So the kids come tomorrow for a half day and it promises to be interesting.
For one, we've got a lot of brand spanking new teachers, plus new administrators, open positions, and supposedly the Sixth Grade Class From the Very Depths of Hell Itself.
Oh, and I have no AC in my Happy Little Portable.
Since I don't have a homeroom, my job, usually, on the first day of school is to hang out in Guidance and help out - running new schedules and emergency cards to teachers, taking new kids to their rooms, that sort of thing. The Enforcer (our new Principal, thank God) informed me and one other teacher who doesn't have a homeroom, that he may need us, as certified teachers, to fill a couple of classrooms if he can't get a substitute lined up. Truly, the first day of school and we still have open positions.
Know any science teachers who want to teach 7th grade? Seriously, the applicant pool is empty. And we need teachers. (I could do a LONG post about my theory on why they aren't any applicants, but that's a post for another time...)
And something new this year...The Enforcer is making a slight tweak to our morning. Usually kids get off the buses and the 6th graders go to the gym, the 7th graders go to the theater, and the 8th graders (who know the school well by now, we hope) go to the 8th grade hallway, find their homeroom on the lists posted, and go there. What this means is the gym and the theater, full of 6th and 7th graders, is NOISY. These kids are all bouncing off the walls, wanting to talk to their friends, but usually end up yelling because everyone is talking to their friends...it's pretty ugly.
This year there will be no talking. The Enforcer is expecting the kids to come in, sit down, and be quiet. He's setting a tone for the year (probably because of the Sixth Grade Class From the Very Depths of Hell Itself).
This will be a very interesting day.