Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hello All!

Hello everyone. Long time no see. I have been finding very little motivation to post on my blog ever since my camera broke. The good news is that I am buying a new one!!! Hopefully (fingers crossed) I will have it the second week in March when Jen comes up to visit! I am buying a new Canon 50D! This is a HUGE upgrade from my old dSLR that I had. Also, Jen and my Dad bought be a new 50mm f/1.4 lens that I cannot wait to shoot on!

The second semester is off to a GREAT start at Randy Smith. I am still teaching that one class that was giving me a lot of troubles (World Drumming), but the student roster has changed and it has made ALL the difference. Last semester, I was very stressed out and completely drained at the by of the week. This semester, I am still pretty wiped out on Fridays, but my stress level has dropped significantly. I received my review from the principal the other day, and it was very positive. I feel like I know more of what I am doing than I did last year (which should be the case)but there is always room for improvement.

Something that is new and exciting is that I wrote a Randy Smith school song. It has been very well received so far. I am trying to find a way to post it here on the blog...but I am failing at the moment. Sometime this week I will put it in a video and post that (I can post video clips but not songs apparently.) The song is a little cheesy, but I like it. I wrote it originally for piano and choir...but then arranged a full band version that is very fun! My goal is to have the band play the song at assemblies while the school sings along. I wrote the lyrics based on a few things that Randy Smith is proud of. Our kids voted on 5 words that they feel represent our school. Pride, respect, integrity, citizenship, and excellence (P.R.I.C.E.) are the words they picked. Also, the Black Bear is our school mascot. Here are the lyrics I wrote:

With Pride, Respect, and Integrity, we show off our achievements.
We embrace our love of Citizenship and strive for Excellence.
And those who challenge the Black Bears den, are sure to pay the P.R.I.C.E.
For Randy Smith is always victorious in sports, in school, in life.

Ok...I'm off to have some lunch, hit then gym, and then get some work done at school. I hope to post a bit more often. If not before March, I should start finding my motivation after I get my new Camera!!!


Nancy said...

Glad that things are going good. I really like the song you wrote. Can't wait to hear what it sounds like. I can imagine you are really excited about your new camera. What an awesome place to take pics.

rowdy said...

Wooooo HOOOOO for new cameras!!!!!!!!!