Learning in an Ice Box

“Icebox,” “cold,” “too cold!” These are all adjectives provided by the students at Dimond when it comes to describing the temperature of the school. When you barely feel a difference walking into the school from the chilly outdoors, there must be a problem with the temperature inside. Jackets, mittens and boots are becoming a trendy fashion within Dimond during the winter. This is partially due to style; however, it is also related to the temperature students are dealing with throughout their school day. When asked about his feelings toward this low temperature, Junior Shaq Huang simply said “brrr.” “I am always cold. I keep my mittens with me all day at school,” says Senior Hope Meyn. She is not the only one. Many students are bundling up during the day to keep warm while sitting in their classes. This is not only a physical problem; the cold temperatures are affecting students’ concentration in the classroom as well. “I hate how cold it is,” says Junior Kylie Moore. “I can never concentrate.” Junior Katie Hall agrees, saying, “Our school is freezing! It makes taking tests really hard because it’s so distracting.” There is no doubt the school temperature should be fixed. However, what many don’t realize is that Dimond does not control the temperature. According to Todd Bryant, a maintenance worker for ASD, the thermostats at Dimond are controlled by people in a building downtown. This provides a major dilemma when it comes to trying to solve this problem. It is, however, not impossible to find a solution. Students in Joshua Hall’s calculus classes have taken matters into their own hands, placing ice wrapped in paper towels around the thermostat in the classroom. This has caused the thermostats to heat up quicker, causing more heat throughout the room. This simple yet ingenious solution allows for the students to deal with a problem in the school on their own, making our school less of an icebox for learning.