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We, the student body of St. Joseph's Secondary School believe the following 5 rules must be in place. If these suggestions are ignored; we WILL take actions (protests/strike).


1. School starting times. School must start at 9:15 AM or later. 8:15 AM is too early; especially for teenagers. Many boards have already made the change in light of scientific evidence proving that teenagers especially need more sleep and their biological clocks are more fitting for a later start. Many boards in Toronto and the USA provide a 9:15 AM start.

2. Unbiased marking. We already have a student ID system in place -- we have to make use of it. Many students are complaining that teachers mark with a bias when they look at the name. Specifically in courses where marking can vary (unlike math), we believe there is a strong bias. Why not just write the Student ID number instead of the name? Many schools already have this type of system in place in order to avoid biased marking.

3. More holidays. Students need more holidays due to the rigid schedule. We would prefer atleast 1 day off every other week. Even if this results in a shorter summer vacation -- because 75 days of summer vacation is too long and results in students having "rusty" starts in the first semester. More holidays spread throughout will energize students, help keep them focused and increase drive and determination. Many regions across the world -- specifically Europe, already have a system where there are 3 days off per week.

4. A university like environment / Respect. Teachers often claim when they mark difficult, overload you with assignments and make you stand outside, that they are just preparing you for university. How about preparing us by treating us (specifically senior students) with more respect? Teachers love to bring down students' marks by not accepting late assignments and simply giving a "Zero!" instead of checking up on students to see if they did work. Well how about a more lenient and respectful way of dealing with lates? More respect when asking sincere questions? More freedom; have optional classes which are workshops (where teachers help you with major assignments). Respect the students; just give us the lecture/lesson, and then be available for help.

5. The following teachers are not qualified to teach and they are a detriment to the learning process; they must be fired immediately! Specifically:

Mrs. Rawn-Kane
Mrs. Lorenzon

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