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I am sitting in my classroom freezing. Once again there is no heat (second day in a row this time). My students are wrapped within their coats shivering, pencils clutched in sleeve-covered fingers. I just put a call in to the AP and told him we were all going home if something wasn’t done soon.

The good news is, we are having an afterschool program tonight and I am hosting parents in this meat locker. That ought to get someone’s attention.

12:24 p.m. Update:

The heat just came on.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. hello beautiful. i see winter is all around you. i think you are right, someone will make notice of it tonight and hopefully make a huge fuzz since they don’t seem to listen to the teachers. it is hard to work/learn/function in extreme weather..that situation sucks.

    good luck tonight hon. XO and thank you, for all the love and support.

  2. Charlie — maybe tonight if I can find a pay phone far, far, far away from campus.

    Chana — thanks for the wish of luck. I am hoping I won’t need it. The room will be so cold all will refuse to enter ….

  3. I am hoping that folks with common sense will turn the heat up. Don’t your students let their parents how cold the classroom gets.

    It the School Board powers that be had to sit in the cold classroom shivering I am sure there would be some constant heat.

    Blessings for a warm classroom

  4. I guess that the powers that be found out you were blogging about it.

    Blogging, hell. They know that Ms. A. will call the media … and the next call should be to OSHA.

  5. I’m sure that if all you’re thinking about is how cold you are, you will not be learning much. Thank goodness the heating came on eventually.

  6. All — sorry you are missing personal comments. I spent the night in the emergency room with a friend. She is fine now. I am exhausted. I will try to catch up with you later.

  7. Dr. John — sad but true.

    Gary – -doubtful, I haven’t been called in to the office.

    Bill — it isn’t about turning heat up, it is about faulty equipment.

    OC — actually, Ms. A. knows which buttons to push without having to resort to means that would jeopardize her job. Just a casual mention to the AP that I was going to call parents and ask them to bring extra sweatshirts for their kids ….

    Bazza — indeed.

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