I think the GOAL trip was a success. We had a minor setback when the pool was closed (someone had puked in it that afternoon), but the kids were really well behaved, and I think they had a good time. I was a little disappointed in the Iowa Hall of Pride. I guess I didn't realize it was SO sports oriented. Plus, it was a little more rigid than I prefer... having to be in this room for this exact set time... having to fill out this scavenger hunt during this specific time. I'm not sure I will take students there again. We got a very thorough tour of Grand View College campus, so the kids got to see what that school is like.The State Historical Museum was great too, but I actually think we would all agree that the Des Moines Art Center was the best stop on the trip (well, the kids might argue Spaghetti Works, but the Art Center would be a close second). What a gem! I had no idea that the museum was so fantastic. I could have spent another two hours there, at least. If you have a chance, you really have to see it. Plus, it's free!
The weekend was pretty relaxing (which was good, since I didn't get much sleep with the 8th graders!). I worked in the yard, went to a graduation party (many more next weekend), and went to a barbecue last night.
Today, I'm headed to the mall with the 7th graders for their assignment journal reward. It should be a fun day. I can't believe we only have 8 days of school left. Where has this year gone?