This is one of my students this year that is ready to graduate. His name is Felipe Lagunas. He was behind a year in his English classes because he had to take a year of ELD (English Language Development) when he moved here from Mexico. Such a nice young man; headed for Hancock Community College. When I spoke with him this morning he said he was so excited that he didn't sleep last night!
So, today was the last day of the school year. We have exactly 2 months off and return to school on August 11th. I have so many things to do! I am taking a week and traveling, with my sister, to visit some relatives in Kingman, AZ. Yes, I know...it will be hot. Good news...all my summery, cool clothes were big on me this year and I had to take some in. Not much but enough for me to get excited about. After I return, the 7 local quilt guilds are putting on their annual quilt show at the Madonna Expo Center June 27 & 28. It's quite the event with 45 vendors, from all over the world, and quilt judging, classes from famous quilt teachers and in the show we hang 300 +/- quilts for the general public to see. It's well worth the $10 to see the beauty. Then I have to finish packing my class room and be ready for the maintenance men to move me by the middle of July. I have spent all my free time (when I wasn't grading) this last week packing and taking down bulletin boards, etc... The room looks so barren. but I am excited to be moving and get a fresh start in another room closer to the middle of campus with some really nice neighbors, (not that my old neighbors weren't nice. This is just a better place for me!) Hopefully, once I get all my things packed I will be able to relax and do some traveling with my husband. We do love road trips!
It's been a long, and difficult year for teachers and students on our campus. We came into the year last August kicking and screaming because of the new schedule imposed on us by our district office. We didn't know if we would survive. Well, we're all pretty tired but we did survive! And now we will have an easier time of it next year, I hope. We have the summer to rest and revive ourselves.
I'm not going to post over the summer, and was not sure I would do this again next year. But I will have all new students next year, sophomores, and even though it is an effort some days to get this done, teenagers are still weird and funny! So I'm going to give it a go, for another year at least.
See you in August! Rest, visit with family and friends, get all those chores done that we teachers always put off until now, and just generally have a great summer. Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you and your comments!