So far, so good. We spent about 4 hours in our "meeting." Then we were given from 1:30-3:15 work in our rooms, which would have been great except - I CAN'T GET IN MY FRIGGIN' ROOM!!! I have to admit, I spent a good part of the day stewing about the fact that my room still hadn't been touched. I begged the engineer all day to just NOT clean it, so that I could start setting up. I'll spare you all the boring details of the 6+ hours I spent bugging her, but she told me, as I was leaving, that "they should be able to get to it tonight." Yeah, right. But, I'll tell you what. No matter WHAT gets finished tonight, I WILL be setting up my room tomorrow. We get our first 2-week break in 7 weeks, so I don't see why they can't just clean my room then. I couldn't even put up my bulletin board in the hallway because all the stuff they took out of the room across the hall is piled up in front of my board. UGH!
OK, enough negativity. On to the positive! New Principal not only provided donuts, coffee, juice and fresh fruit this morning, she also bought pizza for lunch for the entire school staff. How nice was that? I had a really hard time not shouting out "AMEN!" every time she said something in our meeting. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face all day. The main focus was placed on my two biggest problems with the Hell-Hole: uniforms and discipline. Yay, New Principal!! (Ok, seriously, I need to come up with a better nickname than New Principal. She really seems like a drill sergeant at times, but that seems to have a bit of a negative connotation, doesn't it? Principal Drill Sergeant. Hmmm...I'll have to think of something a little nicer.) She is very serious about eliminating the discipline problems that have plagued the Hell-Hole for as long as I've been there. She's also very serious about her expectations for the staff, which makes me very happy. Maybe she'll be able to weed out the bad apples, and soon.
I won't bore you all with the minutia of today. I'll just say that I'm even more excited about this new year than I was after our last meeting. I think she's really going to whip this place into shape. She's made it perfectly clear that she will NOT tolerate misbehavior in children, NOR their parents. She told us straight out that the two things she will not tolerate are children who misbehave and teachers who don't teach. Woo hoo!!!!
I'm tempted to give you a blow-by-blow of every little thing that was said today, since I loved every second of it, but I'll spare you. Instead, I'll just say good night. Off to make brownies for tomorrow! :)
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