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Re: If I resigned Monday
I agree with everything but would like to give input about the Quinceanera. I taught in South Texas and we had about 90% Hispanic students in my band. Not one time did a single student miss a marching contest due to a Quincenera. The Quincenera does not have to be on the day of marching contest. It is held during the birthday week. Funny thing, a lot of girls had Quinceaneras in my band and there was never a conflict. I even remember one family that invited me to their Quincenera. The parents asked me if their daughter and the rest of the party could leave after halftime to decorate for the Quincenera and to get all the final stuff done. I said absolutely, no problem. They changed their minds and decided to do it after the game. We had marching contest the next day. All the kids involved in the Quincenera were at contest. They got picked up after we marched and left to get ready for evening's celebration. Same thing at my last school before I retired. No kid missed for a Quincenera. My point is, people will do what is important to them. Some things can be worked out with communication and creative scheduling. In small schools I always told kids and parents that if it's possible to do band and another activity they need to do it. I emphasize that they need to know the difference between possible and convenient. I expect them to do both activities if it's possible whether or not it is convenient.