Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thankful..... VERY Thankful.

Well this past week was a busy one! Tiger Dance Company started up and is going to be better than last year, swimming had two successful meets and all my classes have begun the first of many projects.

Just when I thought the week couldn't get any better, it did. After a late bus ride home on Thursday night, I decided to just come in early and finish up grading and Tiger Dance Company odds and ends. Since I would be leaving home so early, I opted out of doing my hair, or dressing up for what I thought would be a normal Friday.

I got to school and finished up all the grading, got things updated on the class website/blogs and even had the classroom ready to go for my first class of the day. I then checked my email, I had a few reminders about a convocation that ALL STAFF had to attend. Normally if I am not needed, I stay in my room and prep, or grade. But this email (plus many others) strictly said all needed to be there.

As the homeroom bell rang I wandered down to the cafetorium, (not before stopping and getting some much needed coffee) said hello to other teachers and even questioned what this was all about. Nobody seemed to know! I did see our Superintendent Wayne Barker there so I knew it must be important. When I walked in the cafetorium I noticed a camera so I figured the school was getting another award (we are a wonderful school after all!) Then.... my heart sank as the students and news caster began to read the letter. Turns out- the award was for me and the day just flew by after that!

Through the nomination of a few of my former students I received the "Golden Apple Award" from Indiana's News Center.

Here are some videos of the surprise, and interviews. You can also go to the BHS Bloggers website for a full student article. This story will also be on channel 21 on Wednesday!

The award and actual "Golden Apple"
I have never been so surprised or thankful. Just when you think you come in early or stay late and nobody notices, or you write that extra positive comment on the last page of an essay.... they really do notice. I adore the students I work with and I couldn't be happier anywhere else. I am a Bluffton Tiger. Thank you.

Though I would love to end on a happy teacher note- I do need to remind all parents and students of upcoming events in class.

English 11 - Rough Drafts and Final Drafts for your Autobiographical Narrative are due this week! Your vocabulary list # 3 is also posted.

Speech - Don't forget your note cards. Speeches start Tuesday, you only have one more day in the computer lab! All dates are posted on the "Speech" page.

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