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Senioritis in the air

With college acceptances in hand, many seniors get laid back for final weeks of school

Posted: May 16, 2009 5:25 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

There’s something going around among local high school seniors.

Symptoms include laziness, a lack of interest in school work and a general feeling of having one foot out the door.

It’s the end of the year for the class of 2009, which means another round of senioritis.

“I always say that around this time of year — we are in the season of senioritis,” said West Ranch High School Principal Bob Vincent.

The feeling comes as seniors look beyond their high-school years and as many look to college life in the fall.

“Kids are getting ready to focus on the next step of their lives,” Vincent said.

With less than two weeks of school before graduation, many local high school seniors have finished taking their Advanced Placement tests. They’ve attended their proms, they’ve turned in their last big high-school class projects.

In other words, the countdown to graduation has begun.

“I check the calendar every morning,” confirmed West Ranch senior Dillon Jones.

For Jones, the core of class assignments is past. Now it’s a matter of keeping the grades high enough and finishing finals to prevent losing admission to State Diego State University in the fall.

“I just had my (Advanced Placement) test and that was the big thing I (was) worried about,” Jones said. “It’s pretty much easy from here.”

With testing over, the classroom setting has changed.

“Some of my teachers, we just watch movies because it’s really nice,” Jones said. “In some of my classes, I have projects that I have to be at school for. That’s pretty much the encouragement.”

West Ranch senior Dylan Davis is one student who can’t slack off much. He appealed his denial to USC, so he still has to maintain high grades.

Still, showing up to AP economics class for first period at 7:10 a.m. gets tougher everyday.

“First period — that’s just a bad idea for seniors in general,” he said.

“I think I went there once last week.”

He hopes to keep his grades up and to stay out of trouble.

“I just want to get through the day,” he said.

Davis thinks the teachers who teach graduating seniors understand the problem.

“They are genuinely more understanding about everything,” he said.

But just because it’s the end of the year doesn’t mean the teaching has stopped.

“We don’t end the instruction of learning just because the AP exams are over,” Vincent said. “We will teach up until the last days.”

Seniors still need to pass courses in government, economics and English in order to graduate, he said.

West Ranch finds a balance between celebrating seniors and continuing school work.

On Friday, West Ranch hosted its end-of-the-year rally that showed a video to honor the seniors and their four years at West Ranch, Vincent said.

Still, until the last day of school, the focus on education remains.

“Colleges are known to revoke admissions if students don’t pass all their classes the second semester of senior year,” Vincent said.



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