Meet the High School Students

 

Meet Jake


7:30 - 7:50 am – 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 the eight-day rotation, my classes occur at different times of the day.
 
7:50 - 8:40 am – 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.
 
8:45 - 8:55 am – Advisory
My advisor, Mr. Brown, is easily the most energetic person on campus. I have been with the same 15 students, every day, for the past 4 years, for 10 minutes every day. Mr. Brown reads the announcements for the day, we socialize, and then Mr. Brown checks up on each of us to make sure our week is going well.
 
9:00 - 10:25 am – IB Biology SL Year II
The second period of every day is called our block period. 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’.
 
10:30 - 11:20 am – IB English HL Year 2
Dr. Lalibertie 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 Mr. L has coordinated with the author of the last book we read, Alibis.
 
11:25 am - 12:10 pm – IB Film SL
This is the one class that recurs everyday without changing the time. As we begin to edit our videos, Mrs. Lodato 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 advisory.
 
12:15 - 1:00 pm – 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!
 
1:05 - 1:55 pm – 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!
 
2:00 – 2:50 pm – 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 Administrator Liaison to the Student Council.
 
3:00-3:45 pm – 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.
 
4:00-5:45 pm – 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


7:30 - 7:50 am – 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. Today I’ll be looking forward to an E Day in our eight-day cycle!
 
7:50 - 8:40 am – Honors US History
As the bell rings I gather my belongings and head into my first class of the day, Honors US History with Mr. Farrington. 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!
 
8:45 - 8:55 am – Advisory
After an exciting first period, I head off to advisory, right down the hall with Mr. Pozo. Mr. Pozo, 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. In this advisory we watch five minutes of a movie, today’s being Benchwarmers – this becoming one of our favorite traditions! Mr. Pozo also always has enlightening comments to add to our thoughts for the day!
 
9:00 - 10:25 am – AP Chemistry
During each day of the week, students at Saint Andrew’s have one block period – a period lasting for an hour and twenty-five minutes. Today my block 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!
 
10:30 - 11:20 am – 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.
 
11:25 am - 12:10 pm – 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 Christmas concert, where the flutes will be performing a trio version of the Dance of the Reed Pipes from The Nutcracker.

12:15 - 1:00 pm – 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!
 
1:05 - 1:55 pm – 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!
 
2:00 – 2:50 pm – 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!
 
2:50-3:15 pm – Club Day
After school today, we have one of our Club Days! I love Club Days 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!
 
3:30-5:00 – 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


7:35-7:40 am – Arrival
After I get dropped off, I walk over to the 7th Grade Pod and drop off my things at my locker. After catching up with my friends for a quick minute, I like to get to class early so I can settle in and speak with my teacher.
 
7:50-8:40 am – WSAS Morning Show
Today in WSAS with Ms. Gorora, our class gets to do a lot of fun ‘behind the scenes’ stuff like choosing topics for the upcoming show and script writing. We assign students to each job/position…anchor, switchboard, camera, audio, producer, and director. Once the class is all set, we film the morning show covering School News, Round Square, and Sports.
 
8:45-9:30 am – English
Once I get to Ms. Steinberg’s class, we start reviewing our individual ‘Video Book Talks.’ Our assignment was to use iMovie to film ourselves at home discussing any book we wanted. I picked H.I.V.E Rogue…it’s the 5th book in the H.I.V.E series. I liked it because it contains action and suspense in every turn of the page. Next year, I can't wait to take a higher level English International Baccalaureate course with Mrs. Gettig.
 
9:35-10:20 am – Algebra 1 Honors
During class today with Coach Fred it is fun because we are working on producing a math newsletter covering topics like….’what we learned about this week’, ‘funny math comics’, ‘what we like about math’, ‘constructive feedback, ‘math fun facts’, and ‘commonly made mistakes’. My partner and I did it in a Google Doc. I like Coach Fred’s math class…she comes up with such cool activities like math bingo, partner math, etc…
 
10:25-10:35 am – Homeroom
After Math, I arrive at Mr. Rivera’s Homeroom class where we listen to announcements, eat snacks. Mr. Rivera is funny and a really good teacher!
 
10:40-11:25 am – History
In History class, we make our own Jamestown story in iBook. This project teaches us about the hardships in Jamestown in the eyes of a fictional character named John Johnson. For the project, I have to look at my family’s past so I get to interview my Dad. He thought it was so interesting…he liked it a lot.
 
11:30 am -12:00 pm – Lunch
Every Friday we watch a movie during lunch.  It’s a fun way to relax and hang out with my friends and eat a hot lunch. This week the movie is Toy Story and there are rumors we are going to watch Guardians of the Galaxy next week. Pretty cool!
 
12:05 -12:50 pm –French
After lunch I stroll to French class with Madame Young. It’s great, every Friday we have cultural foods that are really yummy….meringue cookies, croissants, madeleine etc. It’s all part of a French Wiki our class is working on together. I also like how Madame Young speaks to us in French all the time, which helps to enrich the program. It was overwhelming at first, but I understand a lot more now.
 
12:55-1:40 PM – Science
In Science, our teacher Mrs. O’Connell is teaching us about ecosystems and organisms as part of biological sciences. She has us construct food webs on paper and cards and work in small groups. An important part is working on the animal part – characteristics of life. I like Mrs. O’Connell because she is really nice!
 
1:45-2:35 pm – Tech
For Tech class, I have Ms. Gorora for Design/TV Production and today we are working on creating public service announcements and digital citizenship videos. Ms. Gorora is both patient and kind…she really cares for us. Next week are going to start learning more advanced programs like Adobe Premiere, which is cool!
 
2:40-3:25 pm – World Religions
I walk in to class for World Religions, which is taught by Mr. Kilpatrick. He’s also the Middle School football coach. He is very outgoing and funny! In this class, we learn about different world religions including Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Did you know that Hinduism is both monotheistic and polytheistic?
 
3:25-4:15 pm – After-School Activity - Robotics
It is the end of the day and I am looking forward to Robotics with Ms. Gorora and Mr. Lebron. Today we are constructing our robots and beginning the programming part. And later this week we are going to Florida Atlantic University for a practice competition through the obstacle courses/arenas. I’m so excited!

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