Friday, May 20, 2016

School's Out!

Tuesday was the last day for students, but it took me until Thursday afternoon to pack up my room.  Literally pack! Everything in every classroom had to be packed, labeled, put on pallets, and shrink-wrapped.  It will spend the summer in storage while our new building is completed.






Our new building is under construction on the playground in front of our old buildings.  It was supposed to be finished last November, but various delays prevented that.  Now we are hoping it will be ready for us when teachers report August 11.


Here's what it looks like now.

View of the end of the primary building in which my room is/was located.  This building sits at a right angle to the original WPA-built school.  It was new in the '70s.  You can see the new construction in the background.                                                                                                   












Here's an interior shot of the lobby.  This will be the sun to greet us every morning.

Last Saturday we had a farewell reception that was very well attended by Central alumni of all ages.  Here's the commemorative tee shirt .

Check out my previous post for more pictures of the old and new Central.  The new one will be worth the wait!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Birthday Shout-Out to Christopher Paul Curtis!

This gifted writer had a dream for years of being a writer.  For over a decade he worked by day on an automobile assembly line while going to college at night.  He sought out quiet places on his breaks at work to do some writing.

Christopher Paul Curtis wrote out his manuscript for The Watson's Go to Birmingham-1963 in longhand. The year he took off from his job in order to complete this book was time well spent.  This terrific book won both the Newbery and Corretta Scott King Honor Awards as well as the Golden Kite Award.

Grab one of his books and have a good read:

The Mighty Miss Malone 9-12 years

The Boy Who Invented TV 10-12 years

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money 8-12 years

Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission   8-12 years

Bucking the Sarge 12 and up

Bud, Not Buddy  (a Newbery Award winner)  8-12 years

Elijah of Buxton (multiple award winner) 10-12 years