Author: Spencer Campbell

Doing our best to keep kids in school

We just had midterms and as of this moment, we haven’t had any suspensions. Which means, that for five weeks, 1100+ plus students have been pretty darn good. I count myself lucky. While at times I miss the classroom, I couldn’t have asked for a better spot to land as an assistant principal. The community has been great, the teachers and staff have embraced me with open arms, and the students are slowly getting to know me as an administrator. The leadership team has put some key pieces in place, and I feel those small changes are making a huge difference. They are as follows. Argue by appointment. Students need to set up a separate time to discuss or “argue” about something they feel is important or necessary. We have asked them to follow reasonable requests by adults. Schoolwide tardy policy. All students are expected to be in their seats when the bells ring. Teachers are at their doors greeting students and all other adults in the building are in the halls encouraging students to get to class safely. Cell Phones are off, and accessories are away when students entire the room. If teachers give permission throughout the course of the day or after class starts, then students are allowed to have them out. Students are allowed to have phones out during passing time and during lunch. Dear. Students...

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Short Story: Say Yes Tobias Wolf

Say Yes Tobias Wolf  Bestseller top sellersGoplus 4 PC Rattan Patio Furniture Set Garden Lawn Sofa Cushioned Seat Wicker Sofa (Mix Gray)Suncrown Outdoor 3-Piece Rocking Wicker Bistro Set: Black Wicker Furniture - Two Chairs with Glass Coffee Table (White Cushion)U-MAX 7 Piece 7-12 Pieces Patio PE Rattan Wicker Sofa Sectional Furniture Set (7 Pieces, Black)Best Choice Products Outdoor Patio Furniture Wicker 3pc Bistro Set W/ Glass Top Table, 2 Chairs- BrownSunjoy Best Choice Products Cast Aluminum Patio Bistro Furniture Set They were doing the dishes, his wife washing while he dried. He’d washed the night before. Unlike most men...

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Short Story: Sell Your House and Buy Gold by Stanley Donwood

There was disaster coming; that was obvious. Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. I couldn’t believe that I had ever thought otherwise. I couldn’t believe that I’d ever thought that there could be any other outcome. But I had. I had disregarded a thousand different types and variations of warning for years. I had believed implicitly in the power of the Authorities to deal with any situation that may have worried me. My bookshelves were full of books, packed with scientific explanations, and I had taken out a...

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Short Stories: Reunion by John Cheever

Short Stories: Reunion by John Cheever The last time I saw my father was in Grand Central Station. I was going from my grandmother’s in the Adirondacks to a cottage on the Cape that my mother had rented, and I wrote my father that I would be in New York between trains for an hour and a half, and asked if we could have lunch together. His secretary wrote to say that he would meet me at the information booth at noon, and at twelve o’ clock sharp I saw him coming through the crowd. He was a stranger...

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Short Story: Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver

As I see teenagers figuring out who they are as their parents go through a divorce, I think at times that they may be like the baby in this short story. Short Story: Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver  E A R L Y that day the weather turned, and the snow was melting into dirty water. Streaks of it ran down from the little shoulder-high window that faced the backyard. Cars slushed by on the street outside, where it was getting dark. But it was getting dark on the inside too. He was in the bedroom pushing clothes into a...

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