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Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 20th May '08 8:56 AM


Anyone have anything fun planned for the summer? Our break seems to get shorter and shorter...sure, we're done on May 23rd but teachers have to be back on July 29th and classes start on August 4th!

But I meant this to be a FUN thread. I'm going to be lazy in Seattle and maybe a weekend in Vancouver in June.

Plus some curriculum writing, some Arts Assessment workshops, and teaching a Freshman Academy for a week for the incoming kiddies!

Bluesky  (Level: 66.9 - Posts: 150)
Fri, 23rd May '08 1:07 AM

I don't have much time for fun this summer. I start subbing (French!!) on 5/28 and we go until 6/27. I fly to LA to see my sister for the first time in about 5 years on July 17 and go from there to Phoenix where I have 3 or 4 presentations to give to teachers from around the US who are Science Olympiad coaches. When I get back I have about a month to pack up most of my belongings and prepare to take over a seventh grade life science position from September until January. I also am part of a team that is organizing our state science conference. That is what is overwhelming me right now - 350 proposals to read and rewrite if necessary before Monday.

My landlord is putting his house on the market in the spring and I have a little mother-in-law apartment on the side of it. After 14 years I have accumulated a lot of stuff and need to sort and organize everything. In the middle of winter is not the time to be in the garage sorting or moving things, so it needs to be done now. I want to paint and help him fix it up a little too. The future is a big question mark. Not a comforting feeling. I am hoping that another door will open somewhere, but I need a backup in the meantime.

Your vacation sounds much nicer and more relaxing.


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 24th May '08 9:27 AM

Phoenix in July?? Which science genius planned that?

But if you like Phoenix, my district needs several science teachers:

We aren't perfect but we pay well

Bluesky  (Level: 66.9 - Posts: 150)
Sat, 7th Jun '08 3:22 PM


Sorry I haven't responded. I was an event supervisor at the National Science Olympiad competition in Washington, DC last weekend and was in a traffic tie up until 1 am on Monday. I managed to go in and teach on Monday, but have been dragging all week. The heat wave is hitting at a bad time - no rest for the weary and hot. I may have to go sleep in my basement!!

Actually last weekend I had several legitimate offers of employment from all over the country during the competition and subsequent meetings - Texas, Ohio, Michigan, LI, Florida. I am just not sure I am ready to completely relocate. Right now I serve as VP for our Science Teachers Association and have 3 more years in that rotation. I don't know how kindly they would look on me trying to hold that position while I am in another state over a thousand miles away. I am sure they would not pay mileage to our monthly meetings.

Currently I am working in an inner city setting - teaching French until the end of the year. They want me back again next year for 7th grade science and possibly another maternity leave when that ends. I have decided that I am the "great pretender" since I have to pretend I am all of these different teachers. Two months ago I was doing testing for reading and working with all of the data. You just have to pretend you know what you are doing. There is a certain thrill to it, but it can be nerve wracking. Today I was me - tutoring my specialty - Earth Science. Nice to have a comfort zone.

I think we go to Phoenix in July, by the way, because we can get a better rate on the facilities. We stay at a posh resort and the setting is absolutely beautiful until you open the door to go from one building to another and you feel as though you have walked into a blast furnace. Actually, we have much the same feeling here today with the temperatures in the high 90's and the humidity .....oppressive.

Is your school over for the year yet? We go until June 27th.


Tiggerdb  (Level: 82.2 - Posts: 37)
Wed, 11th Jun '08 7:40 PM

Our last day was June 6th. This was my first year, so I am enjoying some time to rest and recover. I have projects to catch up on around our house.

Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 12:41 AM

Tomorrow is really my first day of summer vacation. I took an Investigations math class for a week and followed it up with a SOSI science class for a week. It feels good to be finished! I did have to move my classroom this year though and I have a lot to do to get finished.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:50 AM

I am finally getting a classroom this year! My partner teacher and I are planning to move in in late July! That's very exciting!!!

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 13th Jul '08 9:32 PM

Michigan requires that schools start after Labor Day. It ish an attempt to increase tourism.

Our school district ended the year in the middle of June.

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