Administration Approves 10:00 a.m. Opening
It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: after much discussion, Pace Academy will start at 10:00 a.m daily beginning fall 2015. “We believe that students perform better when they have more sleep,” said Mr. Gannon. “Classes were closely observed over the week of Feb. 23, when Pace had two 10:00 a.m. starts, and faculty found that students performed significantly better on assessments and participated more in class on those days.”
The bulk of adolescents today face a chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Nurse Mary Ann Powell has been a huge advocate for more sleep. “I always have students in my office who just can’t keep their eyes open, and need to nap during class,” said Nurse Powell. “I really think that a couple more hours of sleep would eliminate this exhaustion and improve student health in general.”
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating well and exercising is imperative. However, sleep is just as important. Teens need an average of nine hours of sleep a night to perform well and to maintain optimal brain development. Yet due to homework, extra curricular activities, jobs, family obligations, early start times of school and much more, most teens only get about seven hours a night. America has started a revolution in the academic world by adjusting school start times for the sake of students and their health.
“Student council has been pushing this for years now, it is a huge deal that we have finally instituted something that pleases so many students, parents and faculty,” said student body president and senior Matt Tannenblatt. Pace students are known to take on a lot of unnecessary stress and responsibilities. Students will stay up to all hours studying for a test, finishing a paper or working on a project. “I tell my students all the time, it is more important to sleep the night before a test or exam rather then staying up and studying,” said freshman dean Ms. Riley. “The hope is that now all students will get more sleep with an extra two hours in the morning.”