The feeling around school since Spring Break is crazy. It's like breaking through a dam, with parents, teachers and students just eyeing summer vacation. There are officially 9 weeks left until summer vacation, and it feels like it's just around the corner. I'm determined to keep the kids focused over this time. There's still so much I want to teach them before they leave my classroom. It's funny though that this "home stretch" begins around the same time as our last state test happens. We'll be taking the NYS science exam this Thursday. Ironically as the school year winds down, I'll finally be freed to teach how I want.