Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The New Class


There was a batch of new students at the continuation high school. Well, there's always a new batch. They break down their year into eight blocks, each about a month long. The school admits a new class of about twenty for each of those blocks.

(Students graduate on their own timeline, as well. As soon as they reach 220 credits, they're done, no matter when in the year it is.)

Sixth period was the class that had all the newbies. I realized this when I got a look at the roster. I recognized a couple names. And not from the continuation high school.

I have mentioned Kevin before. In fact, I predicted that he'd end up here. (It was a rather obvious prediction.) He'll fit right in.

The other student I recognized just by his name I have not mentioned on the blog before. That's because I try to think of him as little as possible.

Many mornings I would walk onto one campus and hear my name bellowed across the expanse. Each syllable enunciated. Followed by giggles. And repeated.

I quickly learned to ignore it.

Angelo even would run up to me and bellow my name to my face.

I asked him to stop. He would not.

Then I had him in a class with a co-teacher, and I learned that I was not special. He did the same to all his teachers. Whew. I'm so glad he wasn't singling me out.

Yup, now he's at the continuation high school. He seemed surprised to see me. And, as luck would have it, he's stopped the bellowing of my name. So, progress.

I didn't recognize the other students. But I'll learn their names. Because I do spend a lot of time at the continuation high school. (Little did they know that they can't escape me there *insert evil laugh*)

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  1. That would drive me nuts and make me uncomfortable if someone bellowed my name, especially to my face. Glad he's not doing that anymore.

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    1. That might be the point, actually. Alas, when I had him in class the week before the break, he went right back to the bellowing. Sigh. I guess he was shell shocked by the new school that first time.

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  2. Sad when you just know they'll end up there - and they do.

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  3. What is wrong with Angelo? ~shakes head~ I'm glad, too, that you weren't singled out and he has stopped. I'm so grateful you do the type of job I could not. ~nods~ Happy New Year!

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    1. Alas, he stopped that one time. The next time I saw him...

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    2. Oh, good grief. So sorry to read this.

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  4. It's interesting that they graduate at their own pace. It's kind of a progressive idea. I wonder if it would work on a larger scale.

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  5. That's a new way to graduate at their own pace. I am not sure if it is for the better or not since some will feel more stress while others will just linger. Sad to know these kids end up there, they don't seem to care and they can procreate

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    1. It's not really new. This school has been there since the '60s. And when I was in high school, my district had one of these, too. We talked about it in hushed tones. It's an alternative for those who might not otherwise graduate.

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  6. Ugh, that kid sounds annoying. This is one of those times I'm glad I'm not a teacher.

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  7. My daughter used to teach and she would tell me stories about students and/or their parents and I just couldn't believe the they behaved. I wonder if it's "as at home, so at school." - Thank you for taking this on. Teachers are so under appreciated.

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    1. I have a feeling many of them act the same around their families.

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  8. "Little did they know that they can't escape me there *insert evil laugh*" <---hahahaha!

    The stuff kids think to do always amazes me. Even though I'm sure I was the exact same way when I was their age. :)

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  9. What goes around comes around! Hoping you survive this new class!

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    1. The rest of them... Well, I'm used to this behavior. They'll grow up and graduate. Or they won't.

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  10. Do they believe that they are immortal?

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    1. At that age? Yep. They don't really believe they're not.

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  11. The bellowing would've gotten old. Real fast.

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  12. Can you get him for harassment if he is bellowing out teacher names like that?

    betty

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  13. I wouldn't be surprised if Angelo feels a bit sheepish, maybe even ashamed, that you "found" him at the Continuation High School.

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