Change in Morning Announcements Q&A

By Staff Writers Lisa Lam and Marshall Byington

Graphics by Lisa Lam

Two student ASB officers, a student listener, and a teacher give their thoughts on the change of how morning announcements are done.

Cedric Maser:

Senior Cedric Maser is the ASB public relations officer. Maser does the morning announcements when the bell rings at 8:30am, for the start of second period.

How do the morning announcements impact your day?

It’s just like a five minute out-of-class thing. It’s not really an out-of-the-way [activity]. [The announcements are] something [that is] incorporated into the day.

How do you feel about the morning announcements?

[It is] just something I gotta get done to help get [the] information out, I see it as a good thing.

Why have the morning announcements been limited to Monday and Thursday?

[It is] because a lot of the teachers [have] said [that] it takes too much class time, [but] I feel like it does not [take away too much class time]. It’s just a quick little two to five minute thing where students can get informed, now students feel like they’re getting less informed because of it. I feel like we should just incorporate [the announcements] every day because it is what students need, to get what they need to know.

Do you think the announcements are feeling less important?

Yes, I feel like [the change has] taken away the importance of [the announcements] and it makes students kind of put it off, even more than they used to. They listen to it less and they should be listening to it more since we only have two days [of informal announcements].

Miles Douglas:

Senior Miles Douglas is the ASB vice president. Douglas speaks on the morning announcements.

How do the morning announcements impact your day?

It feels good. Although, I get teased around a lot for [my] monotone voice, but I mean other than that, they motivate me to do better.

How do you feel about morning announcements?

I just like giving out [the] news to people and hopefully they’ll listen [to it].

Why have the days been limited to Monday and Thursday?

Because apparently teachers have been complaining about the length of it, even though it’s not that long. I mean, personally, I don’t feel like it’s that long but there’s been complaining that it’s taking up class time.

Juan Williams:

Juan Williams is a senior who listens to the morning announcements occasionally.

How do the morning announcements impact your day?

They don’t really impact me too much, I wish they were a little [bit] more easier [to understand]. [They shouldn’t] drag it on. I mean, it doesn’t really affect me in any emotional way because I’m still prepared for class, [meaning] it doesn’t really bother me.

How do you feel about the morning announcements?

I don’t really have feelings [about] it, I mean, [they] do try to keep it positive and energetic, but it doesn’t come off as good as you want it to.

Why do you think the days have been limited to Monday and Thursday?

I guess it could be distracting if it drags on for a little bit. Some of the information may not be needed, especially lunch because it’s going to be the same five things every day.

Jamie Sullivan:

Jamie Sullivan is an English teacher who teaches AP Literature and Composition when the morning announcements play.

How do morning announcements impact your day?

I like that morning announcements are done differently this year, and that the majority of the important information is now compressed into two or three minutes [so] I can start class earlier. I think we should continue that practice because [during the] past morning announcements, [they] would drag on and really cut into class time and [into] Advanced Placement classes where a lot of content is covered, it would be disruptive.

How do you feel about morning announcements?

It’s in some ways the only way to get critical information out, because I know some students will not check their student email accounts and may not get key pieces of information, if it wasn’t for [the] morning announcements.

Why do you think the days have been limited to Monday and Thursday?

I think it was an attempt to eliminate [wasted time], losing six or seven minutes [of] class time because over time, [it] equals fifteen hours, that’s a lot of time for content [to be] lost.

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