Hello, all!

It has been a while since we all tweeted and blogged! I just wanted to say to all of those fantastic teachers that I spent that magical day with, I hope your year is going wonderful, the days are spent in happiness and satisfaction. Your ideas are flowing and that your jobs are just as fantastic and fulfilling as they were that magical May day at the White House!

The holidays are right around the corner and I just want to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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30 Days… What have YOU done?

This is a bit past it’s due date, but in the larger scheme of things, to me it isn’t surprising. October 3 was my last posting… 3 days ago and I missed it. I look at all that has happened in the past 30 days and consider it a very VERY busy month. What have you done? Me PERSONALLY? Hundreds of miles run (as I plan to run the Chicago Marathon this Sunday). 5 weeks of lesson plans built. Countless hours of musical set decorating. Chasing my daughter all over God’s green earth. WONDERFUL Twitter Chats with my friends and colleagues from around the country (#WHSoc20 on Wednesday Nights at 9:00EST). Dinners, lunches, breakfasts for my friends and family. Fights and making up. Screen Time. Sleep Time. Relaxation (well… maybe not as much as I should have there). All the blog post readings… these have been great.

Thank you to ALL the contributors to this 30 day blog challenge. Did we hit each and every day? No. That is ok thought. Goals are just that, goals. To hit every goal in life is a pretty high mark. I am pleased with all that we did accomplish. Student writer, teacher writer, guest writers, contacts made out in the other parts of the digital world. It has all been good. I am thankful for all that has been shared and offered.

What is happening in the next 30 days? I do not know. I hope that on Wednesday we can all have that conversation about the ideas behind this blog. Will there be more posts here? I am certain about that. Regardless… thank you to all that contributed to the conversation and all those who read our thoughts. Please offer your feedback about this site. We are all very proud of the work we have done, the friendships we have made, the collaborations we have begun. Blog on my friends, blog on!

Parent- Teacher Conferences


Next week my high school has parent teacher conferences. With that you hear the awful stories of my parents going to be mad at me oh no! Then you hear the actual story of how they inform the parent of their students progress. Most of the time I enjoy going to parent teacher conferences because this is the time when you have a good grade or are doing something right you get noticed by the teacher. Often in a classroom it is sometimes hard for teachers to get time to say nice job to a student. This is also the time for the parents who don’t have overly informing children to see what is going on and how they can help.

One of the things that I see when going with my parents to the conference is the too many parents that don’t have their child with them. I have always believed that a student should be a part of that process because it is about the student. It also gives a chance for the student if they come to get a nice job or for the teacher to give constructive criticism.

Parent teacher conferences are one of the best communication opportunities for the parents and for the student. Hope to see you all there!


Mary Heebsh

October Currently!

Being a part of the blogging world, there is a monthly linky party I wanted to share with you all. it is called Currently and it is hosted by Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade!

Teachers link up monthly and share what they are currently listening to, thinking, wanting, needing and for this month sharing either a trick or a treat. This is another great way to collaborate and communicate with other educators. So here is my October Currently and please go check it out. it is fun. lighthearted and a great way to learn about other educators and their products, ideas and projects!!


School Art Gallery

As a Waterford student I am very proud of our fine arts department. We have done amazing things between our performing arts and our visual arts. Just two days ago we were proud to present the opening of the new art gallery at WUHS. It is a beautiful addition to our school. Also, it really encourages the students like me, who art very passionate about making art, to have a place that is worthy to show our work. It makes me feel very professional to hopefully soon show a piece in the gallery.

It also gives a chance to show more student work. The case before the art gallery was quite small and we didn’t get to fit everyone’s work in it. Now we have room for everybody’s art and then some. It is also a cool way for all of the students of the school to come and see their peer’s works. The gallery is open every Friday at lunch for all of the students in our school to view. (I think that it should be open more but we just started the year so I will have to wait). I feel like I am going to a modern art museum every time I walk in.

This gallery is also very important because hopefully in the future a class can take their finished pieces and hang them up and do a critique. This would be amazing and fun to feel like we are professional. This is especially important for my art class because we have a painting class and an AP studio art going on in the same hour and same class so it is nice to have a place to spread out. Then when we get really good we can have biddings on art in there. Just dreaming, but just to think on how far we have come is amazing and this is thanks to our amazing art department teachers. Thank you all for making this possible for all of us!

Ribbon cutting at the art gallery.

Mary Heebsh