Petition to Adventist Medical Center College, Zenaida G. Gersana, Ph.D., CESO III
ABOLISH 2.5 GPA
Please take time to read LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD KEEP THE SIGNATURES COMING! ~ Academic AdministratorAdventist Medical College CentreSan Miguel, Iligan City 9200 Dear ______________ Greetings! I am writing this letter to bring to your attention a concern that is, in our viewpoint, unfair to us students. I would like to appeal and oppose on the act that requires students to attain a certain grade point average . I believe that there are certain variables that is to be considered before applying this policy. This policy is to be implemented with the primary purpose of improving the standards of the institution, which we fully understand. However, as we think that there needs to be a deeper analysis on the policy's implementation, we also have seen that it can be ineffective in some ways. By discussing our concerns, we cohesively think that there would be a better solution than requiring the students to achieve a certain grade point average. The policy's implementation is highly unsatisfactory to the students. It is also perceived to be unjust that if one student does not meet such grade point average, he/she is prohibited to acquire full units. In the worst scenario, a student may postpone his/her study for a semester as they are not allowed to take some subjects, which requires them to extend for a year or more. Furthermore, the policy may decrease the school's population as some students consider transferring to other schools as an alternative solution for the concern, since they prefer to graduate in the expected years in college. It is in great hope that this appeal be considered and responded by the administration. As for suggestion, a meeting with the necessary faculty and student representatives can be carried out to discuss this concern thoroughly. I highly support the aim for quality education which is also one of the reasons that I am sending this appeal, since the policy, in my careful observation, is not the most efficient way to achieve such academic progress. Below is a list of the names of students who are in unity with the endeavor of addressing the concerns aforementioned. Thank you! Sincerely, Petitioner’s signature cc: CHED Region Office X ~ FAQs: 1. What will happen if the petition reaches 100? Will the 2.5 policy be really abolished? The goal is actually 500. No, it won't but the petition is directly linked to the AMCC's and CHEDRO X's email addresses. Lets just hope they care enough to reconsider. Godspeed. 2. (From outsiders) What's the difference between our school's 2.5 to yours? We are using the US 4.0 grade point so, 2.5 (AMCC) = 2.0 = 85
Petition to Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees, Liliana Carrillo
Please reinstate Ms. Harvey's teaching position.
On April 16, 2017, Cypress High School’s choral program learned that their new director, Ms. Melanie Harvey, was to be laid off due to budget cuts proceeding the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The district has ensured that the choral program will remain intact, but our director, Ms. Harvey, has lost her job. Ms. Harvey is the greatest thing that has happened to this program in a long time and we students believe that with the support of our community, the AUHSD Board of Trustees will hopefully acknowledge Ms. Harvey’s impact on our lives and education, and how essential she is to the program. With your participation in this petition, you are contributing to the fight to keep strong arts programs in the education system. We must emphasize the importance of music education and the fine arts as it is generally overlooked. Every signature helps us let our voice be heard. Thank you for your time and support for students, the arts, and a dedicated teacher. Thank you for using your voice to help a teacher that has allowed her students to find theirs. BACKGROUND Ms. Harvey is a first-year teacher at Cypress High School, and was vulnerable to the budget cuts due to her low seniority, but has grown the choral program to new heights. Ms. Harvey is the hardest working and most influential person we have ever had the honor to have as an instructor. Her impact on the Cypress choral program includes, but is not limited to: The number of students signed up for the upcoming school year (2017-18) has doubled in comparison to the current school year (2016-17). Ms. Harvey combines show choir and concert choir into the curriculum, giving students a strong background to classical music education, and a show choir (singing and dancing) experience. She is also dedicated to making sure students are proficient in music theory. Ms. Harvey offered to teach a separate music class to the Special Education students at Cypress High School, but since she has been terminated that class is no longer for sure being taught. Whoever replaces her has the decision to take it or not, and it is a difficult class to teach for some teachers. Ms. Harvey was actually excited and eager to teach and give this opportunity to the Special Education students. Ms. Harvey organized and directed four choir shows the past school year, as well as taking the advanced group, High Voltage, to four show choir competitions, and to one choral festival along with the beginning level group, Shockwaves. Ms. Harvey organizes after school and weekend rehearsals, taking time out of her own personal life for the students. Ms. Harvey teaches not only music, but life lessons and morals. She teaches integrity, teamwork skills, and confidence. The budget cuts by the State of California left Cypress High School without an on campus drama/theatre class, and threatened the existence of the dance program. They also completely cut the floral program. Students feel as if their arts programs are slowly diminishing. (As shown through the hashtag #savechsarts on Instagram) The arts is a calling to many students who are passionate about what they create. It is something that they can rely on for stability and communal support every single day when they walk into a choir, drama, or dance classroom. Cypress has had a different choir director every single year for the past three years. This has hindered the choral program from growing and stabilizing. If the teaching position is changed once again for the 2017-2018 school year, the program will repeat the cycle of having to reform and rebuild. Ms. Harvey was hired from outside of the district specifically for our class because there was no one else qualified for the position she took. If she leaves, then who will teach us? This causes emotional stress on the students, but also puts Ms. Harvey out of work. Every student deserves a strong music education. Ms. Harvey has provided Cypress High School with that, and could continue to impact more students’ lives with your support.
Petition to Carol Campbell, Tom Koehler, Julie Esparza Brown, Mike Rosen, Pam Knowles, Amy Kohnstamm, Steve Buel, Paul Anthony
Save the French Program at Grant High School
The French program at Grant High School is in danger of being phased out. Despite strong enrollment in French programs at Grant and its feeder schools, only 2nd and 3rd year French will be offered to students in 2017/18, with no promises for the following year. French has been part of Grant High School's curricular program since Grant was founded in 1924. Please sign this petition before the upcoming June 13th budget meeting to ask Principal Campbell and the PPS school board to prioritize a robust language curriculum for students at Grant High School by retaining the French program for all four years. This issue is bigger than Grant High School. It's about reversing the increasing trend to plug budgetary gaps by cutting language options in public schools. Please show your support for languages! The district is facing tough decisions. According to a Willamette Week article back in March, Principal Campbell put staff on notice that Grant would be facing significant cuts, and that she'd take forecasting, programming, and the requirements to maintain the core curriculum into account when making decisions. We ask that you consider the school board’s decision making priorities in your comments in order to demonstrate how school language programs contribute to academic success and strong communities. How has language study contributed to your success (or your children's success) in core competencies such as reading, writing, and speaking? How has your study of French contributed to your education (or that of your children) as a global citizen? Have you ever hosted an international exchange student or visited a Francophone country as a result of your kids studying French? Has studying French opened doors to other educational or career-related opportunities? Why do opportunities for cross-cultural education matter to you and your family? Why is it important to retain the French program as a language option at Grant in addition to Spanish and Japanese?
Petition to Clarkstown Central School District, Superintendent Martin Cox
Change the Clarkstown high school start time to 9:00 am!
High schools in Clarkstown simply start far too early. Clarkstown high schools start at 7:25 am, which adversely impacts the health and alertness of all students in our community, especially high schoolers, who on average fall asleep no earlier than 11:00 pm because the shift in their internal body clocks changes from adolescence, leaving me and thousands of my peers with less than 7.5 hours of sleep per night. The consequences of chronic sleep deprivation are serious, sometimes even lethal, these include: increased risk of heart disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases; cognitive ailments such as lack of focus and alertness, clumsiness, increased emotional problems, and more. Do you want your children to develop these ailments that decrease their quality of life and possibly curtail their lifespans? If your answer is no, then sign this petition to change the start times to the following: 7:30 am for all elementary schools, 8:15 am for Felix Festa middle school, and 9:00 am for both high schools. I understand this might possibly cost Clarkstown parents and schools time and money, but does this outweigh the myriad of benefits of later school start times? These benefits include fewer car crashes, higher test scores, and a decline in tardiness, substance abuse and symptoms of depression, according to a University of Minnesota study conducted on 9,000 high schoolers in Minnesota, Colorado, and Wyoming. To implement these changes, high schools must end at 3:30pm. Sports and extracurriculars must adjust their schedules and work with the board to schedule practice times that optimize performance and fit student schedules. Parents who must work early will have to arrange separate transportation or allow students to take the bus. Despite the obstacles, this change will increase student grades and cut accidents, absenteeism and tardiness, alleviating stress on students, teachers, schools and parents alike. If we don't take the plunge, we curtail opportunities to reduce sports injuries, increase grades, decrease sickness and accidents due to drowsiness and a happy, healthy school populace. If you don't mind slight inconviences with work and would rather see healthy, happy kids come home from school than grouchy souls enter school at 7 am, sign this petition below, you will not regret it. Even if you don't agree, sign for your loved ones and the Clarkstown community. If 9 am doesn't work, we can still work for 8 or 8:30, since it's still a step forward from 7:20. If you support those times, then sign. Thanks- Bradley Post :) Sources: 1.https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/why-school-should-start-later/401489/ 2.http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/2807026
Petition to Karalee Hargrove, Tom Baumgarten, Chris Proudfoot, Denise Cohen, L. Hilary Slotta
Keep Our Teacher!
We need your help!!! The Morongo Unified School District is going to take away a teacher from Friendly Hills Elementary School! All of our classes are currently between 20-25 students, and we have no combos. Perfect, right? Well, apparently our district thinks that's too low, so they're pulling a teacher! Not only is this devastating to the teacher and the students in that class, but it will affect the whole school with combos and larger classes. Please, if you are willing, can you email our Board (their emails are on the MUSD website: http://www.morongousd.com/BoardofEducation.aspx
Petition to Fort Smith School Board
Shorts in Fort Smith Public Schools
This is a petition for secondary school students to be allowed to wear shorts in the Fort Smith School District. The dress code is outdated and should be amended. Many other school districts in our area allow shorts. Additionally, some days the temperature can reach over 95 degrees, and at Southside we have no air conditioning in our hallways. In the dress code it states that girls may wear skirts and dresses which are fingertip length, caprees, and pants. However, boys may only wear pants or slacks. I believe knees should not be to distracting or detrimental to our education due too the fact that girls may already wear clothing that sits above the knee, and we are one of the best school districts in the state. #FreeTheKnee
Petition to St. Pete High Administration, St. Petersburg Educational Board, St. Petersburg superintendents, Dr. Michael A. Grego, St. Pete Edu. Board, Superintendent Michael K. Grego
St. Pete High: Revert Closed Building Lunch Policy
**Update** The first floor of main building is now open during lunch. Please respect the courtyard and keep it clean. ******************* The new policy at St. Pete High to close all buildings during lunch and limit student- teacher interaction is in effect as of 08/13/18. This new policy limits students from being inside any buildings, including the lunch courtyards, during lunch. Any lunch tutoring in class with your teacher or effective use of the lunch periods has been revoked. Students who use this time to get the help they need and deserve are limited to the few teachers in the construction building and will often be unable to obtain information about their assignments that they need to succeed. The administration has changed this tutoring time to be after-school; this means that many clubs will be disbanded as they had lunch meetings. Everything from make-up tests to rehearsals to reheating a lunch are gone. Signers believe this policy is discriminatory towards students who need to ride the bus home. (Be it that their parents work, or they live too far for public transportation, which can cost hundreds of dollars over a school year.) Signers understand that we need compromise. This policy additionally limits students as only two bathrooms are open during lunch, and with around 2000 students this problem is amplified by the new limited bathroom policy of 14 bathroom passes per quarter. Additionally students should not be forced to be crowded together outside as the cafeteria is overfull. Florida is still hot and the water fountains are limited along with the bathrooms. And what if students start to suffer heat illness? What happens when the rainy season comes and we cannot take shelter? When other facilities are right there. We need compromise, Such as a split lunch, because the current plan does not work. All students should not be punished for the actions of a few. While I understand the administration's concern, due to previous occurrences, cramming that many students into a cafeteria, during our plethora of rainy and sunny days, is a fire and health hazard. I believe that we can work together with the administration to find an alternative option that keeps students safe, honors past SPHS traditions, allows students to get the academic assistance they need and the ability to function throughout their own campus. Otherwise the school moral, involvement, and grades will more than likely plummet. Sign this petition to revert to the previous policies and please help spread the word. Thank you, Charles Sabodski.
Petition to Nathan Deal
Give us an option for non mesh bags In Chatham County,GA
Because of schools return looming in every body is rushing to get supplies. And you have to sacrifice A lot of time to get a mesh bag. I know its for safety protocal and to avoid weapons and drugs. But even in New York on of Americas most dangerous cities allow students to have Non clear bags.