Trojan Connections: Useful, or Just a Waste of Time


Jacey McClintock, Staff Writer

Every day after second block, KW students are required to spend an additional 30 minutes in the same class they’ve been in for 80 minutes already to work on homework, talk to teachers, or read something. There has been a long lived debate on whether or not Trojan Connections is a waste of time.

Trojan Connections was first implemented last year as a useful tool for students to succeed, but are students taking it as seriously as teachers thought they would? Many students complain on the daily about having to stay in class for Trojan Connections.

“It’s useful if you have stuff to work on, but if you don’t then the teachers are annoying about it and it’s just not useful,” Kenadee Kroeger, a sophomore, said.

Most of the time, a majority of students don’t have anything to do and they use the time to mess around and distract others who do have work to get done. Staff has added ACT prep and WY-TOPP practice as well to TC to keep students engaged, but now that ACT and WY-TOPP is over, students only have the option to catch up on any homework or missing work. Students get so bored in TC that some do everything they can to get out of it. Students ask for nurse passes, or even write fake passes to get out of TC.

“Trojan Connections is a big waste of time. Everyday I try my best to get out of there. I think TC should be taken out of our day so we can have a longer lunch,” Gavin Mancini, a sophmore, said.

If there was no TC, students who needed help could go talk to teachers and work on homework on their own time after school and students who don’t need help can get a longer lunch or get out of school earlier.

“I understand why teachers push so hard for us to use this time to work on school work, but when I don’t have anything to do, TC just turns into a big waste of time. When I have nothing to do, I really don’t like being there,” Seth Burrer, a junior, said.

TC has its positives and negatives and many students have different opinions on the importance of it. But one thing appears certain: Trojan Connections isn’t going anywhere any time soon.