It is time to do more than survive Bruin Block

Underclassmen visit booths in the Auxiliary Gym during their Bruin Block on Student Involvement Day. Photo by Renata Poet-Williams
Underclassmen visit booths in the Auxiliary Gym during their Bruin Block on Student Involvement Day. Photo by Renata Poet-Williams

After the dust settled from the flurry of changes to the CPS in the summer of 2013 and we are well into the second semester of this year, the high schools included freshmen, school started at nine, and a mandatory Bruin Block was added to the schedules students.

Although it feels like a foreign concept, Bruin Block is essentially just a homeroom. Students are placed in classes with peers who share their grade and counselor, two teachers lead the daily, 30 min. classes, and this group sticks together every year until the students graduate. Meeting before or after lunch, Bruin Block is a way for administrators to get information to students, such as enrolling for classes.

To have advisory and Bruin Block is arguably overkill, but in these two slots of time and classes, different things are being accomplished. With the introduction of Bruin Block, advisory has become purely a time for students to get help from teachers. The time originally taken out of advisory for counselors to meet with students, school assemblies and lessons about planning for the future and healthy habits is now packaged in Bruin Block.

The key to somewhat enjoying your Bruin Block experience comes from having teachers who don’t follow the lesson plans. Having a teacher who only includes activities that are beneficial to the students makes Bruin Block an extra advisory. With the filler lessons out of the way, Bruin Block becomes a time to complete homework or meet with teachers.

Through the haze of annoyance surrounding Bruin Block lies golden treasures. These sparkling gems hold lessons for planning ahead, opportunities to make new friends, and the chance to practice tolerance. An opportunity is as good as you make it, so give Bruin Block an unbiased chance to teach you something, be it how to manage stress or the art of tolerance.

By Alice Yu

Are you in Bruin Block? What do you think of yours?

About The Author

“She’s the hero Rock Bridge deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll lean on her. Because she can take it. Because she’s not our hero. she’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. An Editor-In-Chief.” Much like Batman and scores of other superheroes, Alice Yu is willing to drop everything and rush towards the sounds of peril and distress that ring out from the journalism room. No matter the issue Alice has the solution and like her sister Daphne before her, hopes to lead the Rock’s misfit band of staff writers and editors down the long winding road that holds the coveted Pacemaker award. In addition to her role as one of the three Editors-In-Chief, Alice also commands both the violin and piano as well as she does a pen and paper, earning numerous awards for her skill with both instruments. The accolades don’t end there though, as Alice is also the secretary of RBHS’s National Honor Society and is enrolled in numerous AP classes, always striving to improve her intellect in every aspect. Outside of the classroom Alice’s smile is contagious and her humor is ever present, turning the most hostile and tense moments into spells of uncontrollable laughter and snickers. In every sense of the phrase, Alice is a jack of all trades and can always be called upon to do the job right the first time. And while she may be capeless and without a funny looking latex suit, Alice Yu is one of the most integral parts of the Rock Bridge journalism department both in her writing, leadership, and selflessness. After she graduates, Alice hopes to study journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she will but no doubt continue her reign as one of Columbia’s most needed superheroes. (Written by John Flanegin)

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1 Comment

  1. Caylea

    I personally like Bruin Block, as a sophomore I feel like it’ll help me more once I get closer to going to college and I’ve made a lot of great friends there too.


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