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Grade Expectations: Our Time vs. Our Elder’s


Grade Representations Photo by: Jade Ford 

By: Jade Ford

One of the most stressful factors in the average teenager’s life is meeting grade expectations. When the previous generation was in high school, students were expected to be more self sufficient with their grades compared to high schools today.

Students were expected to keep up with their teacher in order to maintain good grades, while that is still expected, teachers today have much more experience as to what strategies work with students and which do not.

Attleboro High School (AHS) sophomore Kyle Dupre said, “We get report cards every trimester and there’s only three. It’s a letter grade/number grade and we get them in school in advisory-much like a homeroom at other schools. Attendance at AHS affects grades only to a certain extent, like if you’re absent for too long, your house office guidance counselor starts taking away credits. If you’re bad in class the teacher won’t make an effort to push you because they’ll think you don’t care.”

AHS sophomore Hydie Turner said, “Some teachers don’t let you stay after to make up work, only for tests but not class work or homework.”

Educators today provide more opportunities to students who need help with raising their grades up and are more able to offer such help to students like after school time and communicating via email or a class website. Sometimes detentions are used to help ensure a student is caught up with the class when they’re slacking.

AHS senior Scott Querzoli said, “If you’re a jerk to the teacher and you disrespect him, then he’s not going to bother to help you or want to show you respect either. Then you’re just on your own.”

High schools years ago didn’t offer as many helpful opportunities like academic enrichment, which is not mandatory and still not always offered today on a regular basis. Students could ask the teacher during class for extra help or could form their own study groups among friends and fellow students.

AHS guidance counselor Mrs. Joanne Ginalski said, “Not all teachers offer academic enrichment, some do, but not all.”

This is not to say that teachers today are more equipped than those who taught in previous generations but that the teachers fresh out of college have more “modern” teaching methods. For some students the older teachers are better because of their experience with many different types of learners, but older teachers don’t always use their experience as a benefit.

AHS 1991 alumni Jennifer Pineo, who is sophomore Jade Ford’s mother, said, “If you wanted to stay after or get help or make up work, you had to show the initiative. My teachers never offered any of that to me or to the class; you had to go up and ask yourself.”

As well as wanting to succeed, attitude was and continues to be an important factor in students’ grades. If the students come to class prepared, their teachers are more apt to ensure their success without handing it to them on a silver platter, especially if the teacher feels the student requires their help.

AHS 1990 alumni Michael Pineo said, “Teachers weren’t allowed to take away points or fail a student just because they misbehaved; that was against the rules I’m pretty sure.”

In school, grades revolve around the effort put forth but respect does certainly have an impact on a teacher’s attitude toward students; the respect a student has for their teacher and vice versa, can drastically affect a student’s academic performance. A respectful student could be praised for good work and then be motivated to continue to excel, but a disrespectful student could be lectured about their behavior rather than pushed to better their grades.

Parents try to put an image in their child’s mind of how successful they could be as long as they truly apply themselves, so the expectation of receiving that stellar grade tends to outweigh the desire to strive for a preferred life.

As students gain more experience with teachers, the heavy weight of excelling in high school tends to lessen and instead turns into a yearning to achieve what a student really wants and not so much what parents and teachers want.






Senior Prom Night

OPINION (Wordle by/Taylor McKenna)

OPINION (Wordle by/Taylor McKenna)

By: Amanda Hansen

Senior Prom for the class of 2015 is being held at Lake Pearl Lucianos on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m, with a ticket cost of $75 per person. Prom, whether it’s in a junior or senior year, is one of the worst things to waste money on.

The tickets are largely overpriced, at $75 for just one night of bad music, bad food, uncomfortable shoes, sweaty people, and lame after parties. In addition, a large number of girls, and some guys, spend $200 to way over $500 on an outfit, shoes, their hair and makeup, jewelry, manicures, corsage, boutonnieres, and even limos. Prom is only a few hours long, yet so much money is spent on it.

Buying a dress or renting a tuxedo is expensive, and although many are very nice, dresses are often only worn once. The high cost coupled with short wear time makes the outfits hardly worth the price. It wouldn’t make sense to buy a new iPhone, make one call, and then never use it again.

It’s not just the cost that makes prom not all that great. For the few weeks leading up to prom, that’s all anyone talks about – whether they’re going or not. They’re either talking about outfits or dates or how much they’re annoyed about everyone talking about it.

In addition to the pre-prom talk, there are the post-prom “horror” stories. Every year there’s stories about what went wrong on prom night. This person spilled that on their dress, that person did this and another ditched their date – there’s always going to be at least a little bit of drama in high school, even at the dances.

Dances shouldn’t have drama. They’re supposed to be fun, enjoyable, all laughs and smiles, but with all the money and effort that is expected to attend the dance, it seems like more hassle than it should be.

Thirty years after high school, it’s doubtful that the thing people would be most thankful for doing in high school was spending hundreds of dollars on their senior prom. It may be fun while it lasts for some, but it just doesn’t seem worth it in the long run. Spending all that money for just one dance? No, thank you.

Balancing High School Responsibilities

Balancing Act (Photo by/ Nick Desmarais)

Balancing Act
(Photo by/ Nick Desmarais)

By: Nick Desmarais

There is a lot of pressure put on high school seniors, who need to focus on graduating and passing all their classes. Some do this while trying to apply to college, enlist in the military, or while looking for work. None of this is easy and all of it is stressful.

Seniors need to find a balance to deal with all of that, but many aren’t sure how to do it. Would a class that allows students to work on applying to college or figuring out what branch of the military suits them best be beneficial for students?

“I think it would be incredibly helpful if we had a class or something of that nature where we could complete a lot of our college stuff,” said Attleboro High School (AHS) senior Anil Mahesh.

Many students apply to at least five colleges or universities, trying to figure out which one fits them, and that can be very time consuming. Dealing with that, working a part time job and possibly playing a sport can be stressful, so maybe if there was a class that seniors could take during the day that would give them extra time to work on college stuff it would be helpful.

“Because of sports and my job, it is tough for me to find time to do college stuff. So I believe that if we had a class period during the day it would be extremely helpful,” said AHS senior Ross Killion.

Many colleges tell students that they are better off if they apply early action, which is extremely tough for students who play fall spots. With practice every night, on top of homework, where do these students find the time to fill out college applications? The best time is during the school day, when students are more focused on school.

“It’s tough for me to sit down and focus on filling out applications when I am at home, if I were already at school and had time during the day it would be a lot easier,” said AHS senior Hayley Ricci.

For students who are thinking about joining a branch of the military this could be a helpful class to have as well. “I have known for the past two years that I was going to join a branch of the military and I feel like if there were classes for people like myself, they would be very beneficial,” said AHS senior Josh McKinnon.

The class could give students time to learn more about different military branches and which one they would like to join. It could give students time during the day to talk to recruiters and even possibly meet with them.

“I’ve known that I was going to join the Navy for many years now; time to talk to the recruiters and do more research on the different branches could be extremely beneficial for students like me who know they want to go into the military,” said AHS senior Mitchell Cameron.

OPINION: Not Easy as 1, 2, 3

Student stressed about applying to college (Photo/http://www.collegeessayorganizer.com)

Student stressed about applying to college (www.collegeessayorganizer.com)

By: Samantha Tingue

It has continued to remain a common norm for students in America to attend some sort of college or university after high school. Professional workplaces, such as hospitals and corporate businesses, require employees to maintain a college degree of some sort, thus putting tremendous pressure on high school students to be accepted into a good university or college.

Admittedly, applying to college is nothing like it was a few decades ago. With technology evolving every day, America’s education systems and life functions change as well. In addition, technology has played a major role in the college application process for many high school students.

With just a computer click, students are able to register for important standardized testing, such as the SATs, which are a necessity for attending college, and they are able to apply to multiple colleges by just using the Common Application.

Despite such technological benefits, the college admissions’ process is now more competitive than ever. The drop in college acceptance rates reflects a growing trend of increased competition for high school students to be accepted into college.

The hardest part is receiving a spot into a desired college of one’s choice, however, knowing how and what to prepare for in order to look “ideal” or seem a “good candidate” for that particular college of choice becomes a mystery game in itself.

At the beginning of a high schooler’s freshmen year, they are encouraged to become involved in community and school services, as well as to take rigorous courses to market themselves for prestigious colleges. Truth is, one can never be exactly certain of what admissions’ officers place the most weight on when they receive thousands of applications, whether that may be on the individual’s grade, class rank, SAT scores, or essay. High school students are left out of the loop, but are left with some hope that they did the best they could.

High school students should know the steps necessary to prepare themselves for the biggest stressor of their high school career, in order to be accepted into their desired college.

What are colleges and universities exactly looking for? Is it race, ethnicity, grades, extracurricular activities, or community service? There generally is not a concrete answer.

It is extremely crucial for all high schooler’s, to stop, smell the roses, and prepare for the next four years of their lives after high school.

Go ahead and take five Advance Placement courses, volunteer at soup kitchens, and score an above average score on the SATs, but remember that the one of the few exciting parts about college is receiving that acceptance letter into it, and achieving that is left in the hands of high school students who strive to succeed.

MAN ON THE STREET: Seniors Advice for Incoming Freshmen

By: Christine Arsenault

As a senior, what advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

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“Don’t be afraid on your first day of school and always be yourself.”

Ashley DaSilva


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“If you get lost on your first day don’t be discouraged, it happens to a lot of people and you’ll find your class eventually.”

Shelby Shultz


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“Try not to do anything stupid on the first day of classes; your first impression is going to determine the outcome of how the trimester will go.”

Shannon Walsh



“Try your best in all your classes, colleges will probably look at your grades from freshmen year.”

Luis Pereira


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“Make sure you walk on the correct side of the hallway and use both doors, if you don’t it will probably aggravate most of the upperclassmen.”

Erynne Arvisais




“Make sure you succeed in high school so you’ll be able to do what you want to once you graduate.”

Caroline O’Brien

What About the Sophomores?

March calendar (Photo/Kylie Levine)

March calendar (Photo/Kylie Levine)

By: Kylie Levine

Incoming freshmen assume that they can just get by “under the radar” for their first three years of high school by not working to the best of their ability, and thinking that their senior year is the only important and stressful one.

“Personally, I believe sophomore and senior years are equal in importance. Though, I am only a sophomore, I saw my older sister go through her senior year and yes, it’s stressful, but not as stressful as most people may think,” said sophomore Frederica Badoe.

There are big decisions to make in twelfth grade like what colleges to apply to but that year is not the only one to worry about.

Sophomore year is only the second year of high school, thus most students think it’s not that important, but it actually plays a major role for success in the future.

During tenth grade every student has to take the MCAS, which consists of a long composition, open responses and multiple choice questions. The MCAS scores students earn are key to them being offered scholarships for instate schools.The MCAS is a graduation requirement; therefore it should be taken seriously.

“Oh, I take the MCAS really seriously. I need that scholarship,” said sophomore Sara Nasah.

Not only do sophomores have the MCAS, but the week after the ELA MCAS is trimester two finals’ week. So not only do they have to worry about MCAS, but they also have to study for finals in their five classes.  MCAS alone is stressful but having finals on top of that is just overwhelming.

Sophomore Brianna Lacoste said the MCAS is stressful “because they give us one big test and then we don’t get enough review days for the other tests that follow.”

“We need to pass all these tests plus have all this pressure put on us from our parents,” said sophomore Catriana Martins.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! [It’s stressful.] After I’m done with MCAS I think yay, it’s all over! When, in reality I have finals right around the corner,” said sophomore Christian Randall.

Sophomore Alexandra Whiting said, “It’s hard to study for finals when I’m worried about how I’m going to do on the MCAS.” She added, “Testing two weeks in a row literally just fries my brain.”

To sophomores it’s debatable which year is truly the most stressful.

Seniors Seeking Guidance

College pennants in Mrs. Little's office. (Photo/Dakota Mammoli)

College pennants in Mrs. Little’s office. (Photo/Dakota Mammoli)

By: Dakota Mammoli

Seniors in high school are under enormous pressure to convince colleges to select them. A large part of the process is not up to the student; however, it’s up to teachers. They help present the seniors as individuals, not just statistics through recommendations and college essays.

Recommendations from teachers and individual college essays are sent with senior applications. So much weighs on these documents that students are often hard pressed to find the right teachers to assist them.

Seniors go to teachers they know. In an Eagle’s Eye questionnaire, it was found that CTE students are more likely to go to their CTE teacher for a recommendation if pursuing a career in that field.

Senior Danell Simpson said, “I’ve been in her [culinary arts] class for three years.”

“He knows what kind of person I am,” said senior Tyler Anderson, referring to a recommendation he requested from his junior year English teacher.

Students also go to teachers who they can trust to review their college essays. Often, this is also the same teacher who wrote their recommendation letter.

Throughout the school teachers can be heard reassuring students that they can go to them. “Write me a vomit story,” was English teacher Mrs. Sheila Rosa’s advice to one nervous senior, adding on that she wasn’t afraid to see the “real” person within her essay and that she should just throw whatever she was thinking onto the paper.

Even in casual conversation at the front of the classroom, teachers, who have the opportunity to make personal connections with their students, urge them to give them their essay to edit. “You can come to me for your essay,” said English teacher Mrs. Anna Cordeiro to a senior filled AP class.

Once essays have been given to the teacher, editing is done and the essay is returned. For some, it’s done in one day, for others, weeks or even months are spent fixing the essay before final submission.

“Stop saying I, I, I, and don’t repeat yourself,” English teacher Mrs. Adeline Bee suggested to seniors asking about advice.

English Department head Mr. Kevin Gorman’s advice to seniors is, “Don’t be cliché, try to make yourself unique. Don’t do what everyone else is doing.”

Letters of recommendation and college application essays can make or break an application. Students should ask teachers early for help.

With all the pressure to be accepted into college, seniors appreciate that they’re leaving their future in their teacher’s hands and they should be picky about whom they choose.