Rep Reuven Carlyle shared this e-mail he received today from an SPS student:
Dear Sen. Carlyle,
today on the first day of school my mom told me to
write to my state legislator because I came home so upset.
I expected my
first day of 8th grade to be awesome, but I walked in the door to find
that the school was packed with over 1200 kids. Hamilton is a great
school and I love the teachers and fellow students, but when 3 of my 6
classes were in portables and I had to sit with 5 other people at a 3-4
person desk, it did not feel like the school that I looked forward to
coming back to.
To make space for the portables installed this summer,
we lost our outside play court, which was a favorite part of the day for
many kids. Also, over 100 students arrived at school to find out that
they did not have a locker, forcing them to carry their backpack around
all day or share a small locker with a friend.
I hope you can help our
school so that our teachers can focus on learning and we can enjoy our
classes instead of trying to figure out a way to do without enough
space, tables, or lockers. Thank you!"
I also note this from Principal Brian Vance at Roosevelt High:
If you have not been on campus yet, you have not seen the
new addition to the parking lot. Our current enrollment is 1780
students. This means we need more classroom space. Two portables were
installed this summer. Good for overcrowding, bad for parking. We lost
18 parking spaces. We are encouraging students to use public
transportation, bike, walk, carpool to school. Neighborhood parking is
getting even tighter and will get worse as several major construction
projects plan on coming online this school year.
One last reminder that school starts later(8:45am-3:15pm)
and we will be running a different schedule. I encourage you to talk
with your student about the schedule and in particular, managing their
hydration and nutrition during the day. Lunch is later than many are
used too, but we have an extended passing period after 2nd period to
allow student a chance to eat a snack, get some water, etc.
But he continues (in what seems like good news):
One addition to our schedule this year is our RiderTime.
This is a 20 minute extension to period 2. Students can use this time
as a quiet study hall and we will be teaching students skills in
Mindfulness on Thursdays. I attached the first week lesson and
powerpoint we will be following. We want to keep families informed on
what your students are learning and will email and/or post our lessons
for you to review and learn along with your student. Any questions you
can contact myself or Erin Bailey.