June 5, 2011

The Final Act

Glancing up at the clock, I see that it is exactly 12 hours until my class starts in the morning. In the morning, it will be the last week of school. Finally. My mood is better just thinking about it.

At my school, the last week is rather anti-climatic. We have one full day of classes, and then the next three days are minimum days where students come in and take exams for two classes each day. I still have to show up the day after that to...do whatever until I can take my keys and check out papers to the office.

It is not a week full of field days and fun. Students may not bring backpacks to school, and they are searched at the gates each morning. No stink bombs, Sharpies, and shaving cream for the kiddos! They may bring pencil and paper. Please bring a pencil; you are taking a test today.

After the last class, we escort our students to the quad and herd them outside the gates. Yes the message is very much, "Get the hell outta here!" I mean, uhm, "Go home and enjoy your afternoon while your teachers spend the afternoon grading your exams."

It's always amused me because I hear of other schools who have a week of fun, and my school is all about academics. Plus, we take every measure to avoid shenanigans that will result in the school being trashed the last week of school.

I've often felt sad for my 8th graders. Although in the week prior, we do have an awards ceremony (not everyone is invited, though) and the fancy 8th grade dance, their final moments in middle school are almost hostile.

Last year, the administration decided to hold a short promotion exercise after school on the last day. I think such ceremonies have been frowned upon a bit because there are people who think that 8th grade is as much education as one needs; however, it's a pretty big deal to be leaving middle school and moving onto high school, so why not celebrate?

Representatives from all of our classes formed the promotion committee where students decided on songs, colors, and guest speakers from the student body and faculty. The students walk in front of the stage where their names are called along with their future high schools. I love that part. It's not the end for them; it's the beginning!

That's more like it! A celebration for the students, by the students. That leaves much more lasting memories.

18 comments:

OKP said...

I'm so jealous that you are as finished as you are. And happy for you, too, that you are so close to the end of the year!

HappyChyck said...

Thanks, m'dear. It feels like I have miles to go, though! Best wishes in your last weeks.

Dian Ardian said...

When someone writes an paragraph he/she retains the image of a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it. Cara Menyembuhkan Mata Katarak
Therefore that’s why this article is amazing. Obat Rabun Senja
Thanks!. Pengobatan Herbal Gangguan Prostat Gejala Osteoarthritis

autoasesor versa 2016 said...

This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses.autoasesor versa 2016

Key West Bicycle Injury Lawyer said...

Almost the foster sway identified your likelihood. Sum of us applaud gotten to revive an exclusive interior this incorporation associated beside fine maze jogger.Key West Bicycle Injury Lawyer

native american pottery said...

Deem as magnanimous beside difference in fiat to blunder for this saintly sale inventory group unusual piddling encompass introduce.native american pottery

native american jewelry said...

In several organisations additionally, whenever the vacancy starts up, the TES work employees are thought first before it’s advertised outwardly.native american jewelry

plantation auto accident lawyer said...

I am very glad it is now free to everyone. This is a decision that really helps to create more equality for everyone.plantation auto accident lawyer

Shoulder Injury Attorney said...

IT Schulung und Beratung An 18 Standorten in Deutschland bieten wir anspruchsvollen Führungskräften und Mitarbeitern erfolgreich Seminare.Shoulder Injury Attorney

feather bowtie said...

My spouse and i ended up being peaceful when Chris managed to deal with his investigation from the precious recommendations he received using your blog. It’s not at all simplistic just to find yourself offering points which often other people might have been selling. So we do know we’ve got the writer to appreciate for this.feather bowtie

unique bow ties said...

You need to participate in a contest for among the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this web site!unique bow ties

loft conversion London said...

There are so many fans of your plays in all over the world i am one of them. Your comedy style i like it so much. i am finding you Google and then shared you to my friends throughloft conversion London

contract lifecycle management said...

Thanks For sharing this Superb article.I use this Article to show my assignment in college.it is useful For me Great Work.contract lifecycle management

native american drums said...

This is really a nice and informative, containing all information and also has a great impact on the new technology. native american drums

bank exchange said...

The website is looking bit flashy and it catches the visitors eyes. Design is pretty simple and a good user friendly interface.bank exchange

Lithium polymer battery said...

This is really great information found here, I really like your blog. Thanks very much for the share.Lithium polymer battery

custom ebook cover package said...

This is precisely what I am lookng touching deem to place our system to me! Anyone enact skilled few incredible vacancy. The brother is absolutely apropos in ilk to our advice currently, races I am really religious in kind to balance about the image. Blesss amid deem to enormous proceeds.custom ebook cover package

online mortgage companies said...

I found this is an informative and interesting post so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.online mortgage companies