Warrior Words: Better late than never


As arctic conditions persist, Wilton citizens and New Englanders alike are disgruntled to see that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow recently, and then bit the ear of the unsuspecting mayor, solidifying six more weeks of Siberia. To parents, workers, and basically anyone aside from students, this was grave news. A half-dozen more weeks of frigid temperatures, with each day seeming to bring another coating of snow; 42 more days of frozen fingers, toes, noses and ears; 1,000-plus hours of shoveling-induced back pain. But to students, this is really not such a bad thing. True, it will remain a cold, snowy mess, but that can mean only one thing — snow days!
This past month or so, every school day has felt like a delay, early dismissal, or cancellation taking us into a long weekend, which I am certainly not complaining about. One of the only downsides of this phenomena is that when we actually have a full day, like we had today, it seems an eternity. So, to combat this stressful and taxing adjustment, Wilton Public Schools should simply switch to a delayed schedule full-time. Classes are only 10 minutes shorter than normal, time is not wasted in the cafeteria during lunch waves, and we could all use an extra couple of hours of sleep. Seniors will always find a way to slack off and be late to school anyway (I was 15 minutes late to my first class this morning, starting at 10:20), underclassmen will gladly make up days, and teachers will have more time to grade work, plan lessons, and pursue hobbies typically put off until summer. Science proves that students perform better when well-rested. It really is a win-win for all parties! Granted, my recreational basketball team has not played a game since Dec. 20th due to the arctic incursion, but I will cut my losses on that. I am perfectly content spending my snow days playing a mediocre level of pond hockey, watching Netflix, and leisurely finishing assignments that may not even be collected the next day because of another round of slippery roads. This is probably very selfish of me, but I am sure my senior classmates will jump on this bandwagon, if they have not already envisioned this more practical schedule themselves. A majority of us will be working as interns soon regardless, not even reporting to school, so why wait?
Hopefully, when spring comes — if it comes, and this is not a snow apocalypse or ice age in the making — there will be no flooding or damage to athletic fields, or to anything for that matter, but until we cross that bridge, keep those delays coming!  Of course, with my proposed schedule enhancement, it would not have to actually snow at all, since we would be operating on a two-hour delayed schedule every day. Ideally, no more snow will bury the town of Wilton beyond its current level, it will gradually warm up, and the white blanket will cease to be, showing a lush, revitalized ground that has not been seen for several weeks now. The grass will be green, flowers will blossom, and so, too, will Wilton students and staff as they wake energized, lively, and ready to conquer the day, starting at 10:20. I can see it now. So, at this point, the only thing left to do is reach an agreement with administration, teachers and students, and put this fool-proof plan into action!
You are welcome, Wilton High School.




Alex Jacobson is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four classmates.