Friday, May 29, 2009

Kimberly's 8th Grade Graduation Speech Video

Sorry for the bad quality of the video and sound.

Kimberly's speech starts at about 1:35

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kimberly's 8th Grade Graduation Speech

I thought I'd post Kimbo's speech she will be giving tomorrow -

Nine years ago, two hundred and 20 or so, timid, nervous, kindergartners started school. New to the world of fluorescent lights, and PA systems, they formed bonds with each other, that only young, nonjudgmental children can make. Today, most of those bonds hold strong. Those timid, nervous kindergartners have grown and progressed. They have taken a step up in society. All that they have learned within the walls of Cimarron can still be heard. Heard within the kind and gentle words between friends. Heard within the strong and persuasive way we argue our opinions. Heard within the applause that arises as we cross this stage.
Every one of these students has learned something from one another. Whether it is how to dribble, or the capitol of Louisiana. We each have been imprinted with some image of knowledge from the friendships that we have formed during our 8 to 2:30 shifts. But most importantly, we have all learned something from ourselves: pride and respect. We have striven to be all we can be. To live up to our hopes, and our dreams. We have reached for every goal, everything from being a StuCo Rep, to simply getting up on time. And we are proud. Proud of whom we are as people, and proud of whom each other has become.
You, parents, teachers, grandparents, uncles and aunts, all of you, who see these wonderful kids reaching their potential, surpassing your every expectation, you are the ones who have nurtured us, and taught us how to respect each other, and respect ourselves. You are the ones who taught us to take our first steps toward our future, guided us onto the road of success, so that we may leap into the pool of contentment as adults. And it is our families, our close friends, and our teachers that we will remember later on, that we will recognize as those who supported us through all of our hard times, and cheered for us through our joyous ones. And we thank you, wholeheartedly for loving and caring for us.
Today, we leave this school. This school, that when we first arrived was so intimidating and huge. This school, that has been our home for the past three years. We have taken so much from this school. Knowledge, experience, memories. But today, we leave a legacy. We leave our footprints in the very floors here at Cimarron. You cannot see them, but as future generations pass through these halls, they will feel them. They will walk in our paths. Maybe some of our own children will too. And we will talk of the ‘Old Gym’, and the ‘M Hall’. Places that we know so well, that one-day, may not even exist anymore. Our learned traditions may be long gone by that time. But we will never forget.
And the experience we have gotten here will be put to good use as we enter into high school, one of the last few stones to hop before we truly begin, and can show off our magnificent skills and attributes to the world. Just like when we started our Middle School days, our first few High School days will be tough, and scary. However, our special bonds with one another will provide solid grounds on which to make new friends.
So today, after we walk across this stage, and drive off with our families, we do so as ninth graders. It may not seem as big as we used to imagine, but as we go our separate ways through the halls of high school, always keep this in mind: Whether you go off now to be Bulldogs, Wolves, or Huskies, deep down in your heart, you will always be a Cimarron Panther.

Monday, May 18, 2009

May 18 update

There is nothing special about May 18th (afaik), but thought I'd bring you up to date on what is going on.

Susan is home from her first year at college. She really struggled with trig but hopes to at least get a C. So far this summer, she is helping Mrs. Yellowfish (Edmond Public Schools Indian Education) in the afternoons. They are moving to the building next door and Susan is boxing up stuff for them. She will also be helping with the Johnson O'Malley program in June.

Kimberly is doing pretty well is school. She was asked to give a speech at the 8th grade graduation in a couple of weeks.  She was also asked to write a story for Edmond Sun newspaper. She wants to write about the EPS Indian Education program. Mrs. Yellowfish is really busy but I hope she is able to donate half an hour so Kimberly can get the info she wants for the story.

Susan and Kimberly should be entering some items in the Red Earth crafts contest. Last year Susan won 1st prize for her basket and Kimberly won 2nd and 3rd prize for a basket and some beadwork.

Laura is enrolled in 3 more classes at the school for the blind in Muskogee in June. After the classes, she should be ready to take the test so she will be qualified to teach visually impared children. Next year she will probably be teaching a 3 year old in the Guthrie Public School district a few days a week. The rest of her time will probably be at the alternative school trying to teach the kids that can't (or won't) handle regular school. I just hope she doesn't kill any of the kids.

Not much going on with me. I'm trying to get eclipse and tomcat working here at work. I'm making progress but I'm not quite there yet. I think I'll take some time and learn more about html, javascript, css, etc. I never bothered with learning that stuff since I've never been a front-end guy. I guess I'm more of a back-end guy :-)

My Redneck Ball-Pit is about half full now. We've been putting food scraps in it and I put the first mowings grass clippings in it.

Our garden is looking ok. The scallions were doing well and then we got all the rain and a lot of them seemed to disappear. My beer plants aren't doing anything. I guess you can't grow Coors from an empty can. :(

I saw this quote today and thought it was pretty good - 
Christianity: The belief that some cosmic Jewish Zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
- Unknown
Until next time.... Brian