by Maddie Giolito (2016)
As many know, the transition from middle school to high school can be very challenging. As incoming freshmen to Wethersfield High School, that transition is even more so.
I asked Wethersfield High School freshmen Grace Amoruso and Gracie Detrick some questions about their transition from the middle school to the high school. “It was interesting, kind of like a construction zone.”
However, there are lots of perks about the construction, like how nice the schools going to be when it’s all done. Some parts of the school are already finished. When asked about her favorite part of the new building, Grace Amoruso said, “probably the gym.” With that being said, I agree with her. The volleyball net comes out of the ceiling, which is pretty cool.
The gym isn’t the only part of the school that’s finished, the band/chorus rooms look better than they ever have before. The new science labs are sure to fulfill your laboratory needs. With that being said, the school is already looking better. However, I asked the freshmen if they could add an additional part to the school what would it be, and you could guess, as any freshman girl would say, “Starbucks.”
As you can imagine, it’s a difficult transition for any middle schooler to go to high school, but as for underclassmen at Wethersfield High School, it’s a whole different game. “It was a pretty big change just because we went from having all our classes next to one another at Silas Deane Middle School, to having each class on opposite sides of the school, plus the obstacles of construction.” Grace Amoruso said. “Especially because of the construction, it’s more difficult to find where you’re going”
Overall the underclassmen of Wethersfield High School will be thankful in the long run. Although the upperclassmen will be experiencing a new life in college, the freshmen and sophomores will be enjoying the best 4 years of their lives in the new and improved building.
by Meghan Orkins (2016)
You may know Marc Mero as former WWE and WCW Wrestling champion, but his real legacy lies within his continual presentations at schools all around America and the messages he conveys through his motivational speaking.
Mero visited Wethersfield High School on and while his presentation only lasted about an hour, the sting of his heartfelt, tear-jerking speech resonated with the majority of the students.
The presentation was geared around his life story, his experiences with bullying, and the tragic losses of his family members and the regrets that followed. Mero drew into focus the meaning of family and how important it is to “un-burn bridges” if you will. Detailing aspects of his life like drug abuse, fame, fortune, and bullying really put a lot of student’s lives into perspective.
As a student who witnessed the presentation and even got the chance to speak with Mero at the end, I can honestly say the meanings denoted in his speech really put life into perspective. Meagan Humphrey, a senior at WHS, notes that “so many people were crying.” Maddie Giolito, also a senior at WHS, adds: “it was an emotional roller coaster.”
Marc Mero’s presentation was more than just a presentation. Students left with more than just an hour’s worth of holding back tears, they left with a new way of thinking and an appreciation for things previously disregarded.
by Brianna Platania
This year the Wethersfield School District is taking new safety precautions by giving every student in Wethersfield High School and Silas Deane Middle School lanyards with their school IDs on them.
There has been a great deal of controversy about these lanyards and whether or not they will be successful. Many students seem to believe that the lanyards are aggravating and useless, but they are only meant to benefit us.
“I think it’s a great idea because this way everybody knows if you belong in the building or not. Nowadays, because craziness has been happening around the world in schools, it’s very important to know that the people that are within the schools are supposed to be there. They’re students or teachers or visitors and not just someone from the street.” says Marisa Rodriguez, mother of two Wethersfield students.
That is an excellent point. Walking around a high school you see both familiar and not so familiar faces. From teachers and other staff members to seniors that look like grown men, it’s hard to tell if everyone you come across is supposed to be in the building.
It is terrifying to think that someone could easily grab a backpack and walk through the front door just like the rest of us and go unnoticed. These lanyards will make it easier for our administrators to decipher who doesn't belong in the building and ensure that students will be safe throughout the day.
There is no doubt that safety purposes are an immense part in why we wear the lanyards but that can’t be the only reason. I talked to some students at the high school and asked them for their opinion on what they think the point of the lanyards is.
“I think the lanyards are used for safety purposes, [and] also to prep students for a job and college environment where IDs are worn.” says Devyn Clark, a student at Wethersfield High School.
Although the school probably didn’t intend for the lanyards to prepare us for jobs or a college setting it is an added bonus that will only help us in the future. When we graduate and are put into an environment where IDs are needed we will already be used to always having them on us and it will already be like a second nature.
Now that we know the lanyards make the jobs of teachers and staff easier, what about us? One thing I’m sure about is that it makes buying lunch a lot easier. We used to have to wait in line for almost the whole lunch period waiting for everyone to punch in their ID number and pay for their food. Now all we have to do is swipe your ID and the computer reads our barcode. This makes buying lunch quicker and more efficient for both the students and the lunch ladies so it’s a win win for everyone.
Considering all of the benefits we are provided, wearing a small piece of plastic around our necks seems like a very small price to pay. These IDs have already improved our school lives and with all of the improvements in technology around the school who knows what the future holds for the lanyards.
by Emma Moller (2017)
On Friday November 20th , the Student Council is sponsoring the Homecoming at Wethersfield High school. Students from all grades will gather in the newly remodeled cafeteria as a way to celebrate the new school year.
Senior and Student Council member Connie Nguyen. has great anticipation for Homecoming. “To me, homecoming is just a dance that you get dressed up for. It's to have a good time with friends and just enjoy yourself. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone all dressed up. I'm already excited and hope to see a lot of people there!” she says.
To improve this year’s dance, Student Council has made changes. A new DJ has been booked and students will have the opportunity to run for Homecoming Court.
While there is no set ‘theme’ for Homecoming, the decorations will match school colors and give off a ‘classy ’appeal.
All students are welcome to attend Homecoming, and attendance is strongly suggested. Dates are optional and even if you do not have someone to go with, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. Get ready WHS because Homecoming is right around the corner!
by Jillian Zuidema (2017)
Construction has been going on for quite some time now at Wethersfield High School. Classrooms are being renovated, redesigned, or even just completely remade. The school is just about three quarters done and we all are anxious to see it completed.
Allison Appel, a freshman at WHS said about about her transition to the high school, "Well, it was really cool and I could tell that the library was going to look really nice."She was very happy to share her excitement regarding the improvement “everything is coming together piece by piece.” She said.
After getting the views of a freshman, I decided to gain another perspective. I talked with Maddie Giolito, a senior at WHS. Maddie Giolito has experienced the school before all of the construction. So it was very interesting to compare her views to Allison Appels who has only experienced the school with all of the construction.
"It was the old school, there wasn’t any construction workers around or all the noise that you hear now. It was basically just the same school that has been here for how many years. There was no tearing down walls like now." Maddie Giolito said about the school before the construction started.
Maddie Giolito talked about her favorite part of the school, “It would probably be the band room because it's so new and that's where I spend most of my time. It’s really nice because the old band room was so outdated and that was one of the first things to get renovated.” She said.
The construction has its pitfalls though, especially going from class to class. It can get to be quite a burden to walk all the way around the school just to get to a staircase, but the good outweighs the bad by far. Although the school under construction can be chaotic at times it is coming together beautifully. And like many, I cannot wait to see it done.