Meet the High School Students

 

Meet Jake


Morning – Arrival
I drop my sister off at the Middle School and proceed to the Senior Parking Lot, where I park my car for the day. I walk into school with my friends. We talk about any upcoming sporting events or other activities on campus until our first period begins. Today is an "A" Day in our cycle. Over the course of our schedule rotation, my classes occur at different times of the day.
 
Morning – IB Spanish HL Year II
I walk up the stairs into my first period class, Español con Profesora Seiden. Sitting with Susy, we do different group projects and then present them on the SmartBoard through AppleTV. We just project our work right from our laptops for the entire class to see! I am always jotting down new vocabulary to use.
 
Morning – Advisory
My advisor is easily the most energetic person on campus. I have been with the same 15 students, every day, for the past 4 years, for advisory. Our advisor reads our activity for the day, we work on it, and then our advisor checks upon each of us to make sure our week is going well.
 
Morning – IB Biology SL Year II
Today, I have biology and we are doing an experiment. We use the block period for our experiments so we have enough time to setup, complete the experiment, then cleanup. The lab is on diseases and we must test vials of chemicals to determine which person is Patient Zero. That is the person/vial that first spread the ‘disease’.
 
Morning – IB English HL Year 2
Our English teacher has planned for my class to go outside to the Chickee Chapel and read. With the weather as perfect as it is today, there is no better place to learn! I am anticipating the video conference that our teacher has coordinated with the author of the last book we read, Alibis.
 
Morning – IB Film SL
As we begin to edit our videos, our teacher walks around the video lab to answer any questions about the software. This is by far my favorite classroom because of the green screen and control room. Tomorrow, I’ll be anchoring our latest segment of ‘Scots News!’ that will air during assembly.
 
Afternoon – Lunch / Break Time
For lunch everyday, there is a full deli bar, full salad bar, hot foods, cold foods, pizza and pasta! I usually eat outside on the deck with friends. After I finish lunch, I head over to the Senior Benches to relax and hang out before my next period. If I need to meet with a teacher, meetings over lunch work well!
 
Afternoon – IB Math SL Year 2
Today, we are using a flipped classroom! Mr. Fisher uses this method on occasion. That means that he handed out the notes yesterday; we must teach ourselves the notes thru a pre-recorded presentation he posted to MySA. Then today we spend the entirety of class asking questions!
 
Afternoon – IB History of the Americas HL Year 2
We took out our homework as Mr. Pursel walked around and checked to see that each student did his or her part. After that, we took notes on today’s lesson, the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I stayed after class for my Student Council meeting; Mr. Pursel is also our Dean of Students.
 
Afternoon – Student Council Meeting
On the Agenda today is the All-School Pep Rally that will be happening next week. Student Council must plan, execute, and take down the event. As Senior Class President, I am working with three other students to make sure all teachers and students are aware of the schedule for the day.
 
Afternoon – Soccer Practice
We meet at the pavilion next to the practice fields. As the team captain this year, I begin team stretching and then help the coaches run practice. As a team leader, it is my obligation to be on time and attentive. We have a light practice today because tomorrow is gameday!
 

Meet Sarah


Morning – Arrival
After making the commute from Fort Lauderdale, approximately a forty-five-minute drive, I arrive on the Saint Andrew’s campus –receiving a few waves and smiles as I pass by the friendly security guards. After I park my car, I wait around in the parking lot for a few of my friends, and then we head off toward our lockers, making sure we say our morning greetings to familiar and unfamiliar faces.
 
Morning – Honors US History
As the bell rings I gather my belongings and head into my first class of the day, Honors US History. Being a discussion-based class, we sit around a long table to discuss the issues of our founding fathers and our country throughout history. Together we collaborate and share ideas as well as debate topics that were prevalent in their time. In this class there is a three-cycle rotation, called a “gallery” where select students are asked to observe the conversation for the day. I love the collaborative aspect of this course and enjoy the creative thinking that is always encouraged!
 
Morning – Advisory
After an exciting first period, I head off to advisory, right down the hall. My advisor is a person who I look forward to seeing each and every day, is always willing to inform us on the latest global topics and always ensures that everything is going smoothly.

Morning – AP Chemistry
Today, my lab period is AP Chemistry with Mrs. Martin. With the extended period of time, Mrs. Martin has challenged us, the class, to carry out a series of experiments including the collection of various gases through the process of water displacement. With tips and pointers, Mrs. Martin is always there to help us! This fun and exciting class offers us time to collaborate as well as be challenged in a rigorous academic setting!

Morning – Honors Biology
After a challenging, yet enjoyable Chemistry period, I walk across the hall for Biology with Mrs. Bohl. I love the opportunities that Saint Andrew’s has to offer and I am so happy that I took advantage of the option to double my science courses. In Honors Biology, us students are faced with a series of tasks. One day we might be taking notes on lectures, maybe viewing and comparing diagrams, or even identifying the differences between enzymes! The labs that Mrs. Bohl prepares for us allow us students to put our notes into real context and action.
 
Morning – Band
I finish my morning with a splendid trip to the Performing Arts Center, one of my favorite places to be on campus! Each and every day I look forward to band as a way of expressing my thoughts for the day and simply relaxing and enjoying time with my friends and the wonderful Mrs. Wolgin. The band room is my home! As the secretary of the band, a flautist, and an oboist, I love expressing my passion and contributing to the world of music! The band is so privileged to play at many school functions such as football games, the Homecoming pep rally, and even Saint Andrew’s Day! I cannot wait for the Holiday concert, where the flutes will be performing a trio version of the Dance of the Reed Pipes from The Nutcracker.

Afternoon – Lunch / Break Time
After band, lunch is another enjoyable period of my day! The beautiful dining hall always has a selection of delicious meals from hot foods to cold, a sandwich bar and even a few unique selections. Myself having a gluten allergy, I am always so pleased with the excellent options that Sage Dining has to offer those who have allergies. After lunch, my friends and I head off to our lockers where we relax, grab our books, and walk each other to our next classes!
 
Afternoon – Honors Calculus
As I walk into Mr. Hock’s classroom for Honors Calculus, I am always greeted by the brightest smile. This class is one of my favorites because of the creativity and adventures that Mr. Hock allows in his classroom. Math, one of my least favorite subjects, has become one of my most favorites! Another great aspect of this class is the excitement and pleasure that Mr. Hock shows for the subject!
 
Afternoon – AP English
Today we met outside of our usual classroom. Instead, we decided to have a writing day in the Computer Lab with our teacher, Mrs. Merrill. Every few weeks we have a writing day where we compose an in-class essay based on the mode of composition that we have been studying for the past few weeks. Each lesson that Mrs. Merrill plans for us not only gives us insight into the world of literature, but also applies to our world today! This year being my second year with Mrs. Merrill, I know that she is always there for help and guidance!
 
Afternoon – Clubs
After school today, we have one of our Club meetings! I love Club meetings because they allow students to mingle in a relaxed setting while still achieving goals. Being in charge of a club myself, Yogi Scots, I have planned for today a meeting where we practice arm balances and inversions while listening to fun music and de-stressing from our week! I love seeing everyone join together to share a yoga practice and to discuss some of the latest stresses in our lives!
 
Afternoon – Cross Country
From an eventful school day, I head off to the fields for Cross Country with coaches John O’Connell and Stacy O’Connell. This sport, although often considered an individual sport, is not and this truly shows at Saint Andrew’s. We are given directions as to what type of practice we will be doing for the day – speed, distance, or a combination. Today is a distance day, one of my favorites because I enjoy chatting and running with some of my best friends. After our run, we meet up under the Pavilion where we evaluate our run, stretch, get in some core work, and then head off for the night.
 

Meet Petra

Morning -  Arrival 
I drive my sister to school early, so that we can go to office hours with our teachers at 7:45 am. We show up about 15 minutes early to grab breakfast from Mariani Great Hall. Their muffins and bacon are the best! After breakfast, I head over to my math teacher's room to go over the homework that I wasn’t fully confident about. By the end of the session, I am much more confident.
 
A Period –IB History HL Yr2
I arrive at my History class and say hello to my teacher, Dr. Schipper. My friend, Kylee, is there and I talk to her until class starts. History is one of my favorite classes because my teacher comes with really fun ways to learn already interesting information. Plus, this class is small - only 8 students. I feel like I really know my peers well because we have been together for 2 years.
 
C Period – AP Calculus
This is a tough class, but it’s so important and it feels all the better when I do well in it. From learning limits to discovering derivatives - there are so many new concepts that are so interesting. I am studying engineering in college and I know how important calculus is to develop the skills I need in that field. 
 
E Period – Free Period
This period goes from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. I usually use this free period to do homework. My friends have third lunch that starts at 12:45 pm, so I try to get most of my homework done before then. Occasionally, I leave campus to pick up lunch with some other friends. The mall is five minutes away so it’s really easy. It’s really helpful doing my homework during my free because it means I have less work to do after golf practice. Sometimes, I’m able to finish all my homework, which is exciting. 
 
Lunch
When my friends are done with their E-period classes, we get lunch from Mariani Great Hall and sit outside of the Commons. My favorite lunch is Pita bread, gyro meat, and steak fries- it’s delicious. Honorable mention: spaghetti and meatballs. 
 
G Period – IB Global Politics SL 
The concepts we discuss in Global Politics are so interesting and so crucial to understanding. In this class, we discuss potential outcomes and solutions to global issues and political situations. We are working on our Personal Engagement Activity, a requirement to pass the class. We have to find a way to engage a political issue and write a 2000 word report.
 
Golf Practice – Daily Practice from 3:30 - sunset
Golf is one of the best parts of my day. My friends, including most of the Saint Andrew’s girls golf team, practice at the same place so it’s always so fun. I start with range work-70% second shot practice and 30% longer shorts. Then, I move to putting practice. I usually spend an hour and a half on that. My friends and I move to the course until it’s time to go.

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