The school year is almost over, with just a few more days of classes and a week of exams to go. It’s ending later than usual, due to a lot of snow days and hurricane days this year (although at least, unlike last year, they didn’t lose any days due to bomb threats. Ah, high school…)
It’s clear that the teachers and students are all exhausted and frazzled. In that spirit of general chaos, I present to you the 5 funniest school-related moments from the last few weeks.
1) We got a letter that M would be receiving an award at the school’s awards night. When we pulled into the school parking lot that evening, M was mortified to see lots of female students arriving who were all dressed up in very short, sleeveless, form-fitting dresses. It seemed to be equal parts of “OMG these girls have all their curves and legs on display” and “I feel so under-dressed in my polo shirt and jeans.” Except that almost all of the boys were similarly attired. Clearly, teenage boys and girls had very different concepts about how dressed up they should be. (And in case you’re wondering, he got a math award, for being the highest-scorer in the school on the AIME math contest.)
2) M said the due date for his science project had been delayed from Friday to Monday. When I asked him why, he said, “Well, it wasn’t for the whole class. But my lab partner and I asked the teacher, and said we both had to go to the awards night, and we had some other stuff due, and blah blah blah, and the teacher didn’t even really want to hear an explanation, he was just, ‘Yeah, sure, whatever.'” You can tell it’s the end of the school year when the teacher stops caring about due dates.
3) M got a prize from math team for being a high scorer on the MAML contest. The prize was a book of ARML math contests from 1989 to 1994 (which probably seemed like ancient history to him, but I actually took some of those contests), and a $10 OfficeMax gift card. OfficeMax? Maybe they figure math geeks buy lots of school supplies.
4) M reported that the gym teacher “went off on a rant” in class the other day, that touched on topics like why life isn’t free and why the teacher chose to be working at as a gym teacher instead of doing something else with his life. It had nothing to do with gym class, and probably more to do with whatever PTSD issues that the war-veteran teacher was wrestling with. For the teacher’s sake, it’s good the year is nearly over.
5) M reported, “We learned a new tense in Spanish today.” I asked him what tense it was. “Um, I don’t remember.” Yeah, quality learning there. Thank goodness that Spanish 3 (a.k.a. all grammar all the time) is almost over, and he can move on to Spanish 4 (a.k.a. you finally get to read books) in the fall.