No snow day today. BOOO!!!! But there will probably be one on Wednesday, with below freezing temperatures and up to 6" of snow predicted. No sweat for you in North Dakota, but in a city of hills (some as much as 30-35 degree slopes), there is a lot of sweat involved.
Of course, my district waited until 6 am to announce a delay, so I was already up, dressed, and had my hand on the door when they announced it...so I went to school anyway. The roads were clear and all was smooth sailing, just very cold.
Since I had a little extra time, I decided to check out a few things on my gradebook. As a result, here is the sign my kids saw when they walked into class today:
I also printed out a missing assignment list for every one of the 106 students with missing assignments and announced that every single one needs to be returned by Friday with a parent signature on it, or I will call home on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if I need to.
I wouldn't normally take such drastic measures, but I am so irritated by these numbers. I have as many as 50% of my kids failing in some classes and there is really no reason for it. On Wednesday (assuming we have school) we will be having a work day and those 27 kids missing tests? Yeah...they'll be taking it during class, whether or not they are ready. I have some that are missing tests from back in October!!!! I told one woman that her daughter was missing two tests, and her response was "well, she has basketball practice, so I don't know if she can come to do those after school." My response was mostly a blank stare. Seriously????
What makes it worse is that I keep getting pressure to do something about the high failure rate at my school. Well, I can lead a horse to water, in fact, I can hold his head under the water or shove a tube down his throat...but if that horse does not want to drink, I cannot make him do it. And these horses are NOT interested in drinking.