Go big or go to Lunch Study

Freshmen are assigned to Lunch Study each day, which provides them extra time to study and an incentive to keep their grades up at the expense of lunch time


Haley Passarelli

Students make progress on their homework during Paul Wilm’s lunch study in room 331 at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 3.

Janelle Hernandez, Contributing Writer

Freshmen students are enjoying their lunch, preparing to study for their next test. Just as they are about to take another bite, one of the lunch supervisors yells out, “Lunch Study kids, time to go!” Their faces are visibly upset, realizing they didn’t have time to finish their food, or even get to open their book to study.

Instead of having a full period of lunch, the Lunch Study program provides an ‘extra study hall’ for students at the Freshman Campus who are failing classes. If students are not passing every class, they will be put in Lunch Study and leave lunch with 20 minutes left. It gives students time to catch up on work that is making them not have passing grades.

“I think the main priority [of lunch study] is as an incentive for academics in the building,” Associate Principal Kyle Hobson says. “So adding Lunch Study makes it more productive for our freshmen who are transitioning to high school.”

Hobson is the one that thought of the idea to have a lunch study. She thinks it would be beneficial for kids to raise their grades, and that Lunch Study will help benefit them in the future. Most freshmen have opinions on Lunch Study, whether it’s good or bad.

“It’s bad to take people’s time to eat away. If you get bad grades, you get time taken away from something you need in order to live,” Irving Lopez, a student in Lunch Study states. “I don’t feel more motivated to do my work. Whenever I get forced to get my grades up, it’s not motivating and makes me not want to do it.”

Lopez thinks that having a full lunch period is more important than getting pulled out of lunch to do work that he is not more motivated to do. Though he still needs to work to pull his grades back up, he doesn’t find it fair to take peoples lunch time away.

Angel Lackey says, “I don’t think you should cut people’s time to eat. Technically, I have 3 study halls, so they shouldn’t cut off lunch.”

Although Lackey doesn’t have the grades to skip Lunch sSudy, she agrees with Lopez on there being no reason to take away someone’s time to eat no matter their grades. Though, she also thinks it’s fair to spend more time working to get grades up.

Some of the kids that have gotten out of lunch study still like to leave their full lunch period to go there.

“I had to get my grades up in two of my classes. They were Ds and I was able to get them back up to Cs, which took me like a week to do so yeah” says freshman Michalina Sotka. “Except I like going back to lunch to study because most of my friends are there.”

Despite the differing opinions there is an air of success of the Lunch Study program. This is seen in the fact there are 276 students who now qualify for a full lunch. These new Lunch Study assignments will be beginning on Monday, Nov. 21.

The students take their last step up the stairs then head straight to their Lunch Study room. Not a single sound is coming from the room, you could practically hear a pin drop. They take their seats, let out big sighs and start on their homework.