“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.
Pat Donelan - VHS student
This year was my first, and sadly my last, year experiencing a VHS class. My junior year, I signed up to take Biotechnology the first semester of senior year and Nuclear Science the second semester. However, I enjoyed my first experience with VHS so much that I switched into a second VHS course for the second semester. Now, I am studying both Nuclear Science and Mathematics of Electricity. I really enjoy taking online courses because I have more independence and I study at my own pace. For example, I can complete all my assignments for VHS before the weekend and leave myself open blocks to complete work for other courses the following week, if I anticipate a busy week for my other courses. Additionally, the VHS collaborative gives me an opportunity to study topics not offered by my high school. Not only am I given the opportunity to study new topics, but I am also given the opportunity to work with students from all over the globe, which helps me further develop and strengthen my online communication skills. Overall, VHS has been an incredible experience that I am very grateful to have participated in.
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.