Ok, so, not much has been happening here at Blue Hat Movement for while. One quick thing, something about these new tests, the PBAs, is that they are tied into our grades. Which means, if we don’t take them, we very well could end up failing the class.
But. What I really wanted to write about was this thing, a lunch petition at my school. I may have written about it before, but to refresh memories, we have at my school this weird lunch policy; the grade is divided into two teams, Voyagers and Skyhawks. What they do is, when lunch starts, send one team outside while the other eats their lunch, and then switch the teams halfway through the lunch period.
In the first half of the year, the Skyhawks went outside first, and then went in and could eat; they felt the full force of having to stay hungry through the first half of their lunch and only then being able to eat. So, they were driven to start the petition to get rid of ‘Split Lunch’, and bring it back to the way the lunches used to be, everyone getting the full time to eat.
But that’s not the only problem…since we were already divided into Skyhawks and Voyagers, we never had any of our ‘core’ classes (math, language arts, science, and social studies) together. All we had were the two elective periods, physical education, and lunch to see our friends on the other team. Which was not that much, because gym and electives are still classes, meaning we still had to work, even if we could sometimes work with our friends. Lunch was really the only time in school when we could just talk freely with people from the other team.
Now, the people who came up with this idea of splitting us up for lunch did have a fair enough reason: it is a lot easier to manage one team at a time rather than all — what, 240? That, or so — of us at once.
The petition to change the lunch structure has 207 signatures from just students in our grade.
And now that we are in the second half of the school year, the Voyagers are now going outside first, which means that we have to wait for half the lunch period to go by before we eat now. That gave us more incentive to get the petition moving again, and just today at lunch we gave it to a member of the Safe Schools Committee.
Apparently, it was perfect timing; the lady said that they were having a meeting tomorrow, that is, Wednesday, and that she would bring it in.
So…I’m not entirely sure how long it will be before we have more definite news on this, but when we know what is going on with it, there will be a report.
This may not have anything to do with the Common Core or testing, but it is still a case of students trying to fix what we feel should be fixed in our school.
If you are reading this as a student or a parent, and there is something in your or your child’s school that you think should get changed, hey — start a petition. You never know where it might go.