If you continue walking, you will come across this very impressive trophy and award case. Here, the school displays the accomplishments of athletic teams and other clubs. While it's not actual words, I think that in addition to the awards at the front door, it says a lot about how much North Gwinnett values achievement. They want to show off all that their students and faculty have accomplished. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, because I think that if you've done something great for the school, you should be recognized for that. However, I do wonder how it affects those students that are not involved in extracurriculars or are not super high achieving. This constant reminder of success and the pressure to do "well" may make these students feel inferior.
This is my MT's bulletin board in her classroom. She doesn't like to change it very often, so it's typically generic. This year, she went with Dr. Seuss quotes. I'm not sure if the kids have taken the time to read all of them, but I'm sure that some use them as a distraction during instruction time. My favorite one is the little blue one on the left that says "kid, you'll move mountains." I think it's really encouraging for students to read and know that they can do great things. Since we teach exclusively seniors, there are also several of these posters that have to do with going places and making memories.
Carvings in desks are pretty standard for most high schools, I would say. I'd never noticed this one before until I started moving the desks around for an activity. I don't think it was done this year, but I couldn't help wonder which of my students has been looking at this all semester. Are they also bored? Do they trace the letters with their pencil to make them darker? I don't have access to every classroom on campus, but how many more similar carvings are there in the school?