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Committee fights student stress

Posted By Jesse Zhang On April 6, 2008 @ 1:08 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Concerned with stress issues affecting students, Principal Brian Salzer and the South administration met on Monday, February 25 to discuss the formation of a committee solely dedicated to managing student stress.
After planning for more a month, the committee is beginning to take some actions. Salzer will visit classrooms around the school to discuss student stress.
The administration strategically broke down sources of stress affecting Newton South students into five categories: family, peer, individual, college, and school.
The committee hopes to create several methods that can be offered to alleviate stress.
Salzer emphasized the importance of South contributing minimal stress to the large amount each student already bears.
“We have to decide as Newton South what stress we are responsible for putting on [the students] and how we can reduce that. We are trying to figure out from our programs how we can make a difference, he said.
South already offers stress programs for outside of school issues such as drugs and alcohol. Guidance counselors are also available to alleviate relationship-induced stress.
According to Assistant Principal Purnima Vadhera, with the increasing numbers of standardized tests and more college application pressure, student’s stress as well as parent’s stress is growing.
“Parents are definitely stressed about the MCAS. Now it’s not just the high school diploma, but suddenly also all of these tests [their children] need to pass, Vadhera said.
Some students feel that certain habits like procrastination contribute to stress.
“It’s bad if you log off Facebook at 11 and realize you have a five page paper due the next morning that you haven’t started, sophomore Ivan Evsioukov said.
“I’ve seen kids just flip out in classes. They literally have a mental breakdown, senior Justine Lassar said. “I think that about 99.99 percent of students are stressed.
Lassar believes that a stress committee should be formed, but is skeptical of its future effectiveness.
“Honestly, I think stress is an intrinsic part of high school, Lassar said.

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