Substitutes come in and out of Garner every day. Commonly these are Mrs. Markey, Mrs. Herlich, Mr. Poe, Mr. Dusek, Mrs. Flakes, and many more. Many students have their favorites like Karen Garcia (7) who says her favorite is Mrs. Flakes, “because she’s got that swag.” Other students don’t really care who their substitutes are. Some subs are nice, meanwhile others are strict. Mrs. Kelly is a former Garner teacher who taught 6th grade Social Studies on the Astros team. Mrs. Markey used to be an administrator, and has a 7th grade son named Mitchell. Mrs. Herlich also has a son here at Garner named Ryan. Mr. Vigliante (aka, Mr. V) and Mr. Poe are veterans. (Mr. V shown subbing on veterans day in Mrs. Hamptons 5th period class.) Sometimes substitutes give students “prizes” so that they behave in class. 7th grader Ian Gonzalez says he likes Mr. Dusek because “he keeps control of the class while making class fun.”
When testing time comes around, most people go crazy and study all the time, while others try to stay as cool as a cucumber.
When test time comes around this year, there’s going to be a new test in town: the STAAR test. ‘STAAR’ stands for ‘State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness’. The STAAR test will be timed and it will be harder and longer than the TAKS test. In a recent study 70% of students say that they think they are not ready for the STAAR test, while the other 30% say that they are ready. When asked about if he thinks the STAAR test was going to be harder than the TAKS test Daniel Lopez (7) responded “Yes, because it’s timed and I like to take my time.” Usually Daniel is ready for the TAKS test, but the STAAR test is a whole new problem. Many people don’t like that it’s timed and that it has more questions, but some teachers say that this is a good thing for the students and that it will test their knowledge.
So when test time comes around, don’t worry about the TAKS test, watch out for the STAAR test.