Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back To School!

School started for area counties on Monday this week. It's almost Friday, and I am going to be working my first day as a sub in the new school year. The fun part is that it's at the high school I graduated from, and it's only for half a day, so I don't have to be there until 10:50 a.m. (saving me from a 6 a.m. wake-up call, which would also involve getting the kids up, dressed and out the door!). I am going to "teach" art class! I'm so happy, because it's a fun subject to work with and up til now the only art sub experience I've had was with very young elementary school students (Kindergarten, and first through third graders). I don't think it'll be a complete piece of cake, but it's got to be somewhat less demanding than giving small children scissors, construction paper and glue. And I'll bet that high school students actually clean up their messes when they are asked to!

Ah, high school. It seems like a lifetime ago! My favorite thing was Friday night football games with friends, especially when the weather got a bit cooler and you could wear a light coat and not swelter in the heat. Or maybe senior picnic, out on the football field, with bbq lunches and music and games. Of course, I also loved all of the activities I was involved in. I sang in the chorus, competed academically, and even participated on several of the sports teams in my three years there. High school may not have been the easiest time in my life, but it definitely gave me some good memories.

I'm looking forward to the job, and I am so grateful to two friends who are going to keep the kids for me (one for the first part of the day, the other for the remainder). I put myself in a bit of a mess by accepting the assignment before making sure I had childcare covered, so I am so indebted to those two friends for helping me out in a pinch like this. Subs have to work one day out of every 120, which isn't a problem during the school year...the problem is that summer counts as part of the 120! The last assignment I had was May 7th...if I don't work at least one day before the end of next week, I wouldn't be able to keep my active status as a substitute teacher, and then I'd have to fill out more paperwork and go through all the legwork to get reactivated again.

Time to get some sleep so that I'm ready to roll in the morning. It'll be weird to walk the halls of my Alma Mater again, but it's the second time I've taken an assignment there, so the changes that have been made in the last 13 years won't seem as shocking now (I hope!).

Here's my blog challenge, for any and all who may read this post: What is your favorite high school memory that you would like to share? Leave me a comment and let me know. :)


  1. Good luck with your high school sub job! :)

    As for memories...I really enjoyed high school and have many fond memories. Show choir (dancing and singing at the same time to perform a 20-minute show) is very popular in the midwest. I LOVED time performing with my show choir. We'd compete agains other Ohio show choirs. Good times, great fun! :)

  2. congrats on the art subbing! What a cool subject! Hey, and you won a Pocket Doodle book on Manic Mommy so can you email me your mailing address? I will be announcing winners later and can include your blog link!


  3. When you get the chance, I nominated you for a meme/award on my blog. :)