Created as a remote-learning project by the Spring 2020 BJJTV staff March 25, 2020
WHS Students Speak Up
Isabella Fitzgerald, 9th
“E-learning is something new to everyone. So far for me, it’s been really easy and hasn’t taken up much of my time. Pros are that I can work in bed and take breaks if needed. A con is that if I need a teacher's help, I have to email and wait for a response, whereas if we were in a classroom I could get immediate help. In my free time, I’ve been spending time with my family, particularly my sister. I’ve also read some books and colored in an adult coloring book.”
Caleb McDaniel, 12th
"Everyone is in a rush to get their stuff and get out of the stores while all of the employees are rushing to get everything out on the floor. Customers are buying toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, soap, and most recently non-perishable foods like canned vegetables and dry pasta."
Ella Schmidt, 11th
"This virus has affected me because most of my family is immunocompromised, so we have to be really careful and have been on quarantine for a couple of weeks now. Being on quarantine hasn't been bad, it's been nice for the world to slow down and I get to spend time with family. It sucks not seeing my friends or going to school, but my family and I make the best of it.”
Samantha Doepker, 10th
"We tried to find a bunch of hand sanitizer because my mom is one of the people who watches the news and freaks out a little and we could only find it at Five Below of all places!"
Brennan Strubberg, 11th
“Coronavirus has affected my life in more ways than one. It started off with the cancellation of my class trip to New York, which was no fun. Recently, my family had to shut down their business due to the virus. I just hope the whole situation will end soon so it doesn’t affect our daily lives and the economy longer than it already has.”
Caroline Miller, 11th
"I do not understand the world we live in. The toilet paper is all gone! Why the toilet paper? It's people's hysteria."
Elise Pruett, 12th
"My first day of e-learning has been pretty good. It has been hard for me to focus because my siblings are still on their college spring breaks, so I’m the only one doing work. I can go at my own pace and I can wake up whenever, but I don’t like that I can’t ask questions as easily and can’t see my friends.”
Abby Raeker, 10th
"I play the clarinet in band. On Saturday, March 14, I was supposed to have a solo and ensemble. I've been working on them in band for about four months now. I've been at school at 7:30 in the morning for the past two weeks and I stayed after school two days a week. Then it got cancelled, so that was not fun."
Amber Lesire, 10th
“My family and I had several things planned out that we are no longer going to be able to do. Some things that I’ve done instead are read books, watched movies, played different types of games, and taken hikes. Once e-learning started and I completed a full day of it, I’m able to say that I really enjoy it. It is easily accessible and the work is relatively easy. I just don’t like that people everywhere are hurting and dying. I send my best wishes to everyone helping with the situation right now and to everyone being affected.”
COVID-19's Local Impact
I Can Only Control
During this outbreak of the Coronavirus, our everyday lives have been turned upside down.
At first, I didn’t really pay attention to the pandemic. I didn’t think that it would have such a huge impact on my life. I figured that it was in a different country, so I was safe, right? I was so wrong.
I started noticing that it was such a big issue when stores began to sell out of everyday products that we use. Toilet paper and paper towels were completely gone, while canned food and cleaning supplies were sparse.
Not only were the supplies becoming an issue, but activities as well. I was planning on taking my driver's test in the beginning of March, only to find out that the DMV would be closed. Also, an orthodontist appointment that I had scheduled was canceled as they were not seeing any patients to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.
My mother’s job was also a problem. She works at an engineering firm in Chesterfield and she was informed that she might need to start working from home. She didn’t have a laptop at the time and was struggling to find what she needed, like many people in the same boat as her. We went to a couple stores only to be informed that the type of computer she needed was completely sold out. We went on a wild goose chase to find what she needed in order to keep doing her job. We ended up finding it, but we still weren't planning on buying a new computer.
I was also planning on traveling with a school trip over the summer. We were going to London and Paris, only to find out that it might be cancelled, too. They haven’t made the final decision yet because the trip won’t be until June. However, I am looking forward to going and I hope that they don’t decide to cancel it.
I know that all of these things are out of my control, so instead of whining and complaining about how I wish this wasn’t happening, I am going to have a positive outlook on it. I can’t control the universe. I can only control my actions and attitude about what is happening around me.
I know that some families are suffering more than me and I should be grateful that I am in the situation that I am in.
I hope that everyone is safe and taking care of themselves. If you are in a family who is suffering from COVID-19, I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Stay healthy and wash those hands!
E-Learning: Pro, Con, Pro
Natalie Oesterly, 10th
Pro: I can follow my own schedule. I can take breaks and organize my day in a way that I prefer.
Con: I am someone who likes to ask for help to make sure I am doing the work correctly. Not being in school means I can still ask questions, but the responses aren’t as instantaneous and personal.
Pro: I can work ahead in some of my classes. This allows me to move at a different pace for each class.
McKenzie Whelan, 10th
Pro: E-learning helps me work at the speed that I need to go at in order to succeed.
Con: Learning a new subject is hard to do on my own. I am not an expert on the subject matter and neither is the rest of my family. Thus, making it very hard to ask specific questions about the topic.
Pro: I was able to get more things done. I started my “school day” around 9 a.m. Within an hour, I had almost completed 4 full assignments. Working from home makes assignments go by a lot quicker.
Bonus: I didn't have to wake up to the alarm.
Molly Tinkey, 11th
Pro: Having school in my bed, in the kitchen, on the couch, in the bathtub, or anywhere else I want!
Con: I miss normal social interaction and paper!
Pro: I like being able to do the school work when I find the time to during the day.
My Life During a Pandemic
by Anna McFarland
Every time I turn on the news I hear the number of COVID-19 cases rising to higher levels. Whenever I go on social media, I see reminders to wash my hands. Before the quarantine, I would walk into stores only to see empty shelves and people frantically stocking up on non-perishable items. To say the least, COVID-19 is impacting people all around the world, and my hometown is no exception.
I’m grateful that it has only had some minor impacts on my daily life so far. I’m still trying my absolute best to take the appropriate precautions. Self-isolation, staying six feet away from other people, and (of course) the big one: washing my hands.
An important task that I found has helped me during this pandemic is making a new daily routine for myself. I am no longer allowed to go out, so I’ve started planning new activities to keep me busy while at home.
I can no longer go to school, so that’s where e-learning comes in. I can no longer hang out with anyone because of the social distancing, so I have been keeping in contact with my friends and family by communicating over the phone. I think it’s important to have some structure in your day so that you know exactly what you want to accomplish every day.
E-learning is a pretty popular topic at this time because of all of the school closings. I honestly didn’t know how much I would enjoy e-learning. It turns out, I don’t mind it too much. I like being able to do my classes whenever I want. It can be difficult sometimes if I don’t understand the concept of an assignment, but luckily we are able to communicate with our teachers through email for help.
I encourage you all to take the necessary precautions, too. Stay home, and if you must leave your house for something, make sure to sanitize your hands thoroughly while out. Try to think positively through all of this. Remember to find things that you enjoy doing while having to practice social-distancing in your home.
Also, I recommend getting some fresh air often. Take a walk, or just sit outside for a little bit each day. Just remember to stay six feet away from other people!
Stay safe, Blue Jays!
Grace Trentmann, 11th
"Coronavirus has impacted my life greatly, as I have someone very very close to my heart who has leukemia, and they have practically no immune system. They really wouldn't have a fighting chance. So I've had to watch who I am around. It's also increased my stress levels. It's affected my community by everyone being on edge with each other. Not being able to see friends and family can really worsen someone's mood."
Julia Peters, 11th
"Because of the strong urges to stay inside and away from unnecessary social contact, I am not getting near as much time with friends and extended family. I have my daily and weekly routines and schedules, and these have greatly been affected by the virus. I am pretty introverted, but I really miss the social life that I get at school. I know that it has impacted my community as well. Businesses are starting to cut hours or close altogether. Obviously, if people aren't working, it makes it difficult to pay bills and buy life's necessities. However, families are getting a lot more time together. Sometimes we get busy and take time with the people we love for granted."
Kerri Flynn, History Department
“E-Learning is very different. I've had to work with students and learn the hard way by making mistakes to figure out how it is going to work, but the second day was definitely better than the first. I think we're doing the right thing by social distancing. I am sad for the seniors because these are their senior moments they are missing. There are big things that we all look forward to in the spring that are in jeopardy. That's really a bummer! We'll have to wait and see what happens, but if everybody would just practice social distancing, we would be back in school much quicker! I do miss my students. I really miss that interactive personal connection. Also, I really miss parking lot duty in the Nix lot with my Ag kids and horn honkers!”