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DECEMBER 17, 2010


BAT “To keep life in perspective and to take better care of myself.”

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2011?

Kevin Daney tech ed

“[To] meditate.”

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Lee Ann Russell math

“Exercise more, eat healthier, stop wasting time watching TV... They’re very lofty goals.”

Joe Thompson counseling

By LizWasden Print Editorial Editor To usher in the New Year, many of us celebrate by setting a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. With the past year behind us and a clean slate to look forward to, we are usually filled with a hope for change. Unfortunately, this feeling doesn’t usually last very long. Looking forward to summer, I committed myself to following the workout routine of a video my mother had stuck in my Christmas stocking: Dance and Be Fit: Hip Hop Cardio. However, after only about three days of doing the cabbagepatch and shimmying and attempting to touch my toes and of course being mercilessly picked on by my brothers, I gave up. I would have felt better about the situation if this had been the first time I had quit on my New Year’s resolution, but, unfortunately, it was not. Having been told by my younger brother that he simply could not stand commercial jingles anymore, I decided to quit singing, a difficult goal for a first grader. Thankfully,Christmas songs were no longer cycling through the radio station playlists or I wouldn’t have

been able remain true to my word as long as I did. The next day at school, however, I could no longer contain myself. During the science portion of our day, in a moment of weakness, I burst out with “ONE MACA, TWO MACA, THREE MACARENA!” and everyone laughed at me. It was much like the scene in About a Boy, when Marcus accidentally begins to sing the Carpenters’ song Rainy Days and Mondays, to the unfortunate mocking of his class and the subsequent trip to the principal’s office. Students, however, are not the only ones who slip up on their New Year’s resolutions. When we were younger, we all just assumed that teachers lived at school, like the professors in Harry Potter. The idea that all they ever did was grade papers, eat all meals in the teachers’ lounge and sleep at their desks is still the image that comes most readily to us when we think about our teachers. This image is always interrupted, however, by the teacher who’s engaged, the teacher who’s expecting and especially the teacher who’s retiring, because, in all honesty, where are they going to go? So, what better way to be reminded that teachers have lives too than by reading a few of their goals for 2011?

Liz Stafford art

“Really make use of my time and use it more effectively.” “It’s the same every year. I don’t have one.”

Bill Morris science

Fred Delello social studies

“I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions because I never follow through with them. So my resolution is to not do a resolution.”

Kathleen Carey health

“Stay healthy and enjoy life.” Photos by Liz Wasden and Stefany Carty

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch  

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch  

Dec. 17, 2010 The Pitch