Monday, September 29, 2008

Our Trip To The Zoo

We were supposed to have an inservice today, but the district was nice enough to give us the day off for all of the work we did in the summer. So, we decided to head to Topeka to pick up some school supplies and take the kids to the school. It was their first time at a zoo, and they had a pretty good time.

Mackenzie thought it would be pretty cool to be the one pulling Jace. That lasted about 5 minutes.

Mackenzie was pretty brave making faces at the lions. My guess is she wouldn't be so brave if that window wasn't there!

Jace thought the orangutang was hilarious!

Jace and Mackenzie get mooned!

I could relate to this guy many times this summer!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chapman Tornado Update - Day 102

Here's a video I filmed today showing an update on the schools and community. It sounds weird to say, but it's nice to see schools being torn down, because that means new ones are that much closer to being built.

The video is about 5 minutes long. Here's the website:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good News on the Schools

I haven't had many posts because we've been so busy trying to keep our head above water in the schools. On the other hand, the beginning of the school year has been a breeze compared to preparing for the first day.

We did receive some good news last week. Unless it changes again, we were informed that all three schools would be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. That includes everything except for the parts of the schools that are in use right now and the gym in the high school. The district purchased 20 acres of land by the racing museum to build a brand new elementary school, and the middle school will be built on the same spot but with a lot more room.

That also means Nichole and I will have new classrooms, which is a relief. We were starting to get really concerned that we would have to go through all this for two years and then return back to our old classrooms. It's nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel, although the tunnel is a long ways away.

It's also nice to know that Mackenzie and Jace will have brand new schools to go through, which is pretty exciting. I really think our town could end up gaining a lot of families by the time this is all said and done. Hopefully that means we will get some fast food or a grocery store sometime, too!