Monday, September 18, 2006
posted by Q6 at 9:51 PM

So last spring one of the teachers and I start working on the textbook inventory. This would be our school's second attempt at barcoding the whole lot of them and tracking them electronically. Ironically, there were three years between the first and the second attempts, and we're still the first school in the district to fully implement the technology. I spent the entire summer with this guy, and all we did was locate, sort, and barcode textbooks. After the last shipment arrives, we will have barcoded nearly 12,000 books. (Note: when we emptied and sorted the textbook storage room--the largest closet I've ever seen--we must've thrown out close to twice that number.) If I never see another textbook for the rest of the school year, I'll be a happy man.

In an earlier blog entry, I was opposed to this entire project. I may have venting some anger, I may have had a point . . . I dunno. What I do know now that I'm on the other side of this thing is that it's not all that bad, it will probably make textbook tracking a lot easier, and I get to hand the project off completely to the Library staff once I've solved the database errors. I even got to "talk" to two students today: on Friday I found their brand new 11th grade Literature books in the lunch area--literally lain in the dirt. One quick scan of each book and I had my culprits; it was too fast even to be like "CSI."

Thursday, September 14, 2006
posted by Q6 at 9:44 AM
It's always good to see a fellow blogger (Mr. Lawrence of Get Lost, Mr. Chips) hit the nail squarely on the head:

If you think that when it comes to school absences parents should be on our side,
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
posted by Q6 at 9:37 PM
As the green flag falls on the 2006-2007 school year (yep, Shakespeare and NASCAR in the same blog), I find myself in awe over this school and its staff. Over the last six months--and I'm counting the summer here--our campus has gone through multiple classroom and office location changes, massive construction and modernization, staff changes, technology failures, a completely new textbook protocol (an entire blog in and of itself--stay tuned!), new district leadership in almost every area, and a serious lack of functioning toilets. Even in the face of all these hindrances, our teaching staff made this one of the best school-year-openings I've ever seen. They rolled with the punches, and there were quite a few to roll with. So my hat is off to them.

Congratulations, admiration, and gratitude to the staff of the-school-I'm-not-naming-in-this-blog-because-I-like-this-job-and-I-want-to-keep-it.

*"Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more
. . ."