Last night some of the other teachers and I were discussing our first week back at school. Christina commented that this seemed like the loooooooooongest week ever and I think we were all in agreement that having a full week the first week back does make for a long week.
However, I commented that this week was not only long but pretty amazing as well. We got hit with pretty much everything we could this week in terms of problems and hiccups. We had an early release on Tuesday due to a funeral in Napaskiak which means that today, which is normally a half day for the students, is a full day for everyone. We have had a ton of switching between rooms, the video conferencing system wasn't working quite right, sports physicals are being done as we speak, we started school 15 minutes earlier than last year, etc, etc, etc.
What I've noticed is how busy all the students are outside of school as well. Everyone has been kayaking their brains out, a couple of junior high boys are trying to rebuild a snowmobile engine and get it working, other boys have been doing the same to a boat motor and have been out in the slough almost every night trying to get it fine tuned. The younger students are busy riding bikes and swimming (with life jackets on) and just playing outside when they can. I've been trying to get my lesson plans done and get all caught up in my work as well as finishing up some papers from my summer classes. I've made two loaves of bread this week, Christina baked muffins, Barbara and I went to Bethel last night, kids have been visiting, my friend K.C. came up to hang out. Tomorrow I'm going fishing with K.C. and some other teachers from Napakiak and I want to try to get up to Bethel sometime soon to visit my friend Brian.
There's been two birthday parties this past week. I had a meeting a the school for parents and students, kids have been staying after school to work on homework and to work.
I know I am probably forgetting a TON of stuff, but it is Friday after all and my brain is getting a little fried. Last night Barbara and I and her family were at Shogun's (my favorite Bethel eatery) and we were laughing at our lack of conversation ability. Barbara is convinced that they gave us cheap disposable plastic cups to drink out of because she wasn't making sense when she tried to order her food.
Sooooo.....my point is this. Although all that stuff has happened, although it was a long week, although the students and staff are getting used to the schedule again, we have had a GREAT week. Attitudes have pretty much been great. Students and staff are laughing and smiling. Already I'm seeing excellent work poring out my my students' brains. Everyone is in a great mood and working their butts off!!
That's why Oscarville is probably the best site in this entire district and why, when other teachers start complaining about their students or coworkers, I just sit back and keep my mouth shut. I really have nothing to complain about. I work with some pretty awesome students and staff. I'm really lucky.