It’s interesting how our perception of our experiences can change so much with time. I am reflecting back on my Grade 9 year during the spring of Grade 10. Just mentioning that makes my head spin! Grade 9 came and went within the blink of an eye. It feels like last week I was touring PMSS, taking school photos on the first day, meeting new people who have become some of my closest friends for the past year and a half. To think that when I write this, I have only two years and a few months left as a high school student is mind boggling.
Grade 9 offered many new experiences and challenges for me. I got the privileged of having some of the best teachers and students in my classes, and learned a lot from my teachers and peers alike. I have mentioned some of the work and courses I took over the year (see Grade 9 page) but there were so many other highlights. Both academic and extracurricular. I tried to involve myself in the school as much as possible and seek out new experiences. Like the Spring Musical of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, joining sports and exploring the many clubs at the school.
Academically, Grade 9 was a year of new and review. Many concepts in Math, and English were completely new and unfamiliar. It took some hard work and getting used to but now I am secure in much of what we studied. Other concepts in Socials and Science were built off of previously learned concepts, just with more content and a deeper understanding.
The jump from middle school to high school was one I hit at a running pace. It happened so quickly, it was hard to stop and realize what was going on. The adjustment from shorter blocks and year round courses to long blocks, semester scheduling and the introduction of a Flex block was a bit jarring. However, now I can’t imagine working in a different way.
The change and challenge faced in Grade 9 was incredibly helpful in forming good work habits and strengthening skills and knowledge. If nothing else, Grade 9 was fun. I am thankful to all the people who where a part of my Grade 9 year and look forward to the rest of Grade 10, and the coming years.