Lots of good news here. Today was my last full day of the school year.(!!!!!!) The 8th graders were so bad (for the 3rd day in a row) that I decided I need a mental health day tomorrow. I have over 100 sick days I haven't used, and I was truly anxious and nauseous all day anticipating them today. I had to go to my "happy place" during their class as they challenged me, refused to work, refused to stay in their assigned seats, threw markers around the room, etc. Friday is a half day and I'll do a mini-Friday challenge. They have to do the project and win to get prizes, pretzels, or pickles. And they have to have finished this week's project to do the challenge. Once they're gone, we have a celebratory lunch with our team and then the rest of the day to get our classrooms packed up for the year. I finished that today, so I'll bring my Kindle.
The other incredible news is that our principal (finally!) met with us and the horrible schedule we were anticipating is NOT the one they went with. Instead of having every student each week all year, they are going with a 5-term year for our team while the rest of the school operates on a 4-term year. I truly did not think they would go with that option, but it means we'll have smaller classes for fewer days. Yay!