Long gone are the days of students carrying heavy textbooks and roaming the hallways, and in are the days of Zoom meetings in pajamas. Since online classes have begun at Gateway Regional High School, both students and teachers have had to adapt to the world of virtual learning.
As the summer season continues to wind down, students may have returned to or started their 2020-2021 academic year. Some students may be freshmen in college, such as myself, feeling the adrenaline of the prospect of the safe return to the physical campus or in a situation similar to the what the Class of 2020 experienced this past spring.
The re-opening of schools has been on the minds of many New Jersey residents, the surrounding areas and, in fact, across the country. The coronavirus has been a topic of great concern since the March shutdown and teachers are worried that health and safety of school staff and students could be put in grave danger.
Back in mid-March, as per Executive Orders 104 and 107, Governor Phil Murphy called for the immediate closure of all public, private, and religious learning institutions across the state because of COVID-19. Ever since then, local schools have had to resort to virtual learning as an alternative to in-person instruction and now amid an unorthodox summer, many students are undoubtedly concerned about returning to live classes in the fall.
In times of crisis and uncertainty, love, and comfort from family members, colleagues, and friends can provide the reassurance to confront the challenges that come along the way. Outcomes of the COVID-19 outbreak should not be faced alone, but with support from others who know that no one should struggle through adversity by themselves.
The global health crisis has created health challenges for all of us, but it is an especially difficult time for those with underlying conditions. Their response to adversity demonstrates their positivity and resilience to work through life’s most daunting obstacles.
With schools and colleges switching to online learning, businesses urging employees to work from home, and national curfews being put in place, the effects of this pandemic are glaringly obvious. However, the one effect that people are not concerned with may just be the most long-lasting one, and that is the substantially positive impact on the environment.
The teachers and staff of Gateway Regional High School have been adjusting to life at home while still providing for their students. While students are staying at home during this time, their teachers are still present to offer opportunities to foster growth even though they are miles apart. Being quarantined has proven its many challenges; but the ultimate goal is to continue education outside of the traditional classroom.
Junior year of high school is usually supposed to be thrilling for students, as they contemplate their future and plan to pursue higher education. SATs pose as a sort of gauge for students and is just one of the many tools utilized to consider accommodations for secondary learning. A few members of the current Class of 2021 conveyed their emotions on the College Board’s decision to cancel upcoming test-taking dates, as they continue to self-quarantine at home.
In this unrivaled period of quarantine and uncertainty for the foreseeable future, various students in the senior class have expressed their feelings of sadness as they try to continue forward in this disheartening time. Some of those students have provided unique perspectives.
With schools across the nation forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus, school districts are making a switch to remote learning; however, many are wondering how students are expected to keep up with their work when they are overwhelmed with their normal routines. But, what some people may not know, is that many students are more than happy to be learning from home.
As the world continues to grapple with this global pandemic; the community of students and staff at Gateway Regional High School have taken a more aggressive approach to address the issue and view the “bigger picture.”
Who would have thought that when we began this new decade, it would be one that none of us would ever forget. From being quarantined in our homes, to virtual learning, to not being sure if my classmates would see each other again, this has been a time that our country needs to come together more than ever.
Arthur P. Schalick High School’s entertaining production of “All Shook Up” -- which ran February 27 through 29 -- promotes "A Little Less Conversation" and a lot more excitement! "It's Now or Never" to enjoy this delightful mix of drama, love triangles, and humor.
On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the second annual Atlantic City Women’s March took place in the momentous Boardwalk Hall in order to commemorate Fannie Lou Hamer, who spoke in the same Boardwalk Hall in 1964 and was kicked out of the building for her controversial words. Today, women across the country honor her legacy and celebrate her bravery, especially in Atlantic City, where she will never be forgotten.
As technology in schools increases, it seems as if handwriting is tossed to the side in favor of keyboarding skills. The New York Times reports “today, more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs.”
As 2019 comes to a close, high school seniors are beginning to stress about the next four years of their lives and choice of career path. Granted, before they can begin this journey they must choose a place for it to begin and, most importantly, hope they’re granted admission to their institute of choice through their application.
“Counseling is important because it can help people with physical emotional mental health issues improve their sense of well being, alleviate feelings of distress and resolve crises,” 11th Grade Counselor Ms. Arlene Villanueva said.