Does Class Size Matter?

By: Kelly Hunter-Lynch

Picture a perfect class. Is it small? Large? Or, perhaps, somewhere in between? Small class sizes have received ever-mounting support over the past few years, with many professionals and educators arguing that they allow for teachers to give each student necessary individual attention. Generally, these individuals are correct; with some exceptions, small classes provide the most beneficial environment for both teachers and students.

Public primary and secondary schools typically have caps on the number of students who can enroll in classes. The dimensions, or existence, of these caps often depend on the amount of spending money a school district possesses. Affluent districts tend to have smaller class sizes, as they are able to comfortably absorb the increases in overall cost that accompany a higher volume of teachers. Variably, districts with less spending money have fewer teachers and larger class sizes. In other instances, districts expand class sizes to save money or as the result of slashed budgets.

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What the Later Start Time Means for Students

By: Lizzie Splaine

Starting next fall, the high school will be shifting its start time back forty-five minutes to 8:30 am. The change in the start time has been quite a controversial topic as many people are concerned about the logistics of making such a big move in the town’s start times. As the high school and middle school are starting later next year, the elementary schools will be starting earlier at 8:10 am. In order to decide if a change was necessary, this past fall a School Start Time Study Committee was formed in order to research the benefits and disadvantages of moving the start times of the schools in the district. After it presented its recommendation to the school committee in January, the committee voted in favor of changing the start times. But what does this change in time mean for us students? Many students see upsides and downsides to this change. One directly positive effect of the time change is that we will be able to wake up later each morning, which may provide us with more energy in the morning and allow us to feel more awake throughout the day. Students are also going to be able to eat breakfast later in the morning. This is good for those of us who struggle to eat a meal at six in the morning before we are even hungry. On the other hand, starting the school day later means that lunch will be pushed back and many students will be eating lunch later than they are used to. For people who have third lunch, hopefully this lunch will not be pushed back to start at 1:15 pm or else the teachers are going to see a lot more snacking in their classrooms. If the lunch times remain the same, then there will likely be more than one class after lunch for all students.

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