Students re-acclimate to fourth-quarter classes, after a two-month hiatus

Mr. Nathan Bridge’s fourth-quarter PreCalculus* course – Owen Yu ’23

     The final quarter has arrived, and students are hard at work trying to finish the year strong. Yet students must transition into the fourth quarter without most knowledge from their previous classes’ curriculum. Throughout this, students have undergone varying experiences.

     Especially with spring break in between quarters three and four, some students have noticed difficulties adjusting to their new content. Fourth Former Matthew Feigenberg has specifically struggled with recalling some crucial Latin content. 

      “I forgot a lot of vocab and grammar,” Feigenberg said. “With upcoming quizzes on newer vocabulary and grammar, it’s definitely stacking on to stuff that I need to know.” 

     For others, like Third Former Ethan Lee, the transition has run more smoothly.

     “Both physics and English had a really natural break between them, so jumping back in didn’t feel too bad,” Lee said. 

     Fourth Former Arnav Sardesai feels similarly.

     “I’d say we’re getting back into the groove of things,” Sardesai said. “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed into the deep end.”

     Nonetheless, overall knowledge about a course has certainly reduced. To compensate for this, teachers have given review days during the beginning of the quarter. 

Zach Shah ’23 working in his PreCalculus* class at the start of Q4

     “In chemistry we spent about half a week reviewing, and our Chinese teacher also spent two or three days reviewing,” Sardesai said.

     Feigenberg has also experienced in-class reviews, yet his were noticeably shorter.

     “In all my classes, we spent about twenty minutes or so reviewing, but then we just got into new material,” Feigenberg said. 

     Other factors have contributed to transitioning as well. For Lee, his class experienced a change in teachers. 

     “Mr. Maley has to teach two sections of astronomy, so my section switched to Mr. Meyers,” Lee said. 

     Still, Lee feels that changing teachers has not affected the curriculum. 

“It [quarter 4] felt like a new school year. We’ve only recently started to pick [the pace] back up again.”

Ethan Lee ’23

     “The course remains the same; it’s just a different person presenting,” Lee said. “It’s not too big of a difference.”

     Regardless of students’ individual classes, an overall loss of knowledge has made this quarter feel unique.

     “It felt like a new school year,” Lee said. “We’ve only recently started to pick [the pace] back up again.”