Today I shipped the last 8 pages of the yearbook. We are done, and it is time to celebrate. My yearbook class has been great this year. Not only have we not lost any production time, but the whole book got turned in a day before the final deadline set by the printer. They’ve done some pretty good layouts, too.
Not only do my students get graded for their deadlines, we celebrate in other ways too. It’s pretty much always with food, and this final deadline is no exception. I will order Chinese food for the class at my favorite Chinese restaurant, my wonderful husband will pick it up and deliver it to school one day next week, and we will feast and tell ourselves how great we are.
I am a big believer in celebrating accomplishments of all kinds. Because all of my students were in attendance for the CaHSEE, we will have a pizza party to reward them. Last year, when we got the CaHSEE scores back, and almost everyone of the kids passed, we took them out to breakfast at a small restaurant that had just opened across the street from the school. My students don’t get a lot of pats on the back, so I figure any time I can say, “job well done,” I will do so.