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Still pacing the standardized test

Thursday, March 18, 2010      4 comments

We had four tests today, all in math - First, the three adults in the room hand out the test papers, test booklets, pencils, and today calculators for two of the tests. Then, I stand in the front of the room and read the directions while the ot... Read more

I get to take some art kids to WA DC!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010      8 comments

I'm the director of an after-school and summer art program for artistically talented teenagers - we have kids ranging from 8th to 12th grade, and from most of the public and private schools on island. We have classes 3 days a week after school,... Read more

And the testing goes on

Tuesday, March 16, 2010      2 comments

Day 2 of the standardized testing at school. Day 2 of me as administrator in another teacher's classroom. She's Filipino, and the kids have a little trouble with her accent - that's they I'm the admin, and she's the proctor. We're doing fine ... Read more

I'm told I was featured at our school's queen show

Monday, March 15, 2010      3 comments

My good friend at school, who has worked next door to me for over 20 years, came by my class this morning and told me I was featured at the queen show on Saturday. For those who don't know, a queen show is basically a beauty pageant where girls... Read more

Cleo and Ruby

Sunday, March 14, 2010      5 comments

Cleo is our cat - about 14 yrs old, Russian Blue, loving to people she likes and snarly to people she doesn't like (such as the vet). She's quite a character. Ruby is DH's Jeep Wrangler - smaller than his former Jeep Jack, who was a CJ-7, ... Read more

I hate munchie days

Saturday, March 13, 2010      6 comments

There are days when I just want to munch on junk food. Never mind that I've had about 2/3 of my cals for the day. Never mind that I actually had a cookie for a snack. (DH and I are in the midst of a cookie craze, which we both know isn't goo... Read more

Standardized test pep rally

Friday, March 12, 2010      5 comments

We're trying to make a big BIG deal out of the standardized test next week. So our last class of the day was a big pep rally - in the auditorium, with songs, jingles, slogans, cheers. We all wore matching T shirts given out yesterday (BCB take... Read more

Saving the salamander

Thursday, March 11, 2010      4 comments

Yes, there was a little tiny salamander on the water bucket in my sink at school. (My two sinks have been stopped up since last year, and of course no one has fixed them yet. So I have buckets to collect the water, and we dump them outside whe... Read more

Mmmmmm, wine!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010      4 comments

The health article I read yesterday said that women who are light to moderate drinkers are better able to sustain their weight than those who don't drink any alcohol. I usually don't drink much - I had liver parasites in Africa (we did kill... Read more

My students think I'm Ms. Science

Tuesday, March 09, 2010      5 comments

We're on our 4th day of cold grey foggy rainy windy weather. This is unusual for us in March, this is normal for hurricane season. So my students asked me why this weather is here, and why is it staying instead of moving through the way it... Read more

Vim! Vigor! Vitality! Vitamins!

Monday, March 08, 2010      7 comments

I'm creating a bulletin board for the front of the school - we have our standardized testing next week, and it seemed appropriate. The test is the VITALS - Virgin Islands Test of Academic Learning - or something like that. So I'm cente... Read more

We're almost finished with the mosaic squares!!!!

Sunday, March 07, 2010      3 comments

For people who haven't read my blogs before, I'm an art teacher. My classes have been working on a mosaic mural - a 243 sq foot mural. Yup, 9 feet high and 27 feet long. Instead of working directly on the wall, we enlarged our design on paper... Read more

Just one bite of a donut is enough

Saturday, March 06, 2010      5 comments

Sometimes we need to eat something we don't like, to remind ourselves we don't like it. DH loves donuts - sometimes I think I'm married to Homer Simpson, he does the same "uuuuuuhhhhhhhhh, DOOOOOOOOOOOOOnuts" and practically drools all over... Read more

Pretending I'm a college student again

Friday, March 05, 2010      7 comments

I've been working on the paperwork for the summer class I'll be attending. I had to sign a Code of Conduct, a Hold Harmless Agreement, get a doctor to sign paperwork saying I'm mentally healthy and can handle living overseas for a month (duh, I... Read more

Award Day at school

Thursday, March 04, 2010      5 comments

As part of the Positive Behavior program, we make a big deal about students who do the right thing. So we have quarterly award programs to recognize honor roll students, perfect attendance, most improved grades, spelling bee and math counts stu... Read more


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