Of all of the positive changes I’ve witnessed in my CMHS career, block schedule has been the best so far. After years of high hopes and disappointment, I am very pleasantly shocked that it has finally happened and would like to thank the teachers who voted in favor of it.
The block schedule will benefit so many passionate, driven students who want to take multiple electives and explore their interests. High school should be a time to explore what one enjoys and excels at, and making a variety of options available and feasible will make that possible. The new schedule recognizes that students have multiple talents and interests, enabling them to be in both AP Calculus and Madrigal Choir, AP Biology and art, ACE and EMA.
We hope that the new schedule can allow for new career and life skills-oriented classes to be added to the pool of choices. With room for more classes, the possibilities range from engineering to personal finances, and students won’t have to worry about conflicts with their core classes. We would like to see journalism back in the classroom and functioning as it does in the real world.
The academic opportunities offered have expanded vastly since I began 7th grade here. Delta gives student opportunities for awesome science-related field trips, Mandarin Chinese is now offered in addition to Spanish, and new and more challenging classes like AP Psychology are being added. Common Core is changing the very nature of the learning process and it seems that CMHS is entering a new era.
The physical changes at Mesa are also reflecting this new chapter. The new middle school enclave, clock tower, theater, and solar panels at the parking lot are all adding to this idea of a fresh start. The Mesa I go to today seems like a completely different place from the one I began attending six years ago.
All in all, it’s a good time to be a Mustang. Students today are learning in classrooms and performing in theaters that didn’t even exist a year ago. There is a sense of a lot more involvement from teachers, administration, counseling, and more. I almost wish I had been born a few years earlier so I could reap all of these benefits, and I believe I speak on many seniors’ behalves when I encourage the younger (or future) Mustangs to take advantage of them. The future is yours for the taking.