Daily Recap: The pond and so much more.

The pump and the filter are all installed for the pond and it has about a foot of water in it. The fence will go in Wednesday and be done by the end of the day. Yeah! then we can fill. We can work on the landscaping on Friday afternoon with non-juniors.    I hope we can get weed block down and mulch by then so we can get the plants actually planted. We had to water the plants twice today because it was so windy.


I was thinking about this and we have so much to learn about how to take care of the pond. It will be one of the major projects that will be ongoing next year. I will be making the pond a part in some way of each unit of study.

Which brings me to the curriculum next year for transition to Next Generation Science Standards. I have started an outline of the units. I see some of the crossovers and connections to the old standards but there is some parts of the standards which do not include what was a big part of the standards such as human body systems. This is only touched on in with the Structure and Function section. With less emphasis on rote memorization, I am really wanting to know what the standards aligned statewide tests are really going to be like. If they stick to the way the performance expectations are spelled out and the parameters set out in them negating the need of students to “memorize and regurgitate  multitude of facts and details” how can the students be assessed well on their content knowledge? Will they only be assessed based on performance? How will this be aligned with AP and other specific discipline classes such as anatomy and physiology or should there be an alignment for such specific classes like these? Were these standards designed with only the performance tasks in mind for standardized tests and really should they be referenced only as applicable for courses such as biology which really should be no different in content than a general biology class at the college level?


Today we made considerable progress on the pond despite the rain. It is 90% done. We bought 67 plants and that was just the right amount. Some were not natives just drought tolerant. We will probably plant Thursday and Friday. After the fence gets put in. I decided that even if it is small I want to have a dedication ceremony, the week of graduation, but which day I don’t know. Monday or Tuesday would be good the 4th or the fifth. 

Daily Recap: The Pond and other stuff

I am moving into a two bedroom apartment in a community for 55+ in less than a month. Originally I was going to get the 1 bedroom but it was way too small. I think I would have died from feeling cramped in there. I is not costing me much more for the two bedroom than it would have if I had to get a storage unit for my things which is what would have had to happen.

The community is very nice and quiet as far as I can tell. It is 6 minutes away from work! Of course I am moving during summer break, but still, I can go and check on the pond daily and make sure it is working well this summer. Plus keep the plants alive.

We are doing our third weekend of work on the Pond tomorrow. I think we will get it all done except for filling it and planting the plants but we can start placing them where they go for the curbing guy to work around.

We went to the school cemetery today to clean up. It needs more work but we did one full hour of work. I will be close enough that maybe I will come and do some work once a month or so, just myself. It is a very peaceful place to go.

I hadn’t posted in days because of many things happening this week. We had the Clean Campus Competition Judging. We had to make arrangements for the fence for the pond. We had meetings about giving the SBAC for the Juniors. I am trying to get caught up with grading. We also did a lab this week for biology. We had an awards assembly today. I was pleasantly surprised about the academic achievement of some of my students.

Daily Recap: Presenting at my first Conference

I am presenting at my first conference, The Inland Area Writing Project Spring Conference.   I am very excited but also very nervous. My presentation has to do with teaching about the organelles of the cell using a “CellBook” Page.

I had a student ask me if carbon can form four bonds with itself C2 in other words. I told him it couldn’t because of the inability of the orbitals to hybridize in special arrangement and lo and behold, after research online, I was correct.

Working on the pond Sunday, after the conference tomorrow I go to the school for Powwow. Boy do I have a busy weekend.

Daily Recap: life lessons about dentistry

Today was a nothing but paperwork day. Ever so frustrating. Now I am editing a document which is frustrating as I don’t have the editors here to ask them questions. I am slogging through this, taking this small break to write this update. 

I thought I had a major root canal in the works but the infection near my back molar doesn’t seem to be below the tooth. Yesterday I had a big bump at the top of gum line very round and the pain was localized there. I could and can now push on the molar adjacent to this now burst bubble of infection with no pain. This indicates to me no root involvement.  I do have some pain in my check, lower down on the jawline on the outside?


 I think the dentists are quick to say the little shadows they see on the X-rays are infections in the tooth and need a root canal.

Daily Recap: The pond on campus

Like I said names are changed to protect the hard working person but I can’t believe Ana is saying to me and herself, shame on her for not applying for this mini gran as of yet. Believe you me I know what it is like to squeeze in on more thing to do in a very busy schedule.

Saturday we will work on the pond another day and hopefully we will have the day after Powwow or the next weekend to get it all done. There is not much time left. I forgot to tell Ana about the contest appointment which may be on the 22nd of April. The contact person wanted to come sooner, which could have worked except we will not be done with the pond. I will change the picture on this post later after tomorrow to show the progress.

This is another thing, I didn’t get any application by email like last year for the Powwow. Who knows if we will even have a booth. I will check on this on Monday.

Daily update: Pain is disheartening

I have pain from a tooth which has abscessed. It is no good. Since last post life has not been so good because of the “other thing” which I still have a seed of hope for; but the tooth thing was probably brought on worse by the stress of what is going on.

Let the stress melt away is what I want, but it is not happening right now! The pain killer is working for now, hopefully the antibiotic will start to get in there and reduce the inflammation. I should never have waited so many days, but I knew that things would fall apart as far as instruction with me gone any time the last three days.

Next week I will have to get students to volunteer for the Showcase. So much happening all at once. Life just isn’t what you expect it should be. It really all boils down to only being able to depend on only yourself.