2017-2018 News — 06 October 2017
An Unpleasant Surprise

Unexpected high temperatures haunt Wong Building

By: Emily Cien

The temperatures in the Wong Building have been extremely hot and unpleasant this past month according to students and teachers who unfortunately have class in the steamy building.

This September, the Wong Building, also known as the New Building, has been experiencing very hot temperatures. Teachers in the building said that the temperatures would sometimes reach from 80 to over 100 degrees.

“This is the thing that has most—in my life entire teaching career—made me want to quit my job,” said English teacher Jessica Forbes on the morning of Sept. 7, when her classroom was 88 degrees at 8 a.m.

Many other classrooms don’t experience the issue like the classrooms in the Wong Building do. It’s unusual since the temperature has almost always been normal.

The teachers have dealt with this situation in very similar ways. They contacted principal Matin Abdel-Qawi first to see if he would be able to fix this issue. The principal would then call up to the district to see if they could send anyone to help. As the teachers waited, they found a way to still teach a class while their room was heating up.

“It was very hot,” English teacher Lara Trale said. “I opened my windows and encouraged students to take off extra layers and drink more water.”

Many students in the room would feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Some students would even shed a few extra layers to cool down. Trale also said that “students had low energy” whenever the temperature was too hot.

When asked about the temperature in Forbes’s classroom, junior Jason Chuong said, “It was around 100 degrees and felt like a desert.”

The temperature in the building has returned back to normal but no one knows for sure how long it’ll stay this way, not even the principal.

“If the problem happens again and it takes a while to fix, the best way to raise attention is through student parents’ voices,” said principal Matin Abdel-Qawi.


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