out in the school yard, fall 3006

Laurel Grove Elementary School: Fall 3006 Semester
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Principal/Superintendent: Illiana Greer. Teachers: Quinn Faulkner, Devon Summerfield
Students: Austin Faulkner, Chase Faulkner, Eva Fontaine, Jordan Tracy, Courtney Underwood (all 5), Adriana Tracy, Lauren Faithbucks, Sabrina Juarez, Kara Leane (all 7); Giovanni Juarez, Nate Fontaine, Becca Carr, Alicia Faithbucks (all 9); Nichole Faithbucks, Santiago Juarez, Chaz Weber (all 11)

Fall 3006

The time between first and tardy bells was always the loudest. It was like the students always forgot how to line up quietly overnight.

It was mid-semester and the day began like any other in Mrs. Faulkner’s class, with her putting the day’s lesson on the board before the class convened.

Soon it was 8:00 a.m. and her class was quickly called to order. Although she was easily the nicest teacher in school, every student knew better than to act up in her class.

Twins Austin and Chase have gotten used to the fact that their mother was also their teacher… mostly. And it also didn’t help that she (wisely) didn’t have them sit next to each other, or pandemonium would ensue.

Mr. Summerfield’s class was no slack-fest either.

With older grades came harder curriculum, much to his students’ chagrin. It was three of his student’s last year at Laurel Grove and he was making sure they were fully prepared for high school.

He was nice enough, but he ruled his class with an iron fist. It appears having a new baby didn’t make him more easygoing.

With most of the core subjects in the morning, all students breathe a sigh of relief when the lunch bell rings. Besides the obvious fact of chowing down and having recess, it almost meant that the remainder of the school day were fun subjects.

Jordan’s just glad that he made friends easily when the school year began. He is incredibly shy and he really didn’t know anyone besides his sister, and who wanted to be stuck at a table with giggling girls anyway?

Eva did often sit with the boys, mostly because of there being no more seats at the girls’ table. But the boys thought she was cool enough.

Unfortunately for Courtney, she ended up eating lunch with her teacher, as there was no more space at either table. The lunchroom was bursting at the seams for the lower grades.

But the students weren’t uncomfortable for long. They were able to stretch their legs during recess, while the upper grades ate their lunch.

Having opposing lunch and recess periods between the lower and upper grades was new this year and seemed to be working out.

It was relaxing to the older kids to not share lunch with with younger (and more excitable) kids.

And it was better for the little kids to not be overpowered by the bigger kids on the playground equipment.

This afternoon was a bit different for a few students, as it was time for the sixth grade conferences.

It was an one-on-one meeting to discuss future plans and checking to make sure the students were progressing adequately in the curriculum.

Nichole already had lofty aspirations of being an astronaut.

Mrs. Greer thought that it was a cool career choice to have, and advised Nichole of what it all took academically to get close to the field.

Not only would it be mentally difficult but physically and socially as well. After all, she would be visiting other worlds and meeting extraterrestrial races.

Nichole was so focused on being able to exit the atmosphere, she nearly forgot about entering foreign atmospheres as well. But she wanted what she wanted. She wasn’t the bit intimidated… much.

Santiago’s meeting followed Nichole’s and Principal Greer could already tell he was ready to leave already.

It turned out that he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he grew up.

He was expecting Mrs. Greer to be upset, but she applauded him for being brave enough to give his admission. It was perfectly fine for him not to know; he was only 11! She assured him that he had plenty of time to decide and encouraged him to try different things for inspiration.

And that was just fine for him. Relieved of his earlier anxiety, Santiago felt inspired to play his video games on the walk to the school bus once school was over for the day.


  • Nichole, Santiago and Chaz are in the sixth grade and will be soon moving on to high school! They were in kindergarten when Laurel Grove was established, so it is a bit bittersweet for me, as they are the first students that will spend every grade in Laurel Crossing’s school district. Before, students were bused to Rockport.
  • It was just a regular day for the kids, except for the conferences. Nothing happened and if it wasn’t for the conferences it would have been difficult to write the update.
  • Nichole always had the rocket icon during her conversations growing up so that’s how I got her career choice. She is very active, outgoing and serious in her personality, so it is serendipitous that she was perfect for the military career. She’ll age into the popularity aspiration, but since she’s maxed out in niceness too, I’ll have her secondary as family as well. She’s tough enough to work her way up the military, but she wants to be an astronaut, so she’ll need to go to college. One thing I haven’t decided yet: whether she’ll enter the EAxis military career or the Star Fleet career. I have never used the custom career before, so I’m not sure how well it’ll work in my game. I figure I have ten years for me to figure that out.
  • Santiago is harder to figure out. He has a lopsided personality but I have him pegged as a pleasure sim. That means he’s likely not interested in working in the family business. Thankfully, Sergio is headed for that route, so there’s no pressure on Santiago (well, maybe a little from dad and granddad). Santiago loves to play video games and pleasure aspirations line up with it but… I dunno. His parents (especially Victoria) would see the gamer career as slacking off and that could cause some problems in the future. I suppose I can let Santiago decide for himself down the road.
  • Split lunches was my way of dealing with not enough spots at lunch. The student body has outgrown the small lunchroom and I cannot wait until they are moved into Laurel Grove 4.0 (preview here– which reminds me that I need to post the lot tour). It has much more space and it will be interesting to see how the kids will group up during lunch now that there’s much more space. Hopefully, the chef will populate on the new lot.
  • Yikes, it’s been so long since I posted. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more during the summer. Thanks for reading!


3 thoughts on “out in the school yard, fall 3006

  1. It’s so great to see an update from you! I absolutely love your new school that you built, it will be much more spacious for all your students. The split lunches are a good idea, that’s how I had lunches at all my schools growing up, so I figure that space is a common issue irl too! Sixth grade conferences are a great idea!

  2. I always think it’s so exciting when I have sims ready to go off to high school! Sims always come into their own once they get to teenhood. It’ll be interesting to see what Santiago eventually decides to do with his life. What do you think his parents would think of the Game Development career? It’s one of Pru’s – it’s a bit more ambitious than Gamer but might still be fun for him.

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