But the rumor mill is driving me crazy! I am frustrated because the rumor mill is saying things that are different from how I read the room set up directions. Here is what I know as fact. Last year after the fire marshal came through we were told we had to take down anything that did not tie into our curriculum (ie no cute poster about reading or turning in homework). I was ok with that mainly because after following directions for where the student work wall was and where the mandatory school posting had to be there was not a lot of wall space left. Now this year the room set up sheet says that our walls need to be free of anything not related to the curriculum and not be cluttered. It also says our rooms need to be free from clutter and personal items. The rumor mill is saying that this years directions mean that we cannot have anything cute (i.e. say you have always collected teddy bears and kids bring them to you. well this year you would have to leave them at home). They have even gone so far as to say that what admin meant was that all of our bulletin boards and student work displays must be either patriotic(admins choice) or somehow reflective of the history we teach - so no polka dots or frogs or stars etc. The rumor mill is also saying we will not be able to have family pics in our rooms. I am wondering is this the same in other schools??????