Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just Not My Perky Self, and an Exploding Mountain

I hope this isn't so.

But here it is, the very last full week of school...and I feel like I'm coming down with a cold.

Truly not a good thing.

However, there are some positives. For one, it's the time of year where The Enforcer tends to look at discipline files and the number of days left to go, and begins to suspend kids for the duration. Of course, many of these kids, by now, are repeat offenders and have racked up enough points for suspensions. He just makes it easier on all of us, as well as the others, by eliminating the problem children from our rooms.

Hall duty has been entertaining. I have made Mrs. Bunny happy by writing up one of her darlings who decided to turn around and punch the boy behind her in the family jewels. Poor kid doubled over and I thought I was going to to pick him up off the floor.

Queen Bee Bully is gone. Apparently the family is moving out of state so she got checked out for good. The kids have breathed a huge sigh of relief. Texas, prepare yourself.

Snotty Girl is suspended for yet another cell phone infraction. She's a perfect example of how some people can't (or refuse to) learn from their mistakes. That cell phone is the bane of her existence. Then again, the number of kids getting busted for cell phones is skyrocketing. Apparently they seem to think that the rules get tossed out of the window during the last week of school.

Think again.

And that includes my little lazy darling who has spent this entire year shaking his long hair back and forth (except for the week when he was out with - you guessed it - lice) and not working. Apparently he felt it necessary to bring his weed to school and is now gone for 365 days. At least it explains a bit about his complete lack of motivation and poor work production (although capable of much more).


On a good note, today is the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. NOVA has put on line a wonderful video called Mt. St. Helens: Back from the Dead, which we have spent the past few days watching and discussing. (I'm so glad I get to teach earth science now...although we covered all this stuff at the beginning of the year.) It's a great video and the kids really were fascinated by it, and asked a lot of really good questions. I highly recommend it.

And me, going to watch some hockey, take some vitamins, and hope I'm really not getting a cold.


Jim Connolly said...

If I had a nickel for every time a kid has said to me, "But it's the last week of school! Why do I have to/why can't I...?" I wouldn't have to ever go back to work.
Alas, I have no nickels.
Good luck your last few days (I still have a month), and I'm sure it's just the pollen count and not a cold.

Dragonrider said...

We have 18 days and they have NEVER been this bad! Today at lunch 3 of the little darlings started throwing things at the VP - and hitting the VP with said objects. They will be put up for expulsion (only 1 of MANY infractions) but will not be expelled because the powers that be downtown think we should "develop a better raport with them which would prevent such behavior." They'll come back with a contract. Even the one who did the same as your long hair shaker and sold it didn't get expelled. sigh
Thanks for the heads up on Mt. St. Helens. I'll show it tomorrow.