Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Transition Day

We had new students at school today in order to tell them about how we do things and our expectations. This meant a whole lot of 9th graders, some foreign exchange students and transfer students. This was a brand new idea and I thought it went over well. The conversation was light, the atmosphere was celebratory, there was a lot of humor but the message still seemed to get across. My contribution was a top ten list of why we have a dress code. It is listed below. Tomorrow we start school for real so we'll see how well things sunk in.


  1. Imagine Mr. Knoll wearing some of the outfits that aren'’t allowed.
  2. It’s worth leaving something to the imagination
  3. It might take your attention away from Mr. Gerber's interesting lectures
  4. It’s sure a lot better than school uniforms
  5. You might accidentally get a hook, hoop, stud or other piercing snag on a locker and that can be pretty darn painful.
  6. It might inspire you to go to college, become a teacher, get a master's degree, become a principal, become a superintendent and then pressure the school board into getting rid of the dress code.
  7. It is a good excuse to get your parents to buy you a brand new wardrobe
  8. Short shorts and sleeveless shirts with large holes are pretty uncomfortable when a classroom is 50 degrees.
  9. Dress codes are better than metal detectors at the doors and policemen in the halls.
  10. You can save money on hair dye


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