Thursday, September 08, 2011

First Day of School ...


HOW WAS IT?
  

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why has the Bridges program been moved to Arcadia? Why isn't this at the mall like it used to be? Who made this decision? When? Based on what?

Anonymous said...

7;55- what not? No extra costs to rent space.

Anonymous said...

It was great, because we left Greece Central for a parochial school !

SCATS said...

To 7:55 & 8:53PM ~~ I never heard ANY mention at budget time about moving this program back into a school for some sort of cost saving, so I tend to not believe that would be the reason.

In fact, I know that Continuing Education was always provided their space for free by the mall, as long as there was no other tenant who wanted it. I can't imagine they charged for Bridges either. I've heard rumors that the kiddies weren't behaving properly at the mall. Maybe mall mgmt asked us to move them out?

Anonymous said...

I don't remember any of the specifics, but the moving of Bridges was mentioned at the budget informational session held at Olympia in April.

Anonymous said...

It was moved for cost savings and was in some of the budget info last spring. The district had to have certain things at the mall (nurse, security, etc) that are already provided for at Arcadia.

SCATS said...

To 11:10PM ~~ Not having to duplicate the costs for the nurse, security, etc. makes sense. Does this mean mall security was entirely separate from Bridges?
Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Since there is no evidence to the contrary, there seem to have been no bus incidents.

Anonymous said...

What do you think about the new super going "incognito" and riding the school bus on the first day? (You'll probably fire back with something like "Her time would have been better spent in her office!")

SCATS said...

To 12:46PM ~~ I'm sorry to disappoint you but I think it's great that she rode with a bus full of teens headed to Olympia HS. I would hope she does it again after everyone settles into their routines ... and possibly their not so good behavior patterns. To deal with reality requires experiencing it ;)

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a full bus anymore

Anonymous said...

Tell you it ain't like it was 19 years ago when we pushed little Royale onto the schoolbus with his sack lunch and box of crayons. Moma even made sure he had 5¢ for milk because she was concerned he might break a mason jar if he took milk from home. Whole family is hopeing he'll get his diploma this year so he can take the Civil Service test to become a School Janitor. This year he drove. Still waves to his mom as he backs out the driveway though.

A year later Royale marched onto that bus like the professional he was, off to repeat Kindergarten, little dustup about him flunking Works & Plays well with others, followed by his sister headed off to school her first day. We was all proud of Royale turning around on that first step up to yank Firebird up. Firebird had us a bit concerned, but she took to shool like a duck to water. Cookie was her favorite class. Her big brother sort of looked after her too.

Two years till little Wagoneer joined Royale & Firebird, mostly that was caused by mother and I working different shifts and barely meeting each other except when she was getting up and I was headed for bed. Wagoneer was a natural born student, took to nap really well, and the teacher only called the one time thinking he'd stopped breathing when he did his possum thing. Royale was big then so he just boosted the little ones on the bus and jumped up himself We hoped he'd do well in second grade. I tell you a parent gets a glow on and all misty eyed all together when you watch the kids mount that big yeller bus the first day of the year, almost makes it hard to focus the camera.

We were proud as peacocks the next year, our five kids standing beside the road waiting for the bus all bunched together, not like some people's kids who cause bus delays. Roayale sort of thught of himself a comander, and he had em all on the bus slicker than a greased goose getting stuffed. The twins Mustang and Fairlane were each assigned to another kid being they were a bit small, and Royale loaded em on the bus like he was throwing sacks of shelled corn. I will say buying all thm new shoes cut into the sugar jar deep, but kids need shoes for school. The school had made that real clear in that note they sent home with Firebird. We like sending them off with a good sack lunch, after all an empty belly leads to an empty head. One thing we did learn though, seems kids will lay their sack lunch on the window shelf over there at the school, and sardines just ain't the best thing to wrm up in the sunshine.

Seems like two years went by before Sunbird headed to school the first time, something about her birthday not making her old enough till the next year. We had it down pretty much to a science by then, line em up, sack em up and march em off under the command of Royale. By then he'd pretty much got the clock reading thing down and BethAnne had put a piece of masking tape on the kitchen clock so them kids was always at the road waiting for the bus. We dern sure won't be the bad exmaple in the neighborhood making the bus wait.

Anonymous said...

Winstar by the time she went to school first time wasn't in the parade led by Royale. Seems our kids were split up by then on different bus runs which made no sense since they still all went to the same building, but what do I know. I ain't no professional transportation person, I just drive a truck part time as my third job to feed all the kids.

Formica i sort of felt sorry for by time she went to school. Things were a little thin that year, including the sammich I took to my second job because it seemed cost of everything from gasoline to coldcuts and laundry detergent was up, and taxes, I don't even want to talk about taxes. I tell you if it wasn't for the digital camera we probably wouldn't have that picture of little Formica trying to get up on that bus step. Royale was no longer around to help the little ones, and you can't even find a good wood box for kids to use as a stool these days. BethAnne made do with a drywall bucket I cut down, and danged if we didn't get a letter from the School about an unaproved and potentially unsafe device being employed, and how they were prohibiting BethAnne from using it near their school bus. Well that just wound her clock and my dander so we went over there to the school office and tore up some educated professional asset I tell you. Very next week they got a bus attendant on that bus to help little kids on. That lardo looked like he needed help more than Formica did. Fact is I believe Formica had to help pull him back on the bus. Well it did create a fine government job for somebody. Might be I should talk with Royale about looking into that bus attendant thing, he's a natural and with the cutback in janitors it wouldn't hurt to have a backup plan.

Whirlpool was our last baby. BethAnne was spending a lot of time in the laundry corner of the kitchen, we can't afford a special laundry room between feeding all these mouths ans taxes. Fact is we got kids in bunk beds every room we have. I came in and BethAnne was looking particularly sweet, and the kids were sleeping well that's a whole different story. Whirlpool came along and just wore us out completely for the baby business. Fact is we were glad the day she bounced up on that bus, didn't need a bit of help from any attendant either, Whirlpool's a pure clean ball of energy, has been since she was born.

I tell you that first day of school is something a parent looks forward to. By the second week you begin to realize GCSD is destroying any common sense the kid was born with. I guess it's just the way things are.

SCATS said...

To 3:42PM ~~ You got that right! I was stuck at the light in front of Athena today as a HUGE group of buses left. I watched maybe about 12-15 of them pull out and not more than 2 had at least half the seats occupied from what I could see. Several had less than a handful of kids.

Anonymous said...

concerning underloaded buses- The number of kids assigned to any particular bus most likely is close to maximum. However, especially at the middle and high level, many of these kids simply don't ride on any given day. They may be involved in after school activities or maybe driving themselves or having a parent pick them up. But, their space on the bus has to be available if and when they want to ride. You can't assign, say, 86 kids to a 66 passenger bus and hope 20 won't show. You have to have the space avail in case they do, therefore any bus on any given day may appear to be underloaded. Tomorrow they may not be. Also from just looking at a bus from the outside, it isn't really possible to get a good idea of how many people are on it. The windows are dark and the visibility of the inside isn't that good. I'm betting those buses you saw had more kids on them than you think.

SCATS said...

To 1:41PM ~~ I'm not ignorant ;) I'm aware of how students are assigned to buses. I'm also aware that Athena is basically an oversubscribed school as a secondary option school - there is a lengthy wait list.

There ARE underfilled buses, many with few students and it is not because they are driving or having parents pick them up. It's part of the nature of the beast with "choice." I know what I saw. I watched VERY carefully. I saw heads in a window inbetween a number of rows of seats where there were none at all. After the light changed, I sat at another light with several of these same buses flanking me on either side. Again. MANY EMPTY SEATS!

Later in the afternoon, I passed by Parkland School as the buses were filling up. Guess what? I know they have under 300 students, but they have far fewer buses proportionally than I saw waiting to exit Athena. Parkland has no waiting list ... and their buses are much fuller.

Anonymous said...

I don't recall calling anyone ignorant ;). My point is that one days observation is not enough to make a determination. You are correct that there are underloaded buses, but probably not as many as you think. And what's underloaded? 90% capacity? 75%? 50%?

SCATS said...

To 2:55PM ~~ I don't recall saying that you called me ignorant. I do recall pointing out that I'm not. See the difference?

The first couple of days of school those buses are typically MORE FULL than 2 weeks or 2 months later. Attendance is higher, people are trying to establish routines, most extra-curriculars aren't up & running yet, the kids are trying to haul a ton of extra supplies, notebooks around, etc. Actually, for those reasons, at this time of year it's an excellent time to see how full or empty the buses are. For the record, there was no crush of cars waiting to exit, just a huge swarm of busus ;)

Underloaded would be all of the big buses I saw that had fewer than a handful of kids, or the small buses with only 1 or 2 ;)

I notice that the issue of Athena being an option school & the impact that has on busing vs. Parkland & their busing was ignored.

Anonymous said...

scats at "Underloaded would be all of the big buses I saw that had fewer than a handful of kids, or the small buses with only 1 or 2 ;"
Why would there be so few kids on the busses? Maybe people are afraid to have the kids on the bus with the recent rash of abuse activity. In fact the superintendent chose to do an "undercover boss" on a bus. Maybe that's where there is more corruption and waste and violence.

Anonymous said...

one incident does not a "rash" make. And the superintendent did a political move that is very popular amongst people of her ilk....ride the bus, make people think there's a reason for it beyond having taxpayers cluck about how wonderful it is that she did it. I like SCATS suggestion about her doing it again once the kids settle into the routine...my experience with public schools (and I have a lot -- from the inside) is that she will NEVER do any such thing. You see, things like this are "Events" - done to engender good will and approval amongst the masses. If it were part of the "culture" that Ms. D-W is trying to create, meaning she does it more than one time, then maybe it would have some sort of impact or result. Maybe I'm wrong and, if so, I'll apologize in advance....but I don't think I am. Don't be fooled by smoke and mirror moves such as this. You will find "ride the bus the first day of school" on virtually every new superintendent's entry plan across the country. It means nothing.

SCATS said...

To 6:01AM ~~ YUP! I agree! For some reason, no one ever told Steve A. to ride the bus his first day. Instead, he walked the halls.