Dress Code for Sweaty School Administrators.

Come on.  We’ve talked about this.

Have we learned nothing over the course of 530 blog posts?sweat


One more time, then you’re on your own.

If you are a school administrator, it is considered a social faux pas to wear a blue dress shirt before the first Monday in September.


Because it’s Labor Day.

Actually, Labor Day has nothing to do with it.  Labor Day has to do with the deaths of factory workers (not a lot of laughs in this blog…).

My point is when school starts it’s hot.

Really hot.

Like surface of Venus hot (Google it).

It can be 42 degrees the day before school starts and I will guarantee you it will be 112 when the students show up.

In the shade.

It has to be, it’s the law (Google it).

Yet, every year some hotshot young principal shows up at school with his brand new blue dress shirt he just bought at Kohl’s (free plug… so feel free to send me some free stuff).

The shirts are fine.

The color is not.

You cannot stand up in front of several hundred students and preach to them about the consequences of their behavior over the course of the next 9 months and not sweat.

Trust me, I’ve tried.

Your back basically becomes a waterfall.

Which in turn makes your underwear droopy and your socks soggy.

Or so, I hear.

Now think what this does to your brand new precious Kohl’s blue dress shirt (seriously… two free plugs and I’ve got nothing).

So do what I do.

Wear white.

At least until Labor Day.

You’ll still sweat, but at least the rest of us won’t have to see it.

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Labor Day is Here: Which Means I Have a Lot to Do.

Where Did the Summer Go?The arrival of September tells me one thing.

I am woefully behind.

As an educator, I realize how lucky I am to have a job that gives me some time off during the summer months.

The only problem is that it isn’t nearly enough time.

As the school year winds down each spring, I always try to make a list of things that I need to accomplish over the summer.

This year was no exception. I made a list of about 30 items that had to be done.

No exceptions. Writing them down on the list was like carving them in stone. They would be done before the beginning of school.

Some were small items (like take a nap every day) and some larger items (paint the house). Actually, I may have those backwards as I believe taking a nap every day was Important Large Item #1.

As I sit here on Labor Day (it’s an American thing if you are reading this from another country… and enjoying your universal health care), I have realized that summer is officially over and…

I lost my list.

About 2 months ago.

So, most of the items on the list have not been completed. I think. I am not exactly sure because if you are paying attention you know I lost the list.

When I think about summer as a large block of time, I worry that I am not getting enough accomplished.

I have wasted an opportunity that I can never get back.

I have an overwhelming anxiety that time is slipping by me.

Things around the house, at work, and on the computer still need to be addressed. So much to do, and so little time.

But if I break it down, I don’t feel quite as bad.

This summer I got to travel (Texas and Colorado), went to NECC (sort of), visited a zoo, coached a softball team, learned a bunch of technology stuff (Jing, Ping.fm, Twitter, Plurk, Joomla, etc.) made lots of positive changes at school (at least I hope they are), did some work in the yard, saw the Riverwalk in San Antonio, wrote about 38 blogs, helped redo our school website, played some golf (never as much as I would like), rode the flat escalators in the Denver Airport (these should be everywhere), went to a Major League Baseball game, explored a cave, visited Sea World, watched the tech queen’s workshop business grow by about 300%, ran about 175 miles (jogged more than ran… actually, shuffled more than jogged), loaded about 60 items on PrincipalsPage.com, experienced my daughter growing about 4 inches and aging from 7 to 14 years old, and saw the horribly disappointing Alamo (the Alamo isn’t disappointing… just the mall next door).

So all in all, I can’t really complain because none of this stuff was on the list.

Maybe as I get older (if all goes well… quick, someone knock on wood), I will have a better understanding that life isn’t a race.

Not everything needs to be on a list and crossed off as I complete it.

Ah, who am I kidding?

What I need to do is make a fall list.

There is much to be done before winter gets here. Primarily, all of the things I didn’t get done over the summer (which is pretty much everything).

And Important Item #1 is going to be… Don’t Lose List.

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