It seems we are at a low point in the year. I have received many complaints about the lack of interesting Reflections and questions about what is next. It’s hard to go to a basketball game and watch your friends endure a brutal loss when they just had the season of a generation last year. The anxiety of Sixth Formers who haven’t heard any good news yet from colleges doesn’t help. Nor does any headline from the last month.
The only thing that stands out right now in this school is the robotics team, which is killing it. Back-to-back victories at the national level from team 169Y, an unprecedented feat in the VEX world, and very impressive performance from the other teams. I commend these guys on their determination and ability to push through and achieve victory.
Everyone will come out of the dark winter not rejoicing to leave this place behind, but excited for what is to come.
And while all this is going on, it seems like the Sixth Formers are working just as hard as they did in December, at least in terms of finding enjoyment in their courses. Sure they might not have the most homework, but I don’t sense a great amount of positivity in the classroom, as though teachers want to make certain that this class doesn’t turn into a bunch of lazy bums like last year.
Let me be clear: the faculty has absolutely nothing to worry about with this class. We are all smart; we all know we can’t get Cs in our courses if we want to get into college; we all know what has happened in the past. All I ask from the faculty is that they be a little more lighthearted. It’s our last semester at this place. For some of us, it’s our 26th. As long as you are reasonable and communicate with other teachers so assignments don’t get stacked on each other, and maintain a supportive environment in the classroom, everyone will come out of the dark winter not rejoicing to leave this place behind, but excited for what is to come.