Freshmen Survey Article

Even though the school year has just recently started, the freshmen class already have their own opinions on their experience so far. During this past week, I surveyed the freshmen’s by having them answer five questions about their school experience so far, in each of their health classes.

In the first question, I asked them, “On a scale of 1 to 5, how has your experience at this school been so far?” Not surprisingly most scaled their experience as a 4 (26) with only four people rating their experience with as a five. For the second highest rating, only 18 students checked 3. Luckily only 13 students said that their experience at this school was a one, hopefully for those 13 students the school improves to their fancy.  Finally, 12 people stated that their experience was a 2. Most students are saying their experience is a 4, which means the school has given a large amount of new incoming freshmen a great start to their high school career.

The second question I asked, was if they believed that they are more mature now than back when they were in 7th grade. A large quantity of them circled yes, with only 23 believing they are not more mature or as one individual stated, “I was always mature.” Also, a lot of individuals were undecided, as around 10 students decided to circle, “Or.”

For the third question, I asked them to personally rate their teachers so far this year. Luckily for the school, 25 rated the teachers here as “good.” Only two individuals said the teachers they have are “poor”. 17 students stated that their teachers were “average.” Nine students pronounced their teachers as “excellent” in their eyes. Ten more declared, that their teachers were “very good”.

In the fourth question i asked, which class is their favorite, surprisingly to me, majority of them stated math. Usually, math is a hated subject due to its complexity, so it was unusual to me why a lot would choose that class. The second most beloved freshmen class was of course, their elective. Three individuals said they have no favorite class. The rest of the classes (science, english, and health) received a decent amount of votes.

Lastly, I questioned, if the Freshmen believed that they were better than the Seniors this year. It was a pretty close tie. The no’s beat the yes’s by three votes. This means that a large amount of the freshmen class consider themselves better than their upperclassmen. The only way to prove themselves right, is for them to win the spirit cup in the end of the year. The seniors easily triumphed last year as winners.

The Last Step to the Real World

Senior year is bittersweet to all of us. We spend four years in high school, drenched in work, staying up late, being part of a team, going out and having fun, taking selfies, and just enjoying being a teenager. High school is not all fun and games, there are times where we feel overwhelmed and a lot of pressure, but fight through it.

So far senior year has been fun and enjoyable to some, others not so much. “It is pretty fun so far.” stated Alexia Amador. For the size of  Desert High School it has been better than some actually expected it to be. The school is not like the ones in movies, with over 1000 students roaming the halls. Desert is small, but it has a big heart.

Desert may have a big heart, but it does have some flaws attached to it. “I wish there was more school spirit.” commented Chloe Asanon and many other students. There has always been a problem trying to get everyone to participate in school events. “If there was more school spirit, senior year would be better.” said Madison London.

 

All throughout our lives, we just wanted to get school over with. Some people love high school, some are on the opposite end of that stick. Now it is their time, Class of 2018, ready to leave their mark. Just one step closer out the door to open another one.

Football Life

Football Photo

Dylan Thorn is an offensive and defensive lineman for the Desert High School football team. I asked Dylan, if he was surprised that not a lot of boys signed up for football this season. He responded with, “not surprised at all because the former head coach left, most of the former players had switched schools, mainly seniors.” Dylan thinks having a smaller team definitely has its pros and cons sometimes. A pro being everyone gets more playing time than past years regardless of skill. A con being if a player gets injured then the other players have to be careful not to get injured also.

In Dylan’s opinion the team could definitely improve by taking practice more seriously than they normally do, pay more attention, and realize that football isn’t just one person playing it’s about the team working together and doing the best they can. I asked Dylan if the coaching is different with the new coach and do you guys still do the same thing. Dylan replied, “the coaching is similar, we have one of our old coaches as our head coach so we do similar plays and exercises”. Dylan doesn’t think the season would have been different if they had more players but, perhaps if the other players put in more work into the game.

His favorite thing about football is the contact, it’s a great feeling when you nail another player and they completely collapse. Playing football in high school is where Dylan wants to leave it, he doesn’t want to pursue the football life going into college. Even though he loves the sport and enjoys bonding with the guys. Dylan wants to do something that will do good towards his country.