SPA THINKS: Sophomores react to new portable classrooms

Trailers to hold Spanish and History classes for remainder of 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Sophomores Eric Lagos (left), Muriel Lang (top right), and Riley Tietel (bottom right) all react to SPA's portable classrooms at the start of the fourth quarter.

Andrew Johnson

Sophomores Eric Lagos (left), Muriel Lang (top right), and Riley Tietel (bottom right) all react to SPA’s portable classrooms at the start of the fourth quarter.

Spring is a time of change. The weather, environment, and temperature is changing from the bitter cold of winter, but at St. Paul Academy and Summit, the classrooms that have been used for decades are gone, and new portable classrooms have taken their place. 10th graders visit the classrooms often, as advisory, language, and history classes meet there. Opinions on this change vary, as some enjoy the break of fresh air it provides, while others dislike the walk. Sophomores Muriel Lang, Riley Tietel, and Eric Lagos chimed in on this change. Each of them have a favorite part of the classrooms.

“I like the color of the walls, the beige. It’s really calming, I just love it,” Lang said.

“You can walk outside and get a breath of fresh air and look at the plants,” Lagos explained.

“I think it’s an interesting change because we kind of get used to being in the classrooms that we are in. It’s kind of interesting to be in a new classroom,” Tietel added.

I think it’s an interesting change because we kind of get used to being in the classrooms that we are in. It’s kind of interesting to be in a new classroom”

— Sophomore Riley Tietel

Whether students like it or not, the trek to the portable classrooms requires a short walk across the courtyard outside.

“I really like walking through the courtyard because I can get a breath of fresh air,” Lang said.

“Getting back over to the school is the worst part, especially after a second period class because of lunch right after,” Lagos added.

“Its a further walk. I focus less because it’s a different environment,” Tietel said.

The sophomores enjoy parts of the journey, but overall, the opinion changes.

“I don’t like it as much [as the regular classrooms] because there are no windows, and the classrooms smell like cars,” Lang explained.

“I don’t really care that much, but I would say I less,” Lagos said.

“It’s a further walk, so I would say I less,” Tietel said.

Whether the sophomores like it or not, the portable classrooms are here to stay through the end of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, but this change is only for the better.