First Quarter Ends With a Ball

A group of students gather at junior Turner St. Romain's house prior to the St. Paul's senior high homecoming dance. Pictured are Camille Kathryn, Ryan Keller, Allyson Lacoste, Beau Briggs, Molly Stalter, Logan Cook, Olivia Buquoi, Christopher Rogers, Conner Murphy, Jack Dubreuil, Isabel Herring, Turner St. Romain, Lexi White, Joseph Mason, Katy Trap, and Philip James.

A group of students gather at junior Turner St. Romain’s house
prior to the St. Paul’s senior high homecoming dance.
Pictured are Camille Kathryn, Ryan Keller, Allyson Lacoste, Beau Briggs,
Molly Stalter, Logan Cook, Olivia Buquoi, Christopher Rogers,
Conner Murphy, Jack Dubreuil, Isabel Herring, Turner St. Romain,
Lexi White, Joseph Mason, Katy Trap, and Philip James.

The first quarter of the St. Paul’s school year concluded with the senior high Homecoming dance on Saturday, Oct. 12. The majority of the student body was joyous with relief when the first quarter ended. The teachers were on edge about getting their grades in on time. Now, students and teachers are both preparing to have an excellent second quarter of this school year.

“I set bigger goals for this year than I have in the past since it is my junior year and probably the most important,” junior Turner St. Romain said. “I am happy to say I have been able to accomplish these goals for the first quarter.”

Junior Harrison Gitz explodes a balloon filled with hydrogen in the science lab with chemistry teacher Jim Robertson. [photo by Chris Rogers]

Junior Harrison Gitz explodes a balloon filled with hydrogen in the science lab with Chemistry Teacher Jim Robertson. [photo by Chris Rogers]

Most students this year, as they do most years, had goals of attaining honor roll first quarter. Many juniors and seniors also had goals of getting a good ACT or SAT score to secure their place in the college of their choice. Pre-freshmen and freshmen alike are still trying to fit in and make friends. Sophomores are settling into their school routines and groups. Juniors are fastidiously preparing for the ACT and deciding what college to go to. Seniors are anxiously preparing to leave and take their final classes to graduate high school.

“I have taken the ACT once and am preparing to take it again,” junior Harrison Gitz mentioned. “I have narrowed down my choices for college, but I have my eye on LSU.”

The consensus for teachers is that they finished what they wanted to in first quarter material-wise but are always raising their expectations. Some teachers started slow and went easier on the students for the first quarter. Others went fast, straight out the gate, within the first day. The teachers who started slower are picking up the pace, and the ones who came out the gate running are staying on the same pace.

“I am constantly working on improving myself and achieving my goals,” English Teacher Joanna Case stated. “Curriculum-wise, I did what I planned to do. By now, we have picked up the classroom dynamic, and we will pick up the pace. The students may think the material will get tougher, but we will work on understanding the material together. I never reach my goals as a teacher because I always raise my standards.”

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