When the news that the Wednesday late start coming to an end filled the middle school, there was an uproar. One eighth-grader said “I am very upset that the late start is now gone. I used that time to catch up on sleep and or work on projects. That time helped me not only be more energized in school but also helped me get work done.” It was a day where school started at 9:00 a.m. leaving children an extra hour to sleep in. If the student could not stay home during this time, they were allowed to come to school and wait for school to start. Continue reading 9:00 AM Wednesday Start
Most students at GFS will admit to being a victim of overscheduling. This phenomenon is making its way into lots of middle schoolers’ lives and is resulting in sleep deprivation and stress, which are two things that shouldn’t be a major part of middle school students’ life. Our schedules are seeming to take over our brains, on some days making us completely dysfunctional without three cups of coffee. Why is rushing from place to place, having hours of homework, playing two sports, three instruments and still keeping up with your Instagram account now the norm?
Germantown Friends students have a lot on their plate: one has to be a good student and an athlete for school, a good child/grandchild/sibling/family member, maybe one has an extracurricular or two, and a social life on top of all that, and one also needs some time to relax and unwind. And, of course, time to sleep. But often, sleeping time is the first to go in this balancing act. Continue reading Teenagers and the Roadblocks to Getting More Sleep