Friday, May 25, 2012
He was my student last year and the previous year - he's now in high school. He was going in early to print a report for a class, I drove by and gave him a ride.
He's the kid with a ready smile, a polite "Good morning, Ms. Schwartz" as he got in the car. He's the student who goes in early to print a report instead of leaving it for the last minute. He's the person who won my race last year (Il Palio) and this year made it on the football team - but he's a wiry guy, maybe 5'8" and possibly 150 lbs - so he's playing defense, since he said "It's kind of hard being tackled by 320 lb guys, so I'm working out."
He cracks me up. Bright, talented, motivated, and all around nice kid. Last year, I swear half the school was in love with him. Half the boys wanted to BE him. When other students call him a nerd because he gets good grades, he says thank you.
He's the student who, when the advanced class last year asked what I was going to do once I retired after this year, said "Wow, COOL!" when I explained that we were selling our belongings, buying a camper van, and going off travelling around the world - beginning in New Zealand. Other kids were appalled - how could I not stay in one place? Buy a house? Just sit still because I must be OLD to retire - how could I go off travelling? That one "Wow, COOL" told me a lot about HK.
And to top things off, when I had an armful of posters to put up in the cafeteria for a special event, and he saw me struggling to shut my door, he didn't say a word, just walked over and took everything out of my arms, and carried it down to the cafeteria, chatting as if he hadn't done such a wonderfully helpful thing so nonchalantly. As if manners and thoughtfulness have been ingrained in him since we was a baby. (I love parents who raise their kids like this.)
"Okay, thank you for the ride, Ms. Schwartz. It was good seeing you again." Yes, Heartthrob, it was good seeing you again too.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
My last class of the day (my behavior challenged class) is in charge of putting up our "Under the Sea" mural (pictures next week, when we're finished - I promise).
So I demonstrated, we had guided practice, then independent practice (as in, I showed them what to do, helped them do it, then let them work with minimal supervision).
We finished almost half today - 5 panels up, and most of that area with the borders on. Looks great!
After the class was excused and the items cleaned up, I went outside to see how things looked - and one of my students from the first half of the year wandered by, late to leave. (This girl is about 15 yrs old and repeating 8th grade - sweet, nice, but not academic - nor artistic. But a nice kid.) She looked and said, "Oh Ms. Schwartz, that looks so nice, who did this?" So I told her that it was the sea creatures everyone had made, and I did the background areas.
She looked a little more closely, and screamed, "Oh LOOK!!!! That's MY FISH!!!!!" (Pointing to a big pink fish) "OH, I feel so SPECIAL!!!!!!!!"
And she went skipping off to the bus.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
If Kristen Wiig can get teary about leaving Saturday Night Live after something like 5 or 6 years, then I can get teary about leaving my school after 25 years!
(And it was a very sweet skit on SNL on Saturday!)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I arrived at school yesterday and realized I had forgotten my lunch bag, which has my school keys hooked onto it. I went to the office to sign in (and use the stupid fingerprint time-stamp machine to sign in) - then went to tell Mr. Principal that I left my keys at home and since I didn't have a first block class, I'd drive home and get the keys.
He was in a meeting with the two assistant principals, but he tells me to talk to him - I explain, he says fine, then he adds that I did a great job presenting on Friday. I looked at him and said, "OMG, Mr. F, it was horrible, I have no idea where all that emotion came from, and now the librarian has it on youtube! It is SO embarrassing!!!!" He laughed and told the two asst principals that I was crying and sobbing and couldn't talk - I said no no no, I just got all choked up - he said no, I was crying and carrying on - I said I was close but no tears fell but I could have DIED of embarrassment - we all started laughing because they all know me and know that this isn't my usual.
All I can do is hope they don't have some kind of retirement event where I have to speak, apparently I will just fall apart!!!!!!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Our school district had a professional learning community gathering yesterday - representatives from every school, as well as the district superintendent, deputy sup't, etc. met to discuss and work on the revisions of our school improvement plans, and to celebrate the successes and gains we've seen this school year.
Our school made a wonderful banner (using this fabulous machine in our career & tech dept) - photos of the students and various activities are the border, center area is tables showing gains in reading and math using a diagnostic test, tables of our positive school culture and climate, and a copy of the accreditation certificate (good to 2019) - all in all, a good year and a great banner (and very professional looking).
So our group decided that since I'm the team leader, I should speak about the banner as a whole, and the culture and climate - someone else spoke about the student achievement, and the principal spoke about accreditation.
I was first. Well, actually, our school went after the high school - where one of the presenters was one of my former students, now a teacher at that school. And they showed a video of their school, and some of the speakers in the video were my former students.
So I tried to tie things together by saying how rewarding it is, after 25 years at our school, to see our former students not only in the video, but also being teachers and the presenters of that school.
But for some reason, I got all emotional and choked up!!!!! OMG, I have no idea where this came from, because I'm truly happy to be retiring and going off travelling! And yes, I love my job, but I don't get all emotional about leaving it!!!!! OMG, there I was talking and my voice got all trembly and I looked ready to cry and I could have just died of embarrassment!!!!! AND the librarian videoed the whole thing, and it's on youtube!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Of course, I said something about how I was getting all emotional because I'm retiring soon, so then the audience all went "awwwwww" and it was okay - and then I could continue. But OMG, my face matched my bright coral dress!
THEN, on the local news, they had footage of the event, and as they're panning the large group gathering there's ME in the background, walking back to our table after having chatted with someone, and you can see me trip over the electric cord or something!!!!! It's hysterical! I bet it shows up on some video show, this klutzy woman in the background!
Plus my good friend, my maid of honor, kept looking at me later and shaking her head and laughing - she said she'll be my agent if I ever get to Hollywood, LOL - I guess I was more dramatic than I thought!
Oh well, at least the superintendent knows I care about my job!
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