While setting up my classroom (Days 1 and 2): - I came across a letter addressed to a "Ms. Jackpow" from a tourist attraction in St. Augustine from 2005. Apparently, that is the new spelling of my last name. My name has been spelled incorrectly by hundreds of people, yet that's a new one. However, note: 2005. - I found five areas where narrative and expository writing samples were stored. Shoved in regular folders, in two filing cabinet folders, and in a plastic drawer. I cut that collection way down. - I drank from the water fountain, and it actually tasted decent. ..... - I found a LOT of weird paperwork handed out to me at the beginning of my teaching career, like "How to Manage a Classroom", "When to Praise", etc. Eight-year old paperwork. - No roaches. Yet. No wasps. Yet. Just a little insignificant, random... bug. I did tape up a hole in my wall last year, though, because we were being invaded by roaches at least once a day the first few weeks of school. - I loved the "How to Write an IEP" packets from my filing cabinet and the old Sunshine State Standards, too. IEPs don't exist anymore. It's now all about RtI. And of course, the SSS version 1 was overhauled as well........ :mellow: - And the random file folders in themselves... it was a nightmare. I have not come across such an array of junk in a very, very, very long time. I have already pitched an insane amount of things in just two days. - I hauled my biggest rug out of the middle closet, and the shift of it coming out nearly sent other things flying. My middle closet right now looks like a balancing act. At the bottom, too, there are some tiny rocks I dropped at the end of the school year. It looks like Hoarding: Buried Alive: School Edition. How about you? Have you started yet? What are your adventures in setting up this year? As for me, wait until I paint furniture next week. I am doing everything on God's green earth to not make a mess. I still have yet to sandblast through some other things before doing that, though.