Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sign the Petition!

May 31, 2008~ Having just returned from the end of the year district breakfast, our Superintendent shared with us his final "soapbox" plea before his retirement. He has done a fantastic job of providing the students with a high quality educational experience with the state of South Carolina's minimally adequate funding process. So he shared with the faculty and staff what we need to do to as responsible educators:

So here is my effort to support him and the students I am bound to serve.

South Carolinians, I urge you to visit Goodbye Minimally Adequate and sign the petition. We need 1 million signatures in order to begin the process of inserting "a high quality education, allowing each student to reach his highest potential" in lieu of the "minimally adequate" verbiage that is currently in the state constitution.

Let the students, parents, Legislators, Congressmen and ultimately the nation know that SC educators have the best interest of our students in mind when embarking on their learning process.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Voting for our Video Book Talk

May 27, 2008~ Oh, my!!! We were scheduled to vote beginning this week and low and behold there was a security breach at Story Tubes.

Luckily, as of today it is again open!!! So..go vote!!!

"At the end of each week, one lucky contestant will win $500 in books. Their sponsoring organization (school, library or designated organization for home-schooled youth) will receive $1,000 in books."

Our entry is in the May 26 - June 2, 2008 - Facts, Fads and Phenoms category and it it entitled "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and you can preview it here but you need to go to the StoryTubes 2008 National Contest Page below to vote.

Voting for this category will begin on May 26 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. And, it has been extended to June 2 to compensate for the Memorial Day holiday.

Link to Vote for the 2008 National StoryTubes Contest:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Another Meme

May 6, 2008~I was tagged by LoonyHiker for this meme and since I can’t resist some of these and like to read what is posted by others, here is mine:
The Rules…1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player's blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was a 5th Grade teacher at the middle school in the district where I currently teach. I didn't have a computer at home or a networked computer in my classroom (which was a portable~yes, don't all the newly hired teachers get portables??).
2. What are my 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order:
1) Take daughter shopping for shoes (yes, dance is Friday night and we still don't have the right shoes and it is all my fault!).
2) Dinner Date (after the go w/their dad and I "get" an adult dinner! LOL)
3) PACT preparation
4) Class preparation for this afternoon's Boot Camp for Teachers
5) Clean out inbox!
3. Snacks I enjoy…
Yogurt, strawberries, almonds, pretzels..not necessarily together....
4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
~start a soccer scholarship program for club ball so anyone can play travel soccer
~Go on a cruise with my ENTIRE EXTENDED family (and their friends) every summer
~Buy a weekend convertible (and a gas company!)
5. Three of my bad habits (thank goodness I could stop at 3!):
~procrastination, inability to say "no", always loosing my keys...
6. 5 places I have lived: (I only have two..lucky I guess..since I am a military brat!)
Isle of Palms, SC (born there)
Columbia, SC (live now)
7. 5 jobs I have had:
~ Red and White Grocery Store
~ McDonald's
~ Wal~Mart (who hasn't?)
~ Bank Teller/CSR/Lender
~ Teacher
8. 6 people I want to know more about, because I'm just that nosey. (but I could think of 3 and I need to go back to the PACT room before they come looking for me!):
Lisa Conrath: Media Messenger
Cathy Wilson: Wilson Words
Stephanie Nelson: Nelson Notes