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Arkansas
359 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
Originally posted by TEXASMUNK
Fianlly here! We sail April 8th, so time is finally getting short.
Not as short as some of you, but short!!!!
I hear ya!!! time is flying by now!! Hope you have a wonderful cruise
Sunny Chandler, AZ
1,645 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Originally posted by Turtle_lover
I hear ya!!! time is flying by now!! Hope you have a wonderful cruise
I sail sooner!! THREE MORE DAYS SUCKAH!!!!
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Houston, Texas, USA
20,700 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
Originally posted by sredish
I sail sooner!! THREE MORE DAYS SUCKAH!!!!
We're right behind you, Voyager March 10th.
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TEXED-N-JACQUIE
Houston, TX USA
14,365 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Originally posted by TEXASMUNK
Fianlly here! We sail April 8th, so time is finally getting short.
Not as short as some of you, but short!!!!
I'm some of you! We booked for this Spring Break in June of 2010. After almost 2 years, we're finally closing in on single digits!


Originally posted by sredish
I sail sooner!! THREE MORE DAYS SUCKAH!!!!
I hope you have a great time! Oh, and please hurry home!
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Cindy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


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Regal Princess Canada & New England 10/7/2017 * Royal Princess British Isles 6/30/18

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HAL Westerdam Adriatic Dream 4/27/2017 * Liberty of the Seas 11/27/2016 * Liberty of the Seas 10/23/2016 * Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean 3/14/16 * Caribbean Princess 12/6/2015 * Serenade of the Seas 3/7/2015 * Oasis of the Seas 11/15/2014 * Celebrity Constellation Scandinavia & Russia 5/21/2014 * Navigator of the Seas 4/6/2014 * HAL Westerdam Alaska 9/14/2013 -- Millie Wine Cruise Refugees Cruised to Alaska! * Mariner of the Seas 4/14/2013 * HAL Noordam Southern Caribbean & 25th Anniversary 11/26/2012 * Mariner of the Seas 3/11/2012 * Carnival Dream 6/25/2011 * Carnival Conquest 3/13/2011 * Carnival Ecstasy 12/20/2010 * Carnival Conquest 3/14/2010 * Carnival Splendor 7/12/2009 * Voyager of the Seas 3/15/09 * Voyager of the Seas 3/16/2008 * Mariner of the Seas 6/24/2007 * Grand Princess 3/10/2007 * Explorer of the Seas 6/25/2006 * Grand Princess 3/11/2006 * Grand Princess 3/5/2005 * Rhapsody of the Seas 11/24/2002 * Sea Princess Alaska 6/17/2000 * Scotia Prince 6/1999 -- Test to see if we would get seasick...Obviously we didn't!
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Joined Mar 2007
Originally posted by klingoncruiser
Next week is TAKS testing for us. (Retesters and English) Following week is Spring Break. Whoo Hooo!
Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
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Lake Jackson, Texas
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Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by Rancher Dave
Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
Nope...supposed to be replaced by the STAARs test next year, I think...if the TEA can get it together.
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Houston, TX USA
14,365 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Originally posted by Rancher Dave
Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
Originally posted by CGBCruiser
Nope...supposed to be replaced by the STAARs test next year, I think...if the TEA can get it together.
STAAR does start this year, however there is still some TAKS testing for high schoolers. Most students (sophomores and higher) who started high school under TAKS will still test under the old system while STAAR is phased in, and the TAKS test will still be used for retesters (kids who have completed their high school coursework but haven't graduated because they haven't passed their exit level or end-of-course TAKS tests).

For high school freshmen, students in elementary school, and students in middle school, STAAR starts this year.

Just think how much more we could teach if we didn't have to spend WEEKS of a school year testing! But since nobody asked for my opinion...
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Cindy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


Waiting Impatiently For:
Regal Princess Canada & New England 10/7/2017 * Royal Princess British Isles 6/30/18

206 Great Cruise Days & Counting:
HAL Westerdam Adriatic Dream 4/27/2017 * Liberty of the Seas 11/27/2016 * Liberty of the Seas 10/23/2016 * Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean 3/14/16 * Caribbean Princess 12/6/2015 * Serenade of the Seas 3/7/2015 * Oasis of the Seas 11/15/2014 * Celebrity Constellation Scandinavia & Russia 5/21/2014 * Navigator of the Seas 4/6/2014 * HAL Westerdam Alaska 9/14/2013 -- Millie Wine Cruise Refugees Cruised to Alaska! * Mariner of the Seas 4/14/2013 * HAL Noordam Southern Caribbean & 25th Anniversary 11/26/2012 * Mariner of the Seas 3/11/2012 * Carnival Dream 6/25/2011 * Carnival Conquest 3/13/2011 * Carnival Ecstasy 12/20/2010 * Carnival Conquest 3/14/2010 * Carnival Splendor 7/12/2009 * Voyager of the Seas 3/15/09 * Voyager of the Seas 3/16/2008 * Mariner of the Seas 6/24/2007 * Grand Princess 3/10/2007 * Explorer of the Seas 6/25/2006 * Grand Princess 3/11/2006 * Grand Princess 3/5/2005 * Rhapsody of the Seas 11/24/2002 * Sea Princess Alaska 6/17/2000 * Scotia Prince 6/1999 -- Test to see if we would get seasick...Obviously we didn't!
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Joined Oct 2006
Cindy, I totally agree with you. Wonder if they will change the name in 3 or 4 years again? It seems like they are always testing. Get thru next week and enjoy your cruise. You deserve it!!
Central, Tx
4,746 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
Originally posted by Rancher Dave
Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
I work at a drop out recovery program. All mine are still under the old testing. It may take past next year for me to really hit the new testing. All Freshmen at high school this year move on the new and MUCH harder testing. Get ready for the whining to begin.
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Texas Hill Country
15,881 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Ya weasels! We don't go til Nov.
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Terrell, Tx, USA
1,418 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
Galveston.com needs to take queues from this webcam site.

http://portcanaveralwebcam.com/

I watched Carnival Sensation and Disney Dream sail past and someone was operating the PTZ camera and followed them out of the port. It was so cool.
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RCCL Rhapsody - Galveston
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Lake Jackson, Texas
2,216 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by Cindy
STAAR does start this year, however there is still some TAKS testing for high schoolers. Most students (sophomores and higher) who started high school under TAKS will still test under the old system while STAAR is phased in, and the TAKS test will still be used for retesters (kids who have completed their high school coursework but haven't graduated because they haven't passed their exit level or end-of-course TAKS tests).

For high school freshmen, students in elementary school, and students in middle school, STAAR starts this year.

Just think how much more we could teach if we didn't have to spend WEEKS of a school year testing! But since nobody asked for my opinion...
One of my daughters is leaving the teaching field after 10 years. She has just had it. Got a new supt. in our district and to say it has been an awful year down here would be an understatement. I know exactly what you mean! I knew it wasn't completely gone, but maybe was confused about the high school students still taking it!
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Ft. Worth, Tx, USA
9,771 Posts
Joined Nov 2000
Close all the Texas ISD offices. Put the Principal back in charge. Get rid of the career administrators, pay teachers bonuses for educating kids, fire those that hang around (the same ones, if you had a choice, you wouldn't let train your dog) for a paycheck and a fat retirement check.

But, that will never happen. We all think our school district is the good one and all the others are the bad ones.
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CARNIVAL BREEZE JUN 4, 2017
Houston, TX USA
14,365 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Originally posted by CGBCruiser
One of my daughters is leaving the teaching field after 10 years. She has just had it. Got a new supt. in our district and to say it has been an awful year down here would be an understatement. I know exactly what you mean! I knew it wasn't completely gone, but maybe was confused about the high school students still taking it!
I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere because of the state of education. We've had a lot of changes this year too. In addition to the new accountability system we also have a new superintendent. I'm glad I've got my 30 years in...it's time to do something different!

Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
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Cindy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


Waiting Impatiently For:
Regal Princess Canada & New England 10/7/2017 * Royal Princess British Isles 6/30/18

206 Great Cruise Days & Counting:
HAL Westerdam Adriatic Dream 4/27/2017 * Liberty of the Seas 11/27/2016 * Liberty of the Seas 10/23/2016 * Celebrity Equinox Ultimate Caribbean 3/14/16 * Caribbean Princess 12/6/2015 * Serenade of the Seas 3/7/2015 * Oasis of the Seas 11/15/2014 * Celebrity Constellation Scandinavia & Russia 5/21/2014 * Navigator of the Seas 4/6/2014 * HAL Westerdam Alaska 9/14/2013 -- Millie Wine Cruise Refugees Cruised to Alaska! * Mariner of the Seas 4/14/2013 * HAL Noordam Southern Caribbean & 25th Anniversary 11/26/2012 * Mariner of the Seas 3/11/2012 * Carnival Dream 6/25/2011 * Carnival Conquest 3/13/2011 * Carnival Ecstasy 12/20/2010 * Carnival Conquest 3/14/2010 * Carnival Splendor 7/12/2009 * Voyager of the Seas 3/15/09 * Voyager of the Seas 3/16/2008 * Mariner of the Seas 6/24/2007 * Grand Princess 3/10/2007 * Explorer of the Seas 6/25/2006 * Grand Princess 3/11/2006 * Grand Princess 3/5/2005 * Rhapsody of the Seas 11/24/2002 * Sea Princess Alaska 6/17/2000 * Scotia Prince 6/1999 -- Test to see if we would get seasick...Obviously we didn't!
Texas Hill Country
15,881 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Thank you kindly Carla...get in that casino and win big will ya!
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Lake Jackson, Texas
2,216 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Originally posted by Cindy
Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
I TOTALLY get it!
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North Texas
3,409 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere

Some years ago, well OK many years ago, I managed a specialized data processing group. We had trouble identifying candidates that would last at the job and be good at it. Eventually we hit on the almost perfect match: young, female, high school math teachers. After that we were rarely disappointed
7,429 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
Originally posted by Cindy
I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere because of the state of education. We've had a lot of changes this year too. In addition to the new accountability system we also have a new superintendent. I'm glad I've got my 30 years in...it's time to do something different!

Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
The issue w the new tests is crazy. The TH Rogers kids take all these tests instead of spending those days advancing academics. A huge chunk of dd grade performs at college level standards per Stamford... So that makes me think the college level standards on she tests are not strong or the THR kids are way ahead....I have no idea what the regular classes are taking now since dd has always been vanguard.

I would rather take her on an exploration of Africa during the test so she could be even more worldly than the star test will ever help her be. Considering a Princess Singapore to Cape Town cruise but she would miss star and get home at five am when they start Stanford tests..
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