The CHS library, a popular place to sit during free periods. This space will be the next to see updates in the CHS building. (Alison Booth)
The CHS library, a popular place to sit during free periods. This space will be the next to see updates in the CHS building.

Alison Booth

Superior Seating

January 21, 2022

With the CHS schedule offering many opportunities for free periods, students make the most of this time given. Students study, chat with friends and relax between classes. While open campus is an option for numerous students, many chose to remain at the school, turning to one of the many study corners. These spaces, filled with a variety of chairs and tables offer students a place to rest.

Possibly the easiest place to study, the library boasts large tables, perfect for group projects. Sophomore Kipp Vitsky said, “It’s always relatively quiet. The librarians are helpful if I need to print something, and there is a lot of space to spread out. It’s just a nice, calm space.” There are many of these tablespaces through the back of the room. Each table has four wooden chairs. These chairs are the primary negative for students looking to use the area for an extended time as the wood is not very comfortable. With a printer and many resources around, the location of the library is hard to beat. Freshman Charlie Meyers said, “The location is very peaceful. I like all of the windows, and the open feel of the space.” Freshman Abigail Stone said, “I like being able to relax there. I can open the window.” Additionally, the idea lab and chess rooms are great for larger groups or a quieter space. This space is the most popular with 41 percent of students choosing it.

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 7/10
Tables: 8/10
Location 8/10

One of the larger spaces, between the engineering and newspaper classrooms, is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) space. The area is bright throughout the day as large windows allow light to stream in. Junior Ken McAvoy said, “It’s usually quiet in this hallway and there isn’t that much foot traffic.” The seating is comfortable, with plush chairs. These chairs are easily moved for students to collaborate. Additionally, some chairs are fitted with small tables. The other tables in this space are quite small, designed to fill space between seats. With the quad and parking lot close by, 14 percent of students chose this space.

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 8/10
Tables: 7/10
Location 8/10

The largest space, the Commons, is chosen by fourteen percent of students. The space’s noise level fluctuates throughout the day as students eat lunch. Freshman Emma Wilson said, “There’s lots of room, it’s convenient to get to pretty much all classrooms, and it doesn’t have to be a quiet space if you’re studying with a big group.”

There’s lots of room, it’s convenient to get to pretty much all classrooms, and it doesn’t have to be a quiet space if you’re studying with a big group.”

— Emma Wilson

For seating, there is a lot of variety in chairs, but they are not the most comfortable in the school. The tables are large, and great for groups.” Freshman Wendy Stephens said, “[There are] lots of windows and no bright lights. [It is] quiet during class periods.”

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 6/10
Tables: 8/10
Location 9/10

At the beginning of the language hall, after the history classrooms, the second language hall space has a variety of seating options used by four percent of students. These include the plush chairs on wheels from the beginning of the hall on one side and tall plastic chairs surrounding small tables on the other. Senior Maya Donohoo-Salsich “It is usually quiet and has a variety of seating options” These tables are a great size for one or two students to spread out their work. As consistent with the newest wing of the school, the space is bright with large windows.

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 8/10
Tables: 6/10
Location 9/10

For people looking for a smaller setting used by only four percent of students, the chairs at the end of the language hallway are limited. The space is reminiscent of the CTE corner with large windows and the same plush chairs. In this area, the four chairs are all on wheels with small desks. A short round table sits in the center. The end of the language hall is a favorite of students relaxing between classes as many are easily accessible.

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 7/10
Tables: 7/10
Location 9/10

In one of the least known places, used by four percent of students the chairs lining the wall outside the choir room are typically empty. These chairs are similar to the tall set in the math corner but boast black seats. There are six chairs around three tables. Standing next to them is a bright blue park-like bench and chair. This space is very quiet save the music streaming from the surrounding classrooms.

How Students Rate the Space:
Chairs: 7/10
Tables: 6/10
Location 9/10

There are many other places students can choose to relax. These include the Learning Center, chemistry hallway, math hallway, Elvis room, and Center of Clayton. With so many places to choose from, students should try out a few of these spots to find their place in the school.

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Alison Booth is a sophomore at Clayton High School and a reporter on the Globe. This is her first year. Alison joined the Globe because of her love of writing. She is excited to...

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