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Waiting For Rain

April 12, 2012
Dear: Teachers

Our reading teacher had students write pre-test pep talk notes in anticipation of the LEAP. This one came from a 16-year-old boy who often sleeps off his after-lunch weed hangover in the back row of my classroom.

Our janitor Miss Belva describes it like this: “I had a trashcan in my hand, and I was saying goo’bye to Shaki and I opened th’ door and then it was, Oh LAWD! It’s Katrina allova ‘gain!” with her hands flailing in the air. She starts laughing, slapping her leg with one hand, sucking on her Kool cigarette just outside the school gate with the other.

Miss Belva is talking about last night, the night before our huge test that we’ve been working towards all year. A pipe burst in the floor and then there stood inches of water in all our classrooms and the halls and cafeteria. We had to cancel school today and tomorrow, and might have to cancel part of next week. The entire building is shut down. I had to call my students last night and tell them that they can’t come to school on the very day they are supposed to be taking the test that determines if they move on to high school. This entire scenario is so after-school-special-predictable that it’s laughable. A pipe burst? The night before the big test? The kids can’t come to school?

Ah yes, LEAP test, your looming, storm-cloud has been moving slowly toward us all year. Now you’ve baited me with 2 unexpected (and glorious) days off only to extend this torture of waiting for rain.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudia Gibson permalink
    April 12, 2012 1:27 pm

    Your weed kid’s penmanship is not half bad! Think you!

  2. April 13, 2012 10:48 am

    Kind of bad that it happened during GEE but pretty wonderful that it happened during FQF

  3. kmrobb1 permalink
    April 14, 2012 6:06 am

    do you think the pipe was feeling the pressure of LEAP as well? causing it to…you know…burst???

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