I just got off the phone with my mother in law. She, along with her second husband, Al, her oldest daughter, Judy, her husband, Robert all live at Moss Point, Ms.

Mother and Al aren’t in the best of health. Al has alzheimers and mother has everything wrong with her. They simply aren’t able to leave home in the wake of this storm. Where they live, should Gustav hit land further east than presently predicted, they would incur flooding and possibly other damages.

Right in behind Gustav is Hanna and behind her are several other weather situations they are watching. It looks like we’re in for some rough weather.

Katrina did teach us all some valuable lessons. Be prepared, even if you don’t think you need to be prepared. Value your family, don’t worry about possessions and trust in the Lord.

Those days following Katrina, 18 days with no electricity, no generator to water our nursery plants with and several days without ice were tough–but we’re a strong group of country folks and we made it. We figured out a way to water the business plants once the community water was restored. Cell phones kept us in contact with friends and family. We all spent more time with each other.

Watching this storm reminds me of all the moments that were special during that time..the first time I’d ever experienced major damage from a hurricane this far north of the coast line.

Mother doesn’t want to be home in the storm. She doesn’t want to leave home either. What a decision faces them. I can be grateful that I don’t have to leave my home. I can stand right here and watch the wind blow and see what is going on.

Shandi’s ongoing school problems

Shandi is 8 years old, ADD/ADHD/ODD. For 3 years, her mom and I have been trying to get her the help she needs to succeed in school. We may be getting somewhere now.


I had a meeting with the school, the TSP and Shandi’s teachers, both 1st grade and 2nd grade. *she’s in 2nd grade this year, having passed by an administrative decision.* Seems the 18 week evaluation done toward the end of the 1st grade, and turned in by her teacher has been lost. Without that evaluation, we must go through the process again, so they say. However, I did get it down to by the end of the 1st 9 weeks, rather than 18 weeks. The interventionist who attended the meeting also said that there was a possibility that if I brought a recommendation from the psychologist, which we see the 3rd, we might could bypass that and go on to the next level of their process.

I looked the TSP, who is the one who lost the evaluation and said-It is not fair that the child suffers because an adult couldn’t be responsible for the paperwork.

Both teachers spoke on Shandi’s behalf, stating that without one on one help, she could not do the reading work. Whether it does any good or not, I came home and emailed the MS. Dept. of Education, specifically the policy and procedure department, because it is their P&P’s that is keeping the school from putting Shandi in the tutoring class.

Last night at church, I had put Shandi and her school situation on the prayer list. I told them in brief what was happening and that I knew God could move mountains and he could find lost paperwork.

Frustration is a mild word for what I’m feeling at the moment. I’m also determined. I made a copy of the letter written to the Dept of Ed and plan to deposit a copy of it on the desk of the Superintendent of Ed and one on the desk of the lady over the Special Education department for our local school system. My motive for doing that is simply to leave a paper trail of what I’m doing to get Shandi the help she deserves.

I received a phone call from the Special Ed Dept of Ms. Dept of Ed. The lady was very nice and wanted permission to contact the school board. We talked a bit about Shandi and her situation, and she promised to call me back when she got answers to the questions she needed answered.

While I was in town this evening, the TSP from school, *Terry thinks that is who it was, either her or the Interventionist* called to say that Shandi has been moved into the 2nd tier of testing/evaluation. The local Superintendent of Education made a phone call or two and the papers were located.

In the meantime I had gone by his office and left a copy of my letter to the MDOE. I didn’t get to meet with him as he was busy, so I left it with the secretary.

I also got another surprise. When I opened the weekly local paper this morning there was a write up which included a letter to the Supt. Of Ed., informing him of the areas our Walthall School district fell short in their review made last school term. Seems every deficiency was in Special Education, and especially in providing Supplemental aids and services. I still don’t know what those are-I haven’t found it defined and I’ve searched the website over. I will be asking though for I feel it includes inclusion teachers to help children like Shandi, who don’t qualify for the special ed class where they are separated from the main class, yet need some extra help to keep up.

I was told at the meeting last week that Salem does not have inclusion teachers. I also want to find out why they don’t and what is needed to get ever how many they need.