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First week of school

By: Savannah Ashley
September 3, 2021

The first week of school was much different than I had ever possibly expected it to be. It started off with my brother and I waking up early. We did what we needed to and then we were on our way. 

Once we were there I was shocked with how different it was than my old friend one. I’m new to the school, but familiar with the district. Seeing all of the kids I went to elementary school with was bizarre as some of them had changed drastically while others hadn’t changed one bit. The school was big too so finding people I was familiar with was truly quite difficult. 

 In search of my classes I slowly got to know the place I’d be attending for the next 180 days. Yes, school takes up half a year. When I got to my classes and met my teachers I observed. And as I observed I slowly came to realize this year was going to be tough.

I found my long-lost friend at lunch, and that was probably the highlight of my day because we hadn’t seen each other in so long. We didn’t say much to each other though until the last day of the school week, Friday.

With the mask protocols in place, it was interesting seeing how well people would listen to them. Of course it worked, but maybe not as well as it could’ve. But what the school staff needs to remember is that we’re teenagers and we just don’t really care.

I had expected the students to be more open minded and nice, but I was quickly proven wrong when I was a complete loner the first three days of the 4-day week. I wasn’t spoken to unless it was required for a game or icebreaker and though I tried to communicate with others, there’s a sort of “code” or set of rules that each teenager is expected to follow, but it isn’t spoken about whatsoever. This “code” resembles that of a “girl code” or “guy code” but it’s pretty much what you should and shouldn’t do if you want to gain the most respect. And going out of your way to meet new people isn't on the list. Some people do well with that, and that’s how they roll but others don’t, and they usually fit into a certain cliche.

 Most people were new to the campus. The seventh graders had participated in virtual learning almost 100 percent of the last school year, and obviously the 6th graders hadn’t ever seen the campus before orientation.

By Friday, teachers had shared their principles and protocols. As usual it was the same ol’ stuff about respect of others and ourselves, participation, perseverance and integrity.

By now you probably have some sort of idea what school may be like for an 8th grader attending public school. To email me any topic ideas, you can reach me at


Savannah Ashley is a local middle schooler who has an enthusiasm for mountain biking, rock climbing, writing, art, science, sports and animals. One day she hopes to be a forensic scientist. She started writing for the local newspaper to spark an interest in the minds of adolescents. She has taken part in 4-H for a total of five years in the past. She knows what loss feels like and she can accept it. You can expect articles that include news and any other information broken down in a way to make parents more comfortable to let their kids read. She hopes for you, and other readers to enjoy what she has to offer, and that you share her articles with those who may be interested. You can contact her at any time with questions or comments at: