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Sunday, December 27, 2020

How I Plan to Send Out 2020 Plus This Week's Imaginarium.

Hello Troops,

The Troubadour's worldwide team of reporters are on Christmas vacation so there won't be any Space EdVenture news; however the Imagineers from the Imaginarium Theater were busy all week producing your weekly video treat.  Please enjoy this week's Imaginarium Theater.  

From all of us at The Troubadour, we wish you an upcoming Happy New Year.  Goodbye and good riddance to 2020, a horrible year. Let's ask Fortuna and Fate for a happy 2021 May this new year bring us all peace,health,and prosperity.  

Each of us have our traditions for ringing in the new year. This year will be different for me. At 11:59 P.M. on the 31st I will be on my backyard deck facing west overlooking the valley below paying tribute to the departing 2020 in a very unteacher like fashion that I won't describe in this post :)  Let me just say that the moon and I will be out, shining brightly. At the stroke of midnight I'll face east to usher in 2021 with a toast of sparkling apple cider sipped to the accompaniment of fireworks carpeting the valley below.

Be Good and Let's Look Forward to a Better Year!

Mr. W. 

Imaginarium Theater

This Week's Best Videos From Around the World Edited for a Gentler Audience


Imaginarium Theater December 27, 2020 from SpaceCampUtah's Imaginarium on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

It's Christmas Break! Enjoy Today's Imaginarium Theater. More to Come This Week.

 Hello Troops,

My last day of school was Thursday.  I said "Goodbye" to my 75 sixth graders, spruced up the room, stacked the chairs, and set the trash cans outside the door.  Teacher's smiles beamed through the masks as they followed the students out the door with arms full of chocolates, mints, hot chocolate mixes, sugar cookies, and of course the seasonal chocolate oranges - a student favorite for teachers.  

This Sunday has been a nice down day. I finished the Imaginarium Theater and here it is....  Now if you don't mind, I'll head to couch and read a good book I've been wanting to get to for several months. I'll talk to you again this week.

Mr. W.   

Imaginarium Theater

The Best Videos From Around the World Edited for a Gentler Audience. 

Imaginarium Theater December 20, 2020 from SpaceCampUtah's Imaginarium on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Mr. Williamson Survives Covid. Takes First Sick Days in 37 Years in Education. He Apologizes to Those Who Lost Their Bets. Dave Daymont Winner of the Most Improved Flight Director - From the Archives: Ten Years Ago this Christmas Season. Imaginarium Theater.

Hello Troops,

     The Covid bug broke through multiple layers of defense and put me down.  I'm grateful I had a fairly mild case compared to so many others.  It was similar to a cold; lots of coughing, a bit of a fever, lost both smell and taste, etc.  My father passed away from Covid on October 30 in Orem so there was some fear when my test came back positive, but you play the hand you are dealt, put on a stiff upper lip, and soldier on.  I want to thank friends and family for their kindnesses during my convalescencs.  There was always plenty to eat and Diet Mt. Dews appeared on my doorstep every afternoon.  What more could someone want?  Covid forced me to take my first sick days in my educational career; that's 38 years!  It would take a worldwide pandemic to force me to stay home. 

     I'm grateful for my gifted teacher aide who took my classes during my away time.  Mrs. Moss is a life saver.  My students sent a few notes wishing me well.  One student wrote, "Mr. Williamson, I hear you have Covid.  Don't Die!"  Typical sixth grader right? He is the type of kid who gets right to the point with the fewest words possible.  

     So, I'm back and will try to keep The Troubadour up to date with news from the many Space EdVenture Centers.  That includes The Imaginarium Theater. I know there aren't many who watch the almost weekly series but I do it for my students. They are my target audience and they do appreciate it.

     And to those who lost their bets on my survival - sorry I'm such a disappointment.  I'll try harder next time  :)  The odds weren't that good anyway, and you know what they say about a fool and his money!  

Mr. Williamson

Ten Years Ago at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

Hello Troops,
Three more "Cry from the Dark's" yesterday. The Ferengi character is hard on my voice. You know the one, "You're a lier and a poor one at that!" Yea, now you remember :) Towards the end of the mission the ship flies past a star with companion black hole connected by a swirl of star matter. One boy from Greenwood Elementary said loud enough to hear "That looks like Portugal!"
Jon and I got a kick out of that one. Talk about random. I've since looked at the shot repeatedly and have come to the conclusion that the boy has no clue what Portugal looks like, or where it is on the globe.

It's always satisfying to hear the comments from the kids before, during and after our missions. They really are, for the most part, blown away by the whole thing. I must hear the word "Sick" used a least a dozen or more times a day, along with dozens of other adjectives kids use these days to describe awesomeness.

And on today's menu, missions and more missions. And for dessert, more missions. All in a day's work at the Space Center.

      Mr. Williamson 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010

Overnight Camp Friday. Off to Walmart

Hello Troops,
     It's nearly 6:30 A.M. and time to get ready for school. Walmart will be my first stop of the day once I get the Battlestar shocked into life and warmed up. I'm not one who enjoys shopping but my Friday A.M. wander through WalMart is tolerable. I know exactly what I need and where its located, thus keeping my time in store to a minimum. I'm even on a first name basis with the ladies at the check out. They see me coming and automatically put in the school district's tax free number without my reminding them. That is what I all customer service!
     The overnight staff look forward to my Friday Walmart safari. They know I'll be bringing back those nice "Everything on Them Rolls" they love so much. You should try them if you haven't already done so. They are delicious.
     Tonight we will host 45 students from Sego Lily Elementary School. They are always great to work with.
     Mr. Williamson

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010

Dave Daymont. Winner of the Most Improved Flight Director Award for 2010


Hello Troops,
     Congratulations Dave Daymont on winning the coveted and less recognized Most Improved Flight Director of the Year Award for 2010.
     Dave is special in so many ways. Lovable, at a distance. Huggable (when smiling) and so approachable (except when he's eating. He has a tendency to think anyone coming too close is planning on taking his food. That brings out a side of Dave we don't like to see at the Space Center).
     Be sure to congratulate Dave the next time you see him. Positive reinforcement is just what the Doctor ordered (literally. I consult with his therapist weekly).

Simply,
 
Mr. Williamson 
 

Imaginarium Theater

The Best Videos From Around the World Edited for a Gentler Audience 

 

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