I thought it would be easier the second time around, but I was wrong.
We are packing up our oldest son for college this week and I find my eyes watering inexplicably. My son wonders why my eyes are red and I tell him it must be allergies.
What’s curious, though, is three years ago, when his sister started college, the same thing happened.
I was excited for her then, and I am excited for him now.
Buildings and Construction
With the exception of a few details, additional cleaning and final touch-ups, the school buildings and grounds have been completed, approved, and ready for students to return from summer break. We’ll continue to work with contractors as they replace a few security cameras, hang the curtain and lights on stage, and complete some unfinished business on their punch-lists.
If you were unable to join us at the Aug. 27 dedication ceremony, be sure to stop in for a visit, and then tour the facilities with me. Thank you for the support and patience throughout the 16-month construction process.
Eden Valley – Watkins Agriculture
EV-W Agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, Tracy Huhn has recently received an Honorary American FFA Degree. The Honorary American FFA Degree is given to teachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs. Other qualifications are that 85 percent of the teacher’s agriculture students are in FFA and the teacher must have been an agriculture instructor for at least 10 years. Tracy was one of 54 teachers in the nation and one of two in Minnesota to receive the award this year.
The EV-W agriculture community, FFA alumni, school district faculty and staff are extremely proud of Tracy’s recent recognition and commend her for the progressive development of our agriculture program.
This is just another opportunity for me to welcome the EVW staff back to our opening workshop week on Monday, Aug. 26. This has certainly been a rewarding summer for me as I continue the role of superintendent and serve the staff, students, and area communities of the school district. I’ll look forward to visiting with you next week.
Shopping for School Supplies? Save receipts!
Heading to the store for back-to-school shopping? Don’t forget to save receipts from all of your school supply purchases. By doing so, you could qualify for tax credits or subtractions on your 2013 state income tax returns.
There are two tax options that help families pay expenses related to their child’s education: the refundable K-12 education credit and the K-12 education subtraction. Both programs reduce the tax parents must pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2013 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return. To qualify, you must have purchased educational services or required materials during 2013 to assist with your child’s education. Your child also must be attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private or home school.
Babies know nothing of regular schedules. They wake at any hour of the night or very early morning and demand to be fed. This is to be expected. They are growing and in need of nourishment – day and night.
Babies don’t stay babies forever. They grow and change and turn into (ahem) teenagers.
Teenagers know nothing of regular schedules. They wake late in the daytime, stay up into the wee hours and demand frozen pizza and ice cream. This is to be expected. Teenagers are growing and in need of nourishment – day and night.
When my son was an infant, there was a period of time when he got his days and nights mixed up. Now, 18 years later, I fear the situation is repeating itself. As his mom, I am experiencing a déjà vu of sleep deprivation.
In other words, I’m tired all over again.