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October 605

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.

Previous update about the high school / Next high school update:

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.

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“High key not wanting to be at school,” the kid said to him.

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“Yeah, summer was lit,” Austin replied.

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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.

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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.

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Across the hallway, the juniors and senior were starting English class.

“Welcome, Mr. Holt,” Mr. Bright said, as Beau walked in late.

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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.

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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.

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“So, says here you aren’t registered for an elective yet.  What are you interested in?” Mr. Bright asked.

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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.

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Kylie, Michael’s sister, strained to hear the conversation between the teacher and her brother.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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Michael Smith looked like a deer in the headlights for a moment but he made a fast recovery.

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“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.”

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“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++.

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Jada noticed Amber looking at her screen.

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“How do you know what to type next?” Amber asked her.

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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.

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Gameplay Notes:

  • 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




8 Comments so far:

  1. so cool 😀 I love your school updates 🙂 and I was really excited to see the Smith kids 🙂

  2. V, thanks! Thanks for reading and commenting! Getting the high school built and the high schoolers’ families created and organized for the first update was close to a month of preparation, so it’s nice to have that complete now. My population had a gap between primary school and college, without a single teen!

  3. I love how Kylie is always listening and looking out for her siblings. That’s a lot to take on at her age, but they’re lucky that she’ll do that for them. Seems like “family-oriented” would be a good fit for her 3rd YA trait. Do you pick traits for your sims when they age up or roll them randomly?

    Ha ha, Michael is really funny! He did really well and I’m glad he tried that out. I hope the kids laughed, because I did!

    It’s really neat to see all of the kids here and see their personalities and interests start to emerge.

    • That’s true, Family-Oriented would suit her. For Simdale Valley, I usually choose what I think fits their character but sometimes I try a random roll or two to help me think outside the box. For the legacy, I roll them, except I reserve the right to pick the final trait if I don’t like what I roll. I got that idea from Susan. Glad you enjoyed Michael’s jokes 🙂 Since he’s at comedy level zero, the audience didn’t react very well. But to me, his character uses humor to cope, so he’s funnier in my mind than he is in the game right now. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Carla says:

    Glad you explained how your school works, as I was going to ask! I don’t know what mods and things are available for doing this sort of thing for TS4. I like how the kids have a specific activity to do for each class – very cool. Why is Gardening called 4H though?

    LOL, I liked Michael’s jokes! Is comedy a career in TS4? It’s just one level of a career in TS2, though you could conceivably freeze your sim at that level, if you wanted to. I think it’s great that Sheldon is encouraging Michael. He might just find his niche and thrive. He’s still so young, after all.

  5. Carla, there is a Go to School mod that sounds REALLY cool, but I still prefer to keep the CC minimal so I don’t lose time after updates having to wait before playing again. Making temporary households is the solution I’m happiest with right now, since it lets me control each sim, unlike the clubs option some people use to play schools. 4H is the American extracurricular in which students compete to grow and show chickens, cows, pigs, plants, etc. I don’t know why it’s called 4-H, actually.

    I’d forgotten there was a level of a career in TS2 for comedy! Entertainment is the actual TS4 career path, but when you get to level 6 you choose a branch, and comedy is one while musician is the other. From the beginning they have to work on their comedy skill, I believe. Maddi Tesla was in that career so that was a long time ago now 🙂

    Yes, Sheldon, Elle, and Kylie will hopefully find niches and I think several teachers are interested to help them make successful careers in spite of their situation right now. Thanks for commenting!

  6. maisie says:

    Ahh I love the focus for each of the classes, I need to save this and see how I can implement it for my school. Austin is really adorable, and loved the teen speak. I hope Amber can get the hang of it, the tutorial is a good place to start, and then probably lots of practice. I do love Jada’s expression as she catches Amber watching her, lol!

    Oh Michael… he pretty much has Dad jokes… I can literally hear my Dad say that chemistry joke, though he hasn’t (to my knowledge!) that would definitely be his style! I don’t blame him for not sharing details, that’s a lot of pressure. And teachers ALWAYS do it!! It’s like a requirement for school, our english teacher always favored the 2 truths and a lie… with a class of strangers, ha.

    I hope Elle and Maddison become friends, and that Elle isn’t lonely this school year.

  7. Yes, those classbuilders– bare your soul with new kids…. I’m really enjoying playing the schools with this skilling purpose, and of course, the purpose of having the kids and teens interact and see what happens. Thanks so much for commenting, Maisie!

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