Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- this stomach bug of mine came, left, came again, and is finally GONE....I shall return to the land of the working tomorrow!
- Speaking of tomorrow....it will be the last day before Christmas Break!
- Speaking of "Christmas Break"....I am thankful for being able to say Merry Christmas instead of Season's Greetings, Happy Holidays, or anything else that's Politically Correct and in-use at the department strores these days.
- Speaking of department stores....I am thankful for their extended holiday hours!!
- a team of sweet friends that love teaching 5th graders as much as I do
- warm 70* weather this week, yummy!! I hope my mistletoe doesn't wilt.
- CHRISTMAS CARDS!! I just love them. I enjoy going to the mailbox to see new ones arrive each day. I love the faces of the families and friends that smile back at me on the photos enclosed. My kitchen windows frame each and every one of them. So if you haven't sent yours....there's still time!!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Anywho....this is what we got in return, enjoy! It starts out blurry, just give it a sec.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- It's Friday Eve!
- New Blog Design....
- A cold snap to remind me that God is in control of EVERYTHING including really cold weather that I am NOT partial to, however, I can't do ANYTHING about it so....
- re-runs of The King of Queens on 3 different channels!
- my mawmaw's afghans that keep me warm each night
- a photo CD of my family being delivered tomorrow, YEAH!
- the final day of an unfortunate burden in my teaching career
- people that pass by you in the hallway and really mean their hellos and how are you's....they even really listen to your reply
- a chocolate eclair between friends at The White Horse
- an amazing husband and kids, love you MUCHO!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- only 35 minutes until quitting time...although the papers I am taking home beg to differ!
- my family pictures are amazing that a friend of mine took this weekend, just click here to go see my hoodlums and I in the leaves!!!! Some of our pics are on the beginning slides before you enter the site, otherwise click on gallery, and then "kids" or "family portraits". The downfall will be it's too hard to make a choice!
- now only 29 minutes of working time!
- my stack of papers is down to under an inch. I was out 3 days last week due to presenting at Ed Tech in Myrtle Beach, which leads me to #5.
- Our presentation was a huge success on "Weaving Webkinz into the Elementary Classroom". We had the dreaded time of 8:30am on the last day of the conference. We had made 50 handouts and 10 people went without =)
- My friend is bringing me McD's sweet tea and a gravy biscuit tomorrow for Late-Start Day...mmmm!!!
- The bandaids on the back of my heels stayed there all day long avoiding blisters!!
- My 5th grade boys want to learn more about Veteran's Day (on their own) and even suggested finding a way to write to an overseas soldier!!
- Speaking of....I am VERY thankful for all of the past, present, and future veterans that have made ans will continue to make this land our ours the best very in the world. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
- and now, I sign off with a mere 19 minutes left of this great little piece of time called Tuesday!
Monday, November 10, 2008
So here's where I pay my compliment forward. Here are 3 people that I must read their posts all the time. I fyou have a minute, click on their names to head their way...
Michelle- Her 2 blogs have changed lives. Read all about her hope and faith in her miracle from above.
Resa- I LOVE HER HOUSE UPDATES. It's began over 18 months ago, but it will be finished just in time for her new bundle of joy!!
Jen- She keeps my liver exercised and in great shape....did you know that it is only when you laugh that your liver gets moved and exercised (random, I know!) Her faith in God is what keeps her grounded even when she is yanked from here to there.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
- Only 5 more days until the biggest Election ever, Lord I'm ready for the normal commercials to consume the airwaves again, "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz..."
- Healthy and Happy Halloween kiddos that are excited about good weather predictions for tomorrow!
- A daughter that thinks going to 10 houses in a small neighborhood is the BEST THING EVER!!!
- A son that brought home a report card with 4 A's and 2 B's....ROCK ON!!
- NO MORE PAPERS TO GRADE TONIGHT, AMEN!!!
- A husband who has the best sense of humor about being 40!
- $1.99 gas up the road, did the electric signs about blow a fuse when they lit up the "1"??
- Having half of my Christmas shopping done, AMAZING!
- Clean laundry and a freshly vacuumed house, compliments of RTH=)
- My newly painted coffee bean brown bathroom with touches of Pier 1 all around...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Obama’s Speech In Ohio- 10/27/08 (VIDEO)
October 27, 2008 by Suzie-Q
Here’s the final few minutes of Barack Obama’s closing argument speech in Canton, Ohio. He was outstanding:
Here’s a transcript of this portion of the speech, as prepared for delivery:
"In this election, we cannot afford the same political games and tactics that are being used to pit us against one another and make us afraid of one another. The stakes are too high to divide us by class and region and background; by who we are or what we believe.
Because despite what our opponents may claim, there are no real or fake parts of this country. There is no city or town that is more pro-America than anywhere else – we are one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots. There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq and patriots who opposed it; patriots who believe in Democratic policies and those who believe in Republican policies. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.
It won’t be easy, Ohio. It won’t be quick. But you and I know that it is time to come together and change this country. Some of you may be cynical and fed up with politics. A lot of you may be disappointed and even angry with your leaders. You have every right to be. But despite all of this, I ask of you what has been asked of Americans throughout our history.
I ask you to believe – not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.
I know this change is possible. Because I have seen it over the last twenty-one months. Because in this campaign, I have had the privilege to witness what is best in America. I’ve seen it in lines of voters that stretched around schools and churches; in the young people who cast their ballot for the first time, and those not so young folks who got involved again after a very long time. I’ve seen it in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see their friends lose their jobs; in the neighbors who take a stranger in when the floodwaters rise; in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb. I’ve seen it in the faces of the men and women I’ve met at countless rallies and town halls across the country, men and women who speak of their struggles but also of their hopes and dreams. I still remember the email that a woman named Robyn sent me after I met her in Ft. Lauderdale. Sometime after our event, her son nearly went into cardiac arrest, and was diagnosed with a heart condition that could only be treated with a procedure that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Her insurance company refused to pay, and their family just didn’t have that kind of money. In her email, Robyn wrote, “I ask only this of you – on the days where you feel so tired you can’t think of uttering another word to the people, think of us. When those who oppose you have you down, reach deep and fight back harder.”
Ohio, that’s what hope is – that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better is waiting around the bend; that insists there are better days ahead. If we’re willing to work for it. If we’re willing to shed our fears and our doubts. If we’re willing to reach deep down inside ourselves when we’re tired and come back fighting harder. Hope! That’s what kept some of our parents and grandparents going when times were tough. What led them to say, “Maybe I can’t go to college, but if I save a little bit each week my child can; maybe I can’t have my own business but if I work really hard my child can open one of her own.” It’s what led immigrants from distant lands to come to these shores against great odds and carve a new life for their families in America; what led those who couldn’t vote to march and organize and stand for freedom; that led them to cry out, “It may look dark tonight, but if I hold on to hope, tomorrow will be brighter.”
That’s what this election is about. That is the choice we face right now. Don’t believe for a second this election is over. Don’t think for a minute that power concedes. We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does. In one week, we can choose an economy that rewards work and creates new jobs and fuels prosperity from the bottom-up.
In one week, we can choose to invest in health care for our families, and education for our kids, and renewable energy for our future. In one week, we can choose hope over fear, unity over division, the promise of change over the power of the status quo. In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history. That’s what’s at stake. That’s what we’re fighting for. And if in this last week, you will knock on some doors for me, and make some calls for me, and talk to your neighbors, and convince your friends; if you will stand with me, and fight with me, and give me your vote, then I promise you this – we will not just win Ohio, we will not just win this election, but together, we will change this country and we will change the world. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America."
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Check out what these kids did for a project at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA!! Talk about the empowerment kids feel with they have the ability to choose any medium. Reach them where they are, link what they know, and this is what you can get! I love this! You know these kids will never forget this experience, nor assignment. This is what it means to have students actively and authentically engaged.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
But at the end of the night, I do have a better picture of where my kids come from. And you teachers out there all know that the parents you NEED to see are NEVER the ones that show. You NEED the Johnny-mama's to be there, not the parents of the five perfect students that could run the class without your presence.
It is annually reminded to me that not every kid grows up the way I did. I always thought parents were married, had a job, had supper every night and breakfast in the morning, carpooled, and had every material for any projects (from glue to glitter). I knew my parents worked hard for the money we had; we weren't rich, but not poor. Heck, maybe we were poor...but I never knew my brother and I going without. My parents made a point to be at every Open House, every dance recital, every Nutcracker performance and school talent show, every parent-teacher conference, all the time.
Today's students come with so much baggage. Some of the challenges that these poor kids have going on in their lives completely trumps having to complete nightly math problems. And why shouldn't it? It's pretty hard to do your math when the power was turned off and its turned cold in the house. Spelling words have very little to do with the fact that you haven't eaten since lunchtime at school, compliments of the school district. It saddens me that so many of our students come to school to feel the safest, the warmest, and the most loved. Bless these children, for many of them are just in survival mode each and everyday. I never knew that somewhere in my own childhood I had students like this sitting to the left and the right of me. Was I nice to them? Did I try to understand them at all? I hate not being able to remember if I extending them any compassion, or if I simply didn't notice.
With that said, it is my sincerest hope that as a teacher and advocate for today's youth I do take notice. Not only take notice, but take action. Yes, students come with baggage beyond my control, but I can make for certain that those suitcases get left at the door upon entry. Love all, teach all...even good ole' "Johnny".
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
By the way, the SNL skit was HILL-arious!!! Verbatim....gotta love it. Tina Fey, ya nailed it girl. Don't get me wrong, their version of Barrack is pretty good too!! Come on people, have some political humor without feeling threatened by the other party.
And just FYI, I AM watching the VP debate, so don't fuss at other people if you yourself aren't investing pieces of time to listen to the candidates.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
- Alexandra Hunter
- Thomas (for a girl)
- Dickens (I know a girl with this name, love it!)
- Legare (Leh-gree, if you know your Charleston history)
- Tradd (again, old Charleston!)
SO...here's your assignment, comment back and leave your personal and original favorites!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- bathroom break after lunch takes all of 2 minutes!
- no nail polish fumes during silent reading time
- note-passing days are history!
- constructive chaos is the norm
- no spend the night drama to deal with after a long weekend
- recess is actually filled with sports
- gossip...what's gossip??
- parasites, pillbugs, and worms....YES!
- being the ONLY diva in my classroom now
- seeing their smiles each day b/c they know they're having fun learning
Monday, September 22, 2008
Actually, I am loving it, having always been partial to boys and the male brain my whole life anyway. NO...get your minds out of the gutter people. Even my parents will tell you I had closer guy friends my whole life. Boys for me never had the cattiness that girls enthrall themselves in as kids, adolescents, teens, young ladies, women, old hags, etc... I could tell my mother that I was over at Grey and Eric's house, no problem. Over at Resa's...be home at 11:30pm sharp. Point being, my brain, stereotypically speaking is not of a female. I'm serious. Looking back I was ADHD as a female and undiagnosed. I was loud, creative, afraid of nothing, fear fueled me and competition gave me an inner drive. I was crazy about math and science, hated books, and wanted to try anything....once. Humor and being the class clown gave me an edge to being liked by random walks of life. SOoooooooo with all of that said, when it comes to teaching, I throw that and the kitchen sink into my bag of tricks. When I think of the teachers that I had growing up, and the times I was actively engaged in my work, it was moments where I had teachers that understood my antsy-ness and used it to my advantage. When teachers took my level of energy and put it to good use, not to mindless worksheets and diagraming sentences (bless Patty Barron's heart!) I was unstoppable. I am thoroughly enjoying coming home exhausted each day, it's fun all over again for me.
I guess for the many people that are against separating genders, I have this to say about that. We are not regressing as a nation to a time where girls and boys are made to be separate but equal. Single gender and what we expect of the two differences are everywhere, whether you realize it or not. If you have children of both sexes, single-gender lives in your house. You know what I mean here. If you are married, single-gender still lives in your house, and you know what I mean here as well. Our standards for teaching doesn't change. The expectation for ALL students to learn doesn't change. The paths that we decide to take our single-gender classes down is different, but our destination is the very same.....mine's just a lot noisier.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
On the other side of the coin, I am so blessed to have been the anticipated subject of arrival at my own birthday outing tonight. What a treat to walk in and know that so many different people love and care about me. So.....I will let you know how it feels to be 29-A for another year.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
1. My family: we are healthy (except for patches of mental illness, LOL!) and love one another.
2. It is supposed to rain today, which may pull us off the roller coasters at Carowinds. I really won't mind that since the high is 99 and MUGGY!
3. My best friend is Xan's VBS teacher this week and is even bringing her home afterwards. Xan is super-pumped to be going back to "Outrigger Island" b/c she still knows (AND OFTEN SINGS!) all the songs.....A-awiki, B-awiki, C-awiki....
4. Laundry is done and all I need to do is pack for St. Petersburg. The team pulls out of town on Thursday. We are all gathering at the local Chic-fila where the restaurant has so nicely offered to feed them breakfast and give them each a voucher for a #1 combo for roadside lunch. How awesome is that!!!
5. I love my community!!! The boys were able to raise about 8,000 for the trip in a little over 2 weeks. They (and the parents) worked really hard for corporate sponsors and other donors. Let's face it, very few people have an extra couple grand hidden under the couch cushions to make a unforseen trip to Florida at the end of the summer!!
6. We had a very good turn out for our Saturday yardsale, let's just say our gas is paid up for our trip down and home.
7. I can't wait for supper tonight. I know that sound funny, but my husband made a beer in the butt chicken on the grill late last night and it smelled to high heaven as it rested on the counter to cool. AND NO, you don't drink the beer. You pop the can and fill it with rosemary and herbs, shove it in the back of the chicken to stand upright on a pan. Cook on the grill using indirect heat for exactly 2 hours. Carefully pull the "herby" beercan out of the HOT chicken and let rest on plate until cooled. Don't slice yet....too many juices will run out, mmmm!! I plan on plucking, I mean picking off the meat this evening to go on top of a yummy spinach salad before Xan has karate!!! Try it!!
8. Family and friends (many who are bloggers that I don't even know) are praying for the upcoming trip to the Little League World Series in Florida. Please pray specifically for the travel there and back and for no injuries while we stay and play.
9. Gas prices are down to 3.53 a gallon in Rock Thrill, yahoo!!! (I can't even begin to think how incredulous a sentence that is.....I'm actually glad its below 4 bucks...INSANE!!!)
10. My supper club...we had a great dinner together last Friday night. We are always abl to pick up right where we left off, thanks guys!!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- blue eyes like the Caribbean Ocean
- giggles at a moment's notice
- can crack his own crab legs and oysters so I don't have to
- slept the whole night from 7 weeks on...
- will ask me to read to them at night
- loves to be outside ALL DAY LONG!
- Xan's sticker fetish
- Blake's sense of humor
- ability to use their manners 24-7!!
- never having to count to 3
- will share their icecream with me
- will smile for a camera
- love Jesus!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The above link is for Big Lots' Give Back Program that runs through the end of the summer. There are many schools nationwide attempting to win a $10,000 prize, but only ONE Rock Hill School District Three school (Dutchman Creek) is in the running. When my 5th graders leave India Hook they all attend DC the following year. Like the video states, just because a district opts to build a new school, it doesn't mean you have the things you need to go into it (albeit programs or materials). So please, take a moment to watch the quick video and vote. You can vote all 3 times you are allotted a day at the same time of viewing. It would be great for you to add this to your favorites so you can do this daily. It only takes less than a minute. So remember...just click HERE to watch and cast your DAILY 3 votes!! Please and Thank You!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
2. A new grill to cook those oh-so-yummy ribs on for our peaceful dinner.
3. RAIN!!! We opened up the french door to our huge new deck that we have our new grill on to listen to God's sweet music as it POURED down during our peaceful dinner.
4. A sweet husband that looked at me like he didn't know what to talk about during our quietly peaceful dinner.
5. A new quiet dishwasher to load with our dinner dishes after our peaceful dinner.
Okay, Okay....I see the pattern.....
6. HOBBY LOBBY!!! I found a gorgeous chocolate brown nightstand today to go with our new king-size bed. It was already marked 50% off at 65.00, but when she rang it up it was 90% off of that.....I got it for 6 dollars and change, sweet serendipity!!
7. My wireless router was flawlessly re-connected (via me) this afternoon after being without my laptop for 2 weeks. I missed you friend!!
8. Sweet, sweet friends that will keep the little human being that keeps you from peaceful dinners (#'s 1-5 above) while you move into a new house!!
9. My son's team will be playing for the state all-stars championship this weekend...winner goes onto St. Petersburg for the first series of the Little League World Series. ESPN, here we come!! da-na-na, da-na-na (That the Sports Center theme song intro people!)
10. Tons of family and friends that will all be there this weekend for hopefully a great Fort Mill All-Stars Victory!!!! Go Blue & Black!!!!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We aim to make it ours (with lots of color changes in several rooms, sorry honey) and keep it for a few years, then sell it again to make a profit (fingers crossed that the economy changes), then purchase a smaller home with a very easy house payment once Blake leaves the nest (5 years and counting....) So, if anyone wants to be handy with a paintbrush in the next few weeks, call me!! LOL!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Xan is anxiously awaiting her 8th birthday for her pink 22 we found this weekend. In this family, one's 8th birthday requires the purchase of a Duck Hunter's Special. I can already see this little greenwing in the blind with her daddy now. She was too cute telling her dad, "But I'm 4 now...that's really old." I think she thought we were taking it out of the store like her brother's new Beretta 12-gauge.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
1. I am thankful he didn't take the job in Fort Mill!!
2. Looping up to 5th with me, YEAH!!!!
3. That silly laugh that gets me in stitches everyday!
4. That saw-mill gravy he makes for faculty breakfasts.
5. The gazillion stories of working the most RANDOM jobs any person could ever have in their short 24 year-old lifespan. I mean really, the Lizardman for the SC Lottery commercials in college....way to go!
6. The way kids adore him and how he steps WAY out of the box to teach the once thought unteachables!!! YOU ROCK!
7. Making Xan laugh when she had to stay afterschool some days. She loves Mr. Emmory.
8. Being a friend to Erin Gruwell (Freedom Writers) so you can hook me up with a conversation oneday?!?
9. That our Clemson-Carolina Rivalry reaches new heights in the South!
10. And finallly......thankful that your Barcelona self will be back in the states anyday now!!
See you soon "Del"!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
- Disney Channel, thank you so much Walt!!! Xan can be mesmerized for more than a few minutes when Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, or Wizards of Waverly Place is on....that means a few minutes of peace from all of her questions of randomness, whew!
- A snappy hairdresser that is going to cut this soon-to-be mullet on Thursday, PTL!
- Camp Invention is my life this week and I love it!! It is a really cool science camp geered towards all of the future "Bill Gates" of the world (ages 5-12 only). I love the thought of this camp because (keep reading, I mean no disrespect at all) all of the kids that would typically be picked on at summer camp SHINE with creativity and their quirkiness is rewarded and praised, not scoffed at. Maybe you have Camp Invention in your area.
- Freshly polished toenails....they're so shiny!!
- Money to pay the powerbill....it's triple digit heat with 100% humidity in the south. We are so blessed to have a home that is cool to walk into each afternoon.
- Ultra-pasteurized chocolate milk. The date on the carton is in JULY, hooray!!
- A daughter that LOVES the water. We've been 3 times to the pool this week and everytime we go she is a little more eager to jump in. She loves it and I love to see her "swim" in the pool. I remember having a pool when I was her age and how my parents probably laughed at us all the time too.
- My new Charleston Magazine came in the mail yesterday and I read it tonight cover to cover. Even though I don't live there anymore I enjoy looking and reading about all of the familiar sites and people I was once around. It's a great publication, no matter how far away you may be.
- Did you know that fingernail polish remover with take off any permanent marker writings on laminated surfaces? I shared this trick with another teacher friend of mine today who flipped her lid to learn such a new tidbit of knowledge.
- My kids!! Thank you Lord for giving me such a healthy son and daughter who make me smile each day (AND grin and bear it on occasion, lol!)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
1. Sweet Baby James
3. Carolina on my Mind
4. You've Got a Friend
5. Shower the People
6. Handy Man
7. Your Smiling Face
8. Honey Don't Leave L.A
9. Captain Jim's Drunken Dream (with Art Garfunkel)
10. Walking Man
11. Hello Old Friend
12. Fire & Rain
13. October Road
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
- 7 more days!!
- An incredibly LONG weekend at the beach with my daughter and mother!!!
- Tan lines!!! They make a day at the beach all worthwhile!!
- My PE teacher took my kids this morning since they hadn't been with her for 3 weeks during HER planning period so they'd be happy=)
- A clean house!! RTH cleaned the house this weekend, spic-n-span!! Turns out we had a couple come and look at it as a prospective purchase....YEAH!!!
- My Palm Treo returned home safe, sound, and in working order after a month of being away. Actually, they sent me a brand new one since they couldn't fix the old one. THANK YOU PALM!!!
- Lemon juice....it brought back my little one's curly blonde streaks this weekend. I missed those all winter long.
- Early lunchtime today since the 4th graders are in Charleston today. I love eating before 1pm.
- Knowing that I will be back at the beach this Friday night for my son's ball Cal Ripken ball tournament (photos to be posted next week)
- 7 more days!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
- 11 more school days :0)
- No more state testing!! 5th grade finished today :0)
- A new plan for Children's Church that doesn't involve me considering celibacy after keeping the 2-year olds' nursery
- A cohort in crime that will also depart from the old nursery lifestyle and hit the multi-media highway with me in the fall ;0)
- Did I say 11 more days?? :0)
- The ability to make a smiley face with just a few strokes of the keyboard :0)
- Blake's baseball team clinched a playoff spot as the #1 seed for the championship rec ball tournament, and his travel USSSA baseball team is now 2nd in the state :0)
- It's raining....I love an evening thunderstorm that renews God's creations on this awesome earth.
- A daughter that thinks free popcorn at the gas station is the best thing EVER :0)
- Did I mention, 11 more days?? ;0)
Friday, May 16, 2008
First of all, let me remind you how much I HATE watching crime-dramas with my police detective husband. I enjoy escaping my dull civilian life via CSI/ SVU/ The First 48, however, Robbie Hill takes on every episode as personal vendeta to outwit....AUGH!!! Can't we just watch the freakin' show?? REMEMBER, DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE EPISODE!! But you can watch the WHOLE episode in 44 minutes if you click HERE!!
I can't believe they killed Warrick off??? I was a hot mess while the credits were rolling...unbelievable!! To which my husband proceeds to tell me that he knew it had to be coming due to his pending drug trafficking charges he's accrued in real life and he was too much of a liability to keep on the show. WHAT?? I didn't know this, where have I been?? Must have been on Ellen if he knew about it and I didn't!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
YOU might be a school employee if you believe the playground should be equipped with a Ritalin saltlick and a Valium Pez dispenser in the nurses' office.
YOU might be a school employee if you want to slap the next person who says, "Must be nice to work 8 to 3:30 and have summers off.
YOU might be a school employee if it is difficult to name your own child because there's no name you can come up with that doesn't bring high blood pressure as it is uttered.
YOU might be a school employee if you can tell it's a full moon or if it going to rain, snow, hail....anything!!! Without ever looking outside.
YOU might be a school employee if you believe, "shallow gene pool" should have its own box on a report card.
YOU might be a school employee if you believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
YOU might be a school employee if when out in public, you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.
YOU might be a school employee if you have no social life between August and June.
YOU might be a school employee if you think people should have a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.
YOU might be a school employee if you wonder how some parents MANAGED to reproduce.
YOU might be a school employee if you laugh uncontrollably when people refer to the staff room as the "lounge."
YOU might be a school employee if you encourage an obnoxious parent to check into charter schools or home schooling and are willing to donate the UHAUL boxes should they decided to move out of district.
YOU might be a school employee if you think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
YOU might be a school employee if you can't imagine how ACLU could think that covering your
students chair with Velcro and then requiring uniforms made out of the corresponding Velcro could ever be misunderstood by the public.
YOU might be a school employee if meeting a child's parent instantly answers this question, "Why is this kid like this?"
YOU might be a school employee if you would choose a mammogram over a parent conference.
YOU might be a school employee if you think someone should invent antibacterial pencils and crayons...and desks and chairs for that matter!
YOU might be a school employee if the words "I have college debt for this?" has ever come out of your mouth.
YOU might be a school employee if you know how many days, minutes, and seconds are left in the school year!
Severe Weather Testing Protocols
1. Should a severe weather situation occur during testing, please remain calm. To display any kind of anxiety would be a testing irregularity and must be reported.
2. Please do not look out the window to watch for approaching tornadoes. You must monitor the students at all times. To do otherwise would be a testing irregularity and must be reported.
3. Should students notice an approaching tornado and begin to cry, please make every effort to protect their testing materials from the flow of tears and sinus drainage.
4. Should a flying object come through your window during testing, please make every effort to ensure that it does not land on a testing booklet or an answer sheet. Please make sure to soften the landing of the flying object so that iIt will not disturb the students while testing.
5. Should shards of glass from a broken window come flying into the room, have the students use their bodies to shield their testing materials so that they will not be damaged. Have plenty of gauze on hand to ensure that no one accidentally bleeds on the answer documents. Damaged answer sheets will not scan properly.
6. Should gale force winds ensue, please have Everyone stuff their test booklets and answer sheets into their shirts…being very careful not to bend them because bent answer documents will not scan properly.
7. If any student gets sucked into the vortex of the funnel cloud, please make sure they mark at
least one answer before departing…and of coourse make sure they leave their answer sheets and test booklets behind. You will have to account for those.
8. Should a funnel cloud pick you, the test Administrator, up and take you flying over the rainbow, you will still be required to account for all of your testing materials when you land. So please take extra precautions. Remember, once you have checked them out, they should never leave your hands.
9. When rescue workers arrive to dig you out of the rubble, please make sure that they do not, at any time, look at or handle the testing materials. Once you have been treated for your injuries, you will still be responsible for checking your materials back in. Search dogs will not be allowed to sift through the rubble for lost tests…unless of course they have been through standardized test training.
10. Please do not pray should a severe weather situation arise. Your priority is to actively monitor the test and a student might mark in the wrong section if you are praying instead of monitoring. I'm sure God will put war, world hunger, crime, and the presidential primaries on
hold until after testing is over. He knows how important this test is.
- I am thankful for the 1st day of state testing to have gone so smoothly. We are now on Day 2 of the Language Arts test and my students are hanging in there.
- I synced my Walkman up to my laptop this morning and have some new tunes for the baseball game tonight....if we play, read #3.
- My son decided to separate his shoulder last night after a fall on his bike. I HOPE TO BE THANKFUL FOR A DOCTOR THAT CAN POP IT BACK IN WITH A GOOD REPORT IN A FEW MINUTES. ( I will post about that when I hear word)
- A principal that is rolling a Starbucks snack cart around during testing, she is awesome!
- A mom that went and piked up Xan from daycare last night so I could meet friends for dinner and Rob could go fishing...thanks Mother!
- My new Rainbows!! I got them for Mother's Day....they were much needed. The others were several years old and without a real sole.
- Students that love to stay afterschool and sharpen a GAZILLION #2 pencils for this stupid state test. They get the blisters, not me=)
- Our classroom thermostat is working this week!!! It had been a serious, yet silly prayer request of mine that my class thermostat wouldn't be wacky this week and freeze them to death. It has been very comfortable in here and even the students had noticed. They wanted to know if I had put in a work order with the district crew and I told them that I had went far above that. They figured I meant the superintendent, but I told them that God answers even the smallest of prayers. They thought that was pretty cool. Now, I'll probably be sued since I'm in public education.
- Hillary won WV last night....not that it's going to pull her into victory. Even new math can't do that right now.
- Today is Lisa's birthday....and I am so glad that she is my friend. This is my stepson's mom. We do everything together, heck, even shared a husband between us (lol!) But seriously, OUR son is all the better a kid because of OUR choice to be ONE BIG FAMILY. Happy Birthday Bug!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
- It's Friday Eve!!
- Ball schedule was posted today with only 3 games on Saturday.
- CSI & ER are new episodes tonight!
- My husband did all the laundry tonight.
- Thursday Night Women's Group sorted all the yardsale stuff in 2 hours.
- No one in my class needed a lunch from the cafe for tomorrow's field trip.
- Did I say field trip #2 tomorrow....yeaha!
- The Light Rail!! Our class is riding it to the museum in the morning. I love technology in transportation.
- A breezy night...it feels like the coast outside tonight.
- Clean siding....no more pollen on the house and front porch.
- A daughter that runs to me every night when I come home from school.
- Teachers that love my kids...Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week Ladies!
- Tomorrow we are going to the RH Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast....mmm!! I love enjoying an evening outside with good food and great company for a worthwhile cause. It's all for the ducks!!! We'll see if we come home with another Jim Killian again.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
- This weather!!!! It has been gorgeous here in the South with the temp in the upper 70's and low-80's. Flip-flop weather to die for=)
- Field Trip today, yippee!! The kids are so pumped to travel back in time to 1932 to a Rosenwald School here in town. If you don't know about Rosenwald Schools, google it!!
- VBS planning time is here and this week I really found myself pumped up for it. I love VBS in our church, even if it isn't until the end of June. I work the computer with all of the Powerpoint Slides from the sound booth and I can't tell you what a blessing from above (literally) it is to see over 500 kids throughout the week jump and shout for Jesus=) They are always too cute when they think no one is watching.
- My mother.....as Mother's Day approaches I am reminded of the sacrifices she made for me and that same selflessness is what I aim to have for my own bout of motherhood.
- FREE LUNCH ALL THIS WEEK!! It is Teacher Appreciation Week and our awesome P.T.A has provided the faculty with lunch each day. No Lean Cuisine frozen chosen for me.
- My family. I know I say that all the time, but I have a husband that loves me (flaws and all) and two children that are simply fabulous (most of the time) Blake is the best big brother ever!! I swear he's going tobe the only 26 year old at Xan's senior prom.
- My Palm is in the shop and should be returning soon, my thumbs miss it terribly.
- Friends that will go see Made of Honor at 10pm on a Saturday night and a husband that says to have a great time. It was so predictably cute!!
- My 32 m.p.g Mitsubishi Outlander!!!! This whole gas thing is getting outrageously ridiculous. When does the gauging stop?
- 21 more days, AMEN!!!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
"No Homework again???"
Student, "My dad had his grass all over the kitchen table so I couldn't do it."
I can't believe I had forgotten about that one, good grief!! Life is so much better on the other side of the Catawba River these days.