STAC Lunch: What are the Cons?


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Due to complaints about SMART lunch being to early, STAC lunch is schedule later.

By: Megan Anderson, Senior manager of Entertainment and Social Media

STAC lunch is the new and improved SMART lunch. Even though STAC lunch might seem like a good idea right now, the lunch does have some cons.

What is STAC lunch?

STAC lunch stands for Student Tutoring and Clubs. The lunch takes place every Tuesday and Thursday. STAC lunch started on February 27 and will end on April 23. First, STAC lunch’s primary mission is to help students who are struggling in their classes. For instance, the National Honor Society does tutoring sessions throughout STAC lunch.

With STAC lunch, the class times change to make it work. Next, instead of having two lunches throughout the day, there are only two lunches. The lunch schedule is usually A lunch, B lunch, and C lunch. Now with STAC lunch, lunch takes place after block three. The first half of STAC lunch is for juniors and seniors. While the juniors and seniors are eating lunch, the freshmen and sophomores are in homeroom. Then after the twenty-five mark, the freshmen and sophomores eat lunch, while the juniors and seniors are in homeroom. Homeroom after or before STAC lunch is used for a study hall. Students work on their homework or other projects that they have during homeroom.

Throughout the lunches, tutoring takes place for students who are struggling, and some clubs or sports have their meetings during lunch. Even though the lunches are twenty-five minutes each, STAC lunch is approximately an hour in total.

Cons with the lunch portion

Even though STAC lunch seems like a good idea in hindsight, there are some cons to this lunch. For instance, lunch is only twenty-five minutes. Senior Kaycee Latorre also has concerns about the time of lunch. Latorre stated, “I think STAC lunch is too short. I feel like it should be longer because I don’t feel like being rushed in the one break I have during school.”

Next, junior Arya Abdollahi has concerns about the lunch too. Abdollahi stated, “the food is too expensive, and the quality isn’t that good. Also, the lines are too long.” With many students buying lunch, it doesn’t give the students enough time to buy lunch and eat it due to the lunch lines are too long. Also, there are four locations to purchase food, but that doesn’t seem enough. Furthermore, there are three locations to buy food in the cafeteria and one location to buy food in the lobby.

According to, “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 20 minutes for lunch, beginning when students sit down with their food, allowing enough time to socialize and finish their meals, but also enough time to notice when they are full.” By the time students buy their lunches and sit down to eat, they are past the twenty-minute mark.

Lastly, last year during SMART lunch, there were a few fights during the lunch portion and the homeroom portion. This caused SMART lunch to end. Even though STAC lunch has a different agenda than SMART lunch, fights are still a concern from some of the students. Senior Robyn Epstein has concerns about fights too. Epstein stated, ” I understand that fights are going to happen, regardless. However, we saw during SMART lunches, more fights occurred, and it’s not fair for the teachers to break up fights when they should be tutoring students.”

Cons with the tutoring

Throughout STAC lunch, there is tutoring throughout both lunches. The seniors from the National Honor Society do the tutoring. If a senior has to tutor the first half lunch, they get to eat in the second half of lunch. With the seniors eating in the second half of lunch, they have to eat with the underclassman or eat in a classroom with other people who tutored the first session. Not having the ability to be eating lunch with your friends can be considered a con because lunch is the only break the students have throughout the school day. Most students would like to enjoy their break with their friends, not by themselves.

Senior Skylar Galvez tutors students in math and science during STAC lunch once a week. When asked what she thought about tutoring in the first session of STAC lunch, she stated, “It’s not fair to be tutoring when we are having our lunch. Helping people is worth it, but the way they are going about it is wrong.”

Also, some students who are being required to be tutored don’t want to be there. Students are told if they don’t show up to tutoring that they can be written up as a cut. Even though some students go to tutoring because they want help and want to improve their skills, some students don’t care about their grades.

STAC lunch from a teacher perceptive

Mr. Hutchinson, who is the director of the National Honor Society, spoke about his concerns when helping to organize STAC lunch. Hutchinson stated, “I think concerns revolve, making it work for everybody. One of the concerns is to make it everybody can benefit from not just people in the club, just not people who want tutoring.”

Hutchinson wanted to make sure everyone was benefiting from STAC lunch, even the faculty.

With STAC lunch still in session, we will see what the future will hold from STAC lunch.