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May/June 2018

Chromebook Consensus

By Keira McPhie

This past year, the seventh graders received their own personal Chromebooks to work on school projects that they take home and are responsible for its battery being charged, as well. The eighth grade students, however, did not get Chromebooks for the year. Instead, they had to use the school’s Chromebooks while taking them out and putting them back into the charging stations at school. So, I took the time to question eighth graders about their views on the seventh graders' privilege, or burden:

  • “A very profound no because it would be so difficult to take it home and back. Additionally, the responsibility would be too much considering we have to focus on getting school work, as well.”
  • “No, I don’t want one because I would constantly be worrying about losing it, or scratching it.”
  • “Yes, it would be nice to have a device where you could have all of your school work on it.”
  • “No, I have my own computer at home and I don’t feel that having another one would be helpful.”
  • “Not really. It seems that I would have to carry it around everywhere and a phone could provide us with a mini-Chromebook. Also, my sister has to have one for her school work and she does not enjoy the liability.”
  • “Yes since I could type essays in class if I have spare time.”

Based on those quotes, it seems that most eighth graders are content with not having to lug around a Chromebook, with the few exceptions. The ones who wouldn’t mind it are mostly directed towards completing school work wherever they are so they can finish it faster. But, the people who are absolutely against it are comfortable with the way school is being run for them: finishing as much work on paper as they can at school, and completing the rest at home. Although the topic is controversial, the multiple contributing opinions suggest that Chomebooks are not beneficial to students.

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FOH - Fear of High School

By Hannah Egan

As announcements on graduation appear on our LoopMail, my anxiety of entering high school increases. I am personally stressing to a maximum level over more homework, responsibilities, and overall difficulties that come in high school. But, to give a broader perspective on this frightening transition, I have asked some of my fellow students on their own personal anonymous opinions.

 

  • “I am excited for new classes, and nervous for being youngest in school."
  • There are exciting new opportunities, but also nervous about those new opportunities."
  • “New experience, new change, overall it will be a fun chapter in my life.”
  • High school will affect [my] future, a lot of weight on one’s shoulder.”
  • “It's going to be hard and will take effort, and I am ready to put it in.”
  • “Great experience, will be a lot of fun, but I am worried about getting lost! I am also excited about playing tennis.”
  • “I am scared to be with all the other big kids.”
  • “Excited, for meeting new friends, and getting new classes, it's nice having older friends to tell about classes, excited about tennis.”
  • “Hard.  {High school is] going make us change and form into the people we will become.”
  • “Excited for block schedule, but I am going to get trampled during passing period!”
  • “I am stressed.”

So, there you go, a little reminder that your fears are not alone, and you likely share much of your anxiety with your fellow classmates. High school will be a new chapter for all of us, and we should pursue it with courage, even with our fears in mind.