The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Brady Jones
Brady Jones
Assistant News Editor

Brady Jones is a Senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester with the Athens Oracle. After school, he is an involved member of the Athens Drive theatre department, handling the technical components...

Ella Johnson
Ella Johnson
News Copy Editor

Ella Johnson (Right) is a Sophomore at Athens Drive High School. This is her first semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and listening...

Hannah Suehle
Hannah Suehle
Co-Editor in Chief

Hannah Suehle is a senior at Athens Drive and co-editor-in-chief. This is their fifth semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, they like to play games, read, crochet, and do Scottish...

Grading for students during coronavirus pandemic should be altered to suit students’ needs

One of the biggest questions students had throughout quarantine was in regards to their final grades for the 2019-2020 school year. Students and teachers alike wondered how grades would be counted, if they were counted at all. In May 2020, Wake County Public Schools announced that grades for students could not be lowered from the grade they left school with March 13, but could be raised through additional classwork from May 11 and afterwards. This new information about grading during quarantine has led many to question if this is the best decision the county could have made during this time. 

Wake County Public Schools formally decided that no students’ grades in any of their classes could go down from what they were March 13, when schools were let out due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Students who were unsatisfied with their grades have the chance to bring them up during quarantine through completing new assignments from their teachers. Another option for students is to take a pass or fail for their classes this semester. Final grades for students will be recorded Friday, May 29. This seems to be a reasonable response for grades considering the extremity of the current global situations, but the grades from this semester can still have an effect on students that may not be visible yet. 

Specifically, many juniors in high school worry about how their grades from this year will come into play when applying for colleges this fall. Most students would prefer to take the letter grade for their classes this year, in order to boost their grade point average. This puts increased amounts of stress on students who need to bring their grades up in classes, because they would have to focus on getting their grades up while still worrying about the ongoing pandemic and other stressors at home. 

Additionally, students who were enrolled in advanced placement classes may worry about focusing on their AP exams and getting credit for those classes in college. Students who have to deal with the stresses of coronavirus and AP exams would only have an added stressor if they also had to focus on maintaining their grades in school. 

Wake County schools seemed to have developed a plan that can work for almost every student. If a student wants to improve their grade, they have the option to. If a student is satisfied with their grade from March 13, then they technically do not have to turn in any additional work. Those who have lower grades that they do not want affecting their grade point average can choose to take a pass in that class, so they still receive credit. 

During this time, it is important that administrators and students alike understand the stresses that anyone could be facing at any moment. No student should be expected to turn in classwork at a specific time, because various situations may not allow them to. School may provide a much-needed distraction for others, which is why it is still important that schools do their best to provide a learning opportunity for students who are still interested in getting the education they were getting before quarantine. 

Wake County Public Schools made the most reasonable decision in regards to grading during this time. It allows for every student to make the choice that best suits them this year, and takes some of the stress off of getting classwork done during quarantine.

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