Advertisement

Washington County students miss friends, but not homework

July 23, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Jeremiah Sonntag, 7, pops out of the pool Tuesday at Robert W. Johnson Community Center. In several weeks, Jeremiah will join other incoming second-graders at Potomac Heights Elementary School.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Miles Virgilio of Williamsport, who will enter the second grade at Williamsport Elementary School when classes resume next month, said that lunch is his least favorite part of going back to school.

“We only get 40 minutes to eat lunch,” he said.

Miles, 7, said that his favorite thing about going back to school is seeing all his friends, although he noted that some of them do not attend his school, and he does not get to see them for a long time during the school year.

Overall, though, Miles said he prefers the summer.

“It’s hot, school’s off, and you get to have fun like go to the pool and go on vacation,” he said.

As the Aug. 21 resumption of school approaches, youngsters across Washington County are still in the midst of typical summer activities. Some paused Tuesday to talk about their least favorite and most favorite thing about school.

Advertisement

Rachael Newby of Keedysville, who will be an eighth grader at Boonsboro Middle School, said she prefers the school year to the summer because she can see her friends again.

“I don’t see my friends as much during the summer, and I miss them,” she said.

Rachael, 13, said there are some things she does not like about going back to school, including that some of her friends move away, and she’s no longer able to go swimming.

Her brother, Alex, said he is excited to meet new people and “learn new things.”

“This year I’m switching schools, so I’m going to get to meet a bunch of new people,” he said.

Alex, 10, who is entering the fifth grade at Boonsboro Elementary School after spending last year at Sharpsburg Elementary, said his problem with going back to school is lack of free time, although he likes the school year and the summer about equally.

Otto Rice, 8, of Hagerstown, who will be in the third grade at St. Mary Catholic School, said that in addition to seeing his friends, he looks forward to his favorite subjects.

“I like doing math and science,” he said. “But I don’t like having to sit through all the classes I don’t like.”
Otto mentioned music as one of the subjects he does not enjoy.

Jeremiah Sonntag, 7, who will be a second-grader at Potomac Heights Elementary School, said his favorite thing about school is “math, because it’s fun.” His least favorite thing is “science, because you have to read a lot of books.”

B’Elana Provard, 8, of Hagerstown, who will be in third grade at Williamsport Elementary School, said she is excited about meeting new friends and teachers.

However, B’Elana said that she prefers the summer and is not happy about the workload she expects when school starts.

“I’m going to have a lot of homework in the third grade,” she said.

Alexander Springs, 12, of Hagerstown, who will be in seventh grade at Western Heights Middle School, said that he is looking forward to seeing his teachers and friends.

“All my old teachers are really nice, and I don’t get to see most of my friends from school during the summer,” he said.

But Alexander said he is worried about taking merit classes.

Logan Myers, 11, of Smithsburg, who will be in the sixth grade at Smithsburg Middle School, said he is not looking forward to his workload.

“I really don’t want to do it, and I’m just lazy,” he said.

Robert Wilson of Hagerstown, who is going into the fifth grade at Emma K. Doub Elementary School, said he does not like the homework.

“Homework questions that I don’t understand are frustrating,” said Robert, 10.

Robert, Alexander and Logan have been spending their summer at the Summer Youth Day Camp at Marty Snook Park in Halfway.

Autumn Dean of Greencastle and Sarah Duffy of Hagerstown have also been spending the summer at the camp.

Autumn, 11, of Greencastle, who will be in sixth grade at Greencastle-Antrim, said that although she likes meeting new friends, she hates getting all the supplies ready for school, “because you might forget something on the first day.”

Herald-Mail photographer Kevin G. Gilbert contributed to this story.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|