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Ruidoso Teacher's English Classes do "Really Well" on Greek History Exam

Ninety seven percent of students who took Ms. Orr’s English II classes this year miraculously passed a Greek history section in an exam administered by the administration in an administrative fashion last Friday. The exam itself was another random addition to the battery of standardized tests demanded of Ruidoso High School students in order to graduate. Of all students taking the tests, those in Orr’s class consistently scored higher than their peers on all things Greek.

The test was comprised of four sections, including Geometry, English, Science, and Greek History. There were no statistically significant differences between students of various grades and teachers, with the exception of the Orr factor. Average test scores on the Greek section were 65% for Ruidoso High School students, compared to 98.3% for Orr’s English II students, puzzling experts.

Of her students, 93% could identify the difference between Sophocles and Pericles, compared to just 28% in the school average. Ruidoso High School students were 73% likely to be able to point out the Greeks came from Greece, with all of Ms. Orr’s students succeeding in this area. Students in Orr’s English classes also scored well on the English portions, incidentally.

There is no known reason for this statistical peculiarity. When asked what she thought of the occurrence, Orr replied, “Well isn’t that interesting?” without going in to further detail. The administration had originally written it off as chance, while cynics blamed Diogenes.

A student in Ms. Orr’s class, speaking on the condition of anonymity for no apparent reason, said, “When you’re in her class, you just pick up a lot of Greek. In between reading chapters from A Tale of Two Cities, I also somehow managed to learn Socrates was poisoned by hemlock and I can now speak the ancient language fluently.”

Another student noted, “After learning English from her, I really wish the school offered a Greek history class. Ms. Orr would be the perfect teacher for it.”

A third student chimed in, “The Riodoso High School administration would be insane not to have Ms. Orr teach it.” In light of these test scores, the school plans on developing the class for the 2005-2006 school year, and increasing Ms. Orr’s salary to entice her into teaching it.