“I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?”

Today was the end of the school year for students; teachers have to show up tomorrow to turn in grades and keys. I am keeping my keys because I will be teaching reading to pre-freshman during summer school, which begins Monday. It is a nice schedule; Monday thru Thursday; 7:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. The downside is that my class size will be increasing from 20 to 40 students.

In other news; I got the 11th grade English position for next year!

This means that I will have to attend a one week training course for our new textbooks after summer school ends. My summer is dwindling away.

At least I still have my week vacation visiting the grandparents in Wisconsin. This will be the first time they meet their great-granddaughter.

-S

Next Year

I teach reading at a Southern California high school and I am funded under Title I, which means that I am contracted year-by-year as funding allows. I have already been rehired for next year and, with my schools population, I feel I will be needed at this school for many years to come. This position is very rewarding, but, it is not a permanent position and I can’t attain tenure. Well, I have an interview next week for a permanent position. There are three positions open and I am gunning for Junior English, American Lit. It is in the Vista Academy, which stands for Viking Informational System Telecommunications Academy.

The program operates in conjunction with Rio Hondo Community College, the University of Southern California, and members of the communications industry such as Digalog Technology Inc., Pictures In a Row, and the El Monte Cable Network Corporation.

These partnerships include hands-on experience in behind-the-scenes production and working with professional cinematographers. The goal of the program is to articulate students through the world of work via colleges and professional production companies which may lead to careers in communications and bridge the language barriers between English and Spanish.

Oh, and I get a Powerbook.

-S

Immigration, Shimmigration

I don’t know why some people say that we need to strengthen our borders. It’s not like, oh, wait, here’s why:

A man arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. The U.S. customs agents took away the bloodstained weapons, fingerprinted him, and then let him into the United States.

Let me repeat that.

They.

Let.

Him.

In.

Really?!

And our borders are safe?

And wait ‘til you see the guy. Read the story here (with picture).

Minutemen, are you listening?

-S