Another year, and another Arista installation. This year several kids invited me so I didn't have the same anxiety attack I had last year. I even figured out a way to beat the alphabetical seating so I could sit with my good buddy and catch up on life. Our conflicting schedules don't give us any free time together.
I love Arista installation. It is a joy to see the kids all dressed up and marching across the stage and receiving their certificates and pins. Many of my seniors have a bad case of senioritis so it was especially wonderful to see how well they have done in the past, to let them know that I know there is more to them than what I see in the classroom.
Nights like these help me put what I go through with my crazy ninth period class in perspective. My husband keeps telling me not to let one group of kids end a career I love. Maybe he's right.