Another one about in the books (well, in like a week). It's was a Yea and Nay kind of experience.

Yea

A unique class of kids I coached when they were in 8th grade were supposed to have one last soccer season together as seniors.

Nay

One of them developed an unfortunate illness and had his season cut short, was a bummer (though rallying) moment for the program.

Yea

My 9th graders won district (my first such feat in over 5 years). And they only lost once (11-1-3)!

Nay

The last week of the season was canceled due to rain and we never got to celebrate properly.

Yea

Met a lot of interesting people on the PAEMST state finalist PR tour. Kids that participated in my submission process were super pumped.

Nay

Some weird local ironies as part of the experience. And the national competition is still behind. I might know an answer by 2017? At least when Kanye runs for president in 2020, right?

Yea

Calculus became a successful program much earlier than I anticipated. Numbers are up, and the kids lack the AP fear that used to be a hallmark. Varsity Math is so very much a thing now. Year Two exceeded my expectations. Will we see that in the scores? I'm optimistic. New and exciting development: I have one ambitious BC student next year.

Nay

Seniors are still seniors sometimes. Some unfortunate classroom management hiccups dampened the mood a bit.

Yea

Ending on a high note, though I do exert a lot of effort outside the school day, it is no longer draining, treading water, "what in the world am I doing?" kind of work. The sweet spot.

Onward to Summer Camp.

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AuthorJonathan Claydon