May 2008 Archives

Our neighborhood will celebrate Memorial Day with a picnic in my yard this afternoon. We will remember those who served and died in service to our country in our armed forces. With no intention of minimizing military service, I would like to remember some individuals who gave their lives, not by dying, but by serving their country consistently over the years. Today on Memorial Day I can't help but think of all those who invested a lifetime in service to their fellow citizens in classrooms across our nation. They have served quietly and without fanfare, but they have certainly helped ...


Try imagining a place where it's always safe and warm. "Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm." — Bob Dylan On Thursday, May 9th, in the early morning hours, a tornado ripped through 160 homes here in Stafford County, Virginia. At least 40 homes were destroyed. The damage is about two blocks from my school. Some of the devastated houses, of course, were our students’ homes. We can see these houses from our playing fields. The roof was gone from some, others were missing the whole second story. Still others looked almost like doll houses, the rooms ...


Eighth graders cluster around the world map, peeling off their little sticky tags and moving them. Ashley: China—Again??? Amritpal: Oh yeah! I’m Belarus! Nobody’s ever been Belarus! LeMaj: Yeah, but now you have to find it! Ryan: I’m Greenland! Kristen: Not! No way you are Greenland, Ryan! You made that up! Geography? No, this is my eighth grade Family and Consumer Science class. For the last week, they’ve been checking the permanent-care labels in their clothes and "claiming" their shirts' country of origin. It's an eye-opening activity. While China may have produced the majority of ...


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