Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weekly Update

This has been a great week so far at school. Monday started with a rocking assembly. We celebrated kids who made their goals with Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. The assembly started with our band playing the school song as everyone got seated. The drumline played a killer cadence, and about 25 teachers took their places on and around the stage with pompons and drill team flags. We did an impromptu dance routine to "Eye of the Tiger." The top 5 students in each grade with the biggest ITBS improvements got called to the stage and got a fleece Fairfield Trojan pullover. The top 2 have the option of turning that back in for an iPod. The students in each grade who scored 95% & above for composite scores got called to the stage. 6th & 7th graders each got a pass to all the school dances for next year. The 8th graders got $20 in Chamber Bucks. This is a gift certificate to any place in town that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Then, the homeroom in each grade that had the biggest improvements in scores won a pizza party (mine won for 7th grade... go homeroom!!). Suddenly, the room went silent as pulsing music poured over the sound system. As the theme from Chariots of Fire played, three teachers began their slow motion race to the stage. Each teacher represented a grade level, and after coming from behind, Mr. Owen leaped up to the stage, winning the prize. 7th grade had the biggest overall improvement in ITBS scores, so tomorrow, the entire grade will be watching The Blind Side in the cafeteria and eating popcorn. The crowd went wild. The afternoon ended with the teachers back up on stage, this time dancing to "Don't Stop Believin'" with the entire student body singing along. It was a GREAT afternoon.

Tuesday was Andrew's birthday, and he and Zach and I drove to Bonaparte to celebrate with supper at the Bonaparte Retreat. It was a beautiful evening. One of Andrew's presents to me is a share of a new Hawkeye season ticket for next year (hopefully close to the Mornin' Crew). I can't wait to have him at football games with me!

On Wednesday morning, when I pulled into school for Wednesday morning staff development, I was flagged down and waved away from the parking lot. In front of our school, the red carpet was laid out, and my principal took my keys. Valet parking and the red carpet for teachers on Wednesday morning. I felt like a celebrity!

Today was the 6th grade GOAL trip to Nauvoo. It was a rainy day, but it was a fabulous day. The kids were so well behaved, and luckily, it's a trip that works even if the weather doesn't. You can still see and do almost everything in rainy weather. I was very proud of the kids... I'd take this group just about anywhere, I think. I also had a set of very helpful chaperones go along.

And, tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! Hard to get a better week than that! :)

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