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Your testing situation is very different than ours. The kids just take the tests as a whole class and my students come to me so I can read it and give them extra time. Good luck and enjoy your break!


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Finally Spring Break I do not know if I am happy or just ready for the break from the staff. Tempers and tensions are high. We have only 14 days before the beginning of the State mandated assessments. The teachers pay, employment and evaluations are linked to the assessment. If the students go down their pay, and evaluations goes down. The teachers are at their wits ends as to how to help the students learn.

One teacher has asked to use the library to instruct her students so I have been moved out. I packed my stuff and moved to a classroom. It is just crazy I move my computer and my asst will check out books from a cart and teach the lessons.

I am to start testing the students on how well they know English on Monday after Spring Break but I have not been taught how to use the program or how to test the students. Typical problem I have 10 days to test 200 students yet the program is not ready.

Relax I have 9 days to relax.

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This crazy weather is so unpredictable. Please stay warm and safe!

Off to see a play tonight, The Mousetrap. Hope it is good.

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It's a snowy morning and we have school! I only have 4 students absent, so it's not too bad. The roads weren't too bad, but they were slushy/icy underneath the snow, so people were driving carefully. It's still snowing, and I'll guess we'll get around 4-6 inches by the time it's finished. The weatherman reminded us all this morning that it is not uncommon for us to get another snow storm before Easter. Is there another storm out in the west headed our way??

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No school today due to the SNOW ( Happy Friday to all) ! I will keep myself busy first a workout then I will shovel the driveway and our cars out, then I will sit down and do an assessment its a yearly assessment of our goals we always need to be thinking about how we are doing as effective teachers and what the new goals we set for ourselves putting my thinking cap on Id like to get it done today.

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You are so lucky - I have 8 to do and it is likely to be challenging to say the least.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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Hope you are all safe that got hit with snow! I know some of the news reports are awful about the snowstorm that has hit along the East Coast.
I got one of my lowest functioning students tested today on his alternate assessment. I just thought I would start it with him and it would take me several days to complete it. He sat down and worked really hard all day long with me. So I am half way done. I only have three more to give. YEAH! I see the light at the end of the tunnel! :)
Well I hope you all have a faboulous Friday! Stay warm and safe everyone!

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The sun was out, the day was lovely, the snow was melting, the roads were clear, IT WAS A GREAT DAY. School will be in tomorrow because the roads are clear today, but it is going to be FRIDAY and that means it will be a fabulous day.

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The cold snowy weather is raising havoc all up and down the New England section from the sounds of it. If you get off from school, enjoy your day! If you wind up having to drive in this slushy mush PLEASE be extra careful!

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I am venturing out for a shopping trip with my son. Sun shining - probably will have school tomorrow but that is okay. Have a great day.

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Well, I'm sitting here in my classroom watching it flurry outside my window. We might get 1-3 inches, but that's it unless the storm changes track again. Long Island got quite a bit, but my Brother and his family in central VA lost power around 12 noon yesterday and got about 20 inches of snow!!

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No school again tomorrow - praying it will go through Friday too. I would rather make up the extra days later than go back while everyone is still sick - 5 days to recover might even get rid of the bugs in our room. Will be back tomorrow.

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Less than 15 miles from my place got over a foot of snow.... we got a couple inches. I am bummed! I am a true northerner at heart and was really dying for some good snow and cold! Instead I got slushy raining crap :( Boo!

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We have gotten more than a foot and while it is not snowing now, it is raining and will probably add a layer of ice to our lovely white wonderland of snow.

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Living in GA we don't get too many snow days and 1/4 inch shuts everything down. I grew up in Buffalo, NY so this just tickles me pink. Of course the drivers have no clue what to do so it may be a safety factor.

Hope everyone is staying warm and well!

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I'm in Northern NJ. The folks along the shore are being hammered this year. It's so sad. It hasn't started doing anything yet here, but we're supposed to get rain, changing over to snow after midnight tonight. My brother lives between Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. As of 6:45 this morning they already had 8 inches of snow on the ground and it was "pouring snow". Yikes! I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens!

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Yes we are in the path of the snow storm. But so far they are only predicting 1-3 inches of snow for our area. But it has been raining this evening so even if we get the snow, it could be an icy mess too.
Glad that they cancelled school already for you. 6 to 30 inches is a very wide span. I know I hate it when they call at 4 or 5 to say we are on a two hour delay, just to go back to sleep for an hour and then they call to cancel school. I hope the snow days air out your room a little bit and get rid of the bugs.
I know we had kicks the last two days dropping like flies at school I just hope that I have stayed clear of any of the germs. I can not afford to give the germs to my MH classroom of students or to the little girl who is so sick she can't come to school to take her alternate assessment. I have to go to her house to give it.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday if you have a snow day or you have to teach!

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School is already canceled in expectation of the snow - so far it hasn't started - predictions range from 6-30 inches - hard to get a good forecast because we live in a mountainous area and it could be BOTH depending on which part of the district you live in. I was delighted because even though it hasn't started yet, they canceled around 8 pm instead of making us wait until 4 am to find out there wouldn't be school. If it hits HARD, we may be out the rest of the week. If not, at least we have tomorrow. With an aide sick and 2 of the kids sick, I am hoping that a few snow days COULD get rid of the BUGs.

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The snow is coming! We are in the path of this storm. Fortunately, I am in the part of the county that can still miss 2 days before needing to make up days!

I caught the stomach thing that my kids have been sharing for the last couple of weeks. I have been sick since Sun :( Totally did not expect it. We may get a snow day tomorrow and then Thurs and Fri are our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences. I hate when I miss teaching this much! But I am finally feeling better!

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3/5/13 12:37 P

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We lucked out on this one and only got 2 inches. Good luck!


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Is anyone in the path of this monster snow storm?? We're supposed to get between 3-8 inches, but they haven't determined the exact track of the storm yet for us. I already have my plane reservations for Spring Break. If they take another day away from us, oh well. Stay SAFE everyone!!

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Kerry - wow, you really took advantage of the weekend! Good for you!!

NANCYPAT - sorry to hear your snow days make-up is interfering with spring break! Keep dreaming about those 3 day weekends; I don't think they will happen sadly.

BUSYGRANNY - the quarters seem to go by so fast lately! When do you finish up?

Karen - I think your principal is related to my former principal! emoticon



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I would be THRILLED to work a longer day and have 3 day weekends all the time - I would even be happy if we had them occasionally thrown into the middle of the semesters.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I wouldn't mind working a longer school day Monday through Thursday if it meant an early dismissal EVERY Friday...lol! In a perfect world. The weekends just seem to fly by. My principal has his knickers in a twist. he's been by the cafeteria first thing this morning, and now again at lunch time, making sure everyone is where they're supposed to be. If you're late, he writes you up. I understand that there are people who take advantage of it, but please be professional, and speak to the person the first time, and then if the behavior doesn't change, then write them up. He's such a...a...well, you know what I'm thinking.

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The weekend was great, fast but great! Now it's time to focus on the week before us... the third quarter ends Friday!!! WOW!!!

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That is all that is left of OUR spring break - they took the other days to make up the snow days we had. Hey even a 4 day weekend will please me.

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Sounds like everyone had a great Sunday! I know that I did. I waited till everyone left the house and then I did my Just Dance 3 game again for an hour. My dh took the stepsons' to Chinese buffet for lunch. I chose not to go and then got a Flatbread sub from Subway later. After a quick trip to the grocery store, came home put the groceries away and then took a nice peaceful two hour nap. Left my dh to entertain the stepsons and their friend who spent five hours at the house. Then I have been sparking this evening. So I think I am well rested and ready for the school week ahead. I need to start testing my six kids with the Alternate Assessment. So I hope to put a major dent in that this week.
Hope you all have a wonderful start to the work week! For some of you Spring Break is near!
We only get Good Friday and the Monday after Easter off. But I guess that is okay too since we will be done with school May 23rd.


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Went to an antique mall/consignment shopping and they found a deal on golf clubs. They leave in the morning; so hopefully I can catch up better tomorrow!

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Busy, busy, busy week-end, but GREAT!!

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Spent the day at my in laws which meant 4 hrs. in the car and very little movement. Finally home at 5:00 and still have a little bit of work to finish for tomorrow. I can't wait for spring break when I'll finally have some time to do what I want!


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Our sun went away as soon as I walked out the door and got into the car - snow flurries started and when I got home, it was 6 degrees colder than when I left for church. Had a lovely time at church - bigger than usual congregation, great brunch, and shorter than normal meeting afterward. The entire morning and early afternoon were particularly nice although still VERY chilly - not conducive to walking outside (at least not for ME). I walk but not outside in the COLD weather.

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Even with waking up with a cold, I still had a wonderful day. I went to the farmer's market. It's not as busy as it is from June-November, but the vendors who come have yummy things. i got some beautiful chicken to make soup with. It turned out amazing!! I put the recipe in SP recipes if you'd like to take a look at it. I call it Chicken Vegetable Stoup, because it's like a combo soup and stew. Today has been good so far. I'm decluttering and putting away clothes and sparking. It's very sunny, so I want to go and take a walk too! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Have a wonderful Sunday. I am heading to church and then we will have brunch and a meeting after that so a LONG day out. We are trying to hire a new minister and it is a very time-consuming task, we are also revising the church by-laws, and I am on both committees so normal vestry work PLUS the other two tasks is taking more time than usual - at least, we do most meeting around church and other activities at church so we can kill 2 birds with one stone.

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Glad to hear that everyone had a great Saturday! I know that I did, by doing things that I wanted to do for a change and not having to play beat the clock for everyone else. I was able to read a good portion of the book that i have been reading for the last two weeks. I did three loads of laundry and don't have to worry about getting it all done before going to bed on Sunday night now.
Only major plan for tomorrow is to go grocery shopping for the coming week and to put in a workout too!
Hope you all continue to have a wonderful weekend!


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Took our visitors (sil & her hubby) to a craft bazaar and then shopping at the mall. We had a good day!

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I got everything done except for school work which is next. I waited around for 2 hrs. for my step daughter, then finally went to the mall without her. She was there with her mom (thanks for the phone call--insert sarcasm). Then she went to coffee with her mom. I just told my son I'd come next weekend. We have to go to my in-laws tomorrow because my SIL flew home. Her mom has been in and out of the hospital for 4 1/2 mos. She was finally able to get here when she's home and doing better. In spite of all this the sun is shining and for that I'm grateful!


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Hi sounds like everyone is having a great Saturday!
Nancy sounds like you had a wonderful time at your woman's group breakfast this morning. Yah for passing on the bacon and eggs that came with the pancakes!
Karen I am sorry to hear that you woke up with a head cold this morning. I know what you mean about getting sick during the winter. I have a student who passes his colds and sinus infections to us all the time. Can't wait for Spring to get here either! Take care of yourself this weekend!
Kim I hope that you are able to get all your work done so you can see your son's new house. Love the sunshine too!
BusyGranny sounds like you are going to have a wonderful weekend visit at your son's helping your grandbaby turn 1. Have fun playing with all five of your grandbabies!
I have had a nice day so far! I took a nap for two hours, did an hour workout with my new Wii Game Just Dance 3, had a nice lunch with my stepdaughter. We haven't gotten to do that here for a long time. She has been so busy working at McDonald's. In fact, she was suppose to have las tnight off and they called her in. In fact, her next day off is not until next Friday. So she is one busy little teenager working and going to high school. I guess this keeps her out of trouble that way. :)
Well the stepsons and dh just came home. So I better go visit with them for a little bit.
Take care!


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I had a lovely women's group breakfast this morning. I drank lots of water but indulged in the most luscious pecan whole grain pancakes with bananas sliced on top. It was really good and high in fiber. I looked at the entire menu and then asked if I could skip the bacon, and the eggs that normally come with those pancakes and was glad I did. We had a good time.

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All things Dr. Seuss...lol. We're departmentalized, so I teach 2 groups of First Graders Language Arts and Literacy. It has it's moments and stressors. Wednesday we were visited by The Cat. Yesterday I read the book and we did a TLC art project of The Cat. We'll finish Monday and I'll put them up. Tehn I want to read a variety of Dr. Seuss books to them and on Friday want them to write an opinion piece about what their favorite book is and why. Halfway through the reading yesterday I realized my throat was raw/sore. Sure enough, I woke up this morning with a head cold. I am SO ready for Spring!! It seems like I am sick all winter long :-(

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Have a great time! I'm going to see my son's new house if I can get all my work finished. The sun is shining which we haven't seen in several days!


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Good Saturday morning! It's going to be a great week-end as we are going to my son and his family's to help celebrate our youngest grandson's first birthday! All five of our precious grandbabies will be there!! Let the fun begin!!

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Hi everyone,
Sounds like it is that time of year where all teachers are having a lot of stressful days! I know that this week for me has been a long, stressful week. I am excited about the weekend and hope it is a nice relaxing one.
We only get two days off for Spring Break this year, Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. So I guess I better enjoy that time off. But we are going to be done by May 23rd. I will be so glad when this school year is over and I can send my two problem students on to the high school. :)
Well I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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Hi everyone! Have sil & her hubby visiting from out of state. Have read all posts and will catch up after this weekend. Stay warm, well, and focused!

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Sorry Nancy! Things seem to be going that way lately. How frustrating. We all have extra time and enjoy standing in those lines!


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It is a good thing my day went as well as it did. There were a whole slew of totally annoying but petty things that set me off. Started with an already rescheduled IEP meeting that was AGAIN canceled 15 minutes before the meeting time. ANNOYING but not gonna set me off on a day when my weight came to 5.4 pounds from the 100 pound mark. Then, my son gave me a check to cash BUT forgot to sign it - ANNOYING - but obviously not enough to get my goat on a day when I was in such a GREAT mood. THEN, I went to get my drivers license renewed and the address changed on both my license and registration - I was in yesterday and they told me exactly what I needed in the way of documents and because I didn't have my birth certificate with me - Ed's got done because HE is a male and so didn't need as much stuff - so, today I came in and they told me I did NOT have what I needed - telling me I ALSO needed my SS card and when I said that my son had not needed it the day before, I was told that OBVIOUSLY my son had provided HIS SS card (he doesn't even know where his is) because he could not have gotten his license without it. I had been waiting in a LONG line for over 45 minutes only to be told I could NOT get it done for the second day in a row. THAT WAS MORE THAN ANNOYING - and it just about set me off.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I want to develop novel units to sell on teacherspayteachers since I am currently unemployed. I know that the most often used novels have units already developed, so I am looking for ideas for books that are kind of new that you have used or would like to use in your class. My grade range is 4-9. Thanks for any input you can give.

If you have any suggestions, please contact me on my page or in a SparkMail. I really appreciate any help or suggestions you have.



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Check under my goals section and make sure that's set up right. It should be because your ticker is accurate. Way to go by the way!! emoticon


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I have never been so BRAIN DEAD - at least my math part of the brain as I was this morning - My starting weight was 350 - I now weigh 255.6 - I posted at first my total loss was nearly 65 pounds, then nearly 85, and it REALLY is almost 95 pounds. SP is only crediting me with a 40 pound loss - not sure why.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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Rachel - That sounds AWESOME!! I know it is a ton of work, but the payoff is amazing! The kids and the parents will have a blast!

Janine - That is TOO COOL!! I'm envious! I know there are scultures in the town as well? Is there a museum?

I'm so glad it's Friday. I have to stay late today to input testing data....groan, but them I'm going for a manicure!!

Have a great weekend all!

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I want to develop novel units to sell on teacherspayteachers since I am currently unemployed. I know that the most often used novels have units already developed, so I am looking for ideas for books that are kind of new that you have used or would like to use in your class. My grade range is 4-9. Thanks for any input you can give.

If possible, respond directly to me on my page or via SparkMail. Thanks SparkFriends!

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