In the United States, secondary school is called high school; students begin high school in ninth grade, when they have completed eight years of school.
An average day for a high school student begins with a brief “homeroom” period, when the roll is taken and announcements are made. The rest of the day is divided into eight or nine “periods” of equal length, usually 45-50 minutes.
At the beginning of each period, when the bell rings, students go into a classroom to begin class. Every period they have a different class, with a different teacher, in a different room. Some of their fellow students move with them from class to class, but many have very different class schedules.
Alice is a ninth grader. She is fourteen years old. On Monday her class schedule looks like this:
|First period||8:15-9:00 am||French I|
|Second period||9.00—9:45 am||Algebra II|
|Third period||9:45-10:30 am||English|
|Fourth period||10:30-11:15 am||Biology|
|Fifth period||11:15 am—12 noon||Biology laboratory|
|Sixth period||12 noon—12:45 pm||Physical Education|
|Seventh period||12:45-1:30 pm||Lunch|
|Eighth period||1:30-2:15 pm||American History|
|Ninth period||2:15—3.00 pm||Choir|
a brief “homeroom” period — короткий классный час
to take a roll — провести перекличку
to make announcements — сделать объявления