i love the teachers. i love the level of involvement they display in the kids' development. i love the dedication they have. i especially love the ones who come to PTA meetings. i love the PTA. it took me a while to find my place there (i'm tattooed, pierced, and young...none of them are any of those things) but they were all gracious to me and never made me feel out of place. these people bust their hump to an amazing degree for this school. we are kind of the bastard school in the neighborhood, smack in between a few of the wealthiest schools in denver east. so we have to work a little harder. and we do. i love the students. i love the positive attitude they have. i love that the 5th graders are positive role models for my little ones. i love the sense of empowerment they have. we have a really low rate of serious incidents at our school. it's much lower than would be expected of a school so economically and racially diverse. i think it's because the students are empowered, and taught by the p.e. teacher in a special program, to mediate and resolve conflicts between themselves in a mature manner. we have students that wear special shirts saying who they are and roam the playground during recess always ready to help diffuse an argument. i love the principal. she is no-nonsense. she means business. she is always available. she keeps herself visible. she is totally involved in everything going on in that school. i was reading to the ECE class on thursdays in january, and every single thursday she was there, sticking her head in the door. just checking in. she is at every pta meeting, but she only comments when she needs to. she's not there to run it, just to listen to what we have to say. she is a very good listener. she has been offered a position at a local middle school (big fat raise, less students) but she turned it down because she loves our school. she is exploring making our school a k-8. i'm on the committee to explore it. should be interesting.
i could go on, but i have to cook dinner. that's a good start.