The last week of school is quite busy out in the bush. Like other schools, we give comprehensive final exams (or at least Kaitlyn and I do). This year we held our exams over a three-day period, two exams per day. The high school instituted an attendance incentive at the beginning of the school year allowing students to skip their final exam if they have missed 5 or less class periods for the semester and were passing the class. We had about six qualify. I (Tim) personally felt really good about my Civics exam. This time more than any other final exam I’ve written I felt that it represented the information learned in class and was aligned with each of our chapter objectives. In addition to our final exam schedule we had graduation, which was held on a Tuesday afternoon during school and our Kindergarten/8th Grade Promotion, which was held on Wednesday afternoon during school. Teachers have to clean out their classrooms and apartments before they leave for the summer.
Kindergarten & 8th Grade Promotion
The kindergarteners were super cute. They all get dressed up as well and when they came down to receive their promotion certificate they also said what they wanted to be when they grew up, which consisted of everything between a dentist to a ballerina.
Other things of the week
The school required that we worked on Saturday. We packed up all our bags and brought them to school, then we took a few coolers and bins and mailed them to our friends the Petersen’s in Anchorage who will keep them over the summer. Then we spent a few hours cleaning and organizing our rooms. Which for me meant that I shoved a bunch of stuff in closets. Out of sight out of mind, right?
The last day was very cold and snowing. In fact, it snowed all day. We left Togiak with 7 other Togiak teachers. We were very excited to leave. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that you have zero responsibilities!