Winter wake-ups can be hard.
Dark, chilly mornings have many people reaching for the snooze button. Which is why Peddie made a modest, yet impactful change to its winter schedule:
For four Wednesdays during Peddie’s winter term, students get to SLEEP IN!
“The darker days of winter can be a grind,” said Catherine Rodrigue, associate head of school. “Including four Late Start Wednesdays in our schedule is a ‘pick me up.’”
Rodrigue collaborates with faculty to develop a thoughtful class schedule that considers the general health and well-being of students. Classes begin one hour later on Late Start Wednesdays, which occur on four pre-selected Wednesdays throughout January and February. While there are no measurable academic or health benefits to adding four late starts, the modest change seems to be a lift for our community.
What Peddie students have to say about Late Start Wednesdays
Students love Late Start Wednesdays, and have even dubbed them “Wonderful Wednesdays.” Student body co-president Brooke Dennison ’18 said that she and her classmates enjoy the mid-week late start.
“The pace of the day is much faster, not only because of the adjusted schedule but also because of our added energy.”
Christine Markey ’20 is thankful for the extra time that Wonderful Wednesdays bring.
“They’re perfect to get caught up on sleep so I can feel refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning. And, if there is unfinished work to do, I have extra time in the morning to complete it.”
Mariah Johnson ’19 appreciates the added minutes to her morning routine.
“Of course we all get to sleep in a little later than usual, but we also have some time to enjoy the morning before classes begin. Feeling more refreshed from a good night’s sleep always makes every task more enjoyable, from washing your face to eating breakfast to even finishing up homework.”
Isabella LaGrego '19 doesn't know how she would get through the winter term without Late Start Wednesdays.
"Not only does it give me that extra hour of well-needed sleep, but it also allows me to have an extra hour to do work if needed. Winter term is known to be the most difficult term, due to the increase in workload and the unpleasant weather conditions, so I take advantage of every late-start Wednesday that I get."
And for Dennis Zhang ’20 and Nicholas Berlet ’18, weather plays a role in their enthusiasm for Late Start Wednesdays.
“Recently, due to the change in weather, it has been much harder to get out of bed. So being able to get an extra hour of sleep is very beneficial to my morning routine and health.”
“During a time of year when the morning temperature consistently hits below freezing, it’s awesome that students can wake up a little later. It’s an opportunity for us to either get some extra work done or even just wake up when it’s a few degrees warmer outside.”
What Peddie faculty have to say about Late Start Wednesdays
The enthusiasm for Late Start Wednesdays is not limited to students. Faculty also appreciate the late starts and many teachers see the positive effect these special days have on their students.
“I love Late Start Wednesdays for our students,” said Matt Roach, English department chair. “On these days kids are especially alert and energetic during our first-period class."
Shani Peretz, chair of the science department, enjoys late starts because they “enable students to catch up on their rest or their homework or their favorite TV show. Everyone gets to their class a little bit happier on Late Start Wednesdays.”
“Variety is the spice of life,” said Tim Corica, math department chair. “Peddie students and teachers work so hard that even little breaks feel big … an extra hour in the morning is a noticeable difference in the pace of the day.”
Rodrigue said that the positive reaction from the community is “evidence of the morale boost these days provide.”
“There is merit to changing up the routine, and these days accomplish that,” she said.
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