I've been walking to work in the morning in order to get in early. It makes for quite an enjoyable morning. No yelling at anyone to hurry up. No blaming anyone for being late. This morning I had to get in early for the photo show award ceremony. Students came early too to find out who won Honorable Mentions, Best in Show, Best Digital, Best Color or Best Black&White. It was a very nice ceremony, I thought. The morning was dampened by some pretty annoying news though.
Joe and I found out this morning that someone downtown had sent someone into our photolab to shut off all the breakers so that our students could not use the computers. They were nice enough to leave the teacher station running but some students were upset to find they were not allowed to work today. There was an improper extension cord that had not been replaced. Apparently downtown had sent 3 warnings to a principal but none to any teachers. Joe took care of informing the principal of our predicament. We took our students to the gallery for 1/2 of the period and then let them use the rest of the time as a "study hall". By 3rd hour, the sun was blazing and the temps were reaching the 80's. Most kids in the afternoon chose to sun themselves in the heat. I found it crazy that the downtown folks would think that somehow making sure students were unable to do their work would be a viable punishment towards our administration for not changing cords? I am unclear for how long my photo students will be locked out of using the computers. As long as the weather is nice, I am not sure that many will complain, well, untill assignment are due. I was already asked if this would mean our current assignment would be extended.
After school I ran a few errands, gave Balt a bath, got dinner for Jessi and I (Monika had a soccer game in Beloit) and then the two of us started working on Navy paperwork. Jessi has already made a few friends on the Navy swim team. She was informed that a bunch of medical stuff is due tomorrow. We scrambled to find the proper paperwork and get it ready for mailing. She'll need to go to the doctor tomorrow for a TB test and to get records copied. I'm sending her by herself. I'm thinking it is about time she start doing this kind of stuff on her own. She has exactly 6 weeks left of being a normal kid.