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Students Respond to Administration's Decisions at Dixon High

The removal of black as the primary color on home uniforms, a dance policy and a push to change class schedules has upset students at Dixon High School.

The mood among students at is not upbeat. 

Last Friday several students donned black in protest to a that black would no longer be the primary color on Dixon Rams' home uniforms. The decision to remove black was a move to reclaim school tradition, Principal John Barsotti said. 

The school's official colors are green and white. Some students have said that the removal of the color is a affront on the school's identity. In the most recent edition of the DHS Telegram, columnist Ameet Sharma talks about a different topic that has students in an uproar.

A recent newsletter (attached to this story) sent out by Dixon High School's administration encourages students to stay through sixth period at , and also encourages them to take on a seven-period day, instead of six.

The zero period, which is essentially a class that begins about an hour before school starts, gives students the opportunity to take an extra course. The day starts early for the student, hence the student leaves early (if they are only taking six courses at Dixon High that is). But the recent push to have students stay through the sixth period at Dixon High School, has upset many students, many of them who use the extra hour (zero period) to attend jobs, or get some extra studying in.

DHS Columnist Sharma spoke to Principal Barsotti who told the young columnist that "more knowledge is a good thing," according to the story. And that all students should strive to take seven courses through the day and use zero period for what is was meant for -- to complete as much of their schooling at high school, where it's cheaper. 

But Sharma argues that leaving an hour early gives students the opportunity to get a taste of the real world and pursue jobs, studies, or interests that best fit their lives and those of their families. Sharma states that the administration has the ultimate power in making the decisions and that parents and students should have more of a say.

Another major concern that students have is a restrictive contract at Dixon High dances. In order to participate at school dances, such as the prom, students are made to sign a contract with such stipulations as the following dancing guidelines:

  • Dancers must stay upright, with both feet on the floor.
  • Face to face dancing is preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Front-to-back is acceptable with no excessive bending, leaning over, or grinding.
  • No grinding. Grabbing of the neck, shoulder, waist, and/or hip and pulling it front-to-back is prohibited.
  • Boys looking down at midsection, grabbing hips and thrusting back and forth is also not allowed.
  • No inappropriate touching. Hands on waist or shoulders only.
  • No “making out” or overt prolonged public displays of affection.

The contract aims to curb such things as 'freaking' at school dances, and also has stipulations within it that govern everything from how students enter and exit the dance and what the students wear.

Are the students just being teenagers and groaning at the decisions of the school staff? Should they have more of a say at what happens at Dixon High? Where do the parents fall into this equation and what kind of say should they have? Voice your opinion in the comments section.

Matthew Johnson March 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I'm with the students on the zero period policy, I personally took a zero period and got out at lunch during my senior year and it really helped my morale and that year ended up being my highest GPA of my high school years. While I personally did not pursue a job during that time, I know that there were students in my class that did use that time to work. I am however with the administration on the dance policies... for the most part. I'm glad they are finally doing something about it. The reason I did not attend a single high school dance/prom/ball was because of the overwhelming presence of sexual display, drugs and alcohol. The language in the new policy is a little wordy and redundant but I am glad they are finally doing something about this!
Tacy Currey March 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I am all for it. If you wish to use the time for work you can sign up for work study and I highly recommend the school have zero and seventh period weight conditioning and sports periods to relieve part of the challenge of traveling for sports events.
Ada Bee March 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM
This could be the makings of a teen dance movie. Oh wait...
gloria resendiz March 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Dance or no dance kids will be kids. Why go to a dance with all these rules? Also sad to say but with this economy there's kids helping parents get by financially. Leave it the way it is. My opinion. Have a good day :)
Eva C March 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I like the new dance rules, its a shame that we have to have rules in order for kids to show respect to themselves and their dance partners.
Gretchen Timm March 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
How does Mr. Barsotti plan to cover the cost of students going to school for seven periods? How will the extra teaching periods be paid for in a District facing even more financial cuts next year? With Mr. Barsotti's plan to add extra teaching periods and replacing DHS sports uniforms (to eliminate the color black) he must be aware of money available no one else is! Maybe he should spend his time taking care of the real problems at DHS and get down to reality.
Maggie March 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I am glad that a dance policy has been formed. This really needed to happen. I personally would not want my kids at a dance where the above mentioned were taking place. Kuddos to Barsotti for having the courage to take a stand.
WD March 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
This doesn't surprise me, although I support certain restrictions and rules based on moral values @ school dances, Mr Barsotti seems happy to (stir the pot) like he did with the varsity football program. Overwhelming opposition from the students on the color change; the zero period policy; the firing of the JV coach and the maintaining of the current varsity coach is something that should be taken seriously. But it seems Barsotti loves to go against the grain. Shamefull!
Make Your Own Luck April 05, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The principal deciding not to re-hire the jv coach (he was not fired) while keeping the varsity coach is far from shamefull. Going against the grain? Ridiculous! He has acted as a principal should and made decisions based on facts and not rumors. Just because many didnt get what they wanted doesnt make it wrong. Its called life and life isnt fair. Perhaps this is the lesson the kids should learn instead of blaming their coaches, teachers, etc. for their own shortcomings. But what do you expect when their parents do the same. Its amazing to me that football is so important when there are bigger life lessons to be learned off the field. Heaven forbid someday, little "Johnny" has a boss he doesnt get along with. Poor mom and dad wont be able to help. Raise young men and women and not cry babies like thier parents. Im not pro any coach. Im just anti-cry baby parents who dont get their way.

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