One thing I'm noticed more this year, though I'm sure this isn't the first time it's happened, is a type of regression happening in the seniors' maturity levels. Sophomores are more mature than freshmen, juniors more mature than sophomores, and seniors are generally more mature than juniors, but there's something that happens to the seniors at the end of the year where their maturity level regresses almost all the way back to their middle school years. Maybe it's simply because they're mentally "done" or maybe nostalgia kicks in and they just want to be a kid again one last time, but regardless, they seem to take a step backwards before heading off to graduation. Recently, the students have been found to be messing up rooms when they're filming, breaking computers in the labs, and speaking to adults with far less respect than they should. It's nothing egregious, no, but it's still a noticeable and unfortunate step back in the final days of their senior year. It's as if they feel they now "own" the school by right of their four complete years and can conduct themselves as they see fit.
As I said, this year it seems more pronounced than others. Is it just this particular group, or is the culture of renting/lack of ownership finally taking its toll on the student population? That's a whole another blog entry, but something to think about. Then again, I suppose people have been saying "kids these days..." for the past 6,000 years. I doubt students goofing around while making Vines is the end of civilization.