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Pottery Night with the Girls

My friends from the a cappella group that I sing in all got together to take a pottery class. I brought Ellie, because she adores art, and Marisa brought her daughter, too. We all had a blast learning to throw clay, work the wheel, and make a simple bowl. I can't wait to see how they all turn out once they are glazed!

Pottery Night with the Girls

Pottery Night with the Girls

Pottery Night with the Girls

Pottery Night with the Girls

Pottery Night with the Girls


So this happened

An AP student went to the office for a long time (she was dropping off an excuse and then ended up talking to our principal for 15 minutes about the building project). It seemed only right that we pass her phone around our tight-knit class and take a few rounds of selfies. Just saw this S/O on Twitter.

So this happened


River Walk Adventure

Tonight, Aidan, Ellie, Liam, and I went to the River Walk in Williamsport. I love the River Walk, and I try to run there as much as possible. This was the first time the kids came with me. It was a beautiful night, and we even ran into a dear friend who walked a while with us. Along the way, Aidan (of course!) happened to find a turtle by the side of the path.

We definitely plan to take more family walks by the River!

River Walk Adventure

River Walk Adventure

River Walk Adventure

River Walk Adventure

River Walk Adventure


Intro to Drama Puppet Show

I have probably the best Intro to Drama (9th grade) class I have ever had this year. They work really hard for me, and they genuinely support each other. After my trip to Nebraska last year, I decided to add a puppetry unit to my freshman curriculum. Today was the final project of that unit.

About a month ago, we started working with puppet characters and we listened to the canned recordings that came with the puppet sets I bought.

Yikes. They were awful.

I had an idea -- these students needed to write and record their own skits, featuring the puppet characters with an elementary audience in mind. They quickly split into group and wrote and perfected skits. Next, they practiced and recorded the skits using iPhones and a digital recorder from the music department. One group even brought in a guitar and wrote a catchy song that I have been singing for weeks ("If you're stuck on a question, and you don't the answer...don't look at your neighbor's test!").

A few groups used iMovie to add music; two others had help from an upperclassmen (known on the streets as Shrek) who is gifted in film editing.

After some practice, we were ready! The kindergarten classes from our closest elementary school walked over to the auditorium today and my students performed their skits. I was beyond proud of them. It's not easy for 9th graders to perform in general, and the security of having a puppet do the actual acting and a stereo playing their voice (as opposed to live performance) helped to give these kids just the confidence they needed. The result was fantastic!

The elementary students and their teachers were really impressed, and I lost track of the number of hugs kids gave us as they left. What a perfect way for the drama program to end the school year!

Intro to Drama Puppet Show

Intro to Drama Puppet Show

Intro to Drama Puppet Show


Second Grade Field Trip!

Ellie was beyond excited for her second grade field trip to Penn's Cave today. She woke me up before 5 AM, asking if it were time to get up. She didn't want to be late, you know.

Ah, to be 8 again. Oh, who am I kidding? I still love going on field trips. But, to not have to be in charge of the attendance sheet or the medical forms? That would be awesome, too.

Ellie had a great time. She took her new mini Polaroid camera (a Communion gift from her grandparents), and her only disappointment was that one of her rolls of film didn't work properly, so she wasn't able to take the pictures of the cave that she promised Liam she would take. (Yes, she's that kid. She's really upset that she couldn't fulfill a promise to her little brother.) I think we may put Penn's Cave on this year's summer bucket list so that Liam can see it for himself.

Next week, Aidan gets to go to Knoebel's with the fourth grade. The end of the school year is definitely here!

Second Grade Field Trip!


Open Finals

It's Open Finals Week for seniors. Which, apparently, means that when they have down time, they play in my backyard. I received this picture message from a handful of my theatre students today. Love these kids!

Open Finals


Mic Drop; Liam Out

Tonight, Liam wisely told me: "The Folmar family doesn't have a brother. [The Folmars are friends that we spent time with yesterday; they have two daughters.] They need to get in love and do something to get a brother."

Then, he crashed.

Mic Drop; Liam Out