Student Culture & Diversity:
Once people get to know you they are pretty accepting.
They/re pretty Islamophobic, and are prejudiced towards other "foreign" religions, but I think that that is because they have never known anybody of those religions.
We're mostly white, with only a few acceptions.
People that move here from other places are generally openly received.
We have at least one (if not more) foreign exchange student each year, as well as people who moved here from other countries, and everybody is usually very kind and open towards them.
Mostly a Christian town, so homosexuality is frowned on by many. The guys are the most homophobic, though girls have their fair share of ignorant homophobes.
I don't really eat in the cafeteria.
However, when it's Thanksgiving Dinner or Christmas Dinner day, everybody and their brother goes down to eat because the food is THAT good!
The cooks bake fresh pie and everything!
At C-WCHS, we are allowed to have open-campus lunch, meaning that during lunch we can go out and eat a restaurants, home, etcetera.
The places to choose from are:
Carmi Coffee Shop
New Chinese Buffet
(and on Thursdays there is a free meal at the First Baptist Church [you don't have to be Baptist] and a $2 meal called Taco Tuesday the first Tuesday of the month at Cherry Street Baptist [again, you don't have to be Baptist])
And if you call in: Tequila's and Pizza Hut
Administration & Policies:
"If you have a bulge in your pants, you're coming to see me."
Bulge referring to cell phones or tobacco containers.
My favourite policy (it's new this year) is that if you are failing any class at the beginning of the week, rather than getting away with it like in the past, you loose open-campus lunch for that week.
I feel like dress-code used to be kind of bad, but not anymore. When it is an issue, one girl may get in trouble for wearing something against 'code, while another girl who is wearing the same thing but happens to be more popular or pretty won't get in trouble.
I don't feel that there is a real bullying problem; however, when YikYak was popular and people were talking smack on there anonymously, the staff, especially our principal, did call a meeting that I feel made everyone (even those not guilty) feel guilty.
Our principal, Mr. Newell, is one of those people that you could never hate, and you would never want to disappoint.
We were told that back when he was a teacher, students would cry if they disappointed him.
He's a really good listener, and he tries to be friendly to everyone, and tries to acknowledge everyone.
If you cry while talking to him, he'll start crying.
Our assistant principal, Mr. King, is, like a assistant principals, the "tough guy," the one who dishes out all the punishments.
I heard that he can be a real d-bag sometimes, but he's always nice to me.
The office staff is usually really nice, and Mrs. Grey always tries to be super helpful.
We have two guidance counselors, Dr. Barton and Mr. Wolff.
They're very helpful when it comes to college and scholarships and such.
However, I've never talked to them about personal issues, and I don't feel like I ever could. I just wouldn't feel comfortable enough around them.
Yet, I do know at least one girl who started talking to PBart last year, and she said that it helped.
Sports & Fitness:
School Spirit is pretty good. My freshman year it was great, but it kind of dropped off until this year (my senior year).
It's not a peer-pressure "everybody goes and you should too" or you'll be shunned type of thing. It's a free choice, but plenty of students do choose to attend the games.
I feel like the boys are especially school spirited, though there are many, many girls who are too.
Besides Volleyball (which has a great fan-base), no one really attends girls' sports. When I mentioned it around a teacher (*cough*Conner*cough*), he says that it was because they were girls and that nobody likes or cares about girls' sports.
This year for Basketball (boys', of course), we even began having themes for the games--most of which were high in participation (except Gender-Bender Day... Only girls [and one boy who felt very embarrassed to be the only guy] dressed up.)
Our gym is great, and so are our field and track (these two are the best around, I feel like).
We don't have a school-sponsored Soccer Team (there is a non-school one that goes up to 8th grade), and we don't have a school-sponsored Swim Team (the one we have is non school related and only in the summer).
We don't have a Lacrosse Team or a Hockey/Field Hockey Team.
Are teams and coaches are very sexist, and if a girl tries to join a "boys'" sport (e.g., Wrestling, Football), the coach will do almost ANYTHING to get the girl to not join or to quit.
Our weight room has been remodeled (I think), and I haven't seen it since it has.
Our sports teams' performances are number one, but their not bad, either.
Most teachers are really great.
Many are available before school, during lunch, or after school and are able to be reached via email (and some via text if you have them for a club or activity).
Some teachers will really go above and beyond when it comes to helping students, especially if the student reaches out (for some teachers, ONLY if the student reaches out).
Some teachers do only teach via worksheets, or pointless PowerPoints.
Some teachers, when approached, are very condescending (Barbre), while others like (LOVE) to start debates (Conner).
Some teachers are on their phones THE WHOLE TIME.
Some teachers are disrespectful to students who are less than "high achievers."
Some teachers are very kind, and will establish real relationships (not the creepy kind) with students.
Some teachers are VERY passionate about what they do.
Some teachers will give real advise and talk about things, that may or may not pertain to class, that are helpful and relevant for life, the real world, or just other classes.
Some teachers are just great to be around.