The end is in sight! For many of you there is
I'd say I'm erring on the side of running out of time to teach everything. Once we come back from spring break, it's absolute chaos because students are gone for everything under the sun: Softball, baseball, tennis, track, golf, etc.
Originally, the last day for teachers was to be the day after Memorial Day (nevermind we already were scheduled to be there 11 days MORE than what we need to be there!) but due to the budget crisis which seems to get worse at every turn, our last day will be May 22nd. There's at least one school district in my area which will release students on May 8th but require their teachers to be in the building until May 22nd.
Our original last day was supposed to be June 12, but due to snow we are done on June 17th.
We finished WASL testing yesterday - kids will be doing make ups next week. Also, Cambridge Preparatory Academy testing is next week for students in that program.
One choral contest, one concert and one music assembly left to go, along with our 8th grade promotion program. A couple of field trips are scheduled, and we have track, volleyball and baseball going right now. Luckily, we only compete against the other 6 middle schools in our district, so students don't miss class for sports.
Right now I am so sick of middle school kids... the apathy is killing me - they can't be bothered to make any kind of effort - they just don't care. I had 7 kids tardy to 4th period - and another 5 absent. There are only 17 in the class to begin with.
I am just hoping enough kids show up for contest (next Saturday) that the kids who DO show up are able to be proud of their performance.
Oh, and RIF notices/contracts will go out May 15.....
We finish up the end of May! I'm behind on teaching stuff, but I knew that would happen when I took maternity leave. No make up days at this point - yea! And, since they've rescinded the swine flu school closings, I don't see any make up days in the future. Whoo Hoo! We have many special days over this last 3 weeks, and my kids have officially checked out (mentally).
I'm still waiting to hear if I have a job. My boss said today that she will be offering contracts based on enrollment on Friday the 15th. I've got my fingers crossed that I get one, but I'm so sad for those who won't. Darned economy!
Good luck and best wishes.
20 days and counting!! We have 2 holidays & 2 field trips in the next 3 weeks and then a week of half days where the kids come in, take exams and go home! I'm ready....they are ready, let's just call it June 12th and be done :)
Hi, Judy! I'm not sure what actually gets accomplished in the last month except exercises in controlled chaos.
The entire district has half days the last week. We live in a rural area (w/ only one elementary, middle & high) so the buses run between schools and the kids all ride together. I'm a sped teacher and work mainly with the students w/ more moderate disabilities so I have a small group of great kids.....I feel for those teachers with big groups of rowdy students - especially seniors!