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How'd she do that? Criminal Mind...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

As many of you are aware of, teaching at the middle school level can be quite perplexing.
I must say that on my campus, I could write a book or- if it were legal- create a reality show about the DAILY adventures that take place.

Here's what happened yesterday...

Several colleagues and I were in the hallway after an informative team meeting. While having our discussion at dismissal, a student dropped a Bath & Body Works spray bottle. The contents spilled (which appeared to be water) so as the child's parents noticed the "harmless" accident, the child's father walked through the spill (as though it didn't exist). The child's mother proceeded to try to wipe it up, but my colleagues who noticed grabbed paper towels to assist using their feet atop the towels to wipe it up.

Suddenly, a familiar smell violates the premise of the paper towels and the contents of the liquid causing the brown color to lighten.
This "water" turns out to be bleach.

So of course the child has left out of the building with her parents before the colleagues (administrator included) could notice the switch.
Evidence had been collected, pictures taken, and the cameras in our building shows the footage (includes the "deer-in-headlights" look) of the child's reaction as soon as the contents from the bottle wasted.

Long story short...
The child had poured bleach in the spray bottle. She'd been known to spray random students earlier that day. She even sprayed some in a few students' faces.
So you ask, "Why?"

Respond with your thoughts...

BTW~ She's been placed at an alternative school.

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SONYALATRECE 4/29/2012 6:20PM

    The other aspects of this young lady who committed the unlawful act:
1) She is highly intelligent.
2) She is NOT one of my students.
3) She has been socially defiant for years.
4) She is a bully who picks on and talks negative about and to other kids all the time.
5) She had to remain on campus until state mandated testing ended - one week after offense.

With MUCH intensive intervention, she CAN be saved. With budget cuts, I am not sure she'll get the needed interventions. Time will certainly tell...I'll keep you all posted.


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ELIZACG9 4/28/2012 10:44AM

    This is terrible...probably had decided to be mean to the other students, because
maybe, maybe they were bullies to her or him......hmmmm.

This is something only the child knows why and should be questioned.

Middle school is such a difficult time for children and especially 'teachers'.

emoticon Talk to that child, and get to the bottom of it!! emoticon(my idea)

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SPARKLE1908 4/20/2012 11:51AM

    These days, there really isn't a "why"...there is no explanation for why people do what they do...just no human compassion these days...especially in our youth...very disturbing....

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KAYATLANTA2010 4/20/2012 3:26AM

    Disturbing... emoticon

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    OMG. I hope the alternative placement helps. I hope the other kids who got sprayed are ok.

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JAZZEJR 4/20/2012 12:24AM

    "Why" will never be known--she thought it would be a cool way to get attention??? SlimLila wonders if the alternative school will help the child. Every case is different, but I've seen some kids really turned around by being put in a "take no prisoners environment" away from their friends at the high school level. I think it's good that action was taken for this kid in middle school. Maybe she'll have success in high school.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/19/2012 10:44PM

    She should be charged with assault and not let off the hook. That happens too much and then they will turn on the parents when they don't like what is happening in the home and then it is too late. Need for the parents to get back to being parents and not friends. Too many parents need to step up and be parents and not let the kids get away with doing wrong. They think that if they talk to them then they will listen but that does not work all the time.

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SLIMLILA 4/19/2012 10:12PM

    OMG, you just don't down what to expect anymore. I was talking to someone in Michigan yesterday and she was telling me about a 14 y.o. whose parents had been trying to keep him from joining a gang and kicked him out of the house when he refused. He came back with a friend and a baseball bat and beat his father to death and severely beat his mother and brother.. that's the kind of life we are living in...

I salute you for teaching middle grades. Yes, I found it hard to teach Gr. 1,2,3 but the thought of the older kids scares me. I always said after raising my teens, that I wouldn't wish them on anyone but my enemies, see why I don't even consider teaching those grades....

Do you think the alternative school will have the necessary effect on that particular child?

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When the Smoke Clears...

Monday, April 09, 2012

The confetti trickles in tantalizing flakes of rainbow snow. Covering a vast layout of noisy partying teenagers and ear-shattering music (am I telling my age?), suddenly the record scratches.

Reality sets in...

I'm no longer in the late 80's listening to the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, DePesh Mode, or Duran Duran on "Night Tracks", MTV, or at the high school dance.

I am about 50 pounds heavier.
Mother of 3.
Passed my 30s and still lookin' good for my age.

Don't get it twisted!
I may be thick in the waist, but I'm cute in the face!

My moments of reminiscing have afforded me the ability to serve as a big sister to many who are willing to listen to some well-thoughtout advice.

At 40, I have experienced
the death of a parent,
knocked on death's door twice
and survived being in a dysfunctional family...

I think that qualifies me to help others (especially when I speak from experience).
Being unbiased and non-judgemental affords me the right to help friends in need.

Do I give my opinion when not asked?
Absolutely not!

If you ask me, I will answer you openly and honestly.
This tends to pose a problem sometimes.

Even when I am honest (with caution), it may come across as being to forward.
When I hold back, it comes across as being passive.

Can't win for losing I suppose...
So, this is why it's easier dealing with my sparkfriends.

When the smoke clears...after emoticon the race is over, we have all weighed in on downfalls, but we pick each other up because we all have nothing to lose but weight while gaining confidence and better health.

(I wanted to add wealth, too --- Chris, where is the money icon?)

Enough of my mental ramblings...
When the smoke clears, and the dust settles, we all come out emoticonchampions!

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BOMBCHELL23 4/16/2012 7:42PM

    Loving this philosophy and very uplifting overall. Wow how awesome of you to share your inner thoughts with your stranger friends on Spark. I appreciate all you do to contribute to this awesome website. Thank you for being a friend in more ways than one.

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JAZZMINE 4/15/2012 10:14AM

    Nice philosophy. Thanks for sharing!


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KAYATLANTA2010 4/10/2012 5:10AM

    I enjoyed this blog! Thank you!

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ELIZACG9 4/9/2012 11:23AM

    Nice! I haves enjoyed reading this, and, spark has helped me. I don't know how it is working but it does sort of like a mystery huh! You go girl. emoticon

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April Goals ~ "Making It Happen"

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Simple (in words):
1) Drink 6-8 glasses of water and record daily emoticon

2) Stay within my calorie range being mindful of fat, protein, & carbs - daily
3) Measure food. Don't guesstimate! emoticon - daily

4) Pray daily (especially when I sense the enemy plotting against me). Don't make carnal decisions. emoticon

5) Spend out of necessity, not desire! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 4/16/2012 7:20PM

    Love this simple goals makes accomplishing them all the more realistic. Thank you for stopping by to encourage me b/c honestly I feel like I am so slacking on my exercise times but trying to cut myself some slack.

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SWEETLIPS 4/4/2012 1:54PM

    Thank you much for the visit and your goals sound doable, measurable and that is what will get you where you want to be as Healthy.

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SPARKLE1908 4/2/2012 3:28PM

    Sounds like some pretty wonderful goals to me! Good luck on them all!

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Reality Check & Pay Check

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The real deal can't be beat.
It's the truth.
I have come to the realization that even though 10 of my colleagues were cut (non-renewal of teaching contract), I have to pray for them. When a door closes, a window (of opportunity) opens!
I hope this is God's way of rewarding each of them with something better.
Sometimes we have to be removed from our comfort zone to grow and follow His plan.
This is my belief and prayer for these wonderful teachers.

Pray for our campus, leadership, morale, & opportunities.

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TXMAMA63 3/25/2012 10:24PM

    My husband was transferred back to TX last year. Of course we were able to get back right as the state cut educational funding. I was unable to find any position with about 50 applications put in. I ended up teaching Adult Ed with one of the districts this year. Its not my own classroom and its part time but it is better than nothing. I am praying for a full time opening for next year.

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BOMBCHELL23 3/25/2012 8:32PM

    I have to agree with you as I was cut last year in July with only a month to find a job. I sent out over 80 resumes and only got a couple of bites, but God answered my prayer and offered a job 2 days before school started. It was nerve racking to say the least but I am in a good school, just wish it was closer to home but still grateful for a job.

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Spring Break~ Educational Exploration

Friday, March 16, 2012

Road trip!
Took a couple of days to enjoy some family time in Dallas/ Irving area of Texas.
Early Tuesday morning we, hubby and 2 youngest kids, drove to Arkansas and visited Central High School in Little Rock after meeting MinniJean Brown's sister of the Masonic Templar on 9th & Broadway. Talk about living history!
So you ask, "Who is MinniJean Brown?"
She is one of the "Little Rock Nine" students escorted into the school when students of color were integrated with White students with resistance.
She's the one sitting in the front row, second to the left. The photo of her sister was taken with my camera. Sorry. That photo is unavailable along with the photos of Central High and a few other Little Rock photos. They REALLY look so much alike,too.

Continuing our trip, we travelled to Memphis, Tennessee. Photos on my iPad won't transfer into this blog, but we visited The National Civil Rights Museum. Powerful! I must admit, I cried several times for the ongoing struggles for justice. Later, to Graceland where we took pictures in front of the brink wall of Graceland. The cost wasn't to our liking for the four of us.
Hmmm! Can you say, "peanut butter and banana sandwich"? Yes this was Elvis Presley's favorite snack! Why do I know that?
Venturing to Beale Street before exiting the town of Memphis, we took photos of the down town area of Memphis where BB King's Cafe sits along with other prominent venues of interest. Again, the photos really would help here...nevertheless! (Those of you who know me well, know I keep trying...)

Today, we are back in Dallas(Irving)resting mostly. But I plan to hit the gym in a few minutes.
Tell me about some of your educational experiences and feel free to comment. This includes downloading photos from my iPad camera to the Sparkpeople blog.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 3/18/2012 10:22PM

    I love this blog. What away to get out of the box and travel.
Nice blog. Keep them coming.
Oh, have you tried using your USB cord and uploading them into your PC and then onto sparkblog. Give that a shot if you haven't.


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