Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Party like it's 1899.

.... Got to school this morning and checked my school email.  This was in it (see photo to left).  It's a technology work order, I used to see a lot of these when I was the Granite High STS*, but I left that all behind when I moved schools.  At least I thought so.
.... Now it obviously wasn't for any work that needs to be done at Granite, there's nobody there except one custodian rambling around all alone.  And I can't blame the person who sent in the work order, I got Granger High work orders all the time. (Alphabetically they're one above the other when choosing).
.... The reason this makes me laugh is that someone, a person who works at the district office, had to look at the original work order and think to themselves "Granite High, yeah, their STS is .......", and then assign it to me.  They didn't think "Granite High, that's closed.  Must be Granger, yeah, that's where I'll send it."  You would have to be pretty damn oblivious to work at the district offices and not know my school closed down.
.... I just love figuring out the systems at a new school.  It took me 1/2 an hour to figure out which Math books I'll need for my classes and where they were.  Person #1 sent me to person #2, who sent me to person #3, who sent me back to person #1.  On my own I found person #4 who referred me to person #5, who actually was the right person.  Yeah!  I don't remember any of the last 3 schools I've been at being this complicated.  To get copies made on the big Xerox, I have to fill out a form, give it to one of the secretaries with the original and wait a day or two until they have a chance to copy it.  For immediate purposes, there are a couple rinky-dink copiers in the faculty work room, but you'd have to collate and staple yourself.
.... Faculty meeting today was an, um, interesting experience.  It kind of brought me back to the meetings at the first school I worked at.  Not just because it's the same principal, but it's been quite a while since I've had to work with so many teachers (50+ as opposed to 17 the last three years) and it's been even longer since I've had to work with so many naysayers.  I actually heard a couple teachers say "I am NOT going to do that!", and it had nothing to do with adopting half your students and giving them a home.  It had to do with shifting the way we do grades so that one missed assignment wouldn't ruin a kids grade.
.... On the good side, I really like the principal, already get along well with the assistant principal, like the intern assistant, get along well with the teacher right next door and there are a dozen teachers I'll probably get along with also.  Could have been worse, at least nobody told me that they really wanted someone else and got stuck with me.....
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*School Technology Specialist


A Paperback Writer said...

They shouted out refusals to reasonable requests? Weird.
We've just got science teacher RW making his usual smart-mouth remarks, but we're generally a pretty agreeable bunch, and everyone knows RW's completely harmless.
Oh, science teacher AW and art teacher SJ say hi to you.

Funaki-naki-naki said...

When I read this blog's title, my first thought was, "Poor Rossi, the change in school's must really be getting to him." BUT, that is b/c I'm a moron. Merde. I'm glad to hear that things are going well at your new school!

Max said...

Writer - yeah, I miss those smart responses. We have one PE teacher that was loud and obnoxious (in a good way) but overall not as much fun as the last three schools I've been at. Maybe things will change as the year progresses, but I'm feeling a little isolated at the moment.
Funaki - yeah, despite the differences, and my complaints, I'm looking forward to this year. I have the english teacher right next to me that will help keep me sane (or insane, as the case may be) and the drama teacher from Granite is there too. One of the things I'm really going to enjoy is not having all the extra technology responsibilities. They were talkling about some stuff and I came this || close to volunteering, but I didn't.

A Paperback Writer said...

DP chuckled sympathetically when I told her about your negative folks at school -- and she named names and sent you sympathy. Apparently, she's met a few of them before doing workshops and training people at your school.