Hopes and Expectations for 2017 Classes at St. Agnes
The year has just begun at St. Agnes Academy, and many students are excited about their upcoming classes. I asked around the community to see what classes students were most excited about. The first student was Nicole Rosenfeld. I asked her:
“Since you’re a freshman, you don’t really have any expectations for your classes. Still, you might have heard rumors about certain classes. What class were you looking forward to the most and why? After attending, how has your attitude towards that class changed? “
“I was looking forward to my honors English class. I previously thought English was fun because I enjoy reading a variety of books that the class requires. The variety makes me get out of my reading comfort zone. After attending the class, it has made me like English even more. I really like my teacher, Ms. Granito. She explains things very well and she really gets the class to discuss the topics. I like how the class discussions have no right or wrong answer and everyone contributes.”
I then asked two juniors what their thoughts have been about their new classes.
The first student, Abigail Standish, discussed her theology class, which she has always loved in the past years at St. Agnes.
"I was most looking forward to my theology class. I love theology so much. It's always interested me and it's always been one of my best classes, even when I was little. My attitude hasn't changed much. I'm still just as excited as I was for theology at the beginning of the year. The more my teacher tells us about what we're going to learn, the more excited I get."
The second student was Bella Costantini, who talked about her English class, similar to the freshman I asked.
"I was most looking forward to my English class because during my sophomore year I learned how much I really enjoyed English and grew to appreciate it so I was excited to go into the school year with that passion for English. I had also heard a lot about my teacher and I knew my sister had her and really loved her as a teacher. She has fulfilled all my expectations and so far the class has been amazing. I also learned that her class is largely an essay class and we will have no objective tests and writing is a lot easier for me than tests so that was a positive thing for me to find out. I know that it's a class I'll be able to look forward to all year and I am excited to get to know the teacher more."
I then asked the same question to a sophomore, Claire Sullivan. She talked about her elective Student Leadership, which is a course offered at St. Agnes to better the leadership skills of the students.
"The class I was looking forward to the most this year at St. Agnes was Student Leadership because I wanted to learn how to enhance my skills as a leader, while also learning how to better assert myself and use my skills to help voice the opinions of others and work together as a group in certain situations. After attending this class, my attitude became more open and excited to learning about the different styles of leadership used in our everyday lives. I was also very excited to learn new problem solving skills and ways to make sure everyone is included in making Leadership decisions. I was also super happy to find out that I had this class with my friends and people I didn't really know, so we could all could grow in our leadership skills together and help St. Agnes with anything they need."
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