Chargers getting used to spending 30 more minutes here at school


For the first time, students are still in class when the clock strikes 3 p.m.

Jacob Garza, Staff writer

For years, students will wake up at 7:00 and get ready five days a week for another “great” day at school. However, a slight change in the schedule can maybe reassure that students may need an extra hour of sleep from here on out.

Over the summer of 2018, St. Joseph High School gave out a notice to all students and staff that a new class schedule will be in effect starting in the Fall of 2018. The new schedule is now an “extended schedule.”

Students now will have nine periods instead of seven. The result of this change caused both gladness and a little bit of frustration. An extended day at school which is now 8:00 to 3:00, also two added classes, may cause of little bit more stress on students in what they may or may not already have.

However, the administration of St. Joe’s does believe that an extended schedule can result in more opportunities for students to explore new electives. Also, not to feel rushed during lunch! This thought, however, has been in the minds of the administration for quite some time now

“Expanding the schedule was a thought to the administration for many years, 2014/2015 was when the idea was first brought up,” said Mrs. Wagner. “The administration has been trying to provoke this new change for three and a half years.”

Finally, in the summer of 2018, Mrs. Wagner and the administration were ready to put the new schedule in place. Students may think that the schedule was placed to ruin their lives, but it was placed for multiple positive reasons

There is a new graduation requirement called Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship is a combination of computer application programs and online safety training.

“Also, this was placed to ensure each student will have study hall, have the opportunity to take more electives, and also to extend both lunches,” said Mrs. Wagner.

“At first, I was optimistic about the schedule change, but now I can see why things are way they are, it is for our benefit and we should be more grateful,” said William Estrella, a senior.

The 2018/1019 school year will be a test for the new schedule change, but if all goes well, and a positive outcome, we should see this new and improved schedule change for a while to come.