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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 Postal Customer Family Time PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Jan. 11, 2016 Timely information for today’s busy local families Family Time – pg. 1-2-9-10 Classifieds – pg. 3-7 Going Out – pg. 8 Kindergarten & Preschool ROUND UP Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 Kindergarten 4 or 6 pm Preschool Open House 5-6 pm Watertown-Mayer Primary School High academic standards 1 to 1 iPads Support for all learners Not getting enough sleep can limit a student’s ability to learn, listen, concentrate, and solve problems, according to the STOCK PHOTO National Sleep Foundation. Sleepy students Does school start time affect alertness? BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor To help young people get more sleep, US officials are now recommending start times of 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high schools. Most districts, however, currently begin their days a bit earlier. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average start time for schools across the country is 8:03 a.m., with some starting as early as 7:30 a.m. “Our start and end times are relatively moderate compared to some of the bigger districts,” Dassel-Cokato Schools Superintendent Jeff Powers noted. Dassel-Cokato’s elementary and middle school classes begin at 8:10 a.m., and high school bells ring at 8:07 a.m. For all grade levels, the day ends between 3:05 and 3:15 p.m. Lester Prairie Schools are a few minutes later, with kindergarten through 12th grade starting at 8:15 a.m. Time for a time change In light of recent research, the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose (BHM) School Board unanimously approved later start times for the 2016-17 school year. Elementary will be in session from 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m., while middle and high school will go from 8:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. The Wayzata School Board followed, voting to push back its high school start time from 7:20 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. starting next fall. Other districts with two-tiered busing that have later start times for secondary students, and earlier times for elementary kids, include St. Michael-Albertville, Moorhead, Alexandria, Winona, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, South Washington County, and Edina, according to the BHM website. Transportation can become a stumbling block when considering a change, though. In St. Paul, for example, Johnson High School moved its start time back from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., but the St. Paul School Board recently voted not to delay start times of other schools in the district due to busing difficulties. In Minneapolis, schools have 12 start times and 12 dismissal times, but only five sets of buses transport students. The earliest start time is 7:30 a.m. and the latest is 10:15 a.m., according to the district’s website. Teen sleep patterns The National Sleep Foundation states that teens have later biological sleep patterns, “meaning it is not natural to be able to fall asleep before 11 p.m.” Lester Prairie resident Gordon Houk, who has decades of teaching and substitute teaching experience at multiple districts, said he has doubts about late school starts helping teens. “My thoughts have centered around teens having to adapt to changes in time due to daylight savings and also traveling from one time zone to another,” he noted. “Teens seem to adjust seamlessly to an hour or more change forward or back with no problem. If they can adjust to clock changes which require changing their circadian clock, then why do we need Dear potential students and families, We are so excited to share our programs with you as your child begins their school career. The Primary School is a unique building for students in grades Pre-K and K only. This means that everything we do is designed specifically to meet the needs of our earliest learners. It is a safe, joyful, and exciting environment in which your young student will grow and thrive! Katie Thompson, Dean of Students to change school times to fit an elusive theory? I think it is a keeping a consistent sleep and wakeup time – and not varying social construct.” too much on the weekends – is key. “I really appreciate when families stick to a schedule,” JenReasons for lack of rest nissen said, explaining that if a child regularly goes to bed at When Houk is in a classroom, he’ll sometimes ask tired 8:30 p.m., they will know to start winding down at 8 p.m. students why they’re not getting enough sleep. For older children, going to bed early can be a challenge. “Very often in the upper grades it is a work schedule,” he The ideal amount of sleep for ages 14 to 17 is eight to 10 hours said. “Some have jobs that keep them up late. Sometimes, they per night, but the CDC states that two-thirds of high school are up late texting or gaming. Many teens lack self-discipline students fail to get this much. due to incomplete brain development. Parents are often givA ‘wrong view’ of sleep ing them more freedom. Perhaps that contributes.” Sports and other extracurricular activities can also play a The UCLA Sleep Disorders Center notes that teens often role, as students may be getting home late at night. have a “wrong view of sleep,” seeing it as “something that “There are many variables,” said Pam Halverson, a third- keeps them from the things they want to do.” grade teacher at Humphrey Elementary in Waverly, listing Teens may stay out late, or use caffeine or nicotine, which examples such as parents’ schedules, early daycare, family makes it difficult to get quality rest. At the end of the week, stress, and medications. they might sleep late on the weekend to catch up. However, Although much of the recent research has focused on upper the UCLA reports that this t