The Last Quarter 

                      by James Schneiter

                                                             

It is the last nine weeks of the school year, and Ms. Stacie Marston, a first year teacher, is learning some new classroom management strategies and improving her teaching style after a bad beginning. But is it too late? And she has just had a romantic encounter with a male colleague and wonders if this will affect her chances of being rehired for the next school year.

Also included are episodes about others at this middle school: A bus driver maintaining discipline on his bus. A principal who, after nineteen years, would like to remain at his job for a few more. An ambitious assistant principal faced with the awesome responsibility of being chief disciplinarian. Students, some cherished and some difficult. And other helpful and not-so-helpful school associates.