Hop on over to link up your top 3 jitters. Here's what is causing me the most anxiety for the upcoming school year:
1. New Principal: Our district did some major reassignments of district supervisors and principals this school year. Many principals were shuffled around, and others altogether left the district, while many district personnel have assumed their very first principalships. Our school is in the lucky position to receive the latter. Let's just say it's going to be an interesting year of change with our new princ.
2. Oh Boy!: We are boy heavy with expanding class sizes in 4th grade this year. At the end of May, before summer enrollment even started, I had 17 boys and 13 girls. I dread to see how much larger my class has grown since then, we'll know for sure on August 7th - students' first day back!
3. Heat Advisory / No Lunch Recess Days: Starting school at the beginning of August means returning to triple digit temperatures during above average humidity. If a Heat Advisory has been called, then we have the privilege of entertaining our students during lunch recess inside the classroom. We've been known to have 2 full weeks of no teacher lunches to ourselves with the assigned lunch recess monitors conveniently M.I.A. during this time - I mean they don't even have the common courtesy to offer us a bathroom break! I guess I was spoiled at my previous school.
AAHHH!!! There's only one week left before teachers have to officially report back to work. For me, it's only 6 days left before the meetings begin!! I am a mentor teacher, so that means I have to go back even earlier to meet up with the newbie teachers I'll be mentoring at their summer orientation. The district is offering to open the schools Friday - Sunday with air conditioning, so I'm probably going to plow through setting up my classroom, that way I can focus on unit planning & preparing lesson materials for the first week of school. Hopefully I can finish in 2 days, that way I can share my photos on my Sunday blog post and relax until Wednesday - fingers crossed :D