time with friends.
“It’s going to be hard on the elementary students being in school all day,” Lekatz said. Carley Sipper, a sophomore, echoed concerns about the district’s young students.
Many students are wondering how sports and other after-school activities will be affected. Sports practices tacked onto an extended school day could make every day a marathon for athletes.
Sophomore swimmer and diver Becca Ronning said Fridays wouldn’t really be a day off for athletes since they would still likely have afternoon practices or away games scheduled. She would prefer to have a five-day week. “I don’t like change.”
Kyle Thewis, a junior, was disappointed by the message he got from the failure of the school levy referendum. “I wish the community would support our schools,” he said.
The reality of a four-day school week hasn’t quite sunk in with most students. “So, does that mean Thursday will be the new Friday?” sophomore Shawna Suomi said.
Everyone has questions about exactly how the new schedule will work and how it will affect them. There’s only one thing everyone is sure about, Lekatz said. “Things are going to change around here.”