Saving Trees and Saving Your Grades?
By Nick Biondo '19
For the first time in Chaminade's 87 year history, Trimester examinations were administered on something other than paper. For over a year now, many teachers have experimented different ways students could take tests on the iPad. At first, quizzes and tests were administered on Canvas. However, Chaminade switched over to a more secure network called Examsoft, which the trimester exams were ultimately taken on.
Trimesters on the iPad for the first time was definitely an experience. Many students questioned this transition from the normal trimester taken on pen and paper. Obviously, there were some positives and negatives to transitioning to the iPads for the students and even the teachers. First of all, many students liked the change because it was something new. Taking trimesters on the iPads saved a lot of time on the multiple choice and the true or false sections of the exam. Without a doubt in the past, a handful of students have definitely messed up their Scranton, either by skipping a question or bubbling a question in wrong. With an iPad, students do not have to worry about having to make careless bubbling mistakes. Not having to check every single answer on a scantron also saved a good amount of time on the exam. My favorite feature on Examsoft is the flagging feature, which flags a question you may or may not know. This feature was another good time saver on the exam. Not only did Trimester examinations on the iPads save time for the student, they also saved the teacher grading the exam some time as well. Instead of putting one hundred scantrons through a machine like teachers used to have to do, with the iPad, the multiple choice section was instantly graded for them.
Although there were some pros, there were also some cons to taking the trimester exams on the iPad. Personally, the biggest issue with the test being on the iPad is the written section. Some students did not like how we had to write their English, Euro, and Religion essays on the actual iPad. Many students felt rushed while writing the essays on the iPad and that's why they still prefer the writing portion to be on actual paper. However, students did like how they took the part two's for the Math and Science exams on paper. Even though the iPad is replacing paper for some sections of upcoming trimesters and Comprehensive Examinations, paper will still not totally die out. Another thing that a few students did not like were the matching columns, especially if they are more than ten terms. In my opinion, the matching columns were a hassle to move up and down on. A number of students felt like they wasted a lot more time trying to fill in the matching columns on the iPad then if they were on paper.
I asked some of my peers if they liked taking trimesters on the iPads. Here's how they responded: Jack Mansfield '19 said: "I definitely liked it (taking the exam on the iPad) way better than paper, but I still prefer the written section on paper." Francesco Artusa '19 said: "I did. I felt like the multiple choice was quicker, although I still prefer writing essays on paper." On the other side, Phil Arnold '19 said: "I didn't like trimesters on the iPad at all."
This is the way future exams are going to be administered. Either like it or don't, students are going to have to get used to it. There are still improvements to be made, but overall the experience wasn't as bad as many people thought it would be.
Flyers Take Second at League Champs
By Jack Sullivan '19
On Monday January 17, the Chaminade Flyers Track team competed in the NSCHSAA League Championship at St. Anthony’s High School. The Sophomore division of the team competed against a number of school across Long Island including St. Anthony’s, Kellenberg, St. John the Baptist, Holy Trinity, and St. Mary’s.
Throughout the day, the team competed in almost every event held. The team spirit was extremely high and every member of the team was in support of the other. On the track, the Flyers came out with intense energy that propelled many team members to medal winning performances. Shane Walsh ‘19 ran a personal best in 55 meter dash which earned him a spot in the finals where he recorded a 6.96 second time and also earned himself the gold medal in the event. Nicolas Baylis also made an appearance in the 55 dash finals coming in fourth place. In the 55 meter hurdles event, three Flyers earned spots in the top 5. Lucas Morizio ‘19 captured silver, Matt Lally ‘19 took home bronze, and Mark Cirelli ‘19 finished fifth. Jack Kherli ‘19 had a solid performance in 1000 meter run, earning third place in that event. Brendon Hobbes ‘19 earned fifth in the mile run. Kyle Krummenacker ‘19 placed third in 300 meter dash with an outstanding time of 38 seconds. Kherli, Hobbes and Krummenacker were also part of their respective relay teams, Kherli and Hobbes in a 4x800 relay which earned second place and Krummenacker in a 4x200 relay which earned first place.
In field events, Dylan Ameres ‘19 stole the show in long jump and triple jump. He recorded a 19’5” jump in the long jump, which earned him a third place bronze medal, and a personal best 40’3” in the triple jump earning him 2nd place. Thomas Korth ‘19 had a solid day as well taking fourth in triple jump and fifth in the high jump. Christian Murray ‘19 placed third in the high jump as well. Coach Beirne and Coach Hayes both had high praise for the team. Each congratulated the boys on their hard work over the past few weeks in preparation for this meet, and the outstanding love and support they should for each on the track.
The Flyers’ track team unfortunately fell to second place by a wide margin to St. Anthony’s, but were not discouraged in any way, as their moral was through the roof. The team was very happy with their performance this past Monday, and look to come back hungry and eager to win another championship for Chaminade in the coming weeks. Go Flyers!