It is Tuesday. It is only the second week in school. I can’t believe all that has happened and all that we have done already.
On the second day of school, we were hit by an earthquake. The epicenter was a mere 15 miles away from Goochland High School, but we were all unharmed and the building was not damaged.
The very next morning, Senator Mark Warner came to Goochland to address our high school students (see more on Senator Warner’s website). With all the excitement the day before, I had completely forgotten he would be there until I saw the email asking teachers to escort the students to the auditorum.
Luckily, I had my camera with me and took a few pictures for the GCPS website. I thought he did a really good job of engaging the students, talking about education, jobs, and learning from failure.
Next came Hurricane Irene to blow down our trees and power lines. We had, and still have, lots of teachers and students without power, but again our buildings were spared. Schools opened as usual on Monday morning, and despite some grumblings, I think it was the right choice. If students don’t have power at home, but there is power at school, does it make sense to leave them at home? As a senior said to me in the hallway, he was glad to be in school. He could charge his phone. Hopefully he was also there to learn. 🙂
In between all the disruptions, we’ve managed to get everything else that happens at the beginning of the school year taken care of. All new students have accounts everywhere they are needed. All teachers have their equipment in their classrooms and all of it works. We’ve started working on our staff development schedule for the year, and we’ve planted the seeds of projects that, hopefully, will allow the students to shine throughout the year.