Good conferences with parents tops the list this week. Yes, there are such things. In high school, parents don't always feel the need to come to conferences, although we have an online scheduler that allows them to create their own schedule at the times that are convenient for them. Still, we don't get all of them (like maybe a fourth of them).
But the ones we do get are interested in their child's education and it usually shows in the child. I even had a couple say to me "She's kind of a perfectionist. It's good for her to struggle once in awhile." I found that so refreshing (Who are we kidding? I was jumping up and down with JOY). So many parents are only after the "A" and they forget about the learning.
And speaking of learning...
my freshmen were disappointed that we didn't have school on Friday this week. "What?" I can hear you screaming. "High schoolers disappointed about a day off from school! What planet are you from?" My secret weapon? Genius Time. They were disappointed they didn't get Genius Time this week. As much as I would have loved to give it to them on Thursday, we needed to finish up an activity so we could move on next week. The best part of the whining (who ever thought I'd say something like that) is that it came from kids who don't have much interest in school. Just goes to show, choice matters.
But, here's what I'm really celebrating this week....
My husband and I have been planning a trip to Hawaii with his sister and her husband for over a year. We'll be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary and they will be celebrating their twentieth. One night a year and a half ago they called and told us their plans and asked if we would want to go with them. Of course, we said yes.
And so this weekend we are together. We'll meet with our travel agent this morning to get things finalized, to ask our questions and in six weeks, WE'RE OFF! It will be odd to be gone for Christmas, but it was the only time that worked for all four of us, so Christmas it is.
10 Days in Hawaii. My husband has never been able to take a vacation that long until now. But since he semi-retired this past summer, we can do this.
For so long it seemed a lifetime away, so we didn't talk about it much, but now, it's much closer.
It's not too early to pack, is it?
Until next week, Aloha.
By the way, the title of this post? Celebration in Hawaiian according to http://www.mauimapp.com/