End of the School Year, But It’s Not The End of Us!

I can’t believe that the school year will be over at the end of the week.  This is going to be one of the hardest weeks of my teaching career.  I hate losing this 6th grade!  I know that I have a couple of more grandchildren right behind Gabe.  However, I’ve watched Gabe and many of you grow up right before my eyes.  I actually remember Gabe crawling down these very halls with his blanket as the dismissal bell rang and me not knowing where he was.  Frantically I ran out of my room looking for him only to find him with his blanket clutched tightly in one small fist up against a tiny cheek while he sucked on his finger sitting by the library.  He was intently watching everyone leaving for the day.  As they left, they carefully walked around him and some leaned over and touched him on the head and said “bye Gabe.”   I remember some of you so little and just adventurous.  Many of you played with Gabe in our yard, played baseball with him, started kindergarten with him, and laughed, fought, and at times even shed a tear with him.  I know school isn’t over for you.  You are just entering a new chapter of your life.  For that I’m so happy for you.  You are going to have so much fun in the Jr. High/High School world.  You have the world before you!!!  However, I’m being a little selfish because I don’t want to give you up.  You are a wonderful group, and I’ve really enjoyed you in my class.  Just like Gabe keeps telling me, “Nanny, just hang on.  In a year we will be next door.”  I am going to hang on to that.  Also I know that through Gabe I will continue to see all of you.  Hopefully you will continue to talk to me through our post.  Show the world what I see and what your family sees.  You are the best!!!!  I’m so proud of you, and you all have my heart.  Best of luck!!!!

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Longtime Teachers Will Be Missed!

Thursday after school, we had a little get together for three teachers, Janet Goodwin, Pam Ward and Cathy Goodwin (who unfortunately was not present).  It’s hard to think that next year I will walk through these doors and not be able to talk to them.  Janet and Cathy have taught my kids and Pam taught my grandson.  All three are dear friends, and I only want to wish days filled with joy, family to make you whole, friends to make you laugh, but above all God to bless your lives.  Just know that you have blessed mine with your friendship!


Busy Weekend that Just Kept Going!!!

This weekend was so busy.  However it was so much fun.  Friday school ended early for most of you because of the weather. Gabe and I stayed until the regular time waiting for everyone to be picked up.  Of course we all watched the weather this weekend.  Unfortunately a tornado hit outside of Altus Saturday.  We saw a house destroyed along with a few buildings as we were going to Altus Sunday to attend church with my son and his family.  There were several poles laying over. Gabe’s mom and aunt took pictures in Electra as the storm entered Electra Saturday.  Afterwards, Gabe and I took a trip to Sonic but all seemed well.  The strange thing is right before the storm Gabe and I were playing baseball outside during the day.  This bird kept hanging around the house.  Gabe took several pictures of him.  He would fly away and then come back.  The bird would come very close and just chatter.  I told Gabe that he was trying to tell us something.  He either stayed in the tree by us or flew overhead.  After the storm rolled in, I never saw him again.  And then there was little Gizmo’s adventure Saturday morning.  He had to venture down to the police station and get his annual vaccination.  He was a true trooper!  He did not whimper once!  Gabe and I were so proud of him 🙂 . 

After church Sunday, my daughter and son-in-law wanted us to go to the Lake Arrowhead with them and the rest of the family.  There were so many people there.  It was neat to see the lake that full again.  God is good to give us this rain!  More is suppose to come this week.  Gabe and the others were fishing.  Now that is not my “cup of tea.”  I rather just watch!  However they were catching a bunch of catfish.  Pops, my son-in-law’s dad, caught a 3 lb. catfish.  We stayed until  the sun starting setting.  It was so pretty on the water.  It was one of the nicest weekends that I’ve had in a long time! 

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Electra Classroom Benefit Pictures Ready to Download from My Site

After a battle with the weather, I finally have the ECTA Benefit pictures for download up on my www.techytigers.com site if anyone wants them.  As I stated earlier, I have over 200 pictures of the benefit that can be downloaded at full resolution.  I did not take them with the intend of being professional and did not touch anything up.  I uploaded everything, blurry and all, so anyone can just pick and choose.  The students are so cute.  Mrs. Bigbie did a great job with the benefit.  I hope there’s a picture you might want that keep that memory alive for years to come!

Still working on the ECTA Page

Just want everyone to know that I’m still working on the Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit page.  The electricity was down due to the storm, and I’ve had a slight delay.  I have over 200 pictures that can be downloaded from my media page if anyone wants them.  I didn’t have time to touch them up but you can download them at full resolution.  I would have taken better pictures if I had of known that more needed them.  I was just taking them for fun and for my site.  However they are there for anyone that wants them.  I’ll put out another post when I have the page up.

Major Storm Hits Electra This Weekend!

Friday around 5:20 pm a major weather cell entered into Electra and it was a nightmare! My son, Steve who is stationed at Altus, watched it from his base radar as it came across Electra. I was on the phone with him as he watched the tornado and he gave me a play by play move of its position. Fortunately it did make a hook and turn and go toward Burkburnett and then out toward Oklahoma along the Red River line. However we did get trapped in over 80 to 95 mph winds which caused funnels all around. This in itself caused great damage to our community as you are all aware of.  Steve said that on the base their radar showed that the cell spread twice the size than what was showing on the news.

There are so many people that need to be thanked for their countless time that they have put in to keep our community going. The weather advisory, city and power crews, fireman, policeman, sheriff department, medical field, and countless others that I have failed to mention. Also it’s wonderful to have family and friends. Our little neighborhood was trying to relay information to each. As I would get updates from Steve, I would try to give them to our neighbors, and they would tell me what they knew (in the small amount of time that we had). Because of all the information that was supplied by the media, storm watchers, military, weather advisory, etc. no lives were lost. We lost electricity for a day, but that’s a small price to pay. I’m just grateful for the workers that put in the countless hours to get the electricity back on! I look at others places that have been leveled to the ground and think that we are so lucky for the minor damage. God has blessed us.


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The Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit Was a Huge Hit!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit last night.  Everyone of you that participated did a fantastic job!  Also Mrs. Bigbie and all of the teachers that helped need to be commended.  It’s not easy to pull off such an event.  The high school royalty looked great.  Our scholarship went to Treyce Cook, and I could not have been prouder.  I know that Treyce will make Electra ISD proud and will represent our district well. 

The Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit is a traditional annual community event for our school system.  Mrs. Wright, the lady who was the master of ceremony, was one of the recipients of the scholarships. I can remember being in high school and watching the event.  I also remember my own kids participating in the event.  Now I get to see my grandchildren participating.  Chances are you also have family members that have participated in the benefit.  That’s one of the neat things about living in our small district is that we have traditions that we carry out from generation to generation.  That’s the reason I chose to stay here, and I love this school. That’s also the reason that one of my daughters, Laura, and her husband chose to move back here with her two boys.  She loved our school.  There are benefits to small towns and small schools!!!

I just want to say again…Good job Electra Elementary!  Also Electra High school looked fantastic.  Everyone worked hard and made Electra ISD proud.  The teachers appreciate the community coming and supporting  the students and the benefit. Get ready because Mrs. Bigbie is already writing ideas down for next year!