To be perfectly honest, the past few weeks have been a challenge.
First we had testing. And more testing. And even more testing. We spread out the Very Big Deal Government Mandated Tests over a total of nine days and I'm not sure that was the smartest way to go. Yeah, I can see how they want to make the testing blocks of time shorter - more like a class period which is what the kids were used to - but jeez, two freaking weeks of testing?
The problem being that, due to the fact that Testing is Everything in Education, we couldn't send kids to Alternative School, our in-house version of Alt School was at capacity, and suspending was problematic. We could suspend kids, but only if the parents agreed to bring their spawn every morning for testing, then take them right back home when the tests were over. (Remarkably, three parents agreed and did this. We were shocked.)
So we had to deal with the kids being stuck in the building creating havoc. Or more precisely, I had to deal with the kids stuck out with me in My Happy Little Portable.
It was not pleasant. It was like two weeks of the very worst of the worst, kids who were already returned from alternative school, on limited 25 point contracts, and who had already exceeded that number. I was told, "try to keep them if you can, but if they so much as blink, call us and we'll suspend them."
Oh blink. Dare ya. Just blink.
I ended up having to call and have two of them removed. They made it through almost 3 days of their 4 days with me (four of the longest days of my life) but finally blew it when they couldn't mind their manners and got disrespectful and rude to me and their classmates.
And they were gone. They are now both in alternative school and that's where they'll start 8th grade. But then I'm sure I'll see them again.