Today is the last formal day of school! Tomorrow is the field day(yes for Jr/Sr high; working at a tribal school is different) and Thursday is teacher checkout day, but those don't really count. This has been an extremely trying year. Not sure if I have detailed all of it before, so here you go. We tried a in person/online format, so those students who felt comfortable came to school, and those who didn't were supposed to be online. Except here on the the reservation virtually all the students lacked internet capability. And we didn't even get the software going until October(we started in August), and we were supposed to transition to a BIE controlled school, and that fell through. Anyway, as part of that supposed transition we got a new principal in January, who had been here before, but left under some phony political bullshit.
I have had no support either curriculum wise or other wise before he came in and I didn't make the best impression. Fortunately the librarian and Principal are tight and she helped me fix all the problems, and now its behind me. We have a bunch of $$$ from Covid and other things that we are buying new curriculum that I am allowed to pick out for my classroom as I am essentially the social studies department. Plus he's getting me a tutor from another school to show me how to actually teach(the finer points at least; I'm pretty good at explaining/lecturing but lesson planning? Not so much) Plus the 7th graders(Geography) have been in open revolt for the past month(not just for me, they have been a nightmare for everyone) so I am glad for it to be over.
I've been burying the lead though, as the pay scale for the district is going way up next year. I have been making around $33K(though we had a Covid bonus "hazard pay" that added 3k and I am getting another 1.5K from being on a reorganization committee), but next year it will be about $47K(which is about 6 more than the state pay scale. So good riddance 2020-2021 school year, and may I never see its likes again.