I am taking an AP Psychology VHS class this year and I thoroughly enjoy it. While the workload is extensive, I have appreciated building the skills of time management and working independently. The assignments I complete each week are both engaging and interesting. Instead of just filling out a worksheet on action potential, I have made a presentation with other students online that compared the functions of an ATM to action potential. I am able to have discussion posts with my classmates, in which we post questions and respond to each other. I also receive awesome feedback from my teacher who carefully reviews my work and gives encouraging comments. Beyond learning about psychology, my experience with VHS has allowed me to strengthen my organizational skills and I feel more than ready to go to college knowing that I can learn in a nontraditional setting.
This was my first and final year that I will be taking a VHS class. At first there was a learning curve but after the first week or so I got the hang of it. The class that I took wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be but it was still enjoyable. The thing that I really liked about VHS is that you have to type everything and I find that it is a lot easier for me to type my papers and things than to write them. The only thing that was kind of annoying was that the weeks started on Wednesday. Overall I did enjoy VHS even though there were a couple of things that were a slight problem.
Coming into my senior year, I was not too familiar with VHS or exactly what taking a class entailed. After many discussions with my guidance counselor and VHS Site Coordinator, I decided VHS would be a perfect fit for me. I suffer from a few medical conditions that often cause absence from school. VHS has allowed me to work when I am feeling well enough, and the flexibility of the courses, and the independence with which I am given, has made VHS the perfect fit for me. Not only this, but I have been able to take more specialized courses that are not offered at Nipmuc. Consequently, I have been able to enroll in courses that are of interest to me and relate to the career field I intend to pursue.Overall, I am very pleased with my VHS experience, and would definitely recommend it to future students.
Emily, a junior at Nipmuc chose to take a VHS Science class this year. She thought taking Earth & Space Systems Science would be exciting since this is a subject she is passionate about. This VHS course is a brand new course offered by VHS. Emily plans to study Spanish & Computer Science in college. She would one day like to become an air traffic controller! Best of luck Emily!
“Without the selfless actions of a few people, I would very likely not be alive today…When I speak to students, teachers, and parents all across the world, I stress the imperative of standing up to discrimination and cruelty – precisely what that family did for me.” – Janet Applefield
Janet Applefield gave a moving presentation on Tuesday, April 25th. Mrs. Applefield’s life story is filled with unimaginable sadness and – as she says in the quote above – powerful affirmations of the goodness in people (taken from John Clements Nipmuc memo).
I had a good experience with VHS because it allowed me to take a class that I couldn't otherwise take, and complete it at my own pace. I'm taking AP Psychology, a class not offered to seniors in the regular classroom setting. This is a class that I wanted to take and I was excited to learn I could take it VHS. I like that I am able to do the assignments when I want to as well. Working after school takes up some nights where I can't do homework but with VHS I can plan out my week in advance and schedule my time to get all the work done. This offers more flexibility than the regular classes I am in. This flexibility and the opportunity to take unique classes makes the VHS experience a worthwhile experience.
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My name is Zack Lapointe and I'm a VHS student. This semester I'm taking Engineering for Sustainable Energy, and last semester I took Math and Modern Logic. My experience with these two VHS classes has been great; there are a number of aspects of VHS that I not only like, but have also made me a better student. I like how independent the courses are, because I get to work at my own pace without a teacher forcing me to get my work done. Even though I have a lot of flexibility in my class, I always make sure to get my work done by my weekly deadlines. This has improved my time management skills, as I need to make sure to allocate enough time to get my work done on time without cramming it all in the last day. Perhaps my favorite thing about VHS is the wide variety of courses offered. Topics like logic and sustainable energy engineering are interesting to me, but they aren't offered in a regular classroom setting. VHS has allowed me to take these interesting classes that I wouldn't be able to take otherwise. Altogether, the flexibility and varsity of courses offered are why I like VHS.
Author - Suzanne Venkataraman
Mrs. Venkataraman is the Library Media Center Specialist at Nipmuc Regional High School. She loves to read historical fiction and nonfiction books. Mrs. V. also enjoys sewing, quilting and playing with her two dogs, Tucker & Teddy.