Story  Jada Metze and Marissa Cleveland

The first quarter of 2018-2019 school year is slowly coming to an end, students are half way through this quarter starting to receive interims. Students and staff discuss what interims entail for the future of the school year, students express their perceptions of their classes, and how they spend their time on school.

“I caught up on a lot of it [homework]” Freshman, Evan White said.

Interims mean something different to each individual student. Some deem them as important, and some think otherwise.

“Interims are just the halfway point, and they allow me to see the outcome of the work I have done so far, and help me understand what I need to do for the rest of the quarter.” Junior, Madison Vanbrocklin said.

With a total of eight classes on every student’s schedule, each student can have various course levels, and different amounts of work from their classes. These differences can affect students in divergently.

“I feel like it’s too much because I have to do homework on the weekends and I feel like I need a break” Sophomore, Essence Houston said.

The idea of grades not being exclusive for the students just to see makes Madison a little uneasy.

“The fact that grades can be seen by parents kinds stresses me a little, but not too much.” she said.

When interim day begins to approach some students stress and others just feel unaffected.

“I think it kinda depends on who the student is, and who cares about their studies” English teacher, Lauren Gehr said

Some students have classes that they are obligated to put forth lots of effort into in contrast to a class that may be easier for them, or that has a different content outline not as challenging as the next.

“For geometry, English, and biology, I just have to review my notes everyday to make sure I get the concept and ask questions, while AP world is more work, and I have have to also review notes and do quizlets online for practice. ” Essence said.

How students feel about their workload is ultimately up to their view of too much, too little or just enough. Senior Savannah Mccants-Baker, feels neutral.

“I think it’s enough for me, but some students are pressured with a lot of homework,” Savannah said.

When teachers begin to put grades into the gradebook closer to the interim due dates, students can become inspired.

“I look forward to it because it I can see what I need to work on” Savannah said.

It’s a debatable question as to whether or not report cards are equally as necessary as interims. Essence finds the two neck and neck with each other.

“They [interims] are important to show your parents how you’re doing in school. If you have a bad grade on an interim, then you have time to bring it back up before you receive your report card” She said.

Although, Evan doesn’t feel interims are significant enough to be considered on equal level with report cards.

“Kind of, but not really it’s just a checkpoint for me” he said.

The students say they are hopeful they’ll be able to attend interim pick up night, as it is a critical thing for most students and parents.

“Most likely my mom and I will hopefully attend,” Essence said.

According to Gehr, putting in grades throughout the quarter is more effective than waiting until the last minute.

“No, because I try to actually put in grades that mean something, and actually access their learning” Gehr said.

Interims can overall fabricate one’s esteem in their journey through school.

“It is a way to better myself” Evan said.

 

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