Monday, May 11, 2009

Thoughts on my 1st year of Jr. High

Wendy's recent post on starting jr. high got me to thinking. As most of you reading this know, I'm coming to the end of my first full year there. It's been, well, interesting to say the least. I've met a whole lot of interesting new people, made new friends (and enemies), and discovered quite a few things about myself. I think I've matured a great deal from the girl who showed up at Adams' door last August in a white satin blouse and plaid skirt.
I became class president, joined the newspaper staff, and renewed my commitment to Girl Scouts. And this coming Friday, I will be inducted into the Jr. Beta Club, a national club for honor students. I think I'll wear my Silver Belle dress again.
If you're just going to jr. high, know that it is different from elementary school in a lot of ways. First, instead of one teacher, you're gonna get several different ones, with different personalities and subjects and interests. Second, in some schools you're gonna get a locker. (We're getting ours next year, along with locker buddies. Harriet and I have already talked about it.) There are these locks that you put on them to keep your books and stuff in them. Some have even decorated these lockers. Then there are separate periods for lunch and recess. You're gonna get a schedule for classes, and not all students take the same classes. I'm in only two classes with Harriet and one with Kristy, for example. However, I do have Hilary in most of my classes and I have a few with Katarina.
I still haven't made up my mind where I'm going to school in August, although I have applied to a Parkington Academy branch in the northern part of the state, and there are a few private academies I'm looking at. But honestly, a return to Adams is likely my best bet, a thought that was unthinkable just a few weeks ago.
The learning won't stop when school lets out on June 1. Starting June 12th I'll be doing some traveling, and my first stop is California. I've never been to California before so I'm sure I'll be seeing some different things. While I'm there I'll actually meet Wendy, so I'm excited about that. My next stop is New Hampshire in the latter part of June and early July. I come home after July 17th to prepare for the next school year. Since the summer vacation is so brief, my travels have to be as well as I'm not home schooled (lucky Quinn and others, lol). I've entrusted Harriet and Hilary with my blog while I'm gone.

This week I'll be busy with helping to put together the yearbook. I've tried to get Harriet to join the yearbook staff but she refuses at every turn. Not only that, but she thinks that Megan (editor-in-chief of pretty much everything Adams publishes) is a snob, when she's not that way at all. I try to tell her to give these other people a chance. Harriet pretty much sticks to our crowd at school, mostly, and she doesn't know the 5th graders, Lindsey and Kit, all that well.

A little preview of what our yearbook's gonna look like.


Wendy said...

I'm still pretty nervous about starting junior high this fall. But the more I hear from various people, the more I start to look forward to the 5th graders touring this Thursday. I'll get to have a peek for myself. Hopefully it won't be all bad.

BTW, can't wait till you come visit! =)

Avery V. said...

Junior high is so much different, but I really like it! :) That Beda club sounds pretty cool. Have fun on your travels, lucky! The year book is coming along great, it looks really good. You're doing a great job on it.


♥Rose♥ said...

Cool yearbook!
My school goes from fifth grade all the way up to 12 (er, senior). I'm in sixth grade....


Our Lives, Our Stories said...

What a fantastic yearbook! We all enjoyed looking at it. As for where you should go to school next fall, of course we all think you should go to Parkington, but that's a biased opinion!! You'd be the perfect fit. But you have so many wonderful friends at Adams that it would be really hard to leave them all behind. Enjoy your travels, we'll miss you.

Love~ The Girls of Smithens Hall