Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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GC
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10 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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10 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Michelle C
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10 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

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Juniper
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10 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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10 months ago

Yes sadly

Anarchy (they/them)
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10 months ago

Some of them. Those are Scantron tests (or a version of that) and they make it easier on the teacher for grading. You are given a separate sheet of paper with all the questions on it and you answer on the Scantron sheet. Then the teacher ran it through a machine and it graded it. But in my experience those are usually used for finals or important tests, otherwise the teachers made and graded their own tests

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Only the really big tests, usually given by the state, not the school.

Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago (edited)

Standard tests (state official) yeah, other than that, not really

Christian Bradshaw
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10 months ago

Mainly the standardized tests

Blinding_Darkness
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10 months ago

Never seen tests like these, I'm English. Are they multiple choice questions? If so, I wish I had them

Rae Black
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10 months ago

Some of them, not all.

GC
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10 months ago

Certain computers read those

¯_(ツ)_/¯
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10 months ago

not for me..?

rgr8
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10 months ago

I have never done a test like that.

Blackheart
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10 months ago (edited)

Now they are online, with stupid directions like "Choose the best answer."

Mia Maya
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10 months ago

Ugh yes

Bunzilla
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10 months ago (edited)

not always. I can't speak for everyone but I've never done one of them. I think it's easier to do digital standardized tests (anyone ever done the NWEA?) or something

Dave P
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10 months ago

Depends where and which schools. Some places use the scantron and some do not. The purpose of the scantron it the teacher feeds the scantron into the machine, the machine checks it agains the computer where the teacher had the answers in and autogrades it. Makes grading multiple choice easier on teachers

Forty-Two
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10 months ago

Only SAT

YosemiteCat
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10 months ago

Yes conserving paper so that not ever student gets a massive packet for a test

ズムᄃノ
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10 months ago

Yes i remember taking one of these.

Little Epic12
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2 months ago

yeah..... if you didn't fill the bubble correctly, it was marked wrong

Slytherin_blood
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6 months ago

some but not all actually very few

Brielle DeSenneville Freano
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8 months ago

mmmmmmmmmmhhhhhjmmmmmm

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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10 months ago

in my canadian experience, we only use them for PAT's

Susan Mercurio
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10 months ago (edited)

They are computerized. (Graded by a computer)

Susan Egan
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10 months ago

Some tests yes. Not all.

Lira Mai
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10 months ago

So it is easy to check in the machine

DetongLhamo
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10 months ago

Being given a set range of options doesn’t encourage analytical thinking.

backatya
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10 months ago

some are

Suzanne Haigh
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10 months ago

Gosh, how easy

Susan Thomas
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10 months ago

Some of them.

Faith Hurst
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10 months ago

Not for a while. Some were this way. Some were not.

elfin
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10 months ago

Some are, some aren't. This makes grading multiple choice questions easier. Machines can scan the answers. I have also had essay questions or questions requiring me to show my work to solve a math problem.

Ashgirl
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10 months ago

Ugh scantron

Klaus Hargreeves
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10 months ago

yup

Hadesdaughter
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10 months ago

eoooooogggggg ssssaaaaaattt

BananaJo
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10 months ago

I wished my tests were like that. I don't have to waist limited suply of brain energy

Chrissie M.
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10 months ago

.. which you could use for your spelling ;o)

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BeenElle
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10 months ago

It’s more sanitary to eat in a designated area. Eating in your classroom or random spots is going to lead to more vermin (e.g. bugs, rats, mice).

Danielle Wigger
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10 months ago

not for me, tho

あんぱんまん
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10 months ago

... just why... we only have A, B, C, D

Marilyn Bojanowski
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10 months ago

Not like normal school tests, but like big, end-of-school tests yeah

Michelle Patterson
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10 months ago

yours don't?

Michelle Patterson
Community Member
10 months ago

yours aren't?

Emily Smith
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10 months ago

Yes. And you have to hope you don't go cross eyed while taking it. Accidently skip one line and ALL your following answers will be wrong! Teachers have hundreds of papers to grade and often don't have the time to commit to it. This was done to make grading tests more efficient since you just program a machine with the answers and let it do all the grading.

Amber odom
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10 months ago

not all mine. Literature and english, no. Math yes.

Lord Mysticlaw
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10 months ago

Tbe only test line that I've ever had was for my drivers licence

Seth Linn
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10 months ago

Standardized testing is a horrible plague here in America. The students don’t matter, only their test scores matter. People at the top of our education system aren’t usually actual educators, they are just bureaucrats.

Mi Shield
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10 months ago

Only the big ones...

Cal Capone
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10 months ago

Some

Whitney Anderson
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10 months ago

sometimes. But sometimes you have to write words

JessG
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10 months ago

This is used at the teacher’s and schools discretion

Horror Hero13
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10 months ago

Yes. It's f*****g annoying.

Sasha Kuleshov
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10 months ago

Those are called Standardized Tests, here in México we called Open Book tests :D

Jane_Doe
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10 months ago

not all

StrawBerry Turtle
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10 months ago

most of the time

Kristin Malliet
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10 months ago

This is usually only for standardized tests. That way, a machine can score them quickly.

Collin Petrucci
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10 months ago

No

Whawhawhatsis
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10 months ago

They are now. When I was in school about a thousand years ago, we only had major tests on rare occasions that were like that -- the SAT, for example, which is a test most students going to college have to take because the numerical grade you get determines a lot about where you can get into college. By the time my kids were in school, they had fill-in-the-circle tests for EVERYTHING. And the ballots I fill out are like that, too, in my county, so I filled in a circle to vote for president last month. I felt like I was back in school!

Alethia Nyx
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10 months ago

Australia has multiple choice tests like that too. Usually state given tests. Do other countries not?

sylvantic
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10 months ago

the OLSATs in 2nd grade were, but all the other standerdized tests are online.

Csaba Horvath
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10 months ago

This method is widely used in other countries too, as it's good for machine evaluation.

Angela Jester
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10 months ago

Yes, the "standardized" tests which are supposed to see if students are meeting benchmarks for their grade levels. Sadly, when my own kids were in school, I noticed they were only being taught to pass those tests. Their education was much narrower than mine, so I made sure to round it out at home. Other parents may not have the time, money, energy or education themselves to do that. So lots of kids grow up missing out on how to learn because they've only ever been fed facts to remember. I hope that made sense.

Rae the lemon
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10 months ago

What are tests like there?

Santa Claus
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10 months ago

BUT WHY

Gwenda Christenson
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10 months ago

some are -- not all. we also have to write essays.

OLIVIA WESTON
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10 months ago

sometimes

ArtistinResidence
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10 months ago

That’s an easier way of scoring for teachers when you have multiple answer test but most test also include the essay questions which have to be scored differently. A New York State regents testing is graded by a multitude of teachers from different schools in the area. That is the highest level of testing we do.

Queen fhk
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10 months ago

Not only ame

Meami
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10 months ago

C'mon. Really??? Only some are like that.

Kevin Doyle
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10 months ago

The sheets are placed into a machine called a Scantron machine which then grades the papers at a rapid rate based on the Teachers predetermined answer key. No I did not make that up... we used them in Canada too.

Tracey Tait
Community Member
10 months ago

some but not all.

LegendYak
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10 months ago

only sometimes

LJ Robinson
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10 months ago

These are the kind of tests you take once a year to gauge your knowledge. They are given by the state your school is in. These tests will determine the school's grade, where tax monies should go, teacher reviews and all sorts of stuff. They are read by computers.

Taylor Hartman
Community Member
10 months ago

Yes, and they are the absolute worst. I envy anyone who never took one of these types of tests.

AroAcePanda
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10 months ago

yeah, and you fail the thing if you put the smallest mark outside of it

jonnotheGOAT
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10 months ago

yes

Jaslene Blythe
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10 months ago

mabe for some

RavenClaw
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10 months ago

use to try to connect the dots

Potatogamers2
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10 months ago

Same for Netherlands in government tests

Adem Townsend
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10 months ago

yes, when you have 4 of the same letter in a row then something is off.

Aragorn II Elessar
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10 months ago

My f*****g teacher made every single f*****g answer B once.

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Addie
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10 months ago

Most

Soph the Loaf
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10 months ago

Only the super official ones, and even then I only took those in lower elementary school. Still slightly traumatized from obsessing over filling in the dot perfectly.

Ana Vaquer Perez
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10 months ago

Not all, only standardized tests

Who? Me?
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10 months ago

My tests are way too subjective

Biana Vacker
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10 months ago

Midterms and finals sometimes

Noelani Stevens
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10 months ago

And I hate it if I can't make the circles perfectly colored in.

Sarah
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10 months ago

Sometimes.

angie but who cares
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10 months ago

yeah

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Aunt Messy
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10 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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10 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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10 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
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10 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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10 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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