January 09, 2012

Kickoff Klassic

Talk about a stressful start back to school!!! We've been back in school for exactly four days and already the work is non-stop because basketball season has finally started and we kicked off the season by hosting a seven school tournament.

Everything began on Tuesday when the first visiting team, Aniak, arrived. Never the school to miss an opportunity, we started right in with two exhibition games that evening.

The remaining teams (excluding Tooksook, who was weathered in due to extreme low temperatures) began arriving Wednesday afternoon for the tournament. The interesting thing about sports in rural Alaska is that the visiting teams sleep in the school. Not really a problem for a weekend visit, but when classes are still going on? Talk about a huge juggling act of kids!!

To top it off, student council had the pleasure of opening and operating the student store during all of the evening games. Why is this important, you may ask... well, it wouldn't be except I volunteered to sponsor student council... whoops.

So for my entire first week back, my day looked something like this:

8am: Make sure the visiting teams are up and out of the room
9am-12:30pm: Teach
12:30-1pm: Run home and start something resembling food for hospitality room
1pm-3:30pm: Teach
4pm-12am: Student store, crowd control, admissions, cash count... whatever else needs doing
12am-1:30am: Prep for the next day
2am-7am: Sleep

It's no wonder I ended up sick as a dog after everyone left.

So the final verdict: Tired? Yes. Exhausted? Yes. Unprepared for next week? Yes. Totally proud of my students? Heck yes. In love with my job? Absolutely.

Bring it next week! I can take it.

And in case you're wondering, Scammon boys and girls ranked first =)

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