Write Angles

April 16, 2006

WASC Visit

Filed under: Accreditation — Damon @ 6:20 pm

I actually wrote this on Wednesday, March 29. I just forgot to post it.

It seems we passed our WASC accreditation evaluation. Today we heard the report from the visiting committee. They seem to have been very impressed by our school.

Some things they said:

The visiting committees always create a list of strengths for the schools. Our committee chairman said a typical school gets a list of 3 to 7 strengths. They listed 18. (I think it was 18. I stopped listening around 12… Teachers make the worst students.)

Some schools also do special lessons or events in order to impress the visiting committee. One of the members commented that he was impressed that we did not. It was apparent that we were just going about our normal business. (That’s not entirely true. I did tuck in my shirt. And we got cool new name tags that I intend to wear on dates. Just kidding.)

What seemed to impress them the most was the people at our school. The teachers actually talk to each other and seem to care about the students (I will deny this.) They also commented about how mature the students seem. (I have no idea where they got that impression.)

Anyway, it was good to hear good things about our school from objective visitors. I guess I’ll take my resume off of monster.com (Just kidding Ms. Martinez!).



Tax Time

Filed under: Real World Math,Taxes — Damon @ 6:16 pm

It’s probably time to start my taxes.

I just walked over to OfficeMax and, fortunately, they still had a copy of TurboTax. I used the software last year and it saved a lot of time. (If they didn’t have it I could always do the 20th century thing and fill out the papers by hand and mail them in. But I save so much money in stamps by spending $40 on TurboTax.)

I think I procrastinated a little.

I just hope I don’t run into any complications like I don’t have my W-2’s or something. I guess I could always file an extension–a beautiful thing for procrastinators. (Although penalties might apply if I owe money.) Between the state and feds the government kept over $10K of my hard earned money. (And that is just my day job.) I hope to get some of it back. (A clever student could now estimate what I make. . . . But they would need to use some algebra.)

I guess I should get started and stop procrastinating…Although since April 15 is on a Saturday, the IRS is giving us till April 17. (Hmmmm, that’s the day the Junior’s project is due…the parallels are frightening.)


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