New Quarter, New You?

Mr. Alec Mazikewich and Mrs. Nancy Burkett, taken by Kimberly Bryden

By: Kimberly Bryden/Junior Writer

If you are like many students, the end of the first marking period is a time for self-assessment and goal setting.

According to junior Robert Reynolds, the first marking period was very stressful.

“Learning new teaching styles and adjusting to a new environment is tough. Plus, you have to learn how to adjust your time well, based on your courses.”

According to Robert Reynolds this marking period is supposed to be much harder than the last.

Robert Reynolds, Junior

“Well all of the teachers seem to say that this marking period is the hardest, so I plan on working harder, studying more, and really focusing more on school, as I have been really busy and slacking off lately,” says Reynolds.

“The only class I really struggled with is physics. Physics is a whole new concept, and requires a lot of thinking. The other classes, however, are easy enough if you really pay attention and do your work. Hard work and dedication is key,” states Reynolds.

According to sophomore Carlton Smith, the second marking period is the time to regroup and evaluate goals.

Carlton Smith, Sophmore

“I am going to work harder and better in class,” says Smith, “although last marking period was mostly easy work.”

Katie Brown, English Teacher

Unlike Smith, many students that have failed last marking period. Miss. Brown states that the students have lack of motivation.

“They are off task and they do not turn important stuff in,” says Brown.

Brown says that she hopes this marking period will give all the students a fresh start–and that she will encourage them to hand in their work on time.


Alec Mazikewich, Science Teacher

Science teacher, Alec Mazikewich, states that the level of rigor will increase during the second marking period, but says he will continue to make sure students are aware of expectations and that they hand in work on time, especially freshman.

Last marking period may have been hard for the students but this marking period will be in fact harder than the last. Mazikewich jokingly says to get the students to do better this marking period I will “yell at them.”

“Actually, I will keep on them and never let up. I will try to get them higher than the first marking period,” says Mazikewich.

Nancy Burkett, science teacher

Nancy Burkett gave her input on what she is going to change for this marking period.

“I will rearrange seating, try to get the students better organized because they are not doing work. I will be less lenient on assignments that are turned in late. Overall, I will expect more from them,” says Burkett.


Kimberly Bryden is a junior in high school and a first year journalism student. Her plan for the future is to become a trauma nurse. She likes helping people and loves the excitement. She cares about her family and many others. Kimberly first started showing interest in becoming a trauma nurse when her grandmother became diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed in 2011.