Class of 606 (Seniors): Kylie Smith and Amber Holt are 17. Juniors: Jada Gallant, Beau Holt, and Elizabeth Tesla are 16. Sophomores: Maddison Holt and Elle Smith are 15. Freshmen: Austin Holt and Michael Smith are 14.
Sheldon Bright is the Senior Class Advisor, and teaches English, Foreign Language, Social Sciences, and Performing Arts. James Petite teaches Science, Math, Programming, and the after school rocketry & robotics club.
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Austin Holt looked over at his new lab partner in science class. He’d heard his mom and dad talking about the squatters in the woods, how they needed to be made to leave. This was the first time he’d met one of them.
“High key not wanting to be at school,” the kid said to him.
“Yeah, summer was lit,” Austin replied.
Meanwhile, Maddison, Austin’s sister, and Elle, Michael’s sister, were wondering if they wanted to speak to each other. Before they made up their minds, Mr. Petite said, “Welcome to underclassmen science and math. We’ll be dividing your time in my class between Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, and Biology.
Elle wondered if Maddison might be a good friend, or if she was going to feel just as lonely as ever in this new school.
Across the hallway, the juniors and senior were starting English class.
“Welcome, Mr. Holt,” Mr. Bright said, as Beau walked in late.
As Beau took his seat, Mr. Bright explained his grading system and the format of the class. Each upperclassman would be turning in a proposal for their independent study in English and Foreign language, based on their progress and goals, including any AP tests they planned to take at the end of the year. They would contract with Mr. Bright for what they’d be graded on.
As the upperclassmen started working on the questionnaires Mr. Bright had handed them, to determine a starting point for their language studies, Michael Smith walked in and handed Mr. Bright a note from Mr. Petite.
“So, says here you aren’t registered for an elective yet. What are you interested in?” Mr. Bright asked.
Michael told Mr. Bright that he didn’t know. He never cared much for school. After talking a while, Michael started telling him about his favorite comedians.
“Why not sign up for performing arts?” Mr. Bright asked. “We’re going to see what the interests and talents of the class are, and then determine what our projects will be,” he said.
Kylie, Michael’s sister, strained to hear the conversation between the teacher and her brother.
That afternoon, in performing arts, Mr. Bright found he had quite a large group: Elizabeth Tesla, Austin Holt, and Michael and Elle Smith.
“Maddison Holt?” Mr. Bright asked, “Has anyone seen Maddison today? It looks like she’s enrolled for this class.”
Maddison, exhausted from being out late with Amber, was napping in the teacher’s lounge.
“For your first class participation grade, I’d like each of you to take the mike for at least a couple minutes, and, in whatever medium you see fit, communicate something about you to the audience.”
Groans came from the class. After a moment, Austin slowly stepped up.
“I’m just here, just hangin’ out, you know?” Austin started. “Don’t really have that much to call my own thing, just go with the flow.”
Elizabeth Tesla volunteered next, but got embarrassed when she took the mike. She told the class she thought performing arts would be fun, since they’d get to talk and hang out together.
Michael Smith looked like a deer in the headlights for a moment but he made a fast recovery.
“I wonder what Facebook employees do to waste time at work?”
“Ordinarily, staring is creepy. But if you spread your attention across many individuals, then it’s just people watching. That one’s from Comedy Central.”
Since we’re in school, I’d tell you a chemistry joke, but I know I won’t get a reaction.”
“Thank you, Michael,” said Mr. Bright. He thought about pointing out that Michael didn’t say anything about himself, but thought better of it.
“Elle, it’s your turn.”
“I need to go to the restroom, Mr. Bright,” she said. She came back when class was over. Mr. Bright wondered why she had signed up for performing arts; she was so quiet and didn’t seem interested.
Meanwhile, Mr. Petite was teaching programming in the media center lab. Three upperclass girls had signed up, Kylie Smith, Amber Holt, and Jada Gallant. Jada and Kylie both had programming background already, but Amber was brand new.
Mr. Petite started Amber on a beginner tutorial for Python, and Jada and Kylie began working on a placement assessment Mr. Petite gave them to check their knowledge of C++.
Jada noticed Amber looking at her screen.
“How do you know what to type next?” Amber asked her.
Amber went back to watching her tutorial, wondering if she’d ever understand this computer programming stuff. But she knew it was a gateway to Fiesta Tech, and jobs, and she was determined to get there.
- The way my school works, for now, is that I make a temporary household for each class (or two for the smaller ones,) and have them travel to the school and play them. While in each class, there are focus skills to work on.
- English: Writing, Reading books
- Foreign Language: Charisma (in the mirror)
- Math and Science: Logic (using the microscope, not visible in these pictures, or chess)
- Computer Programming (obviously, computer programming)
- Performing Arts: Comedy, musical instruments, dance
- Shop: Handiness
- Culinary Arts: Baking, Cooking, Gourmet Cooking
- Engineering/Rocketry/Robotics club: Rocket Science
- 4H: Gardening
- Scouting: Collecting, Fishing, Outdoor Activities
- The primary students learn the following skills:
- English: do homework, read books, read with an adult
- Math: Use the Math Attack game on the computer
- Art: Creativity
- Musical Appreciation: Try instruments, Listen to music, Dance
- Recess: Motor and Social skills