What's Life Like for 8th Graders During Covid-19? Find Out Here

Students are feeling stressed. Bored. Worried and angry. They're missing birthday parties, friends & even school (seriously). They're bonding with siblings, catching up on sleep, baking cakes & feeling the love from mom, dad & grandparents. Surprising fact: They miss school. Not so surprising: they're kind, contemplative, funny & empathetic. Here is a collection of their thoughts, what they've been up to & how they are coping during this uncertain time.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, I would always isolate myself from the public. Whenever my mom wants to take me out, I really want to go, but the thought of a lot of people in one place makes me anxious. I feel like they're judging me, or staring at me. I'm a very self-conscious person. I barely have any confidence. So now that we're in quarantine I feel relieved, but I also don’t want the coronavirus to keep going. I need to be in public to practice/cope with myself, or else my anxiety will get worse. I'm still working on myself no matter what, because I know the only person that can help me is myself. (March 30, 2020)

My mom is still going to work. It scares me a little since there is a person at her work that has coronavirus. But luckily she wears a mask and gloves when she's there. (3/30/20)

I walked my dog twice today. I walked by a lady with a mask on which gave me an eerie vibe. Something else I saw was an ambulance come down our road. I thought that maybe someone in our area has Covid but I didn’t think too much about it. (March 23, 2020)

I’m happy but worried at the same time. This is a lot. But at the same time it's fun because my mom doesn't work anymore, so she cooks and her food is amazing. My mom made me help her clean and cook, and she taught me how to make ceviche. That's my favorite food, and she made it because she knows I like it. (March 31, 2020)

I just started to think of my best friends and the person that I like with all my heart. I started to cry hoping and praying that they are okay. I really think about them (a lot) since they are friends that I will always be there for. (3/31/20)

I was texting with my grandma last night and she is really worried about me. Grandma, you should not be worried about me. We should be worried about you because you're way older than me and you have a way better chance of dying than I do. (April 1, 2020)

I'm really happy with the extra time I’ve had to hangout with my mom; she’s my best friend. My mom and I are very close and a lot alike so we enjoy doing things together. (3/30/20)

Today I am thinking about my friends. I hope they are doing okay. I also hope that this Corona virus stops soon so that I can go back to school. If I went back to school, I would definitely enjoy my time with friends and with the person I like. I wish my friends good luck and a very happy day. (April 3, 2020)

Today I thought that I had all my assignments turned in but I forgot about this monstrosity of words (writing this journal) everyday. I dread writing this. I would rather walk into a puddle of water with socks. (April 11, 2020)

My family is having a hard time getting through this because they don't know what to do either. (3/30/20)

I decided to make burritos. I cooked the meat, chopped the lettuce, tomatoes & onions, and put them in a wrap. It tasted good but, I wasn’t satisfied with my day. So I got a clothes bin (laundry basket), got into it and rode it down the stairs. (After I had my siblings test it out, of course.) But causing a bunch of noise and shaking up the house is the best way to get yelled at by your mother when she already told you to stop three times. (April 2, 2020)

Watching the U.S. government deal with the covid-19 pandemic is like watching The Ministry of Magic deal with the return of Lord Voldemort in the Wizarding World. (4/8/20)

Today I went outside with my friend and we went on a bike ride. There were so many cop cars and ambulances, so we decided to check it out. There was someone at Giant that almost died. My mom was mad at me because there are two people that have the coronavirus that live near us and she said I shouldn't go outside anymore. (April 5, 2020)

April 1st was my grandfather's birthday. We couldn't celebrate his birthday because of the quarantine, but we did get to go on the phone & sing happy birthday to him and that made him really, really happy & that is all that matters. (April 1, 2020)

My dad got something very important in the mail today & he was so happy and I was happy for him, too. (3/31/2020)

Today I had no toilet paper. I needed to use the bathroom so I went into my parents room and took the roll out of their bedroom only to get yelled at by my mom for taking tissue out of their room but I put it back when I was finished. (April 1, 2020)

I’m sad we're missing the opportunity to go to school on weekdays & see friends. Honestly, we all took it for granted saying we don’t like school & now we all miss it. (4/3/20)

I got a call from my mom telling me to come outside. I went outside and she gave me a bag of food she had picked up from KFC. I said "thank you" to her but she had to go back to work. She is a healthcare worker. I went back inside, washed my hands & told my brothers to do the same so we could eat. My brothers (they are the best.) (March 30, 2020)

My mom pranked me on April Fools day saying that all kids would have to repeat their current grade again next year. I did not laugh. But I hope we get back to school before the school year is over. I would hate to finish my last year in middle school at home. (4/3/20)

My dad is home permanently. He isn't allowed to work because he's not “essential” which upsets him because he loves his job. But I like having him home because he makes me breakfast. At 12pm my mom came home from work. I was shocked because she usually gets home at 5pm. She is a nurse in Montgomery Co. Her supervisor said it's best that she stays home because she has severe asthma. If she got Covid-19 it would be really bad & she could possibly die. My dad made everyone breakfast burritos & hash browns. (March 31, 2020)

I was going through memories on Snap & realized that my life was actually not that bad. I took it for granted. (3/30/20)

The new law that you can't go outside unless you're going someplace 'essential' is crazy. It’s like our state is on full lockdown. I would have never expected this to happen. I didn't even think it would get this serious at first. I thought it was just a virus that started in China, and a virus that would stay in China. (April 1, 2020)

My dad leaves for South Carolina today for a job. Because that's the only place he can get jobs now, because no one wants him in their house to fix their kitchen or their bathroom because of the coronavirus. My grandparents need to have their bathroom fixed so he's going to South Carolina to help them. (April 3, 2020)

People still go out even when the governor told us to stay inside for a lockdown or we will get fined to up to $5000, which is crazy. (3/30/20)

We found a small bunny (being attacked) by a big bird. My Mom rescued it and another woman helped her. When she came home we were surprised because at first we thought it was a rat. My sister got scared but my mom said it was a bunny. The bunny is so cute, small and very light. We tried feeding it carrots, lettuce, celery, but it didn't eat. We tried giving it milk but it still didn't eat. We went to the park but when we got back it was missing. We'd put it in a cage, and we were all blaming each other, but it had escaped by itself. My 2 siblings were crying but my dad told them not to cry because it would come out on its own. We all looked but we didn't find it anywhere. 3 hours passed and it came out from under a couch. My mom screamed "bunny!" and we trapped it again. It was very hungry because it hadn't eaten the day before that. We gave it food and it ate. (April 10, 2020)

Today I noticed that I'm worrying about the corona virus and money problems. So I talked to my mom about it and she told me not to worry. But since I have responsibilities now and I'm a young adult, I worry about what's going to happen to the world. (April 8, 2020)

We all started out saying 2020 would be our year. But 3 months into the year, wildfires and viruses are spreading so fast and ruining our world, little by little. (3/30/20)

I feel angry towards all the individuals continuing not to listen to social distancing rules and continuing to hang out, careless and selfishly making the problem worse. Their actions are unfair to the people who are affected by the virus and those trying to make life normal again. I'm tired of being scared. I'm tired of worrying about if I'm going to experience an 8th grade formal. I'm tired of worrying that my elders and newborn cousins are all safe- all this on top of the fact that I'm going into high school next year. (April 1, 2020)

If we don’t have the 8th grade formal, I’ll be upset because this is our last year of middle school which is really sad, but scary too going into high school. (4/6/20)

My day & I left to go play basketball. While we were driving, my dad was telling me random stories about how last winter he got stuck in the snow on the road we were driving on and how there was a murderer that dumped a body by a forest we drove by. I don't know how much was true or not but I took his word on it. We finally got to the high school to play basketball but nobody was there. We played for an hour & went back home. (March 27, 2020)

I try to find things to keep my mind off all the negativity going on around me. Music helps a lot & looking back on memories. I just wish things would go back to normal. (March 30, 2020)

I hope this quarantine will be over soon. We all just need to have faith. (3/25/20)

I decided to make a sign that said: "I support you no matter what you are unless you're something really bad (like a killer or mosquito)." When I was done I took a nap & ate dinner. After dinner, I called my dad but my mom told me to end the call because he was sleeping (because of the time difference). My mom baked cookies for us. We ate them together and then we went to bed. (April 2, 2020)

Someone in my neighborhood has coronavirus. I know he has coronavirus because an ambulance came and took him away. Also, the doctors were all wearing these blue suits and you couldn't even see their faces. (4/3/20)

Nothing has changed with COVID-19. It keeps spreading like crazy. People need to stay inside and help defeat this deadly virus. At first everyone thought it was a joke, but now that it's here, everyone is going crazy buying all the water, toilet paper & hand sanitizer. People are donating food to foundations which is amazing and people are putting out boxes of toilet paper & hand sanitizer for postmen to take which is so kind. Everyone should stay inside & quarantine but instead people are still going out in huge crowds. Most cases are older people with diabetes & there is less chance for younger people to catch it but it’s just like the flu. Some people don’t even know they have it & it goes away. (March 31, 2020)

In stressful times like this, my dad’s jokes & sense of humor have never let me, my sister or my mom stay sad. (4/1/20)

Today was better than yesterday. My parents are doing better, too. My mom opened up to me & told me some personal stuff that’s been going on. It makes me sad. I really hope things get better between them. Today my mom & I are having a “spa day.” We put on face masks, and then we're going to take baths with bath bombs (but not together!). (April 1, 2020)

Ever since school ended I've felt very lazy. I'm sleeping more than usual. But I also feel like school stopping was a good thing. My family and I have all bonded much more which is a really good thing. (4/4/20)

I realize now that everything has changed. My sister is home again, my mom is cooking, it's kind of warm outside, and I have a dog. I feel like I’m back home (in another country) again. Back then everything was perfect and I was really happy at that time. I’m getting those flashbacks because we are doing similar things we did back then. (April 6, 2020)

So now both of my parents are at home which is pretty cool. But I kinda liked it better when it was just me and my brother because now everyone in the house hogs the TV. (3/31/20)

I hope my grandparents will be safe from this pandemic. I wash my hands & practice social distancing so I have a higher chance of not getting the virus. I can't believe this is happening, literally everywhere in the world. It's crazy. I wonder if any living organism can catch the virus, or if it's only humans. (March 27, 2020)

We now have more deaths & cases than China. I know why, but I’m not going to say. I just think it’s crazy how it started there and we have more cases than they ever had. (4/6/20)

I want to go back to school now! I took it for granted. I miss people so much. I miss walking in the halls with my friends and laughing, and lunch too! I just miss being surrounded with lots of laughter and joy. Now I sit in my room most of the time, by myself. It sucks but hopefully soon everything will get back to normal. (March 31, 2020)

I put on a black shirt & shorts. Even though I'm not going anywhere, I just wanted to. For some reason I cannot stay in pajamas all day. (4/8/20)

My family does a group Facetime on Zoom so it’s nice to see them. One of my cousins in Virginia thinks the school year is pretty much over, but it’s probably just going to be online. We got an order to stay home and only go out when necessary so my dad went to the store and now my house is stocked with food. Everything is so crazy. (March 31, 2020)

Today I spent time with my family . We played Heads up-Seven up which was a lot of fun. Then we made Tik Toks. I feel a lot better than yesterday. My mom brought me Chick-Fil-a. That's my favorite food place & it was really good. Then we bought more supplies for the quarantine. Stores barely have anything left! I spent the night at my grandmother's house. We made a cake together and then we ate it together. (March 26, 2020)

I don’t like that this is happening. I liked the break for the few days but now I miss my friends. Especially my best friend because we're no longer friends & I'm sad. He meant a lot to me, but things happen for a reason. (3/25/20)

I'm still feeling angry about the coronavirus because I can't see my friends and all my favorite places are closed. I wish I wasn't living through history because I don't want to be saddened by coronavirus anymore. It's too stressful. April 3rd: It's my younger brother's birthday & I'm feeling happy for him. I texted him a nice message for his birthday. Later in the day we saw him with his birthday cake & presents. I started to think about my birthday coming up next month & what I want. His birthday cake tastes pretty good. (April 2-3, 2020)

I went downstairs & got scared. There was a bee in my house! It was kind of funny because my mom freaked out. We got my brother to get the bee but he was scared too. He put on a whole coat & two pairs of pants and said, “I don’t want to get stung.” When I tell you I was laughing so hard, it was hilarious. Anyway, he killed the bee. Then we all played Uno together, so my day turned out to be pretty fun. (April 7, 2020)

Today I woke up at 7am, so I decided to switch up my room. Then I checked the news. Corona cases are rising. I feel a bit overwhelmed. I looked on social media-I saw that people are still going out. I think that makes them a bit selfish. (4/4/20)

I checked social media. The coronavirus updates say it's not getting much better. Many schools are closing down for the rest of the year. I miss my friends. I miss hanging out with them during class and doing work with them; it was fun. But I also love being at home, being able to work at my own pace & not having to worry about getting it all done in one class.

Even though my mom doesn't like horror movies, I love them so she’s been watching them with me, which is funny because she gets scared. (4/1/20)

I chilled in my room making origami and listening to French music. My favorite song is Amour Plastique by Videoclub and I've been watching all the Oversimplified videos. I went to the store with my mom and I found a cool song by the same singers called Roi, meaning "king" in French. I'm trying to learn French, but I only know a few words. I am in my feelings with these songs. (April 3, 2020)

At first I didn’t take it seriously, but then it started to spread more & more, & I was shook. And then school got shut down even though there were only 18 cases in our state. I hope it gets better though because I actually miss school. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth. (3/30/20)

I read an article on Good News Network about all the positive things that are happening with the COVID-19 virus spreading across the US. Reading uplifting stories makes me feel good during this uncertain time. I read about restaurants giving away free food and drinks to our nation's healthcare workers. It's important to recognize the people who are still going to work every day to help fight the virus that has spread across the world. (April 8, 2020)

I saw on the news that coronavirus may last until early July, which is not okay. I want to go back to school because I miss my friends and some of my teachers. (4/2/20)

My parents went grocery shopping today because we were running out of food. When they came back, they said you can only buy a certain amount of items from the store. They do this because if people buy too much, stores will run out of everything too fast. (April 5, 2020)

To be honest I kinda like this break because I'm learning how to do new things and I’m finally spending time with my family. My mom is finally cooking again. She hasn't cooked in like 3 years because she has been really busy with her work. (April 3, 2020)

My father still has to get up & go into work every day. He's not in healthcare, but his work is essential. I know it's not easy for him to go out each day & I know he's at risk. (4/8/20)

My family has more food now, but my parents said not to eat as much as we normally do. That's so they don't have to go to the store as often & to save our food for a longer time. It also means we have a smaller chance of getting corona because we're not leaving the house as often & not going to crowded places like the grocery store. My friends are doing this too. Their parents are also scared of leaving the house. They don't want to risk it. Even though less people are going out, I saw pictures of things that are sold out in stores. Most of my friends & I have not left the house for a really long time. (April 6, 2020)

Since I have been stuck in my house for so long, I sometimes forget what day it is. I also forget what time of the day it is, and that always makes me confused. (4/8/20)

Today I saw a lot of people wearing masks. I am pretty sure I should be been wearing one, too. People on the internet are showing videos on how to make your own mask at home because there are not enough masks for everyone. On the news I saw that Maryland might become a hot spot for the virus and that makes me a little worried because we live in Maryland. My mom's friend stopped by our house & gave us masks that she made for my family; they work pretty well. My mom is getting fabric so we can make some too, just in case we run out of them & really need one. You can wear them more than once. (April 7, 2020)

Even though it's boring in our house, my parents try to cheer up my brothers & I. Bonding time with my family is important. I don’t want schools to close because I want to see all my teachers one more time before I go to high school. (4/9/20)

I decided to make banana bread using actual bananas. After my schoolwork was done I preheated the oven. I started on the batter while my parents watched my every move just to make sure I didn’t mess anything up. But due to their unnecessary staring, I spilled the batter. Not a lot, just a little bit, but I still got scolded. Once they finished scolding me, I greased the pan, added the batter and put it into the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. When the timer went off, I ran downstairs skipping steps, put on some oven mitts, and got the bread out of the oven. Once it cooled down, I cut it into squares and poured some condensed milk on it which made it taste delicious. (March 31, 2020)

I like to share my reflective journal entries. I journal every day in my spare time. It’s a great way to piece my thoughts together & become more self-aware about my life. (4/5/20)

Today, I decided to get off of my computer & go outside. I went for a relaxing walk with my dog. He's a big white, fluffy Goldendoodle with a bubbly personality. After breakfast I called him downstairs to put on his collar & leash. He's a very good dog & was excited to go for a long walk. We live in a forested area so I took a trail that leads to a circle. The trail is an hour long and has a lot of wildlife to explore, such as foxes, deer, groundhogs, turtles, birds, squirrels, fish & other animals. Shortly after leaving, it started to rain. My dog got soaking wet & he smelled like fish. We rushed back inside & I dried him with a towel. (April 3, 2020)

I am thinking about my future with my girlfriend and how we are going to get married together and live happily ever after. I have been feeling this way for a long time now but I can’t wait until it happens. (March 25, 2020)

And last but not least, I received this:

Thank you Ms. Dow because you teached us while Mrs. Kreis was gone. Even though I was being annoying every day. You always let me come in for lunch even though half the time I wouldn't be doing work and I would be there chilling, eating & talking. But you still tried to help me even though you got mad that one time and kicked me out of the room, but yea I still learned my lesson. And I'm probably never gonna be happy about how many times you moved my seat. I will always be mad about that sadly because I really hold grudges. But for everything else, I am happy you helped me learning-wise. You never wanted me to fail an assignment. I always read ahead in that Refugee book early, but you made sure that I answered everything so I didn't fail that assignment. A good teacher is: "Communication Skills. Listening Skills. Friendly Attitude. Patient. Strong Work Ethic. Preparation. Discipline Skills." And you had every single one of those traits but the most you had was good social skills and you were always in a good mood and made sure we were in a good mood too. (April 14, 2020)

I wonder if the 8th grade students at CMS will ever know how much they touched my heart forever. - Ms. D. (4/14/20)

Extra Credit (EC) Assignment: You might think only bad things are going on in the world right now, BUT there are a lot of GOOD things happening, too. EC Assignment: Compile a list of 10 things that are GOOD right now. You must include the reason WHY each one is good.

For example: "Being in quarantine has allowed me to spend a lot of time with my daughter, Maddy. Before COVID-19, I was working 2 jobs (70 hrs. per week) and I was never around. But now that we're forced to stay home, I get to see my daughters more & we are really bonding. We talk more & have meaningful conversations. I also enjoy being around our pets (our cats & dog, Lucy). Being around my daughters and our pets calms me & makes me feel happy. I'm so grateful for this time we can all be together." - Ms. D.

Can't think of 10 things? Need inspiration? Click HERE: The Good News Network

Published: April 13, 2020

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