A LOOK INTO FIRST QUARTER With school nearing the end of the quarter, students, teachers are working towards their goals as they get back into in-person learning

Students are finishing up any assignments that will be entered for the first quarter reading period in their English 10 Honors class. “The quarter went pretty well, and I just have a few more things I have to finish up,” sophomore Jianna Aganon said.

The return to in-person classes has brought forth a new array of challenges for teachers and students. As the quarter ends tomorrow, many of the new initiatives for the year are becoming part of the daily routine. 

“I know now that I have to prioritize what I need to get done,” sophomore Christine Wu said. “The new grading system definitely impacted how I went about completing my assignments.”

Freshman and sophomores were able to gain familiarity with all their classes and have had the task of juggling their first official year of in-person highschool.

“Something new since being in highschool is the A and B day schedules and the fact that I see my teachers every other day compared to everyday,” freshman Mikayla Chua said. “The first quarter was not as bad as I thought it would be considering it was my first quarter back in person and at a new school.” 

The new grading system introduced by CCSD was a major turn of events for many students. This includes 90% of grades being summative with 10% being formative, along with allowing students to retake tests and eliminating deadlines. 

“The beginning seemed fairly simple at first, however nearing the end of the quarter was for sure difficult,” junior McKenzye Madriaga said. “The grading policy makes school more stressful for me since my grade feels dependent on one test instead of my overall performance in the class.”

Similarly, teachers are adjusting and improving with their students to ensure they are putting their best foot forward. 

“I am more familiar with Canvas and Infinite Campus this time, so I will be able to work on those more frequently,” English teacher Amy Boyett said. “[And] I am more astute to check and make sure everyone is staying on task, and you can’t do that on distance learning.”