Friday, February 27, 2009
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Hayden is going out for track and they did their team qualifiers today. He tried for disk and got second so he will be doing that event again and he tried for the 800 meter run. Last year he ran this one time just for fun and came in second but the football coach would not let him run long distance because he could not afford for him to loose any weight for football season so he just stuck to the throwing events. Now that football is over and there is no worry about keeping the pounds on, he wanted to try for the 800. Well he came in first and beat all the amazing long distance runners on our team by 7 seconds....his time was 2:14 ....the crazy part is that he did this without any conditioning or running AT ALL since football ended. We are pretty jazzed about his potential. The school record in the 800 is just over 2:00 and the 1A-5A record is 1:50....we shall see if he can shave a good amount of time off between now and State...I dont know if he will be breaking any records but he should be a good contender to get to state. It will be fun to watch. Check back for updates...his first meet is next Wednesday and then on Friday of next week as well.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009
We were right.....it really was the Bush compound!!
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We drove to the beach...sooo cute, the beach cottages were.
Felt like it was right out of a movie....
and....AND...I had a bowl of New England Claim Choweder....IN....NEW ENGLAND!!
and, YES....to answer your burning question....it was alittle different then Pinetop Claim Chowder!
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Some of his best friends......
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
yesterday i received a call from Austin's teacher. She had submitted a letter a while back to nominate Austin for his accomplishments with the Council for Exceptional Children. Every year they award 8 students from all of the state of Arizona for their accomplishments...this is what AZCEC was looking for......
Do you know that special student who excels despite their disability?
AZCEC wants to recognize those students who exhibit the "I CAN DO IT!" attitude by doing their best in academics, art, athletics, community service, employment, self-advocacy, technology or independent life skills.
sooooo Austin' teacher received this letter yesterday....
Dear nominating teachers,
Thank you all so very much for your dedication to recognizing students with special needs and their successes during this school year. We had an unbelievable amount of nominations this year making it extremely difficult to narrow down our award recipients to keep within the designated maximum of 8. (I believe I went over by 1…..and really can’t go above that number due to the very tight time constraints of the luncheon.). Again, I appreciate your nominations and encourage you to hang on to them and resubmit next year if your student was not selected this year.
Decisions were based primarily on the accomplishments of the students, rather than the severity of the disability. The award is given for persistence and going above and beyond to be successful despite the disability, whatever that may be. Please understand that all of the nominations were well founded and all of the students worthy of recognition, but we are limited in how many we can select.
Attached is the list of those students that have been selected for this years’ I Can Do It’ Awards.
Thank you for your time and energy!! Hope you are planning to attend the 2009 CEC Law Conference on March 6th, whether your student was selected or not! (Registration form also attached.)
“I CAN DO IT “
2009 Award Recipients
Nathan Beardsley Centennial High 12th grade
Nicholas Garcia Cactus Middle School 8th grade
Joshua Morris Frontier Elementary 7th grade
Denny Allen Trevor Browne High 11th grade
Lacey White Thunder Mtn. Middle 6th grade
Bertha Andrade Chandler High 12th grade
Jacob Arvizo Willis Junior High 8th grade
Austin Jones Blue Ridge High 12th grade
Alex Imafidon Chaparral High HS - grade?
sooooo we will attend an awards luncheon with Austin on March 6th
We are so proud of Austin! They will also be coming out to take his picture for the paper. He is pretty excited about that.
Here is the letter that was submitted on his behalf
Austin Jones is a student in our Resource Set Contained (RSC) program at Blue Ridge High School. He has unduplicated self-assurance, character and genuine regard for others which defines his "I can do it" attitude. He has given Blue Ridge Unified School District he idea of community. He does not separate himself or others, or others from himself. Austin has established friendships with his peers in and outside of the special education programs. He walks our hallways with sincere greetings; boisterous teases and is aware of those who need assistance. He sees what he likes and looks for those who can help him get it, and always makes sure his friends can have it too. Austin knows nearly all of the students and staff by name. He has clearly demonstrated self confidants and releases all his inhibitions toward new and unfamiliar things.
In one instance Austin greatly wanted to be a member of the high school marching band. He took charge. He inquired and discussed how to achieve this with the band director, his parents and myself on how to make this happen. The team successfully made arrangements for Austin to join the band the upcoming fall. However, the band director moved. Although we reassured Austin that he would still be allowed to participate, he did not want there to be any doubt. So, over the summer he came to the school for band camp and to secure his place. Since that summer Austin has carried and loaded band equipment, joined practices, traveled with the band and has encouraged all who see him to join the Blue Ridge High School Marching band, His persistence and hard work paid off, not only did Austin have the earned honor of performing with the band this year at school events but he dressed, marched and played the drums during the 3A High School Football Championship game.
Austin has given to Blue Ridge far more then Blue Ridge has given to him.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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Friday, February 6, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here is Christoph, after he got out of the water...we were so happy to have Christoph on the trip with us. Christoph was our first exchange student 15 years ago and he and his family now live in San Diego. It was good to get reacquainted with him. The day we left his family came into town and the lucky dog got to stay another week with them! We sure love them and wish they lived closer but San Diego is a heck of alot closer then Switzerland!!!!
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
well we are back home, it feels good! the trip was good but it was exhausting. Starting out with a 6am flight did not get us off on a very good foot ( had to leave for the airport at 3:30am) and we ran from sun up to sun down. The kids were really good so that helped and we did FINALLY get to do the shark adventure this year after 3 previous years of cancellations because of weather. I will post pictures, video and tell all about it in another post coming soon....but in the mean time....you might hop on over to Brittnee's blog in hopes that she will post about her doctors appt today. Just a hint....it might be pink!
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