|A class pet ("Ol' Red," the corn snake) goes home with a student for the summer|
Today was the last day of school, which is one more part of the year's cycle that I always look forward to with a mixture of joy and sadness. I love being a teacher, and the routine that develops: the keen anticipation in September, the depth of it all in the middle months, the realization in spring that everyone has grown, even me. And the end of the year is like a grand finale of fireworks: field trips, rocket launches, chess tournaments, plays, a "mock congress,"and an amazing talent show, all of these things in the making for months. Of course there are lots of great things going on throughout the school year, but the knowledge that there is an end to it all seems to bring a special urgency. The excitement in the spring and fall of a school year is palpable.