New and improved

 The year of 2019, before Covid was a thought and everything seemed simple, yet there was another problem on our hands. Two and a half hour classes.

The upperclassmen know what I’m talking about and I hope the underclassmen never experience the sheer agony of the old unpredictable bell schedule.

The new bell schedule gives students a sense of direction and helps them to guarantee how their day is going to go.

My sophomore year I dreaded Tuesdays and Thursdays. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the teachers, but it was very hard to establish a relationship with them. 

With GRC’s new motto, “ALL IN,”Mr. Keene is dedicated to his students and staff, and committed to the wellbeing of the entire school.

The new daily bell schedule gives us the structure we need, and gives us the opportunity to flourish EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

Personally I feel as if the two and a half hour classes left us with a sense of confusion. We had just spent those hours learning and we walk back in on Thursday and we have forgotten everything. If you just so happened to miss Tuesday and Thursday, you would have missed an entire week of your 6th and 7th period.  It just isn’t realistic.

This year, the bell schedule is so much more reliable and consistent, and you will have a good expectation of the day ahead of you. The day goes by so much faster and students can actually retain the information they learned the day before.

It is so much easier on the incoming classes by giving them a chance to set a routine and understand how high school should look. For a freshman coming into a huge, new school, those long classes just aren’t needed, and with those classes there is a larger opportunity for idle time. 

 With the 45-minute classes, some might argue that the teachers have no time to teach the curriculum, but actually with shorter classes the students don’t lose focus and they’re invested the entire time.

One of the reasons we had the old bell schedule was for the students who left for dual-credit classes, but you can’t let the needs of a few dictate the needs of many. With the schedule this year, dual-credit students still have plenty of time to get to and from point A and B, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, they can get caught up on work and stay on track.  

With the current school year, the goal is to have the most seamless transition from virtual school, and the new bell schedule gives us that. It gives the students a better chance at learning, and it helps the teachers to get to know their students one on one.

After the past year and a half we’ve had, it’s more important than ever to be thankful for the things we get and to realize just how lucky we are. 

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