The month of May can be the most intense month on our calendar. This, of course, depends upon your situation as a student and/or teacher. With STAAR testing and Advanced Placement testing, we are on several different bell schedules as well as no bells due to AP testing. These last two weeks feel much different with students taking AP tests as early as 8 am with a much earlier arrival time. The absence of bells adds in a very interesting vibe in the hallways - the lack of a warning bell seems to get some students moving quicker and others a little slower. Our amazing faculty and students have made the adjustment and we keep on rolling along as a campus.
Our seniors seem to slow down a little as they embrace each day. In the last few weeks, we have had more seniors eating on campus for many reasons. Some for the convenience of eating between testing, but also many are enjoying the slower pace of eating on campus. Our seniors seem to embrace each passing period as they can sense their high school experience will be over rather soon. Due to some of seniors’ schedules with Pedernales, Senior Service Day, state golf and tennis, and exam exemptions, they are truly nearly complete with their time at Eanes. This realization occurs at different times, so if you have a senior I would suggest checking in with them. This is a very important time to keep on parenting. Transitions can be very difficult at any age, and our kids need your support and love as they conclude 13 years of being in our school system. Our school holiday on Monday may be a fabulous time for a visit with your graduating senior.
Our juniors seem to be thriving as they have taken the STAAR in US History while also completing AP testing. Our juniors are seeing their efforts beginning to pay huge dividends as they complete each academic assessment. Their enthusiasm and pure joy lets you see the difference between youth and age immediately! Our sophomores are settling in as they look forward to a nice summer. Our sophomores are the one class that actually remains the most settled during this time of year. Our freshmen still are 14 and 15 year olds. They are ecstatic about a summer and not being freshmen any longer. They still only see the next day ahead and some do not even realize a three day weekend is looming - in fact, most of the freshmen I visited with about this Monday thought I was being cruel and joking with them. Got to love this age group!
We hope you have a wonderful three day weekend and a happy Mother’s Day! Thanks to our moms for all you do for our children and community.
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Please continue reading to see what our AP Human Geography students are doing.
On April 27th or 28th, students in the AP Human Geography classes visited the Austin Recycle and Reuse Drop Off Center and the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Waste Management Plant.
RECYCLE AND REUSE CENTER: At the Recycle and Reuse Center, the students learned about how Austin handles the recycling and reuse of tires, batteries, styrofoam, plastics, household hazardous waste, electronics, appliances, and paint. They also learned that the Center takes the paint that is dropped off and creates new paint that they give away.
HORNSBY BEND: Hornsby Bend was established in the 1950s as a series of stabilization ponds used to treat wastewater sludge. It has now become a nationally recognized recycling facility and won first place from the US Environmental Protection Agency for biosolids recycling. While visiting the plant, students learned about how dillo dirt is made, how the plant is 100% green, using the methane gas to power the generator that runs the plant, and how the plant has been ecological research and wildlife conservation.
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