GRAFTON, Mass. - Things are beginning to wind down as Grafton High School enters its fourth week of the school year. Classrooms are being found, lockers are starting to open, iPads are being fixed, and teachers are starting to hand out work (sigh) -- everything is getting back to a normal pace.
As the stress starts to disappear from the new hallways of Grafton High School, I look back on these crazy weeks with many emotions -- at first, confusion, then excitement, and now, admiration in saying that I attend a school not only beautiful on the outside but within as well.
On Aug. 28, I entered the new building with no idea of what to expect. I envisioned myself amongst of sea of lost kids, confused faces, and a hectic guidance office. I should have known however, that with an administration led by Mr. Pignitaro and Mrs. Cohen, the wonderful faculty, and the outstanding role models that are the senior leaders, we would be in the right hands. Not only was the first day well-organized and welcoming, the morning assembly was a great way to come together and celebrate all of the future Grafton High has to offer.
The day progressed on with confusion (a typical first day), but thanks the amazing layout of the new school and all faculty members, students were able to fix schedule issues and move around easy.
Now I know what you're thinking: “what about the iPads?" Well, technology wouldn’t be technology if it wasn’t for a few glitches, and most being user-errors, the unsung hero award goes to every member of the GHS technology staff. The tech force’s patience with wifi, login, and downloading errors helped the school stay balanced. I personally have experienced issues with my iPad, and being one of many; the tech force made me feel important in fixing my problem.
Technology and a new building are definitely the most important highlights the community has focused on, but for me, it’s the little things about the new Grafton High School that I find to be the most special. Being able to eat lunch outside on the beautiful courtyard, music blasting through the speakers to tell us when class is over, and the amount of light brought into the new school. These are examples of all new traditions and new memories that this school has brought to our community.
We are the first people to have memories here; we are the first people to create new traditions, and new opportunities. It is with pride that we all come together to celebrate the very first year of the new Grafton High School and everything it has to offer- and that is something we should be very grateful for.
GHS Journal is a weekly column written by Grafton High students focusing on student life inside the new school. Jacqui Manning is a junior at Grafton High School.