We were handing out tshirts because (drum roll please) JACKSON IS NOW A B SCHOOL! In Florida, the state grades schools based on letter grades, A being the highest and F being the lowest, just like in school. Previously, Jackson had not only been an F school, but it was the lowest performing high school in the state of Florida. Then, over winter break, school grades were released and Jackson got a B!!! So exciting! I wish City Year could take credit for this, but this was based on last year's performance. The students and faculty were all excited. I think that everyone has received enough grief for either teaching or attending Jackson in the past that they were beyond ready to defy the stereotypes.
Joe, Adrienne and I stayed up waaaaaayyyy later than I've ever stayed up just hanging out and catching up on Friday night. We called it our "debrief session" of the year so far. City Year likes to debrief EVERYTHING which can sometimes be a little obnoxious. Friday night was a lot of fun though because we just hung out and caught up. Quinci comes back tonight and I don't think anyone is especially excited about it. I mean, Quinci's great, but when he's here, it's all about Quinci. Either that, or he's really negative and just brings everyone else down. I think we all realized how nice it was without him on Friday night and how different it would be if he had been there. Oh well. Maybe he's completely changed over break.
The rest of the weekend was pretty uneventful. Joe woke up on Saturday with the flu. Adrienne took him to the emergency room because he wasn't feeling well. We spent all afternoon on Saturday waiting for him to call and say he was ready to come home. Unfortunately, he was there for six hours!! Joe is already a kind of impatient person, so sick Joe was not having it. I know he was sick, but his stories of the ER were hilarious. Apparently, there was a guy in room next to Joe who came in and ended up needed a prostate exam. He had no idea what a prostate exam entailed until they got ready to perform the exam. Joe overheard the conversation and was laughing so hard he went into coughing fit. Poor Joe Joe. I hope he feels better soon. And that I don't get the flu.
Oh and last thing. My uncles in DC are fostering this adorable dog named CareBear (the name can be changed...). The dog needs a permanent home and my uncles would love it if someone adopted CareBear soon. If you are interested (especially if you live in DC/NOVA area) or know someone who is interested, let me know! CareBear was with us for Christmas and she was so sweet and extremely well behaved. She got along with other dogs and a lot of people. She was around teenagers and didn't have any issues. You can let me know or you can follow this link with all of the contact information. Either way, help out a very cute and loving dog who needs a good home!
Have a great week everyone!