Senior Trip

Senior Trip

Seniors with Lady Liberty

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Last Day For Seniors….

Today, is the last official day for our seniors. Some of them I have known since the 6th grade. Every morning I arrive at school at 7:15am and every morning when I enter the building,  I see one of my favorite Interns, Selena, standing or sitting on the floor with her friends. I almost always glance her way as we each give one another the “good-morning” nod, that always helps to start my day.  This morning, I had to stop and give her just a little hug, knowing, it will be the last time for our morning ritual.

Tomorrow, I will be chaperoning the Senior trip to the Big Apple, my home town.

More to come…….

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Xanadu Spring Musical 2014 RCSD

The high school Drama Club under the direction of Ms. Deb Sklar, gave a wonderful performance of Xanadu, the Musical.

I dare you to read this post!

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Is “Senior Cut Day” a right of passage?

Should we look the other way, accept the act and forgive all those who participated. What about the seniors who came and attended less then half-filled classrooms?  

What hat should I have on to address this phenomena known as Senior Cut Day; my teacher’s hat. maybe my administrator’s hat or my parents hat or the hat I wore in 1972, as I joined hundreds of fellow students at the Robert Moses Park for a picnic.

I need some help.  

What do you think?


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What It’s Like to Be a Senior

Senioritis noun. A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

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Graduaton Time

It’s Graduation Time.  The countdown has begun as our seniors prepare for the real world.

Sometimes I wonder if my students are really prepared for a career or for college. As teachers, mentors, coaches and advisors, we all try to do our best. I believe my CEIP (Career Exploration Internship Program, gives students the tools they need to meet the challenge waiting before them. Observing and learning from positive role models, and learn about attitudes, integrity, ethics, human relations, teamwork, timeliness, adversity and of course good study habits.

I recently heard at a WECA Conference, that people get hired for their technical skills and get fired for their soft skills. I believe that to be true.

What do you think?

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What Students Really Need to Hear

I couldn’t agree more. I have spent many restless nights wondering if my students will really be prepared to be self sufficient productive citizens in our world. I sometimes have my doubts, but as a second career teacher for 15 years, my goal is to never stop trying. Great post.


It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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