Our Turn: Building bridges from NCSS to RHS
The big move-it’s weighed on everyone involved in NCSS’ mind since we found out last spring. With the new school year came big changes, from four new staff members to a hallway in RHS, returning students expected it to be rocky. Entering the third week of school, however, we’ve been proven wrong. I interviewed students about our big move. Both new and old students participated in the interview.
Bridget Rich, a new student, commented, “I think the biggest advantage of being at RHS is the library right down the hall. The biggest disadvantage is how urban the school is-we aren’t surrounded by trees, like it was at NCES.”
Mia Becker, a returning NCSS student says, “The move is going smoothly. The only thing I don’t like about not being at our old building is the bells-I wish we could shut them off.”
Zachary Thompson, a new student, says “The best part of being at RHS is the library down the hall-and the larger classrooms.”
Katlin Cogar, one of NCSS’ seniors for the class of 2013 states, “The biggest advantage of NCSS being located in RHS is the library’s accessibility. At times I feel like NCSS and RHS don’t have the strongest sense of community together, but I’m already seeing this change.”
Zackary DuBois, an NCSS veteran, says “The space is great. I like having our classrooms all in one hall, but it’s been a big change and will take some getting used to. The transition is going very well so far, I think.”
One returning NCSS student states, “The biggest advantage is the fact that the school district is saving money. At times, I feel that students clash with each other. I think this is due to not knowing enough about each other.”
Even a new staff member, Mr. Delveaux, NCSS’ very own math and science teacher, states “Teaching here at NCSS presents a different challenge every day. I love it here.”
Jasmin McGee, another NCSS senior, states that “I have always loved the one on one time with our advisors. Sometimes I feel like NCSS’ identity got left at the other building, but overall our sense of community is as strong as ever. The transition is going much better than what I expected.”
Coming into RHS has gone better than what most of us expected. The larger classrooms and the administration working with us has been fantastic-and helpful. These things and more have helped us transition into a new building with ease.
All in all, NCSS students, both new and old, have similar opinions on our big move. It’s only the third week of school and NCSS has experienced large amounts of changes. New staff members, new students, and a new building. But NCSS is as strong as ever-after all, we’re still a big family.