Thursday, June 11, 2015

Last Day

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 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!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tomorrow's the Last Day

One of my former students asked me what I would like for a picture for my room. I told her I was into birds this year. I don't know why, but I am. This is the picture she delivered to me this morning. I can't wait to put it up in my new room next year!
     So, here it is the second to the last day of school. All my grading is done and I have posted it to let the kids see their grades and catch any mistakes I've made. Pretty good so far, I've only messed up three times (hence posting the grades early.) Overall grades are not as bad as I expected. Students always rally at the end and pull themselves out of the ditch. I will officially put them into the system tomorrow morning and the year is done!
     But I still have a lot to do. I mentioned above that I will be having a new room next year. The last time I moved classrooms I had only been teaching a year. Now, after 7 additional years, I've accumulated a lot of crap. Four trips to the recycle container so far. It is probably good to move once in a while; it makes one get rid of junk and all the stuff you keep because it may just come in handy someday or it's so creative or it's just such a waste of paper to throw it away.
     Regardless of the waste, I am purging. I ordered 25 boxes from maintenance. I really don't want to have to pack any more than that. And I have a number of things in their own boxes. The room I'm moving to is resplendent with storage! Everything will be behind closed or sliding doors. I'm excited!!!! But it would be nice not to fill it all up right away. I still have several years before I retire you know! :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Almost There

     We are down to the last 5 1/2 days until the end of the school year. The kids are either #1 starting to panic or #2 serenely skating through to the end. There seems to be no in-between. In my classes their final projects were due last Thursday and Friday. They were PowerPoints, so I had them due early so I would have time to grade them. Then their Common Notebooks are due tomorrow, no exceptions, unless of course they have an excused re-admit. Then I have to take the work late :{. These notebooks have been their constant companions all year. They include 34 weeks of reading logs, Extra Credit reading logs, 18 journals, 6 outlines, class notes, and chapter summaries for Catcher in the Rye (which we will finish reading tomorrow.) I have all next week to get those graded and in the grade book, so that I can post final grades, hopefully, next Wednesday.
     And while doing all this I have trying to pack, as I will be moving to another room next year. So much stuff! And yet I don't think I have amassed as much as some teachers do. I am going into a class room that has TONS of storage. And I know some of it will remain empty. But that's ok with me. I have been in my current class room 7 years now. I like it out here on the edge of the campus and have one of the few rooms that has a view of the practice field and the mountains beyond. I will miss that view. My new room is off a small patio of sorts and only has the door and some high windows for sun light. It was originally built as a computer lab but will become a regular class room now. Needless to say, because it doesn't have any windows down at normal height, it has a lot of wall space to cover. I will try to not junk them up. I need a peaceful ambience.
     So here's hoping the kids see the light and get their work in. At least if they fail, I told them they won't have to go through the American Lit, (juniors) class with me again. I'll be teaching all sophomores next year. There was an audible sigh of relief!!!