Seniors at Oklahoma City's Douglass High School focus on finishing

Some Douglass High School students spent the first week of their winter break in the classroom, trying to catch up after years of academic mismanagement left them behind. The students talk about how they're doing and how far they have to go.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: December 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm •  Published: December 22, 2012
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“We discussed, first of all, what gaps the students have and then we looked at what we could do with the master schedule,” Toure said. “ ... The first plan was to deal with the master schedule to ... help students get this done during the regular school day.”

For senior Dasheri Adams, there isn't enough time during the school day to catch up. She spent this week in physical science, too.

“It's a lot, but I like it because you're getting 16 weeks into one week,” Adams said.

Adams recently found out she was missing physical science, Oklahoma history and geography credits.

“It was difficult times,” she said.

But, she said, she was glad to find out in December, instead of May.

Adams is young for her grade because she took so many advanced classes. She'll graduate in May at 16 years old. She wants to study biology or physical therapy when she goes to college.

Adams is involved in plenty of extracurricular activities, such as cheerleading and helping out as a football and track manager. She works, too, at a movie theater. She doesn't plan to give anything up, even though there's extra pressure.

Even though students have been frustrated, most are focusing on finishing their work and graduating, Adams said.

“I haven't heard anybody say anything about dropping out,” Adams said. “You see people who didn't really talk to each other talk and try to help each other study.”