The paper lay face down on his desk. The boy smoothly moved
his hand over the sheet pressing it down to peek at the purple
typewritten words showing through. Taking a deep breath, he
turned over the cold paper: on it were 20 questions: some multiple
choice, some fill in the blank and a few essays. All the answers
should lie within the boy's head, at least that's what the teacher
said. If he had listened to the lectures and kept up with the
homework, all the answers would be there she told him. His
eyes skimmed the darkened words, if only he had remembered
the test was today ...
Above is a scene which has probably happened to each of
us at one time or another. This moment seemed almost as terrible
as the day the test was handed back, but everyone knew that
tests were a weekly part of classroom activities. Along with tests
came lectures, endless notes, occasional films, surprising and
unwanted pop quizzes and finals which were faced at the end
of each semester. Some lucky students who had perfect attendance
and passing grades were exempt from the last semester
Each period lasted approximately 55 minutes leaving students
seven minutes to get to their next class, socialize, take care of
"necessities" and do homework for the upcoming period. Most
were present for the entire six-period day; however, many left
early going to their jobs through the co-op programs, or students
who had a sixth period study hall also left early. Yet for the
remainder of the students, the 2:15 p.m. bell meant that another
day of school had flown by.
Because Klein had a tradition of being highly academic, the
knowledge and experience gained throughout one's high school
years was tremendous. On the other hand, just because of the
educational atmosphere, students were not always found buried
in books. The social atmosphere was too electric for anything
as mundane as that. There also developed a special sense of
fellowship between the teachers and students.
With all of the opportunities Klein offered, whether in the
classrooms or with extra-curricular activities, we had no place
to go but to the top and most students did just that.
For Freshman Craig Johnson, tuba player, raising your hand to ask a
question was a tradition followed throughout high school.
Diane Flamos and Chris Billedo enjoy meeting the new principal, class
officers, and sponsors at the first senior assembly .