Every year the last weeks of school are so full of DRAMA! Peer tutors making up attendance or returning to the home base because the class is doing a "state test" which we DO NOT do as we have completed ALL testing already. Some are itching to be done. Others have the double edged emotion; want to be done but maybe not so much? I have found our sanctuary lies in our garden. Here we seem to be calm, happy, and friends. Today we planted our watermelons, pumpkins, and sunflowers. We used plugs to give the seeds a fighting chance. We used our seed package directions for how deep and far apart they should be planted.
I was sent this from one of my former peer tutors and 10 former peer tutors liked it and sent it on. Just thought I would share too! Bravo! I hope they flash mob somewhere when I am out and about!
It is now November and we are starting the second quarter of school year 2012-13. We have 14 students receiving instruction and service through the extended core. No one student has the same schedule. We have 51 peer tutors who are supporting our students in their inclusion classes. We lost one to early graduation!!!
The time we have together is from 7:00 to 7:50, the time we call Breakfast Club. It is a time to sit, eat, talk, and get help on assignments from "out" classes or finish work such as the placemats. Peer tutors come in as they wish; to visit, or make up absences. This is probably the best time for us to acknowledge special occasions like birthdays. We are avoiding sugary options due to several health issues within the classroom and in high school parties are not part of the school day. I have seen real growth in each student.
It is already time to start planning for next year. Really??? I am always so surprised when we begin looking at registration. Next year brings 2 new classes to the high school. We will have incoming freshmen (9th) and sophomores (10) so that half the class will be new! We are losing 6 seniors as they move to Canyons Transition Academy!