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Justin Bieber has been a large part of middle school life for several years now. The girls love him. The boys hate him. Then we started to hear about the incident in Florida and the fall out began. “He admitted to being drunk,” said one girl as she scanned the headlines online. “He was driving […]

Continue Reading Add comment February 1st, 2014

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week began back in the 80s with the “Just Say ‘No’ to Drugs” campaign. ┬áPTA sponsors the themes and week. Students learn the dangerous effects of drugs and wear silly outfits to silly themes like “Tie One On for Drugs” where everyone wore a necktie. I had just finished the dangers of marijuana […]

Continue Reading Add comment November 24th, 2013


“We’ll be meeting with Steven’s parents this afternoon after school. If you’re available, his parents would like to meet with all the teachers.” I opened up Steven’s composition notebook to check the composition he’d written this afternoon. In 50 minutes, he’d managed to write 23 words. I responded “will attend”. The other teachers were already […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 7th, 2013

“I’m for Sale”

William has a head cold. He is oozing snot. His eyes are bloodshot and puffy. Other students back away from him with his sneezing which he can’t quite catch with his hands, sleeves, or kleenex. He snuffles several times a minute. The nurse has just sent him back to class with a note saying “it’s […]

Continue Reading Add comment November 29th, 2012

“I’ve Never Written an Article Before”

“Ms. G!” It was the end of a very long day when I heard my name being called. My feet hurt but I heard my name called. I turned around and searched the hall. Who had called me? A group of students broke apart and the earnest face of Jim (he was Jimmy last year […]

Continue Reading Add comment October 22nd, 2012

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