I paid Packemin a visit last week. It was the day of the senior barbecue and I was curious to see how the tenth graders I taught there my last term before retirement faired. And, although I had mixed feelings about the adults I would encounter, I had no such feelings towards the students and to say the trip was rewarding, would be an understatemnt.
I was greeted with hugs and embraces so hard that, 4 days later, I can still feel. Their words, still bring smiles to my face. So many thanked me for coming and for being on them early on, as they wondered if they would be graduating now without my help. (They probably would have made it anyway.) Several told me they couldn't pass math without me and it broke my heart to hear that many of these kids didn't make it through geometry and trigonometry. I know, with the right push, they all would have succeeded. And, while they are graduating, most will be in remedial classes in college, in spite of the pre-trig classes they took in high school.
Mr. AP claimed I had nothing to do with the school's stats and his bonus. That doesn't matter. These kids know I played a big part in their education and quite frankly, their opinions matter a whole lot more than the actions of some administrator who judges the quality of a teacher by how high they jump when he issues a command.
Being retired, I can post pictures. Students all gave permission to be photographed.