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By ANGELA WOODS
Bells ringing, teachers smiling, and students chattering, Carroll County public schools officially began the 2008-2009 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Although students were somewhat sad to see the summer days gone, many students at Carroll County High School are looking forward to the upcoming year.
Carroll County High School hosted a freshmen orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Junior and senior students, serving as Panther kick-off mentors (P-KOMs), helped the freshmen adjust to the new environment. Freshmen students toured the school, went through their class schedule, learned how to find and open their locker combinations, and participated in many fun activities including a dance.
The P-KOMs also greeted the freshmen on the first day of school and made sure the freshmen arrived at their classes.
Even after being in school for only a couple of days, many of these freshman students have already formulated positive views toward high school.
“The high school gives you more freedom than the middle school does,” freshman LaKayla Clay said. “I’m excited about this year.”
Freshman Melody Hawkins is glad to come to “a more mature setting.”
Jacob Becraft, also a freshman at CCHS, said, “I’m looking forward to a lot of the good things that I’ve been told about the high school. I feel that the classes aren’t going to be easy, but that it’s not so much that I can’t handle it.”
Senior Chris Hendrick was ambivalent about his last year in high school.
“I’m excited that it’s my senior year, but then it’s also depressing because it is my last year,” Hendrick said.eeBecause CCHS is known as a place that creates wonderful memories, many seniors want this year to last as long as possible. At the same time, many seniors are eager to enter the ‘real world.’
“It’s kind of exciting that it’s my senior year,” senior Gene Hill said. “I’m looking forward to starting a new path of my life, heading to college, and starting a career that fulfills my passion.”
The Carroll County school district has hired many new teachers this year and has made many administrative changes.
Sophomore Sarah Beach said “it’s good to have some new teachers because change is typically good.”
Junior Priya Patel agreed. “I think the new teachers and administration changes are for the better because new people can bring new ideas,” she said.
However, other students are hesitant about the massive and sudden changes.
“Since we lost around eight or nine teachers in the district last year, it’s going to be hard to adjust to how so many new teachers run their classes,” junior Brenna Mahoney said.
Another change at CCHS involves the new schedule. In previous years, CCHS students had six classes a day. Four of those classes were 45 minutes long and were held through the entire school year. Two classes were 90 minutes long, lasting only one semester. Students were able to take two different classes for the second semester. This allowed students to earn eight credits each year.
Under the new schedule for this year, students have seven periods a day, with each period lasting 50 minutes. Students now have the opportunity to earn only seven credits a year.
“I’m nervous about the class work and the difficulties that will come with the seven-period day,” Priya Patel said.
“The work load will be a lot more.” Brenna Mahoney agreed. “We’ve already been through it two years and know how much we work in a six-period day. Now, with a seven-period day, it’ll be even more work.”
Nonetheless, high school students are looking forward to the upcoming school year. Energy abounds at Carroll County High School, as the administration, teachers and students are all eager to serve, learn, and excel. Expectations are high, and students seem to be up to the challenge of meeting those standards.