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Split opinions on major switch in school schedule at Morton East

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Morton East students are split on their preference of last year’s schedule versus this year’s schedule – but more students seem to wish we returned to last year’s.  

There was a survey that was conducted on whether students preferred the old school schedule or the present school schedule. Out of 112 students that were randomly surveyed 61 students said they preferred the old school schedule and there were 51 students who said they preferred the new schedule. It seems that a slight majority of the students that were surveyed said that they disagree with the change in the school schedule and would like for the old schedule to return. The change in schedule has affected the personal lives of many of the students and staff members. This year there was a major change in the Morton East school schedule which has affected some of the lives of the students that go to Morton East. The new school schedule requires students to appear in class at 8:45 and the students were not dismissed until 3:10. The previous school schedule required students to be present from 8 in the morning until 2:40 in the afternoon. 

“No, I do not like the new schedule because it takes too long for us to leave the building,” senior Francisco Larios said.  

With every change, there is always a mixed review between the groups that enjoy the change and the ones who hate it. 

“I enjoy the new school schedule and believe that this has lowered my tardies since I have more time to sleep and to get ready for school,” Junior Miguel Salgado said. 

School income is based on the number of students and their attendance so low tardies mean more income for Morton East. 

“when I went to school, I would miss a lot of classes because of the schedule and some of my friends would also miss a lot but this change really helps students I believe,” Senior of class 2017 Braulio Servin said 

This major change is now something that these years seniors don’t have to worry about so much but the newer generations. 

“This is my first year in this school and with this new schedule it gives me a chance to sleep and to in school premises before 1st period,” Sophomore Efrain Puentes said 

Time is very important for students but even more so for 0-hour students. 

“When I had zero hour,  I had to wake up early and that really affected my sleep schedule because I had to be in school at 6 a.m. and now zero hour starts at 8:20-840 so it really benefits students,” Senior Sebastian Salas said. 

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15 Responses to “Split opinions on major switch in school schedule at Morton East”

  1. Robert Olvera on February 12th, 2019 9:18 am

    This article is something I can relate to because for the new schedule I still haven’t decided if i like it or not. From one aspect I like how they finally gave 0 hour kids an actual late start and later start times for half day. My freshman year on late starts and half days we would always start at 6:55 then class would end and we would have to spend 1 hour in the cafe. now I feel that time in school is now equal for all students with them having a 0 hour or not. So for this reason I am leaning more towards liking the new schedule.

  2. Maidelyn H Gomez on February 12th, 2019 9:19 am

    It’s good that many students are able to come in later than before, but zero hour still has to come in at the same hour as last year. I think that if zero hour was moved to a later time it would the students and teachers that take/teach the period. Also, I think is strange that the school gets more founding depending if a student is here late or not.

  3. Jorge Hernandez on February 12th, 2019 9:24 am

    It seems as if more students would prefer to return to the previous school schedule. More people voted for last years schedule over this years. Although it seems as if more students prefer the previous schedule, more students could benefit from the newly introduced schedule. This is because, student attendance has improved, and along with there will be an increased school income. With this new schedule, students also seem to enjoy longer sleep periods. This new schedule, although seemingly disliked by the majority of students, promotes many benefits for Morton students.

  4. nancy guadalupe rojas on February 12th, 2019 10:08 am

    I actually agree with the other 61 students out of the 112 students that were surveyed. This is simply due to there now being a much larger gap between 0 hour and 1st hour. Although the new schedule allows students to have more time in the morning it causes an unfair advantage to students that do not have 0 hour. For students that attend 0 hour have to be in school for a much longer time than other students.With the other schedule students did have to get up more earlier but then did not have to wait 1 hour till their next class. This however does have it’s benefits because the helping hour is moved into that hour in the morning but this also causes some clubs meetings to be moved into the morning this then causes students to be more occupied than be benefiting from the new schedule.

  5. Ketzaly Ocampo on February 12th, 2019 10:20 am

    I really liked the topic you guys choose because i feel like not so many people talk about the dramatic change in schedule. I liked how you guys included not only students opinion but staff as well. I agree with the last statement talking how its the first year in a big high school so the new schedule really allowed me to get use to the building. I feel like this topic is really debatable among students for the fact that everyone is different such like being an early bird or a night owl.

  6. Brisa Gutierrez on February 12th, 2019 1:09 pm

    I can understand why some students do not like the schedule change, however you also have to look at the benefits of having the new schedule. The schedule is better for zero hour students as stated by senior Sebastian Salas. The new schedule also allows other students to sleep a bit more and actually be able to make it on time to their class. Personally, I like the new schedule because it gives me more time in the morning to sleep and make sure that I can get to school on time. As someone who isn’t a morning person I would rather leave later on in the school day despite how long it takes for students to leave the building, instead of starting earlier.

  7. Eduardo A ochoa on February 12th, 2019 1:13 pm

    i don’t feel like the new scheduled is fine and the other was decent as i always wake up in the morning. However i did really enjoy the other schedule because back at the freshman center i would be in the cafeteria it was very quit and peaceful obviously up until the bell when it would get loud but it was pretty tame overall. and in east even if i do get here early for me there is to much noise and i just hate going to breakfast nowadays and i prefer to be here right when the bell rings. plus the old schedule we left way earlier which took some time getting used to but now that i have been at east for a while i don’t really think of the old schedule anymore.

  8. jacquelin on February 12th, 2019 1:13 pm

    i personally feel both ways about the new schedule. its beneficial because zero hour students have more time to sleep and students overall get more sleep. but its also not beneficial when youre in after school programs because you end up going home even more late than we used to last year. then that gives us less time to do homework and get our personal things done because we have less time in the day.

  9. Jose Bolanos on February 12th, 2019 9:09 pm

    In my opinion, the new schedule is better than the old one. As stated in the article it makes it easier for students to make it to their first hour and, students get more sleep. This is great because an extra hour of sleep can really do a lot. Compared to last years schedule, this years schedule is overall more beneficial. It makes life easier on the people who have trouble making it to school on time, as the article stated above.

  10. Jocelyn Torres on February 13th, 2019 12:07 am

    In away the new school schedule has benefits for many but the old schedule as well. Even thought school starts later there is still many students late to school, and many don’t fall asleep late at night. With the old schedule, school would end early and students would get home earlier and more time for homework. Both schedule are good and bad in their own ways.

  11. Rodrigo Reynaga on February 13th, 2019 12:31 am

    While it does suck that with the new schedule we stay in school longer, it also has its perks. One good thing about it is the extra help hour which help me get work done or simply relax, besides supervisory. In the old schedule, supervisory was the only time were you would be able to get work done outside a class. In my opinion, I think that the new schedule is good, if you use it to your advantage.

  12. Natalie Leon on February 13th, 2019 7:03 am

    Many students have different opinions on the new schedule. Depending on the student the old schedule might be more suitable rather than the new. 0 Hour students might prefer the old schedule because they can go straight to first period. Others might prefer the new schedule because students have more time to sleep. In my opinions the new schedule is better, students are given mire time to arrive.

  13. giovanni jimenez on February 13th, 2019 7:13 am

    I disagree with the people that like the new schedule. The reason for this is because zero hours still starts at 6:55 and ends 7:55 leaving us with 45 minutes to just sit waiting for our next class. the only time zero hour starts at 8:20 is when we have half days, which are rare now. I got 5b lunch as well as zero hour has you drained of energy. The small amount of breakfast doesn’t help out much, so you’re pretty much starving the whole day. I agree with all the students that preferred the old schedule, because of the fact that if you have zero hour and 5b lunch, you have to wait 6 hours until you can finally get lunch.

  14. Martin Flores on February 13th, 2019 7:52 am

    in my opinion I like the new schedule better than the old one because I get to do more things. For example i could sleep more which really helps me out with my tardies because since the new schedule been out i haven’t gotten as many tardies as before. The new schedule also allows me to do homework in the morning and not wake up as early as i would’ve with the old schedule.

  15. Natalia Marquez on February 14th, 2019 11:53 am

    I think the schedule should have stayed the same as last year. The problem with this years schedule is the students have to come in early in the morning to get help from their teachers, instead of just staying after school. I think most students don’t come in early for help because they are still too tired to get out of their house. Students would stay after school in previous years because they were already in school, how are the students going to come in early for help when they can’t even make it on time for their first hour.

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