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Monday, August 17, 2009

And it begins anew

Today was our first day back to school after a nice long refreshing summer vacation. No kids yet -- well, except for one of my kids from last year who stopped by, I guess to be told that he would be repeating 3rd grade -- but a full day of staff development.

A few highlights:

We were forced to endure the district sexual harrassment video yet again. This thing is at the same time, poignant and repugnant. I feel like each campus should just cast it and re-film it with their own staff and it would be a lot more fun.

We were informed that our presence would be required on Thursday evening for an open house. 4 - 6, we will be in our rooms for parents to come up and meet. Nothing like short notice...

Yours truly got busted (sort of) during an intervention presentation. One of our counselors was talking about each teacher having a spiral notebook to log all of the interventions throughout the year. She made the comment that this spiral would be our best friend. I leaned over to the teacher next to me and whispered, "So should I put out a Facebook friend request to my spiral?" As we were giggling, the counselor noticed and said, "Oh, if there are any questions, we should stop and clear them up." while looking right at me. Oops.

Found out that there will be no paid morning duty this year. Every teacher will have to rotate through a schedule of a week or so at a time, but no more money. I guess this is good in the sense that I won't (always) have to get to school so early, but it's not so good in the sense that I won't be making my roughly extra $2K this year.

Tomorrow is another jam-packed day full of excitement and adventure! OR, more boring sessions...

5 comments:

#167 Dad said...

Hope you have a great year. We're beginning week four of the first quarter out here in Arizona...

kherbert said...

We have the same blood born pathogens, and emergency situations video each year.

Mrs. H said...

Ah yes, the dreaded sexual harassment and blood born pathogens. Do other states besides Texas have to watch these? We all love to a running mock commentary of our own during the videos. The administration seems pretty understanding. They just ignore us for the most part!

Mrs. T said...

Our staff goes all Mystery Science Theater when we watch the bloodborne pathogens video- I like the idea of recasting with your own staff/

HappyChyck said...

Oh yikes! I forgot about the movies! In our district, we now have to log into this PD site and view the videos. On our own time, I guess! Afterward, we have to print off the "transcript" that shows we've watched the videos and give it to the administrative secretary. I haven't done it yet, as it's a new procedure. I'm crossing my fingers that we don't have a test or anything. Ugh.