Home Friday morning on a snow day, Prema Long settled in by the wood stove with a hot cup of coffee and “a pile of quizzes and projects to grade, reflections to read and respond to, and recommendations to write,” the Wiscasset Middle High School physics, chemistry and computer science teacher said. “I also have two hours of homework for a course that I am taking which I'll do today rather than this weekend. And, I'll get my lesson plans all set for next week.
“And, once this is done, I'll read, walk the dogs, cook, listen to music. You know, the fun stuff!”
Long and other area school staff responded to Wiscasset Newspaper’s email ask, how were they spending their snow day. Pets figured prominently. So did school and other work. And for WMHS’ Ralph Keyes, the day home meant he could get in “a pre-game snooze (as) an unexpected treat” before the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, a tournament he was skating in that night on Messalonskee Lake in Sidney. The event benefits a lot of Waterville-area charities, he said.
Keyes loves winter weather, and called snow days a double bonus. “You get snow, and a little down time to play around in it. I often talk to my adult daughters after a snow day and remind them how much fun we used to have with snowball fights and cross-country skiing. Snow days also offer a great opportunity to get caught up on some work. I'm settling down now to do some grading, write two recommendation letters, and clean up my email. It frees up some of the hours I would spend doing this on the weekend.”
Fellow WMHS teacher Kim Andersson reported Friday morning, she was “cozy on the couch” with pets and coffee. “Later I will make cupcakes for tonight’s father-daughter dance” at Wiscasset Community Center.
Meanwhile, Dresden Elementary School teacher Erica Atkinson was making bread, “digging into a good book by the fire” and planned to play with her dog and spend time with her husband. He also had the day off due to the state’s closure, she said. “It's a rare gift for both of us to have snow days, so we are going to make the most of it. I am also thinking of my students and hoping they are enjoying their day off, too.”