A glimpse of public school high school life

As many of you know I teach for our local public high school. I know as christians we all have different views of public school, but I thought I would share some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of my year so far.

Let’s start with the bad……

A teacher at my school had an affair with a student this year. I posted about it awhile back, it was so sad. The man was married and had a toddler. He had earned an excellent reputation as a music teacher and band director. Now, it’s all just a faded memory, as he sits in jail awaiting a trial.

There is a table of freshman students that I see sitting in a booth at lunch every day, they throw things at other kids, they yell rude things, and basically think they own the place. They have served detention, talked to the assistant principal, and their behavior hasn’t really changed. Now, thanks to my hubby the cafeteria monitor, they are all separated sitting at individual desks at 4 separate corners of the cafeteria.

The ugly………

I live in a quaint, conservative small town. Our school recently made news headlines for a racial incident that occurred. Apparently tensions had been rising for awhile, they all came to a head when 3 boys yelled racial slurs at some African-American students and threw trash at them. It was a sad event, perpetrated by just a few rogue boys. It saddened us all to see these events unfold before our eyes, and unfortunately attitudes of hate and discrimination still exist!

Now for the GOOD……….

TheΒ  very talented quarterback for the school football team, takes time every day to come and sit with my special needs students during lunch. He started this on his own initiative, and my students, especially the boys LOVE him. It’s a time of trash talking, being goofy, giving him five……good ole typical boy fun.

Our senior class president lost his mom this year to a brain aneurysm. He played for the school basketball team. The entire school rallied around him, and students and teachers purchased over 700 shirts bearing his name, and an inspirational message. Everyone wore the shirts to school on the same day and then to the basketball game that night. The boy wrote a thank you note in the local paper, and thanked everyone for their support…….including Jesus his savior who has seen him through this difficult time!! I might add that this young man volunteers in my class everyday, and plans to be a teacher when he graduates. My students adore him.

A young girl, a sophomore from our church comes down to the special ed classroom next to mine and plays her guitar during her lunch time every Friday. She sings many christian songs for the autistic support class next to my classroom. Just yesterday I heard her singing away………” Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord God Almighty ,Who was, and is, and is to come ,With all creation I sing ,Praise to the King of Kings ,You are my everything , And I will adore You”

I overheard a student the other day inviting a student who is in a lot of trouble lately, to his church youth group.

This is just a small glimpse of what goes on. High schools these days can be a tough place to grow up in, but I am thankful for christian kids who pledge to make a difference amidst the bad and the ugly.

Outback Steakhouse giveaway…..

I know you don’t want to enter the giveaway for a gift card to Outback Steakhouse……the food is so gross, and I heard the service is horrible!! So don’t head over to Promises Fulfilled, and DO NOT enter her giveaway. OK can you tell that I am really trying to talk you out of entering a wonderful, gracious and generous giveaway at Promises Fulfilled for a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse……the less who enter, the greater the chance I have for winning a night out with my hubby! πŸ™‚

So don’t click that link!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I double dog dare you to not click that link!!! πŸ™‚

Oh, go ahead, and click it…..but if you win, can you take me? πŸ™‚

Update – Yipee, Yipee!!Β  πŸ™‚ I won!Β  Wow, that is exciting, I haven’t really won anything in all the bloggy giveaways going on.Β  And this will be so worth it, since Hubby and I don’t like to spend money to go out together.Β  This will be very appreciated…..and needed!Β  Thanks again to Promises Fulfilled! πŸ™‚Β 

Drought in my brain this week……..

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I have posted! My blogging brain has been shut down this past week! It’s been a weird week. Maybe because outdoor soccer practice has started for The Inventor, and SportTman, is now playing on 2 baseball teams, and those practices have started. I have just been out of sorts this week, you know like you are spinning the wheels and going nowhere!

So here are my random, scattered thoughts this week…….

Does anyone still buy premium gas anymore?

Why can’t quick, easy meals also be good for you?

Why did God give us women crazy hormones?

What do dirt, crumbs, receipts, empty water bottles, socks, winter hats, a fruit roll up wrapper, a church bulletin, an empty gatorade bottle and a soccer schedule, all have in common? Answer….they are all currently scattered all over the floor of my beloved van.

I finally bought a new purse, nothing fancy, I am so practical. But it has a pocket on the side of the purse for a cell phone. It is so nice, no more digging through my purse to answer the ringing cell phone!

When you squeeze in a quick workout on a bike and wear a bike helmet on a beautiful spring day. Then head off to teach a class at church, you hair still looks like you are wearing a bike helmet!

No matter how hard I try I always seem to loose earrings!

I really like these Eat Smart – Veggie Crisps. I am quite addicted to them lately!

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Philippians 3:8

Several years ago I came across a newspaper article that inspired me and spoke to my heart. I have kept this story safely secured in my bible as a reminder of one man’s courageous faith. I was drawn to this story by reading the headline of a man who tragically died in an elevator accident. But it was the final sentence of the article that spoke to my heart. With Easter almost here, and as I reflect on all that Jesus did for me on that cross, I am reminded of this man’s faith. So I wanted to share his story with you.

Hitoshi Nikaidoh age 35 was working as a doctor at hospital in Houston, he entered an elevator to make his rounds one morning. Just as he was stepping in the elevator, the door suddenly closed on him, pinning his shoulders. As the elevator began to rise Mr. Nikaidoh was trapped and he died instantly.

As I read this story several years ago, I thought to myself, how sad. This guy was just going about his daily job and was killed doing something so innocent as getting in an elevator.

The final paragraph though was the part that really moved me, and inspired my faith. The article quoted a hospital spokesperson, speaking about Mr. Nikaidoh, saying that on a recent job application, he wrote, ” he enjoyed activities such as running, cooking, reading, being outdoors, but, all of these activities pale in comparison to my devoted pursuit of a more intimate relationship with my Lord, Jesus.”

He wrote that on his job application at a major hospital!!! Talk about a man who died with the right priorities in life.

All of those activities pale in comparison to a more devoted pursuit of a more intimate relationship with Jesus……Wow! I know I struggle with the activities and things of this world that often sway me from a more intimate relationship with Jesus. But this man had the zeal and passion to daily lay aside the things of this world and pursue Christ.

It’s a glorious reminder to me of a man who lived out of Philippians, 3:7-8.

~But whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost ALL things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.~

~He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name,that at the name of JESUS every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….~ Philippians 2: 8b-11

Also check out a new blogger I met through the blog party. She has an excellent post with similar thoughts to this one, and posted the same verse. Please visit Melanie @ The Fruit of the Spirit.

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Why is it so hard for a 13 year old to find someone to play with?

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Ok, I am not one to vent about things on my blog, but the day has come! My son, SportTman is 13, he is not into “going out” with girls yet, he does not spend endless hours on the computer “I-M ing” his friends, he only has a Play Station 1, so it’s not a big draw for him, he does not want to “chill” with his friends………he just wants to play in the woods or shoot hoops, throw baseball, or play any sport with a friend. But here is the problem, his friends simply do not want to play anymore! They are to busy “chillin” with the girls, using the computer, talking on their cell phone to their girlfriends or sending text messages etc.

Hubby and I are both public school teachers and our kids have always gone to public school, I notice that many of these kids simply grow up too soon! SportTman has many close friends from church, so we are thankful for those dear friends.

I have always been such an advocate of kids having time to play. They have their entire life to be a grown-up, but only about 10 short, precious years to play. So why rush them into adulthood? Why can’t my 13 year old just enjoy being a kid…..why do people constantly ask him if he has a girlfriend yet? Does he like to go to the movies with friends? Does he want to go to the middle school dance? He has said no to all of those questions simply because he just isn’t interested. I happen to think that is a good thing, but it appears to be few parents these days that agree with me.

But for now, I am thankful that he is comfortable and confident in his decision and actions and quite content in this stage of life……….he just wishes he had some one to play with. And as his mom, so do I.

I should never sit down!

Wow I had “PLS” bad today….not PMS, but PLS. Post Lunch Syndrome! You know that point in the day after lunch when the only thing you really care about at that point is a nice soft pillow, and a nap! I was at school when I suffered through this.Β  I was starting to doze during reading groups! πŸ™‚ I should have never brought my comfy desk chair over to the table for reading group, I sat in that cozy chair, and missed most of what my students read for about 5 min….ok it wasn’t that bad. But the story was so weird about a tramp, that could fix lamps at a camp…..and I just couldn’t teach it with my usual excitement!!

While discussing my PLS I must also mention my chronic FBS. This is really bad when I am busy, and we are soon approaching our busy season. My son is on 2 baseball teams,there is also soccer for my daughter, piano lesson, school, yard work, youth group, Wed. night church…. the list goes on, and my brain goes off! I often suffer from chronic Foggy Brain Syndrome. My brain feels like mush, I actually resort to writing things I need to remember to do on my hand out of desperation. I drive down the road in one direction, and suddenly realize I should be going the other direction, I shave one leg and forget to do the other, I go to the store to buy cheese, I come home with 8 other items, but NO cheese, I pack my lunch for school and leave it on the kitchen counter and come home to find that the dog ate it! Do you see a pattern here.? πŸ™‚

I saw it T-shirt the other day that said, “in this next life I want to have more memory installed!” AMEN to that.

Despite all my shortcomings and PLS, FBS, and PMS. I am fearfully and wonderfully made that way by a Creator. I am thankful for the way God has created me, even with all my issues! πŸ™‚

And somebody please tell me……..help me feel normal…..do you suffer from these things also?

There is a party going on around here……..

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Party time ladies, time to kick off those shoes, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and read some new blogs!! πŸ™‚

So…….WELCOME to my little corner of the blog world. Thanks for stopping by. Now if you were stopping by my house I would probably pour you some coffee ( or tea if you prefer), offer you something chocolate to eat, and sit and chat with you. So tell me about yourself……how many kids do you have? How is this crazy thing called motherhood going for you? Do you like chocolate? Do you suffer from the frustrations of PMS? What is hardest for you as a mom? What do you enjoy most about being a mom? How long have you been married? What do you do to have fun and cut loose a bit? So please leave a comment, and answer a questionΒ  or two, so I can get to know you also. πŸ™‚

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As for me, I have 2 children SportTman is 13, and as you may have guessed, he is a sports boy. He plays middle school soccer, basketball, and AAU baseball. He also plays drums, and I need to go get him up right now, so he can go to a rehearsal for a children’s ministry program he play drums for Sunday at church…be right back.

I also have a dear, thoughtful and very helpful 10 year old ( soon to be 11) daughter. I call her The Inventor, because she is constantly inventing things to make our lives easier. Just yesterday she gave my tiny laundry room a makeover, and installed a small, plastic candy vending machine ( nothing fancy, it’s from Wal-Mart), in my laundry room. Now when I get tired of doing laundry, I can eat chocolate!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ She also plays soccer year round, is a great runner, and has been taking piano lessons for 2 years.

Drums is my hubby, and yes he also plays drums. If you came by my house, you can imagine it would be a LOUD party!! πŸ™‚ Drums is a public school high school social studies teacher, and a great worship drummer. He plays drums for so many different events in our area I loose track. He also plays for our church worship team. We have been married for 18 years!!

I am also a public school teacher special ed teacher, Drums and I teach at the same school, and it’s in the same school district our kids attend. I was a SAHM for 5 years, and then taught part time for 4 years. This is my first year back working full time. It’s busy, but it really helps that we are all in the same school district. I also teach my son’s Jr. High Sunday school class, and my daughter’s Girl’s Alive class on Wed. nights.

It all makes for a busy life. But we are always looking for opportunities to be a light for the Lord in our community. We are a family that is truly blessed and we look for ways to honor God in all we do! πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting, Sandy

C-o-f-f-e-e, memories……..

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I still remember the day just like it was yesterday…….I was studying for finals late one night in college. Some friends suggested we head over to the dining hall for some coffee. They said the dining hall was open late for cookies and coffee during finals week. I was tired, and needed to do some more studying, so I followed my friends to the dining hall on that eventful night. And there for the first time in my life, I drank a cup of coffee. I thought it was pretty nasty tasting so I loaded in lots of milk, and gulped it down. But I went back the next night for my 2nd cup of coffee. It took several months of drinking coffee on occasion until I was hooked. And soon before I was truly aware of it I was going out until all hours of the night and drinking up to 10 cups of coffee in a night. I spent the rest of the night up going to the bathroom, but I was young back then, my bionic bladder could take it! πŸ™‚

I write all of this background to justify why I freaked out the other morning before school when I realized that I was out of half and half and I MUST have it for MY coffee! To me coffee just isn’t any good with out half and half. So I got the kids out the door early, and stopped and bought a cup of coffee. Why do I have this obsession with coffee? I am not a Starbucks girl, I actually don’t really like their coffee. I also don’t like so many of those coffee drinks that sound delicious, but I just don’t prefer them. I have tried a ton of them, but I am done spending money on them and will simply just order my good ole flavored coffee with entirely too much half and half in the future.

So if you were look for some rich spiritual content in this post, you will have to look some where else……..My thoughts tonight are on the fresh cup of Green Mountain Fresh Blueberry coffee that I am loading into my coffee maker for tomorrow morning. I am sure of this one thing also….. I have plenty of half and half this time.

So I am wondering ladies, do you like coffee? What kinds do you like? How do you drink your coffee? Inquiring coffee minds want to know……..

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