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Countdown: 2 Days

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OK, it’s official now – the Seniors are gone and I’m stuck here submitting grades. Even a bad day with them is more fun than this. It feels good, though, seeing how many of them are really graduating (all of mine) and mostly all of others’ classes. Good job.

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Countdown: 3 Days

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Third and last day for Seniors. The Administration has created an inflatable version of the fair scene at the end of “Grease.” I’m manning the inflated Olympic Sports station. Three hours in the Florida sun wearing a Gator baseball cap and drinking a bottle of water. Watching them, stuffing it all in my memory for future recall. Things I don’t want to forget. Three days to go.

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Countdown: 4 Days

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Second day of final exams so I don’t see every class every day. It’s hard to realize that I’ll not only be losing them to graduation, but I’ll be parting with the last classes of my high school teaching career. Sadness mixed with anticipation… what a mixed up mess inside my heart. In many ways I’m experiencing the same things they are. We’re all getting out of high school! Think of it as graduation day for me, too! Four days to go.

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Countdown: 5 Days

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The last week before I leave 29 years of teaching. What I’ll miss the most are these great kids. Sure, they make me crazy sometimes but no one’s perfect… including me. Today, there’s a lot of “no one’s perfect” floating around here. They’re Seniors and these are their last 3 days of high school. It’s next to impossible to expect them to stay focused on anything but graduation. Me? Their excitement is catching. It’s getting harder to stay focused for me, too. But somehow, I can’t let them know that. Five days to go.

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