Flashback: May 16th-Last Day of School Fun

Monopoly with Mr. Campbell

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It Goes On and On

I took a day off from the cleaning and packing at the school to observe the Sabbath, but today I got to it again. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it all today…again, so I’ll be working at it one more day. I’m positive I can get it all done tomorrow, and without sacrificing the quality of my work. I’ll be so glad when this self-imposed work fest is over! Since I don’t have anything exciting to post, due to my cleaning marathon, I’m going to post a picture I took a few days ago. I found this little temporary river that had created itself under the snow and ice that is melting quickly now that it’s warm. I had a great time peacefully taking pictures of it until some of the curious little ones hunted me down. ;(
Melting Ice Mini River

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Maybe I Am A Little OCD

One of my former colleagues accused me of being OCD because I like to keep my classroom clean and organized, and expect the same of my students. Then again I think she is a hoarder…so I guess you could just say we see and experience life a little differently. ;) It is in moments like this that I hear her voice again and wonder if I am just a touch obsessive compulsive about some things. After all I am still cleaning and organizing my classroom for the new teacher, after hours yesterday and twelve hours today, and I am not even half way done. I am cleaning out every single cupboard, drawer, counter, etc. in the entire room. Call me OCD if you will but I am committed to leaving my classroom de-cluttered, organized, and ready for the next teacher so that they do not have to do anything but put up their personal things and get straight to lesson planning and scheduling for the year. That’s the way I’ve always dreamed of being able to start the school year, and I’m bound and determined to make that happen for someone else.

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School’s Out for Summer

In keeping with my personal end of the school year tradition I wore my "done" t-shirt.    It says "done." on the front of the shirt, and gives a dictionary definition of the word on the back.  It is my favorite graduating senior class t-shirt ever, and since I only wear it once a year I think it will last me for many more years to come.   I can't believe the end of the school year has come so fast!  It is a bittersweet end of the school year for me, since I will not be returning to the village of Wales in the coming school year.  This August I will start my new position as a Reading Specialist in St. Michael.  This will mark a new chapter in my life as I am not only changing locations but will be starting a brand new, out of the full-time classroom, job.  I am so excited for the new adventure ahead of me, but am also feeling nostalgic and subdued to think that I won't be back in Wales with my "kids."

In keeping with my personal end of the school year tradition I wore my “done” t-shirt. It says “done.” on the front of the shirt, and gives a dictionary definition of the word on the back. It is my favorite graduating senior class t-shirt ever, and since I only wear it once a year I think it will last me for many more years to come.
I can’t believe the end of the school year has come so fast! It is a bittersweet end of the school year for me, since I will not be returning to the village of Wales in the coming school year. This August I will start my new position as a Reading Specialist in St. Michael. This will mark a new chapter in my life as I am not only changing locations but will be starting a brand new, out of the full-time classroom, job. I am so excited for the new adventure ahead of me, but am also feeling nostalgic and subdued to think that I won’t be back in Wales with my “kids.”

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Basketball Fun for Tonight’s FEA Week Activity

This week my FEA club has put on an activity each day in celebration of our club.  Today after school all who wanted to play basketball were welcome to come play with us in the gym.  It was a crowded basketball court, but the kids had a great time playing.  I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of school for the school year and of our FEA Week!

This week my FEA club has put on an activity each day in celebration of our club. Today after school all who wanted to play basketball where welcome to come play with us in the gym. It was a crowded basketball court, but the kids had a great time playing. I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of school for the school year and of our FEA Week!

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Holy Internet Issues TundraTeacher!

Wow, this has been a crazy week of internet issues both at home and at work, and on top of that I helped put on a graduation and prom…as well as other end of year, for lack of a better word, stuff! Enough about me and my excuses…let’s talk about all the fun things you missed hearing about. We’ll do it one post at a time, because I’m still insanely busy wrapping my life up here in Wales. I’ll start with a picture from the lunch my FEA (Future Educators of Alaska) club put on for the Elders of our village, to show them our respect and appreciation. With prom and graduation overshadowing having just happened over the weekend, our lunch wasn’t well advertised. However, we did have a few Elders come, and everyone had a lovely time.

Good food +Good conversation=Good time!

Good food +Good conversation=Good time!

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Prom Prep Picks Up Pace

Tonight our itinerant counselor Paul Taylor, pictured here, and a few members of the school staff assisted two of the graduating seniors and I with stringing white lights and silver stars from one side of the gym to the other.  It was a lot more work than it sounds, and I was super grateful for their help.  By the time we were done my weary little body was energized by how great it looked!  I can't wait to see what it will look like once everything is up!

Tonight our itinerant counselor Paul Taylor, pictured here, and a few members of the school staff assisted two of the graduating seniors and I with stringing white lights and silver stars from one side of the gym to the other. It was a lot more work than it sounds, and I was super grateful for their help. By the time we were done my weary little body was energized by how great it looked! I can’t wait to see what it will look like once everything is up!

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5-6-14 Wales Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation 2014

The early elementary teacher Teri Gentry did an amazing job for the little ones graduation.  It was a fun evening for all involved.

The early elementary teacher Teri Gentry did an amazing job for the little ones graduation. It was a fun evening for all involved.

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Graduation/Prom 2014 Preparation in Full Swing

Some of the seniors have been busy helping make decorations for graduation and prom.  Only three more days until the big, back to back, events!

Some of the seniors have been busy helping make decorations for graduation and prom. Only three more days until the big, back to back, events!

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Phase Two of Spring

The sun came out to play today and dried up all the puddles of melted snow.  It's really looking like Spring out there!

The sun came out to play today and dried up all the puddles of melted snow. It’s really looking like Spring out there!

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