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Professional development gives students day off

Many students do not know much about their core class teachers beyond what is learned in the classroom. However, reporter Katie Curry is trying to change that in a Q&A with pre-calculous teacher Andrew Stallings

With the 5th six weeks coming to an end and the start to the final 6 weeks of the year about to begin, this Friday is a teacher work day. Students have a four day week, with no school tomorrow.

Most students are satisfied with the free day and are not typically concerned with the reasoning behind the day off. But, what some may not know is that while they have a day to themselves, teachers and staff will be up and at their regular school day routine.

“I think teachers do workshops and what not to learn teaching methods. I am excited for my day off,” senior Brittany Lewis said.

There are several things set up for teachers on this day. There are about 30 staff members who will be updating their CPR certifications.

“Sometimes on professional development days we split up into core groups, whether it be by our subject or by our classes. We will look at data, we will meet with administrators and learn little tips and tricks on maybe different websites that we are using. It’s a way for us to sharpen up and finish the year on a good note,” world history teacher Michael Birdwell said.

It is a different type of day than normal, considering no students will be here.

“I think it’s beneficial- it allows the faculty to get together and to discuss. Sometimes we get to talk about the kids we have in class, compare notes a little bit to see how we can help eachother out both as a staff and also with our students,” Birdwell said.

What may seem like a random day off, this professional development day has been planned for a while. Thought goes into these days each year far in advance.

“Next year’s calendar is already set, they plan it well in advance. The staff is expected to be here, because they do have work to do,” attendance clerk Judy Hise said.

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Mike and Ikes, puppies, jeeps, One Tree Hill, and ice cream...lots and lots of ice cream; it’s Katie. Her life pretty much consists of these things with the addition of a few others, and that’s how most people know her. Alongside these 5 fantastic things, she is also recognized by her long brown curly hair and the unfortunate height of a 5th grader. Her love of her hometown, back-to-back NBA Champion basketball team, the Heat, gets her in trouble because of her surrounding Mav fans, yet she still wears that championship t-shirt to school every once in awhile. This will be her 6th year in Newspaper and she is SOOOO excited...there is a fully loaded snack cabinet with a bag full of Mike and Ikes in it after all. :)

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