Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind around 10 mph.
A slight chance of rain and snow after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a south southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
A chance of snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain between 9am and 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Windy, with a north northwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Since Tuesday, April 28, 2015, which was declared “Phone-Free Tuesday” by the administration, cell phone distraction has been drastically reduced at school. That infamous Tuesday began with an assembly of high school students at 8:15 am when Mr. Ackerman informed them that Tuesday had been declared "phone-free." Upon leaving auditorium, students gave their phones to their DEAR teachers for safe-keeping until 3:15.Our experience proved that allowing students possession of their phones during class is a distinct distraction to the educational program, and changes were made.
Starting Wednesday, a common policy was implemented in all classrooms. High school students may now view their phones between classes and at lunch only. During all classes and study halls, phones will be placed in a secure location in each classroom where students will drop them off at the beginning of class and may pick them up on their way out of the class. Any cell phone found in possession of a student during class or study hall will be turned in to the office for the day.
According to the article How Smartphones Affect Kids at School at the Yahoo Parenting website, unstructered use of phones in schools has a negative impact on student achievement. Read more here: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/how-smartphones-affect-kids-at-school-119384298537.html Before "Phone-Free Tuesday" more and more issues had arisen of students using their phones inappropriately. Phones had been used to harass and belittle each other, and phones had been used to discreetly take photos and videos in classrooms.
This policy applies to cell phone, as well as mobile tablets, such as kindles and i-pads. Students will continue to be allowed to use school-issued technolongy, such as laptops or e-readers (available from the media center). Since students are unplugged from their mobile devices during the school day, you can contact a student through the high school office at 712-472-4051.