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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Remember the kid who asked me to wear his jersey?

He dropped out of school today.

Sometimes this job just sucks.

Today was the band queen coronation.  The queen is a sweet girl.  She lives with her grandmother.  Her grandmother is retired, on a fixed income, no insurance.

Last week her grandma had a stroke.  Money was already tight, but now there is no money for a fancy dress, and shoes, and hair, and nails, and etc…

She was devastated. 

The senior class, with no urging from any faculty, started raising money.  They raised enough for the fancy dress, and shoes, and hair, and nails, and etc…

And enough to help pay some of the medical costs.

In one day.

There may be some bad kids out there, but every now and again the cream rises to the top, and the future looks bright again.

We’ve had mucho construction at my school.  One of the new features is a new mailbox system for the teachers.  These were the mailboxes they ordered…

If you’re a teacher, which the administrators supposedly once were, it is obvious these aren’t going to work.  So they ordered new ones.  For the last 8 weeks, this has been our mailbox system…


Its amazing what a $3,000,000 bond issue can buy…

At 5:37 p.m. today I got moved up one generation.

My first grandchild, a beautiful, healthy baby boy entered this world.

Mitchell Alexander came in at 8 lbs. 12 oz, 21 inches long.

Mommy and baby are both doing great.

Grandpa is bursting with pride.

So I’m watching the evening news.  Yesterday, in Tulsa, a student was caught with a gun at school.  Naturally, there is a story about safety in schools.  They were interviewing an assistant principal at one of the schools.  I had to rewind the tivo three times to make sure I heard what I though I heard.

Here is a direct quote from the story (

As for walk-through metal detectors, only a handful of middle and high schools have them.  One of those schools is Nimitz Middle School. We’re told they use it three times a year.  “Why do you not use it every day if you have it,” we asked Nimitz Assistant Principal Jackie Tolbert.

“Well, our procedures are not to use it every day,” Tolbert said. “Because if the students realize that we are using it on a daily basis, of course they’re not going to attempt to bring anything in that they shouldn’t bring in. We’re trying to catch contraband that should not be brought into the schools.”

I’m speechless.  What the hell can you say after that?

If you’re a teacher and have never heard this before…