by Susanne Fili – 14 Oct 2004
The first day in the new building of the high school was amazing.
When I first took a tour of the building, I thought it would be hard to have class in such a small space. I was wrong.
Over the summer many hardworking and dedicated people did miracles to give the space a ìnew look.î At the beginning of the opening ceremony, every student was given a sunflower.
We acknowledged and thanked all who had helped us to get to where we are and to be who we are today. Next, the teachers were introduced, and some of them gave us words of advice for the future.
We all sang a round that our new chorus teacher, Mrs. Schane-Lydon, had written, and we ended the ceremony by putting all our sunflowers into a vase as we entered our new high school one by one.
When we reached the top of the stairs there were refreshments waiting for us. As we all chitchatted about our summers, news reporters from a local newspaper and radio station started to interview some of us.
They asked about the differences between the high school and the lower school, and why we decided to come to this particular high school rather then other college preparatory high schools in the area.
Before we knew it, it was time for classes. The first class we had was Spanish or German. We spoke about our summer vacations and welcomed the new students into the classes. Then we all changed classrooms.
The eleventh graders went into the main seminar room to have algebra II class with our new teacher, Mr. Youmans. We all talked about how much experience we had had with math and how much we liked to do math; it was, basically, a meet and greet.
After that, we had a twenty-minute break and then filed back into our separate classrooms for our daily seminar class. Right now, the 11th grade has Ms. Eliot, and we are learning about the life and plays of William Shakespeare.
From the very first moments of the opening ceremony to the very last minute of our Shakespeare seminar, I knew this year and all the years to come would and will be a great learning experience for all of my peers and me.