Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Day 1 of the 2009-2010 School Year

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! :)


The Girl Next Door said...

Sorry about the Classroom situation but WOOT for the new take-no-prisoners CHief! (TNPC). I hope you have a GREAT year. And oh what the helllllll are you doing back in school already? You do know it's the first week of august right?

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Little Miss Serious Principal?

Isn't it the best having a new chief in town when their predecessor sucked?

Clippy Mat said...

AMEN to being off to a good start. anyone who brings all that food to a meeting must be good.
i think you're going to have a good year! :-)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that you are already back to school!?!?!?!? This summer is going too fast. Or I guess in your case, is now over. What?

Glad to hear that things are looking up for next year. I have to say, I'm gonna mist the Big Cheese and all his mispellings.

Kirsten said...

How about Disciplined Principal?

Kath said...

I think you should call her Principal Pizza... because I like alliteration, and well, it was the best I could come up with.

And I hope the meeting was an omen of good things to come all year!

Saii said...

oh wow!
ur really excited.... gimme some of that energy pleaseeeeeee!!
here in Guatemala we're like 9 weeks missing til the end of school year so ... u can imagine... the kids are like ... hmmm they are not REALLY motivated. And teachers are like... let's say we don't have the same patience and energy as back in January (when the school year began)

so ... reading ur enthusiastic words was... GREAT


Jason, as himself said...

She sounds like a good one, at least so far. She has certainly started off on the right foot.

Now, if the school is called The Hell Hole, then perhaps the head of it should be called Satan? And since she's nice so far, you could call he Nice Mrs. Principal Satan.

And honestly? Until very recently I thought when you were referring to Hell Hole you were talking about a bar that you work at, too.

jlo said...

Yeah Kick Ass Principal!! The bulletin boards will still be there tomorrow. Better that you have new leadership who cares and wants to make the hell hole not so hell-hole-ish.