My Life’s Journey with Grandview – by Zora Szasz
I, for one, want to have this opportunity to write about my favorite school, Grandview. When I first joined Grandview, I was not sure what to expect. Having moved so many times in a short period of time when we first arrived in the U.S. 3 years ago – from Las Vegas to California, and finally in Florida. In that mark of my journey, such leap has been a culture shock to me – not knowing anyone, the different terms and expressions used in everyday language, getting use to the ‘American’ accent. Initially, I was somewhat inhibited to make conversations even asking my teachers if I can use the ‘loo’ which they call, the ‘restroom’. It was not a big deal, I did catch on and learned their terms and everyday language fairly quickly.
Two years later, Grandview has become part of my life’s journey and has taken me to the level where I am now. I am one of the lucky ones to have been accelerated a year ahead of my peers. I cannot thank the teachers enough, that helped and trust me with my advancement. I have enjoyed every facet of my academic and social life in Grandview ever since. Where I am destined, I do not know. One thing for sure, this school is helping me prepare for my future. For now, I will continue to enjoy my time learning in this school.
If I would vote, I would give this school a 5 star rating. Grandview’s teachers are very polite, kind, and very understandable when we are taught by them. We have normal switching in class (We move from classroom to classroom), and we are required to bring certain items to each class. If you ask me, Grandview should be all around the world. If you went there, I bet you would do the same. This is a definite recommendation for other pupils who might want to come to Grandview.
Grandview students enjoying a House activity in the gazebo.
In Grandview, we have a beautiful gazebo with plants the students planted surrounding it (As you can see in the photo). We also have a greenhouse very near to the gazebo that the higher grades built. Jr. Innovators (Lower school students from 3-5th grade.) planted some plants surrounding the gazebo. We planted somewhat called “Hybrid Plants.” Hybrid plants are cross-pollination with a male and female that form a non-gmo hybrid. For example, maybe a green pepper and a red pepper. It’s probably mostly used with the same kind of species. Also, we are working on building a new dream playground for next year. We also made a pachinko machine.
Mrs. Westerfield, Grandview’s principal, is special. She is also very kind. I love her as our principal, and she seems to love being our principal too. Ms. Debbie was Grandview’s receptionist. She is nice, and always sees us as happy and lovely students. “The best part of Grandview is when I see the students come in the morning with smiles on their faces.” She quotes truthfully. Our other teachers should be recognized also. Without the peaceful teachers, this would not be a school. Some of the lowerschool teachers are Ms. Hayden (Teaches 1st grade), Mrs. Morie (Teaches 2nd grade), Mrs. Darden (Teaches 3rd grade), Mrs. Leech (teaches 4th grade), and Mrs. Kittredge (Teaches 5th Grade).
At Grandview, we have this program called Prideville. The purpose of Prideville is to get ready for our working lives when we get older. Prideville is when a group of lower school students get to be citizens while another group of students get to be workers. After about 20 minutes, we switch our role. As a citizen, you go around the hallway/stores and find a way to spend your money. As a worker, you do the job you’re assigned to as citizens come to your shop. You get paid a certain amount of (fake) money after your shift, in which you can cash out at the bank (3rd grades classroom) and you can either spend your money or place it in your bank account that you should have made. Special teachers are Mrs.Charles, Mrs. Furman, Mrs. Petronio, Ms. Fantozz, Ms. Diperna, Ms. Avrith, Senora Van Hissenhoven, and Ms. Mimi. Mrs. Charles is a decent artist, yet teaches art! We have new art projects every week, and fourth grade has art twice a week (Tuesday and Wednesday). Mrs. Furman and Ms.Fantozz are the music teachers, and both of them play piano. They both sew, and bring plays together like Chicago. They also sing, and Mrs. Furman mostly teaches either singing or music. Mrs. Furman once took us to Orlando, Universal. We had some free time to play around, before we sang ‘What a Wonderful World’ and ‘Believe’. A few hours after we sang, we went to an awards ceremony and won a spectacular trophy. We had fun on that trip. It was a long drive, and I was tired when we got back at 7:00pm. Mrs. Petronio has a love of dancing, and she’s the dance teacher. She also helped with the play Chicago, all the choreography and ‘all that jazz.’ Ms.Diperna in the Physical Education (P.E.) teacher. Every year we do something what’s called ‘Fitness Testing’. We run a mile, do sit-ups, pull-ups, and shuttle run. I am completely red after the mile, because we have to do 19 laps around our big gym. Ms. Avrith is the coding teacher. She helps us code anything. Grandview provides more than enough computers and chargers we can use. Senora Van Hissenhoven is the Spanish teacher. On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), Senora organizes a super fun event. We dance and sing and after, we get Chipotle! Last but not least, Ms. Mimi is the librarian. She reads books to us, and we check some out.
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