I think this has been the quickest summer ever.
School was dismissed a minute ago, it seems, and suddenly students are again in classrooms.
That puts me back to work, too, and I look forward to hearing from public and private school educators about new programs, interesting events, and exceptional students and teachers.
I am also here to help get the word out about things going on in the schools. If your school has a carwash, spaghetti dinner, Advisory Enhancement Council meeting, parent-student night or other event, e-mail me about it and I'll mention it on the Top of the Class page.
I may not be able to publish everything I receive, but don't let that stop you from sending items. I will attend events whenever possible. My deadline for Thursday's Top of the Class page is the Friday before it. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't have room to run honor rolls, but if your school has a student or a reasonably sized list of students who have accomplished something special, send it my way. I will try to publish it.
This will be my second year with the Hernando Times, and I enjoyed visiting the schools and meeting staff members and students. I hope to see many of you again and meet new folks, too.
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Going back to work reminds me of my years (long ago) as a middle school science teacher.
Although it has been awhile, I remember clearly that I got my worst night's sleep the night before the first day of school. I dreamed that my alarm didn't go off, that I'd gotten to school late and the school had turned into a maze of halls with my classroom nowhere to be found.
Then my alarm went off and all was well.
I know, having talked to other teachers, that I was not alone having these crazy dreams, so I thought it would be fun to talk to a few local teachers and ask them to recall their similar dreams.
Sebrena Klausman is a second-year teacher and already she has a recurring dream.
"I'm always teaching in my jammies," said Klausman, who teaches third grade at Pine Grove Elementary School. "It's a repetitive dream and happens all the time."
Liz Marion is the media specialist at Pine Grove. She remembers a couple of years ago when she was the lead teacher, working with Title I parent liaison Nancy Hurst. She dreamed about tight spaces at the school.
"It was such a vivid nightmare that they had no place to put us," she said. "They put us in a tent in the bus loop!"
Mini Ferrazano is the Spring Hill Elementary Title 1 parent educator.
"I dream that somebody went into my room and made a mess out of everything," she said. "Nothing was the way I left it."
Spring Hill Elementary second-grade teacher Denise Ferranto remembers hers.
"I would be late, which would be a very bad example, and my class would not be here and I would be like, classless," she said. "Everyone else would be there doing their thing."
But there's more to Ferranto's story than her dream.
She was in such a dither in anticipation of school beginning that she set two alarm clocks the night before the first day that teachers were to return to school.
She said she ended up waking at 3 a.m., getting dressed and washing her contact lenses down the drain.
"I just looked down the sink and said, 'Oh, for heaven's sake.' "