I had to show up half an hour early today for a 504 meeting. I was wicked glad it was short, though, because freshman orientation was this morning. I had to help set up, and then the building was overrun with new ninth graders. So it was a busy morning, but it’s worth it. It’s super fun to meet the new students, and show them around, and get to know them a bit.
I can already tell I have a boisterous team with a lot of personality. There are a bunch of athletes, so I made a point of getting into several loud (but good-natured) debates about sports. What can I say? I entertain myself.
And I got to see Mr. B! He brought his son to orientation, which was awesome and, honestly, a bit more emotional than I had though it would be. But, thing is, Mr. B has been there to support me since my first year- it’s like he’s watched me grow up!- and he’s been a great department head, and I’m going to miss him this year… It hit me again at my afternoon department meeting that, with him on leave, I’m the most senior member of our department.
After the department meeting I tried to help Mr. T set up Powerschool, but it was being wonky, so we ended up just having a chat. It was unusually hot- like, so hot that all preseason sports stuff was cancelled because it’s a health risk- so we were hiding out in the air conditioned computer lab, and neither of us wanted to go back to a hot classroom, so chatting was good.
We had meetings for the last hour of the day. I dashed off some photocopies just before mine, so it’s one less thing on my to-do list for tomorrow. As I was leaving, Mr. R saw me and let me know a bunch of folks were going out for a drink, so I tagged along. I ended up sitting with Mr. I after everyone else left, and talking about life, teaching, this crazy year… It was pretty deep, and a little heavy, but it felt good, too, you know? I’m lucky I work with folks I can talk to like that.