On January 26, Benedictine started its third quarter of the school year. It has been a different year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Cadets have been putting in the work, staying diligent and studying.
The second semester seems to be the longer of the two, perhaps due to fewer holidays or from students becoming anxious over the end of the school year.
The first semester is full of no-school days (25) and half days (eight), but the disappointment of less holidays does not affect some of the Cadets. Some are more concerned about their grades and work ethic, rather than days off of school. Cadets are proud of their work in the second quarter and see potential in the third quarter to get better grades than the first semester. "My performance was good," said Senior Kyle Joyce. "We were productive and got our work done, I feel the third quarter is our time to get our grades up and give our best performance."
Teachers are happy with the work that the Cadets have put out, but they feel that the Cadets may get a little too lax with the COVID-19 rules and their work. They know it is hard for the Cadets during these rough months, so they are proud of what their students have put out. "I am very pleased with the school's flexibility with virtual and in-person learning," said physics teacher Renee Reisenweaver. "I am also pleased with my students' ability to handle the contact tracing and their ability to keep up with their work through that. I think that these flex Wednesdays will really help with the student's energy and stress through the second semester."
There are several students coming back this quarter from distance learning. They are excited to be back in school seeing their friends, playing their sports and getting person-to-person conversations with their teachers. "Being virtual took a lot of commitment, and I struggled with it," stated sophomore Ryan Allen. "Not being able to have one-on-one interaction with my teachers made it hard for me to learn. Now that I am back in school, I feel that I am understanding the topics more, my teachers are making sure I understand it and it is easier to get help. Another plus is that I can participate in spring sports, and I get to see my fellow Cadets."