That first day or so of school is sort of a honeymoon period where the kids, for the most part, act pretty well until they figure things out. After that, it's anyone's guess how it will go.
The first full day went off pretty well. One of the downsides was that PowerSchool was off line for repairs so we had to use a back up to get kids copies of their schedules because - surprise! - half of them had left them at home. Yet, for the most part, it went fine.
For the first three days we have a two hour block in the morning where we do "getting the year started" stuff. So, you get to keep your homeroom, and get to know them pretty well, for quite a bit of time during these days. Part of that time is used to go over our SWPBS program (School Wide Positive Behavior Support) which isn't too bad because by now most of the kids know the drill and those that are new quickly get filled in my the old-timers. It's also nice because we're given lessons that we can use to help them re-lean the program. All in all, pretty easy.
The rest of the time is used to issue text books and do the "boy/girl" talk. Friday was the seventh graders day for the "boy/girl" talk.
Actually it's a talk about what you can and can't do at The School, but we separate the boys and girls because there's some conversation in there about sexual harassment and dress code that wouldn't go over too well if the opposite sex was in the room. So, I went with the boys to the theater, where The Enforcer was doing the presentation. It includes things like bullying, lunch room expectations, write-ups, sagging, etc. and of course, cell phones. The school board has a policy that the kids can have their phones but they must be off (not just silent) and away. (Yeah, right). This is one of the areas where the administrators have no leeway in consequences for being caught with a cell phone - the first offense is two days in ISS.
So any guess on what happened with cell phones in seventh grade on Friday?
First, Mr. Math managed to catch a kid with a cell phone out, googling away, right after The Enforcer finished his presentation (that included the whole "off and put away" message.) We didn't even leave the room and he had his first cell phone violation of the year! The second violation was a seventh grade girl later in the day who had her's out during a class.
You have to wonder...the grade level that had the talk about no cell phones was the grade level that got busted for the first two cell phone violations.
Makes you wonder.