Seconds before the bell rings this morning I am chatting with some co-workers when my phone rings. Tracy glances into my room and says, "You gonna get that!"
"Yeah," I reply and reach for the phone. As I remove the phone from the cradle I turn on my happy voice, "Good Morning, Mr. Pendergram!"
"Mr. Pendergram, this is Jamie Button (names have been changed to protect the innocent) and my husband and I were thinking that we would like Meredith to "opt out" of the state test this morning. We told her about it and I sent her with a note saying the same."
I muster up a weak, "Okay." as my brain starts spinning out of control, Meredith is one of my brightest students and will likely score quite well. Of all the students to refuse the test this is the last one I expect. Still searching my mind I have to make the split decision do I simply agree with her and say it's her choice or do I try to convince her to change her mind.
"Is this okay with you?" she asks waiting for my reply.
No! it's not okay I think to myself this is not happening. i block those thoughts and continue, "This totally fine she will just have to sit and tell the principal that she refuses and ..."
"Ok," Jamie interrupts, "and seeing today is April Fools Day..."
The words sink in slowly, very slowly, April... Fools... Day. "Are you kidding me?" I reply still not sure if she is.
I fumble over a couple more words before she breaks out into a laugh. "Wow, you really handled that well, very calm."
"That was cruel, you're mean. Are you trying to give me a heart attack first thing in the morning?"
" I just wanted to make sure you were awake!"
"Oh, I am. Thanks!"
"I really just called to ask if Meredith could check out the next Nancy Drew Mystery, she is really into them!" she says still laughing.
"Okay! Thanks! Happy April Fools Day! Bye!"
"Bye," I reply as I shake my head and laugh. I think to myself I can't believe I fell for that one!