What’s up, Canadensis!
It’s starting to turn cold in St. Louis, and that definitely has me missing Camp! I can’t believe that it’s been over two months since I left Canadensis. I guess that means that we only have eight months to go!
My life is pretty simple back in Missouri, it’s basically all about teaching. My school year started in mid-August, so I’ve already been in school for eight weeks. I teach a history class called “Global Issues,” that’s required for every Senior in the school. It’s a really fun class to teach. I also teach AP Government, which I really like. In addition to teaching, my school has a small international resident program and I live on campus in the dorms with about fifty students. It’s a huge time committment, but it’s been good to save some money.
I’m actually planning a pretty interesting event at my school at the moment. We have a house system, very similar to what you read about in Harry Potter, and each semester we have big house competitions. Well, this year I suggested doing a large, five-team Apache Relay. The administration bought the idea, so with some of the Senior leaders I’ve been busy planning an Apache for 850 students. We’re calling it the “Red Devil Relay” (Our school mascot), but it’s essentially designed after the Apache at Canadensis. Instead of burning a rope at the end, we’re burning a fuse that’s going to light fireworks and smoke bombs. It should be great! And it’ll be interesting to see how it works with five teams instead of two. It was supposed to be last week, but had to be postponed due to rain. (It’s amazing how even here in Missouri, it seems to want to rain during the Apache!)
That’s basically what’s going on with me. I’ve gotten out for a lot of hikes in Missouri lately. Missouri is great, but it makes me miss the Appalachian Mountains, especially the hike I took with the Upper Seniors this summer. I visited Pennsylvania about a month ago, which was really nice, and I’ll be back in Jersey for the Reunion in January.
I hope that everyone is doing well. I miss you all and I already can’t wait to start the Summer of 2010.
Take care, and don’t hesitate to be in touch,