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Keeping a Pick-me-up Folder

It is miraculous, but for the first time in recent history I am getting to enjoy a four day weekend before we have our last few days of school. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has had some ice and snow in recent years and that has meant that usually we don't get our bad weather makeup days off (today is one of those days and we have if off!!!). While I recharge this weekend, I also decided to do some tasks that I've been putting off. One of those tasks was cleaning out my embarrassingly large inbox. While cleaning my inbox I found a gem that I had long forgotten about; it was an email that a parent sent me the day that I announced to my students that I was leaving my teaching position mid-year to be an assistant principal at the other high school in my district. Here is part of what she wrote:


I imagine the reason I never deleted this is because I hadn't printed it off to put in my "Pick-me-up Folder". Teachers and other educators who have been in the business a while …

Celebrating Academics

Pictured here: 9 out of 10 of our National Merit Finalists (photo credit, David Denning)
This past week, my district held a district wide series of events to celebrate our college going culture. You can check out all of the excitement by looking up the following hashtag on twitter:

As a part of decision week, my campus decided to hold two brand new events: a National Merit signing day and an AVID signing day. These events were held in a fashion very similar to how we do our athletic signing days throughout the year. Usually, when we have a signing day the coach, student, and their team gather in the library with their parents to sign their athletic scholarships and to celebrate with cookies or cake. This year, we held the two academic signing days to show that we celebrate all of our students' successes in the high school experience.

Both National Merit Finalist status and AVID graduating senior status are the culmination of many years of hard work and prep…

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