Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Holly Springs Part Seven

In the days leading up to the first day of summer school it looked doubtful that we would get the minimum of 100 students needed. The only hope was that once summer school actually started word-of-mouth would spread and we would have kids registering after the first day or so.

Summer school started on Tuesday, June 6th with about 100 students. By Friday, June 9th (the last day of registration) we had 176 students.

The first two days were a little rocky, especially when we showed up at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, along with about 100 kids, and the class rolls weren’t ready. The students sat in the cafeteria, getting nosier and nosier, while our first-years seemed to get more and more uncomfortable. The tension built as time stretched on.

“As long as a fight doesn’t break out this is prefect,” I said to Joe Sweeney, the MTC alum hired to observe all of the first (and second) years. “Even when it is bad it’s good for us because it’s real.” All of the MTC alumni who have had to keep homeroom for hours on end will know exactly what I mean.

Finally, about 9:30, the rosters were ready and the students were called out by class. The MTC Summer School had finally become a reality. Now all we had to do was uphold our end of the bargain and provide quality instruction…

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