Kevin Ceballos, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS] panthers experienced their first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. The freshmen got to experience their first quarter in high school. For the seniors, it marked the beginning of the end of their high school career.
The majority of freshmen felt that adjusting to high school was originally a tough transition, but with time, they have grown accustomed to LHS’s procedures, classes, and schedules.
“I felt weird coming into high school; at first it was very stressful but over the first quarter, I started getting used to the places and how things roll at the school,” said freshman, Jaysus Jones.
The first quarter was also a learning experience for teachers as well, as they had to adjust to new students and the new seven period schedule. John Novak, social studies teacher got to know his students’ strengths and weaknesses to maximize instruction in his classroom.
“After the first quarter was over, I knew which [students] were better in particular areas than others, so I [grouped] the kids together with [mixed abilities] so they can work together to succeed.” said Novak.
Sophomores have also seen academic growth, as a majority of students felt they improved considerably from their freshman year due to having a year of high school experience.
“This first quarter is definitely better than last year’s. It’s still a bit stressful, but it’s calmer ’cause I know the school a lot better than when I first came in,” said Aramis Rodriguez, sophomore.
For LHS seniors, this is their last year of high school. Many are optimistic towards their future endeavors, yet sad to leave LHS at the end of the school year.
“It’s crazy that this is my last first quarter in high school; It’s exciting because I’m [am anxious] to move on with my life. It’s actually more stressful than what people think because this is the year where you have to figure out where you want to go and what you want to do,” said senior Nathan Copp.
In all regards, the first quarter of this school year was a success for staff and students alike.