As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. For the past few days my F…
As someone who has started writing her thoughts about Ferguson only to erase it like 94728374092380 times, this article is exceedingly beneficial. I think about this concept a lot—not solely in light of the tragedies in Ferguson, but also in working with the student population that I do every day. The word “important” is an understatement. This is not an isolated incident and racism in America is a systemic complex problem that is everyone’s problem and everyone’s responsibility no matter what.
There is something wrong with this.
I can’t can’t can’t can’t can’t can’t can’t.
I just walked in the door from school but have to jet, like, NOW for a sorority adviser meeting, BUT I just have to say that I got the most unexpected surprise when I got here and I am absolutely FLOORED.
TOTALLY forgot what incoming freshies are like at the beginning of the school year aka crazy.
la la la I had a meeting scheduled with my AP today but she called in sick and neglected to tell me so I drove across the city for nothingggggg la la la.
I was at school for a meeting (ick), but afterwards my AP pulled me aside to show me my freshmen’s reading/writing testing data from last year.
EVERY SINGLE FRESHMAN STUDENT IMPROVED AT LEAST ONE GRADE LEVEL BY THE END OF THE YEAR. EVERY! SINGLE! ONE!
And many—like a lot a lot—jumped up two or more grade levels.
I started crying (kind of embarrassing, right?), but I could not not NOT be a shred more proud of them.
And Justin surprised me this morning with a stay at a really fancy hotel for tonight so I don’t have to drive! Business trip :)
3 sections English 12
1 section Yearbook (huh?)
1 section English 9 (huuuuuh?)
This is weird, but it’s one less section than I had last year (although one more prep) so that’s good. I am a little confused about why all of the seniors are crammed into 3 sections (they were in 4 last year) and why I was given an English 9 section AND why there’s not an AP section because I KNOW there was a group of students that petitioned for/signed up for AP.* I’m also wondering how Yearbook is going to be a class this year because (a) we have no cameras, (b) our computer access during the day is TREMENDOUSLY limited, and (c) they way my school is set up, I know this is only going to be a senior elective and there were absolutely NO juniors on the Yearbook last year… what about all of the students that did all of the work in the club? Now they’re excluded?
So I called the school to get some clarification and WEIRD all of my admin are on vaycay with no mention as to when they’ll be back.
*my principal does not believe that AP classes help students prepare for/get into college. He claims he has “inside information” that we do not have. There are no AP courses listed anywhere on the course schedule for next year, even though the juniors wanted them.
I’m spending this gorgeous Saturday painting furniture. If I can’t have a house (yet!), at least my apartment will be adorable :)