in 70s rock music that can’t be solved
through the use of dry ice
As we go into Day Four of the new APS school year, the following is true:
- We have a spiffy, state-of-the-nerd online stat database designed to help us track all the “accountability” (i.e. testing) scores for our students. But the student data isn’t loaded yet for this year, and the latest guesstimate I was given for doing so is September 20th.
- So we teachers will get to access state-of-the-nerd information on your son or daughter for the first time roughly six weeks into Fall Semester. About 1/6th of the way into the school year.
- Students all over the District are being deprived of electives due to poor performance, and instead are taking classes developed to utilize spiffy programs like “READ 180”. But the District isn’t getting “READ 180” because it’s too expensive (about $500 a head from what I hear) and it requires computers and stuff. So specially created classes exist to replace electives without the specially created curriculum for those classes.
- All the electives at my school are packed to the point of overflowing because of the specially designed classes noted in bullet two above. All the students who don’t need the specially created curriculum are packed together in “electives” they often do not want. Part of the problem is that much of our staff is teaching the specially created classes with the specially created curriculum that we don’t have.
- The APS line lunch for the first three days of school has been: Day One, Pizza; Day Two, Pizza; Day Three, Pizza. And not pizza from some place in Brooklyn, Queens or Corrales. Pizza that tastes exactly like those Chefboyardee (sic?) pizza-in-a-can pizzas we made in 1971. In fact, this APS pizza tastes like it was made in 1971.
- One day the pizza was augmented with, and I’m not making this up, macaroni and cheese and a roll. Yes, for those playing at home, that’s a starch, a starch and a….starch. Oh, and two “cheeses” (quotation marks quite necessary). There were little clear plastic containers of iceberg lettuce chunks and a single cherry tomato on a counter, but, unsurprisingly, no students (or adults) took a container.
Now in the areas listed above I can report that APS employees are doing the best we can with what we have. I can also report that whenever somebody sues us our best very often gets just a little bit better.
Funny how that works out.