Friday, January 18, 2013

Homecoming Tiles and Blue and White Day

STUCO has been hard at work on the backdrop for this Fire and Ice themed Homecoming. So far they've finished the fire, but the ice is still missing. Ceiling tiles are done, however. (Every grade has to paint two.) They're exceptional this year, I think.

Blue and White Day is at once the easiest day for dressing up...and the most fun, I think.

Ah well. Homecoming week is safely behind us.  I might actually have to come up with other topics...maybe review some of the great books I've been reading.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

International Day

There's not much to say about this day. I wish I could say it raised awareness of other people around the world, but I fear that it merely strengthened stereotypes. I didn't help much. But, thanks to Claye, who has an affinity for all things Japanese, I was able to wear this gloriously embroidered robe and be quite comfortable.

The queen of England

 An Argentine gaucho and his Scottish buddy

 An Egyptian lady
                                                        And a Greek

Mexico and Africa

 What I should have done--but thought of too late--was to have dressed as a wheat farmer in red and black and said I was an international harvester...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So Does Anybody Think I'm a Tree?

Not Really? Aw. 
Camouflage day was definitely not my strong fact, finding a suit at all proved rather
 difficult. There was no camo in the house...well, except for these rather warm pants belonging to Turtle.  The students, however, outdid themselves, as you can see for yourself.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Favorite Sports Day

I really wanted to go to school today as a roller skater, but I couldn't find my skates--yes, yet another reason for cleaning out the attic. The students have grown up using roller blades with in-line wheels. They think the old style skates are amazingly difficult to maneuver, so I would have garnished a certain degree of awesomeness. Sigh.

Oh well. I decided to wear my backpacking gear, because I do like to hike. Since I live with an equipment junky, the question was more a matter of what to leave behind than what to take. I agreed to the hat with the sun flap for the neck, but didn't actually wear it because I still have a bit of dignity left. I also left behind the titanium "pooper-scoopper"--which some people actually use to dig a hole in the ground when they stray far from camping "facilities"--because I didn't really want to be explaining all day. I also dangled a compass from my pack, stowed a bottle of DEET for the pesky insects, and carried a cudgel in case I stumbled into a sounder of wild boars.

My students portrayed more conventional sports, I noticed. Here are a few snapshots from the classroom and the halls.

Here's golf




and martial arts,
otherwise known as
an opportunity to get away with going barefoot to school...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Homecoming Theme--Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice. It doesn't really sound like a homecoming theme, but, ever since they were in the eighth grade, the STUCO reps have been suggesting it. This year they got the go ahead...

The verse they chose to go with it was Psalm 147:17-18   He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 

Our dress-up days are always a challenge. Monday was "fire and ice". I'm Ishkoodah, the Comet, which looks like fire but is really ice. It's a little hard to see, but my icy snowflake actually glows in the dark. (thank you, after Christmas sales) Believe it or not, it's easier to teach when one is wearing a diadem and carrying a very sharp scepter.

Here are a couple of fire and ice pictures from the halls.

Seventh graders and sophomores.

Are they cool? Or are they hot?
It's interesting that it means precisely the same thing in slang.
Obviously, having the old school advantage, I've lived through the "in" and the "out" of  both. Since "in-ness" and "out-ness" have never been high on my list of concerns, I have fun being both.