We had an incredible last week of school to wrap up 2011. I probably had the most fun hanging with the class of 2012 in our house the night before they left for vacation. They are a terrific class, and despite repeatedly losing games of chess, I had a great time. While I have always been a reluctant participant in our annual secret gift exchange, I was impressed with how creative the "gifting" was this year. Students wrote poems, performed interpretive dances, and sang songs for each other's gift recipients. I hope everyone had a very happy holiday!