"Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
We were dismissed at noon today. It's always a time of drama on hot days like this. Apparently the temperature has to reach 90 degrees by 11am at BWI for an early dismissal to take place. It was 86 degrees at 10am, so it had to raise four degrees in the next hour - and apparently it did, or was close enough for the school system to call it.
I used to think of BCPSS as wimpy for doing this. It got to 90 degrees in Michigan and we didn't get let out early, after all (nor did we have a/c, which we also don't). But it's just not about the a/c - it's mostly the lack of dependable, drinkable water in the schools. There's really no other option than to let the kids out. It was hot as hell this morning. My back was wet with sweat at the end of first period, and by the time second period ended, I had gone through three-quarters of a gallon of water and still felt thirsty.
I also found out my schedule for next year: English I Honors and English III CP. Exactly what I wanted, and exactly my schedule from last year. This gives me a good mix of young and old, and good mix of nerdy and sullen. It also offers me another crack at that Brit Lit curriculum that I finally felt like I "got" towards the end of last year. I'm happy. Not everyone was.
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