Monday, September 29, 2008

Pep Rally & Game Day Fun

If you want to know what I really do for 13 hours at work most days, you're looking at it. I love coaching, and intend to do it as long as I am in Texas. I simply come home exhausted! The athletic teams play "A" and "B" games--basically the equivalent of jv and varsity--so the cheerleaders perform at both games. We alternate every week between the volleyball games and football games. It was about 8:30 p.m. when I left school tonight. WOW! I get no sleep!

Me with a few of the girls before the football game.

We had our annual pep rally for when we play our rival middle school in football. The kids get really into it, so of course, the teachers and coaches do as well! I'm definitely riding around the gym on a stick-pony. How embarrassing!! Just goes to show that you can't have shame when you teach middle schoolers.

The girls doing a cheer with the mascot.

"Cowgirls" getting ready for the pep rally skit. We were actually a little nervous. There were a lot of students and teachers watching... and we get to do it all over again tomorrow!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A New Brother for Grace?

The newest addition to the clan... an ADORABLE 8-week-old gray male kitten. Thanks to my friend, Jessica, I've had to have him over to visit a couple times. He is very malnourished and scrawny, but is hilarious! I think Grace may have a sibling again soon...I may end up adopting him within the next week or so if things work out. (I am waiting for his tummy to adjust to solid foods before he stays permanently!)
Grace wasn't crazy about him at first, however, he came over to play last night and she followed him around like she was very curious about him. They may end up being best buds!
I definitely need to come up with a fitting name for him soon!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back to School

I put my name on my Word Wall...I have to remind them that my name isn't just "Miss."

I can't believe that it's already the fifth week of school! Time certainly flies when you're ridiculously busy. Here's a little taste of everything I've been up to so far... Grammar is my life right now. Subjects and verbs and apostrophes, OH MY!! I also coach cheerleading and am enjoying it so much. The girls are very dramatic--normal young teens, of course! I get phone calls at all times of the evening from them asking what to wear to the next game or what to bring to practice. They are a handful, but it's a lot of fun!
On top of grading papers written in "Spanglish" and coaching cheerleading, I also am part of the Campus Improvement Committee at my school. We basically meet with the principal to make important decisions regarding fundraising, new ideas, parent involvement, etc. It's a really great resume builder and I'm learning a lot about the way the school disctrict and school interact.
More to come soon...I'm off to correct more essays.