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I would have posted this on Friday when it actually came out, but our cable went out…when our cable goes our so does our phone and internet…SOOOOO…it’s a little late, but this is what I wrote. If this link doesn’t work, just search the archives for fall fashion forward.


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My article ran today:

Last Day of School!

Today was my last day of school with students. Some years this is a bittersweet day. On the one hand I am relieved to see the last item of the school year get graded, but on the other hand, I really enjoy my students and I am always nervous I won’t have as fun of a group the next year. This year was no different for that! I had super fun classes! Even though many times during the school year I wanted to just quit because of all the frustrations with the changes and such that was going on, then with all the job cuts, the bad publicity Park has gotten, and a whole slew of other stressful things, my students cheered me up everyday with their witty comments and great attitudes. Check them out below…I had all juniors this year and yes, some of the students are wearing T-shirts that say SLUITER NATION on them. what of it? 🙂

This year we are out a week early which meant we had graduation and exams all in one week…whew! Because I am one of the senior class advisers, I was responsible for part of the ceremony. I worked with our three top honor students on their speeches, and I helped with handing out the diplomas. It all went really well…it was just a long day! I was at school on Tuesday from 7:15 am until 8:30 pm! I didn’t really care though because next week I don’t have to go to school at all…or for the next three months! Yay!

Speaking of my job, as far as I know it’s secure for next year. All the teachers who are in danger of being displaced or bumped out of a job completely were notified via letter at the end of last week and have to attend some meetings in the next couple weeks. I was not one of these people…WHEW! I did find out I may be teaching one hour of Spanish I next year though. I haven’t taught that in five years, so it will be a challenge, but I am totally up for it! 🙂

Anyway, as a reward for making it through this long and stressful school year, I treated myself to a pedicure tonight. Check out my cute toes! The first pedicure of the summer is always the best after those tootsies have been locked up in socks and shoes all winter! So now that my toes are set, the grades are in, and my desk chair has been transported home…LET THE SUMMER BEGIN!!!

Happy Reading

“Happy Reading” isn’t just a well-wish from me to you…reading this article may just make you FEEL happy! I was sure happy to meet Doug, the subject, and writing it made me feel pretty good too!

The Haps in Sluiter Nation

A LOT has been going on in Sluiter Nation lately! We started the spring season off with some stress…I recently found out that Wyoming Public Schools will be eliminating many job positions due to budget cuts and restructuring. While no regular-ed teaching positions at my building, Wyoming Park HS, will be cut, other secondary positions will, which means there is a possibility of me being “bumped” out of my position. The worst case scenario is that I will be bumped out of a job completly–which means someone whose position is eliminated has more seniority than I do in the district takes my job. That is pretty unlikely, though, since I have been there for five years and there are English and Spanish positions held by teachers with less seniority than I have.

Another scenario, more likely, but still rather remote is that I will get bumped and have to take someone else’s position (who has less seniority than I have). This could put me into a different subject area and a different building. We are hoping that either more money is available to the district than budgeted for, or that I have enough seniority that my position in my school remains safe.

Besides that stress, life has been pretty good. Cort was able to have his first round of golf for the season with his brother, Cody this past week while I was at a lovely bridal shower for Tiffany, the fiance of Cort’s cousin, Aaron. Cort shot a 49 and Cody a 60. Looks like Cody has some practice to do! Ha!

Also this week was the start of my very last graduate class! It looks like it’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s only seven weeks long, so I am going to just plow through it with a smile on my face knowing that when it’s done…it’s ALL done!

Besides enjoying lots of Tulip Time junk food, watching Liz dance, and taking in the parade on Wednesday, we also were able to go meet our friends’, Trisha and Ben’s, new baby boy, Joe. Joe is just a little peanut next to his big brother, Jake (who is almost 2)!

Get a good look, friends, I don’t plan to have one of these myself for a WHILE! 🙂 Our visit with Joe was no small deal, either. Ben fed us quite generously with his delicious cooking and grilling skills. Thanks, Visels, for a fun evening of food, friends, and Mario Kart!

Also this weekend we said goodbye to the last remnants of my birthday…yes, I know…it’s about time! The last balloon finally found it’s way to the trash…Tracy, you will be happy to know it lasted LONGER than a month! Good buy! 🙂
This coming Friday, my next article is tentatively set to run, so I will post that link then. Next weekend we are chaperoning prom, so I am sure we will have more pics to share of that! Then it’s Memorial Day weekend! So keep checking back for a look into the doings of the Sluiters!

Happy Easter and Happy Reading!

My latest article ran today in the Holland Sentinel. This topic was right up my alley as an English teacher.

Hopefully everyone is having a great Easter! Cort and I attended church this morning at First Reformed in Zeeland with my parents and my brothers and then had dinner at my parents’ house. Now we are sitting back with full tummies to read my article 🙂

Read All About It!!!

Friday is my next article installment – this time about Bubble Tea! Read all about it at:

Oh yeah, I did the photography for this story myself! Dang! She does it all, folks!

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