* The first progress reports are done. Next week we run parent-student conferences for three days straight (Bob; rum and Coke at Chez Chili every night!)
* I feel like I have fewer failing students than I’ve had in the past, but those who are failing are doing so with gusto. I also have at least two students with perfect scores. Everyone else is in the middle. It would be interesting to see a graph of how that settles out.
*I’ve got this one kid, let’s call him Terrance, who sends me emails that look like this:
can u tell me whr i can get the book
That’s it. No salutation, no capital letters, no punctuation and, in some cases, no English words. Even better, some of the papers he’s handed in for a grade have text-speak in them, as well. I’ll be beating proper grammar conventions into his entire class next week. I hope his classmates appreciate it.
* I’m working on co-creating an outreach club at the school. I have connected with an activist mother to get some students mobilized with the goal of promoting acceptance for GLBTQ kids in our community. I feel like we’ve got that issue pretty much knocked inside the walls of CHS, but I know for sure that it’s not that way in the town at large. More info on this as it happens; we’re literally in the nascent, “how-do-we-make-this-happen” stages. I’m really excited about it, though; I can’t just sit by and let another baby take his own life.
How’s YOUR school year going so far?