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Turning Over A New Leaf At Mar Vista High School

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2019 9:49 am

The end of the summer has come for Mar Vista High School students and teachers. Last week, the school started its new semester. For some students and teachers, this will be their first year at Mar Vista High. This leads to the question, “How do teachers and students plan for school differently, and what do they do similarly?”

Every class, (from freshman to senior), had one thing in common; they all believe it is important for them to pack and make sure they have all their supplies ready the night before. Freshman Ivan Guardiola said simply, “ I went to the store and bought a few supplies,” while sophomore Julius Joplin added, “I organize my backpack and get my folders in order, because if you still have stuff from last year, it’d be a little bad.”

Another freshman, Kyla Sisan offered, “I would look over the … necessities I need for school, like pencils and notebooks.” Junior Charles Bowlby said, “ It is important to pack your bags the night before, so I have everything ready.” Senior Mikayla Hoffower added, “I buy new supplies every year to stay organized, like pencil boxes and binders.”

No matter how many years one is in high school, staying organized is still important.

A good night’s sleep was another common suggestion. Bowlby said “It’s important to adjust your sleep schedule.” Sophomore Alana Davis believes that both packing her bag and sleeping well are equally important. “To prepare for school I go to bed at a reasonable time and make sure my bag is packed.”

High school can give students various forms of anxiety, so several students were asked if they had any advice to give.

One ninth grader, Angelina Maciel, was concerned about the size of the campus. She said, “ I was worried about getting lost at school.” Compared to middle schools, Mar Vista is larger, and has a different layout; the best way to learn is to just walk around the school and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

One idea that juniors and seniors had in common was keeping focused. Isaac Suarez, senior, believes that the key to success is mental stability. When asked if there is anything that is done to prepare yourself for the school year, Suarez responded, “Mentally wise, yeah. I’m gonna keep my mind straight.” When asked about any worries for the school year ahead, he responded, “No one can change me, only I can change myself.”

Makaia Cabrera, a junior, said, “I think a lot of it is mental prep. This is your most important year of high school. If you are not mentally [prepared], you’re not going to succeed.”

Bowlby said that his biggest obstacle are the tests. “I’m very anxious about the SAT this year,” he said.

Some teachers were very similar to the students in how they prepare for school. Teachers may not worry about packing backpacks the night before, but they do have to organize lesson plans ahead. Audrie Hill, teacher of engineering classes in Mar Vista had to plan for specific lessons that students haven’t learned before. When asked how she prepares, she said, “I research upcoming topics in engineering,” and she enjoys keeping her class relevant.

On top of classwork, Hill likes to make her students to feel more relaxed. “I come up with lots of ice breaker activities.”

For Hill’s class, computers are essential, so she has a set of them in her room. “We spend a lot of time on learning how to properly use computers.” Students becoming proficient on the computers can lessen their anxiety about her class.

Michael Crawford, the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition teacher, believes that being exhausted is inevitable. He said, “I remind myself that I’m going to be tired for the first week.”

The Advanced Placement English Literature teacher, George Barker, has a very simple yet productive way to prepare. He said, “I work out. I eat a healthy breakfast. I walk my dogs.”

When it comes to preparing for school, students tend to agree on what is important to do, such as get a good night sleep and pack up the night before and while teachers also agree with that, eating healthy was added to their list. Being organized for teachers is also key, although each has a unique system they use because of what they teach. As students get older, they tend to get less anxious on topics like getting lost, and tend to focus more on academics and staying focused on schoolwork. With all these good intentions to start out the school year right, it should be a good one.

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  • Tobie Lathem posted at 4:40 am on Tue, Sep 17, 2019.

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