For those of us keeping track, today is the sesquicentennial day of school! I suppose normal people call it the 150th day of school but there's something about sesquicentennial that fits naturally. It seems like the elementary schools just celebrated the 100th day of school a few weeks ago, and suddenly cruising towards the end of the year. If the school year were Pokemon, today would be Mewtwo. We've officially caught them all.
It's usually about this time of year when I start realizing the students are different people than they were in August. The August versions were typically rollovers from last year, but once Easter break passes, the students are now officially the 2013-2014 versions of themselves. Some of checked out and started an earlier summer vacation, but most are suddenly wiser, more able, and clearly ready for the next level. It's especially noticeable for the seniors, almost all of whom are now decided for colleges next year and starting to put the high school experience behind them rather than battling the same old issues daily. The sesquicentennial day is tipping point as the year enters it's final unit and final season.