Charles and I were watching the second Zoro movie last night when there was a loud, low THUD against the front of our house!  A bit miffed that Charles didn’t immediately jump up and check out the source (I teased him for being too enthralled with Catherine Zeta Jones), I snapped, “Aren’t you going to check that out, Oh great protector!?!” 

 

He got up and shuffled, lazily to the door in his boxers (I threw him a shirt- and it’s a good thing) to find a bunch of fifth-graders racing to vans!  As their moms screeched down the street, we just laughed and laughed!  Again, soft white toilet paper, beautifully contrasting the night sky flapped from our trees, declaring love to a GREAT teacher!  We turned off the lights and waited… to see if they’d come back… and SURE ENOUGH… two large vehicles began creeping down the street.  When they slowed in front of the house, Charles was OFF like a bolt of lightning.  The vans sped off again, with shouts of “WE LOVE YOU MR. MOSER” and rolls of toilet paper flying out of the windows. 

 

Charles and I sat on the steps for a while chuckling and reminiscing.  It was a GOOD class last year!  The parents were great (moms and dads REALLY involved and wanting the best for their kiddos… willing to do whatever it might take); the students were hard-workers.  He wonders how any another class will compare.  We can talk about accountability all day, but it really isn’t just up to the teachers.  How do you hold a teacher accountable when the parents don’t come to conferences… when the student refuses to do homework or even FINISH the LEAP test (oh yes, dear tax-payers, many students bubble a few bubbles and say, “I’m done.  This is stupid” and WHO is held responsible- not the student… not the parent… the TEACHER!  The TEACHER is the one who must account for the low numbers on the massive print-out.)?  Go on, government; hold the teacher accountable for that!  Imbeciles.  (Sorry.  I digress.)

 

At any rate, a successful school year is not the product of a good teacher, alone.  It’s the parents and the students WANTING to succeed.  It’s a team effort and in 2006-2007, Charles definitely had a winning team!  These parents and children have CERTAINLY raised the bar!  As he glowed with compliments about the 06-07 parents and students, headlights began to creep again up our quiet little street.  Charles had them this time and before we knew it, our lawn was full of fun mommas and fabulous (now) fifth-graders!  Here are some (blurry) photos:

 

 

 

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Good luck to the teachers who have this bunch in the 07-08 year!!!

 

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