Out There

first day of school

Posted in teaching by Pete on August 19, 2008

Our school appears to have a great staff this year!  They are all working hard and seem like they truly enjoy kids.  Noone just marking time until retirement.  Our principal will retire after this year, but he isn’t like that and is finishing strongly.   We are very lucky to have such a principal who really loves the kids, who fights for them, cries at graduation, etc.  When we travel to other schools for sports, sometimes we realize how great we have it.  (And no I’m not brown-nosing — nobody on the school staff reads this blog)

Anyway, yesterday was the first day of school, and there was a great energy to the day.  The young ones always try to come hours early, they’re so excited.  One little guy came home from a half-day of school and went right to bed (kids are still on summer schedule, staying up until 2 am or later and struggling to get up for breakfast at school at 8:15).  When he awoke, his mom said he got dressed for school and was ready to go, but it was only 4:00 in the afternoon or so!  After school was a staff meeting and cross country practice and then we had a 2-hour open gym in the evening.  Some kids just hang out at school from about 8 am to 9 pm!  Our staff consists of 1 student teacher, 1 first year teacher, 1 second year teacher, 1 third year teacher, 1 6th year teacher (Tammy), 1 veteran (maybe 20 years?) certified teacher, 2 veteran classified teachers (teaching in Yup’ik), and Carl, our longtime principal.

I think it’s going to be a good year at Akiuk Memorial School, for learning and having fun.

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