Well, that's it for the 2012 - 2013 year. Is it just me or did that go FAAAAASSSSST!?!?!
Thanks to you all for the great year! I appreciate all your hard work and the determination you displayed (some of you more than others) to be successful this year.
Sorry for my grumpy days and if I was ever unfair to you (in your eyes). What can I say... I'm only human.
I hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing Summer and I look forward to seeing you next year.
My courses next year: Math 8, PreCalculus 10, Workplace 11, Foundations 11, PreCalculus 12.
See you in September!! Be safe!!!
Observations and thoughts from last night's graduation ceremony and dinner:
(1) the girl's heels just keep getting higher and higher. I'm not sure how much more extreme this can get. Only one girl did a complete wipe-out so I guess that's not too bad
(2) the boy's continue to dress better and better (than in previous years). Slim suits, well-tailored pants (not dragging on the floor like in the past), bow ties, narrow ties, three-piece suits, navy, grey... it's all good.
(3) the ceremony continues to get longer and longer. Warning to the grade 8's (Grad 2017): I think your ceremony could break the 3-hour mark. (But I do LOOOOVE the ceremony so it's fine with me).
(4) Ms. E continues to dance more than all the other teachers combined (mind you: I WOULD dance. It's just that nobody asks. Story of my life...)
(5) the free Photobooth thing was awesome last night. I think the teachers liked it more than the kids.
(6) Of the places we've gone to since I've been at KG, here is my ranking of best to worst in terms of the location / room / view: Pan Pacific, Shangri-La, Georgia Hotel, Sutton Place
(7) Of the places we've gone to since I've been at KG, here is my ranking of best to worst in terms of the FOOD: Georgia Hotel, Pan Pacific, Sutton Place, Shangri-La.
(8) Quote of the night from grad Olesia.P. as she crossed the stage: "Don't give up on your dreams... go back to sleep". That one made me laugh.
(9) Best misread quote (by Mr. Scrimshaw) as student crossed the stage: "thanks to my parents for not making my education a priority..." Whoops!
(10) probability of me getting through next year's ceremony (Grad 2014) without multiple teary-eyed episodes: 0
Good luck to the Grads of 2013! Such a friendly, caring, service-oriented, personable group of young people. I started at KG the same year as you (a few months AFTER you actually) and I hate to see you go. You will be missed!!
It never feels good to ruin a young person's life...
Yesterday, at the grade 8/9 awards assembly, I was announcing the Grade 8 Math contest winners. Both winners (they tied) are in the Tech program... the only grade 8's I don't teach. I started the presentation as follows: "in grade eight, there were two young ladies who tied for the top mark. Congratulations to [XXXX] and to [XXXX]".
Immediately, the whole gym burst into uproarious laughter.
My first thought: "what's all the fuss about? Grade 8's are so loud sometimes..."
My second thought: "why is that boy standing up?"
My third thought: "Oh #%$&^$#"
I have NO IDEA why I said "Young Ladies" when I didn't even know the kids. How stupid is that?
I feel really, really bad about this. And I keep reminding myself: yeah, but the boy probably feels even worse. :(
This young man can come get chocolate from me whenever he wants from now until grade 12...
When a statistician passes the airport security check, they discover a bomb in his bag. He explains. "Statistics shows that the probability of a bomb being on an airplane is 1/1000. However, the chance that there are two bombs at one plane is 1/1000000. So, I am much safer this way..."
An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third orders a third of a beer. The bartender bellows, "Get the hell out of here, are you trying to ruin me?"
** Bonus mark to any PreCalculus 11 student that can explain this joke (why is it "funny"?). Hint: think about geometric series...
I am your teacher. Obey me.