Both students, and teachers at Turpin have made it through the first half of the year, and are going into the second semester with confidence. This makes a perfect opportunity to make up for last semester if students didn’t do well, or for those who continue to strive. However, there is the stress of standardized testing. For example, sophomores must take the AIR assessment which is an assessment that will earn students graduation points based on the score they get.

Sophomore Seth Patton said, “I am looking forward to history this semester. It’s the only subject I enjoy learning about and it’s a fun class, as well as the school year ending at the end of a semester. I’m not looking forward to Spanish and math this semester because they are very difficult.”

Standardized testing is also something student’s must face during the second semester. Patton stated, “I personally don’t like standardized testing, but who does? I think that at least they will be better than they were last year. It’s very stressful and annoying but everyone has to do it. I don’t think they should be a thing, personally, but everyone has to do them.”

Science Teacher Ms. Brill said, “I am keeping the state science test that the freshmen have to take in the back of my head. However, I am excited for the trip to the zoo I get to take with the seniors. I’m also excited that I get to plan for the trip that I will be taking with some students to Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.”

With the start of the new semester, students have the opportunity to attempt to approve upon what they did last semester. There is the stress of standardized testing coming up, but with hard work, Turpin students will be successful second semester.

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