Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Straw Wars

Seven days of school remain. They will go fast, because I have things to get done by a deadline. Then I get a whole three-day weekend before I have to drive the #1 son to summer school every morning. He is taking P.E. from 8:00 to 3:00. That's so he will have the credit out of the way to take a more important class during his high school career. Most days, he will have basketball open gym until 5:00. That will keep him out of my hair for four weeks.

It has been an extra-long year. Mrs. Hillbilly Mom is OH SO TIRED, and not very witty tonight. Of the plethora of interesting things that happened today, none are reportable. Some issues must not see the light of day. (But I will share them with Mabel if she drops in during 1st hour).

We are testing our straw towers tomorrow in class. I have only seen two new designs. This year's crop is not so sturdy. Perhaps it's because I limited them to 12 inches of masking tape. Of course, they get twice as many straws this year. Some have been quite creative in cutting some straws into strips and tying their sections together. Others looked out the window every time something shiny drove by. Some teams became enraged when another copied their design. Unfortunately, there is no copyright for a tower made of bendy straws. Some had the nerve to complain that I dared to give them bendy straws. They wanted straight straws, by cracky, like the ones from McDonald's. To which I replied, "Then cut off the bendy end." Sweet Gummi Mary, kids these days don't know how to think for themselves. They would die of thirst in a reservoir.

Speaking of large quantities of water... Some severe storms are expected on Wednesday night. Let's hope I am not left powerless again.


DeadpanAnn said...

They will offer PE in the summer? That is AWESOME.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Miss Ann,
From 8:00 to 3:00, five days a week, for four weeks. It's the only class they can take in advance.

The other classes have to be ones that they've failed. It is all on a computer program. They can earn one semester credit in one subject.