waiting for seventh hour

october 2014
Student Enrollment List
previous update: fall 2012

narrated by: Bekah Grimsley

I had to hire a teacher to take over for me last year while I went on maternity leave to have Holden, and I decided to keep Mr. Joyner. The school doesn’t need him at the moment, but we will in about three years. In the meantime, he has taken over the science class, and the students really like him.

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straight ahead

september 2012
Student Enrollment List
previous update: spring 2011

narrated by Lainey Grimsley

For the first week of a school a red-lettered banner hung above the door, reading “Welcome Students to Jefferson High, and below it read: Aim High and Achieve. The wind tore it off with the help of Colin and Luca Traver. When I was in fifth grade, my mother had taken the job as teacher of the Junior Classes, and if that wasn’t bad enough, she was promoted to principal this summer. My own mother, the principal of my school for the next seven years.

(junior high kids sitting, high school kids standing, seniors on the steps, next to principal bekah grimsley)

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playing nice

May 2011
Principal: Jared Prickett; Teacher Bekah Grimsley (34 years)
Lorelei Goss (18 years), Colin Traver (16 years), Luca Traver (16 years), Oliver McCarthy (14 years), Paloma Creelman (13 years), Meg Schehl (12 years), Peter Schehl (12 years)

It’s May, my favorite season, flowers are in bloom, and the morning air is full of of bird songs. The earth comes to life with rebirth, and everything seems to sing the song of second chances. Inside, I’m singing too. I’m a senior, and this is my last month of high school. I’ve never felt as free as I do in this instant, standing on the brink of the rest of my life.

Over cold cereal, my mom asks if I’m going to miss high school. If I say no, I’ll hurt her feelings, if I say yes, then I’m lying. I shove another bite of cereal in my mouth and just smile apologetically at her.

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