Thursday, November 30, 2017
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
I hate to watch that game because it is so hard to watch. I am just hoping the Devils can prevail!!
A little history to this rivalry...... My entire childhood, my mom was such a die hard ASU fan. I knew right from the beginning that when I went to college, U of A was NOT an option. I could go to ASU or NAU. NAU was still Arizona State Teacher's College until the year I graduated from high school (I think). I knew that I didn't want to go where it was cold so ASU was the only choice. And I was fine with that!
The reason my mom disliked Arizona so much had to do with ASU wanting to become a university, which I think was about 1954. The Board of Regents, which was predominately U of A graduates, blocked it. As a result, it had to go to a vote of all of the people in Arizona to make Arizona State Teacher's College--Tempe to ASU. My mom always said that was so ridiculous that anyone would block progress like that. So I was not "allowed" to go to the U of A!!
Just a footnote--ASU beat the University of Arizona!!!
Friday, November 24, 2017
When I went to Sam's on Wednesday, I went by the very large table of pumpkin pies. In the past, I always bought two them because Cameron loves them. I didn't this year. It will be the first Thanksgiving without him, too. He and Patrick are going to one of Patrick's friends for dinner. I am really glad that they are together and that Patrick has Cameron there for this holiday.
We had a very nice dinner and after called Patrick and Cameron. Did a toast to Teresa. Last year we had dinner here at my house as it was the day after Thanksgiving that we took her to live in the group home. So last year's Thanksgiving and this have been bitter sweet.
I was hoping to sit outside with a fire, but it was still rather warm. I put the turkey "carcass" in the big pot and will cook it over night for the annual turkey noodle soup that we will have tomorrow night. It will cook overnight and make the house smell so good!!
I am thankful for many thing in my life. I am so thankful for the my mom, Teresa, Johnny, Judy, Kerri, Patrick and Cameron and our extended family. And I always thought I was so fortunate to have my mom until I was 53 years old. My Phoenix Scott family and Sacramento Park family lost their moms when many of them were very young. And to think that I had my "other" mother, Teresa, for 68+ years is absolutely a blessing and another reason for me to be thankful!!
I am also thankful for my many wonderful friends and the incredible career that I had as a public school educator. I am grateful that I am still able to serve the wonderful children, families, administrators, teachers and staff of GPS. I am blessed!!
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Below is the story from Channel 3 about this game. The video is wonderful but i wasn't able to download it onto this post.
None of the players who took the court were star athletes, but they still showed plenty of passion finding the open shot.
The teams were made up of special needs students like Kiley Christiansen, who was getting a chance to show fans that their disabilities won't keep them down.
"It's kind of like showing off," said Christiansen. "It's like hey, we can do this, too."
"I always had this as my dream," said student Daniel Pizano. "I always dreamed of being on a team and now it's coming true."
This year's Unified basketball game was a back and forth battle between Mesquite High School and Desert Ridge High School, with parents on both sides... bursting with pride with every pass and drive to the hoop.
"They don't get a chance to watch their kids and share something like this," said special education teacher Angela Olberding. "We just wanted the kids to have that moment - have their kids at an event where the school is behind them."
"I thought it was amazing," said grandmother Tina Verdugo. "It was just amazing to see him play, to see all of them play, and all of them get a chance to do what most kids can do. It's their dream."
The game ended in a tie, but nobody seemed to care about the score. Both teams felt the thrill of victory in a game most players will never forget.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
This particular nun had a limp and she told the class that she had a wooden leg. So my mom "pinched" sister's leg to see if it was true and it wasn't.
After her "punishment" was over and she returned to her desk, she passed a note around the class telling the other students that Sister did not have a wooden leg because she had pinched it. Needless to say, the note was intercepted.
Our grandfather was called and went to Loretto. My mom told me that the principal asked her to leave for a few minutes and then had her come back in. At the time she didn't know why, but years later found out it was because the principal and Grandpa Scott got a bit of a laugh out of it. Having been an elementary principal, I can tell you there were many occasions when this happened!
What spunk she had all of her life!!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Later after I became an administrator, several of my admin buddies became "Dirty Daisies"--Connie, Nikki, Jill, Sherryl--just to name a few. One of the funniest times was when we were at an administrators' picnic and our wonderful supt, Wally, burned one of our t-shirts!!!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Makes me proud!!
Friday, November 17, 2017
This is an article from November, 2016. It is on page 43.
I am going to write it out in case it ever goes off line--for posterity!
After Rogers called it quits last years, she had plenty to keep her busy: six energetic pugs--Diego, Lucy, Seamus, Pancho, Maya and Pedro; her Mexican-cuisine prowess; caring for an aging aunt; writing a blog and walking a daily goal of 4 miles.
Yet in the length of an early-release day, she could feel that something was missing: She still felt the tug of education.
Never officially a politician, she threw her hat in the ring for Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board. She is among four contenders for three positions, and has the backing of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations.
"If I win, this will be my 46th year in education," she says. "If I don't, I'll do something else."
"When you spend your life in education and then something like this comes up, it's rewarding when the children you've worked with and are now adults come back and want to help you," she says with gratitude.
Many have since word got out.
"What I did had to have made a positive impact in their lives, otherwise they wouldn't." Rogers says.
Rogers was born in Douglas, which is tucked into the southeastern corner of Arizona on the border with Mexico. Her ancestral home still stands. She was the school superintendent there from 2010 to 2015.
She started her career in Gilbert in the 1970s, when teachers were handed a paddle along with their keys. (She only used it once, and afterward thought it was horrible.)
More lasting was her 21-year service as the principal of Gilbert Elementary, when she learned each student's name, even when enrollment exceeded 1,000.
With that track record, Rogers feels the need to continue advancing education.
"I feel like I have a whole lot to offer, and i have the time. I need to keep myself mentally busy," she says. "Being able to do something like this is a service to the community and to the children and the families of the community."
Rogers anticipates a learning curve, if elected, but takes heart from her previous experience when, as superintendent, she worked directly with a school board.
"If the board and superintendent can work together, the district is going to benefit tremendously from co-operation," she says. "That doesn't mean you'll always agree with everything, because you are not going to."
Rogers sees challenges for the district: lack of funding and the teacher has almost crisis levels, she says; balancing enrollment on the east and west side of town via changing boundaries; teacher retention and attracting young people to the profession.
The other important factor is parent involvement, she says.
Rogers would like to take on all of these issues.
"But I believe that all of the other people that are running also have the best interests of the children and that is nice to know," she says.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The two witnesses were Patrick Golden and Catherine Nepsey. I am not sure who Patrick was, probably a friend of Grandpa Scott. As for Catherine "Nepsey," she had to be related to Grandma as that was Grandma Roughan's maiden name. We have since found out the correct spelling. It is Kneafsey.
Five of their children were born in Leadville, but three of them died. Johnny and Matt were the other two. I remember Teresa telling me that Grandma felt the weather was too cold there. I can't imagine losing three children.
In 2005, our cousins, Jean, Jan, and Tim, took Teresa on a road trip to Colorado. They visited Leadville and the family houses and Catholic Church. Jan made a scrapbook for Teresa that I have.
I took pictures of the houses and the information from that scrapbook. Here they are:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I love this picture of my grandma and me. She was such a special person in my early years. She was the person who made me a reader as she always read to me. And Teresa was the one who bought all of my books during my years growing up. I belonged to several book clubs where I would get a book delivered every month.