Editor’s Note: The following letters were submitted by 9th-graders in Shane Weibel’s citizenship class at Cambridge-Isanti High School.
Let’s focus on having a longer summer
If you had a choice, would you choose to end the school year earlier or later? Most of us would answer that we’d like to get out earlier, but we can’t exactly get out when we have one week of spring vacation. Spring vacation is great for people who go on trips and have fun, but what about the people who just lay around, bored, and wish they didn’t have the break? If we were not to have spring vacation, we could get out of school in May. Besides, we already have a week off for winter break, and at least Christmas is in that time period. When you have spring vacation it’s not Easter vacation. So why have a week off for nothing? In my opinion we should have no spring break, get out early, and have a longer summer. If other schools are allowing it, why can’t we?
Bring back the marching band
Do you remember when the marching bands used to practice on the streets of Cambridge?
When I was little I would run to the edge of street to watch them come by and I couldn’t wait until I got old enough to be in it I believe having a marching band again would be good for our school and community.
First, a marching band is a fun extracurricular activity for students to be involved in. Music also enhances a student’s education. Second, the community gets a chance to get out and watch the band go by. Some people may say that we could spend our money in better ways but in my opinion music is a good investment I think the community would enjoy seeing and hearing the talent of Cambridge-Isanti High School.
More support for girls hockey
Girls hockey should get more support, and fans. I feel like girls hockey doesn’t get a lot of fans at our games, because it’s “boring” compared to boys hockey. The fact that this is how some people look at it makes me sad. The reason that makes me sad is because we try just as hard as they do, but not nearly the same amount of fans support us. So I think people really need to think about all of this, and also think about how this makes us girls feel. It would mean a lot.
Elderly often targeted because they are lonely and vulnerable
In response to the letter written in the newspaper regarding casinos exploiting the elderly I believe is true.
The elderly are often targeted because they are lonely and have retirement funds they are vulnerable. They are delivered by bus loads to stay for a minimum of six hours before the bus returns to pick them up. I would hate to see my grandparents become addicted to gambling and lose their house, family and retirement fund.
I believe that casinos are taking advantage of vulnerable elderly. In some casinos if an elderly person does not use the free hotel stay, food vouchers or spend the required amount they won’t be invited back. Maybe then we will save a grandparent from becoming an addict one at a time.
Should school hours be changed for teenagers
This is a letter to all the parents of teenagers in our community. Having trouble getting your teen up in the morning? How about starting school an hour later? Here are a couple of facts and consequences if teens continue to be sleep deprived. Teens need 9.25 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens don’t get enough sleep. Studies found that only 15 percent of teens reported sleeping 8.5 hours on school nights. Teens have irregular sleep patterns across the week. They typically stay up late on the weekends.
The consequences of not having enough sleep are that it limits the students’ ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. Students may even forget important information like names, numbers, and homework that they have to remember at school, and it makes a student more prone to pimples. Lack of sleep can cause acne and other skin problems.
My mission is to convince people that a later school is a good idea for high schoolers. Teenagers would probably agree with my opinion, but the parents would not. As a student of Cambridge-Isanti High School, instead of a school day from 8:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. it should start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. That way we can get more sleep and learn more.
My school has three lunch periods, and each one is half an hour. Personally, I would lower the time to 20 minutes per lunch period. Sports activities would be lowered to 1.5 hours of practice so that teenagers can get caught up on what they are doing after school. If your teen had enough sleep they’d be likely to learn more, be more active, and have an easier time getting up in the morning. If school started an hour later, it would help to accomplish all of these things.