The sun was still barely about to rise and the smell of dew was fresh on the grass. The tutors marched their way into Mrs. Larks classroom as zero period instruction was about to begin… Oh the joys of working at 6:30 am.
Being a Tuesday, it meant tutorials so the tutors collected the students work and began the separation process. Tom, being in one of his moods, grabbed the work and made it upon himself to separate which was unusual. For the most part we have one physics group, a precalculus group, a calculus group, and then random elective groups. Stella usually takes physics since James no longer works zero period and Tom usually takes calculus because he’s the mighty priestess who swears he’s the only one good at math (please James is almost done with his math degree and Tom isn’t even in school).
As Stella waited for her group, Tom did something completely curve balled. He split her physics group into two and took one for himself. This is odd because it is normal for all the kids to be together so they can help one another and like stated before, Tom always takes calculus. Unfortunately, Tom’s agenda consisted of something else and he was playing a sinister role by stealing Diego and Alejandro.
Diego and Alejandro are James’ two students that are close to him along with Anthony. Stella promised James that she would watch out for them since he was exiled from zero period, but Tom always has to make things hard by upholding his Hitler complex. Stella was left with half of the physics group while Tom took those two plus an extra few. Stella tried to understand, but she continued her work because nothing phases her for too long.
The period ended. Stella was irritated only because Tom spent more time focusing on her group than his own. Stella couldn’t figure out why when she has been working as a tutor longer than him so he really had no say in how she did her work. Oh well, Stella let it go. Work had to be done so the day continued with Tom’s shadow casted over everyone.
First period ended and second period was about to begin. Stella arrived to Mrs. Larks classroom but Tom was missing. Already short tutors that day, Stella questioned where he was. Thinking he might be in Mr. Smiths class, Stella went over to look but no one was in there. Being a lead tutor, Stella needed to tell Mrs.Lark because knowing her bipolar mood she would start bickering about the short amount of tutors.
Stella: “Mrs. Lark where is Tom? He’s missing and we need his help.”
Lark: “Did you think about maybe he’s in the restroom?”
Her response carried attitude. Stella dropped it. She could have said more because she also realized Katrina was missing, but its okay, not Stella’s problem to worry about what gets done since Lark doesn’t care.
Tom eventually showed up. Stella almost called in James to cover since Tom likes to call in Katrina when he wants, but letting things take course she sat down and did what she had to so the day could go faster.
Finally third period. James was now on the clock. The tutors greeted him and then they segregated because it was the period where half to go to Mr. Ross and half to stay with Mrs. Lark. Unfortunately, James remembered the new schedule and he was stuck with Katrina and Tom for the next two periods. Having an eye twitch moment, James sucked it up and waited for his assignment.
Third period was okay. James felt the tension still between him and Tom. James still doesn’t quite understand why Tom hates him so much, but he speculates its because Mrs. Lark loves him too and Tom feels she should only love him since he’s the baby. Whatever Tom, you are a grown man having to succumb to teacher work for tutor pay. Little princess bitch.
Finally a break. James escaped the death eaters and met up with the A team. He shared his feeling of wanting to do harm on to Tom and Katrina, but its always joke. Hope mentioned how it was half off drinks at Starbucks so the tutors made a plan to go during their lunch. Only one more period till they could put some distance between them and south shore.
The bell rang. Fourth period was about to begin. Then turmoil began.
James headed back to Larks class to endure one more period. Oh he could smell freedom already.
Tom was already collecting tutorials by the time he entered the room. Atta boy Tom.
James sat down and waited till he got his group. Knowing he wasn’t going to get Anthony’s group, he just sat there and talked with Anthony about his day and volleyball since he recently made the team. It’s always nice to talk to the kids. Even though Tom feels we shouldn’t get too close, the tutors are role models and establishing a good relationship with the kids means more chances for them to open up and seek the help they need.
Conversing a little more, James was soon interrupted by two students asking for help with their grades. They mentioned to him about how they received zeros on an assignment when they gave it Tom. Tom apparently told them he was going to put it in, but it never made the grade book. James grabbed the rosters and looked. Puzzled, they were still missing.
James finished all the grades the week before for Lark. Why you ask? She wasn’t going to get it done and a few of the students already asked him to start inputting things because grades were about to be due. Out of the kindness of his heart, he finished them for her and thinking everything was okay was a mistake obviously for what happened next.
So James grabbed his laptop and was going to login and fix the grades. Knowing these students, he had no doubt in his mind that they did the work and with a lot of work already missing, he didn’t mind giving them credit for the missing assignments.
Making way to the grade book system took some time. The wifi at work is horrible. Finally having reached the site, James went to go put in Larks login information. Waiting, James thought there was an error but a return message signaled “invalid password”. James thought he misspelled it so he tried a few more times but nothing worked. The password was changed.
Was Lark mad that he did the grades? She thanked him last week so why was the password changed? Feeling bad for these two girls, he told them to talk to Tom because James knew Tom would know what was up.
Listening in on them asking him, Tom stated “Oh yeah I have them. I thought I put them in last night. I’ll do it right now.” James watched him access the grade book from afar, the password was new! It had a “d” and an “f” in it which before it didn’t.
Lark sat behind her desk and just watched. She was too focused on her life as usual so she probably didn’t even change the password herself. James knew Tom must have said something because the next thing that happened was a student complaining about her grade went from an A to a C.
When James finished the grades the week before he put in all her missing work that Tom neglected. This particular student was one that Katrina and Tom had a grudge against last semester. It was shady to see how the work James put in went missing. James told her to give the work to Tom so he could fix it because obviously he wasn’t allowed to do grades anymore.
Whatever Tom. You can do her job for her. James only did it because he cares about the kids unlike Lark and grades hadn’t been done since the beginning of the year.
South Shore continues to be blanketed by darkness. Tom was now playing god with the grades. Worst, how did he convince Lark to change her passwords? Well, she is gullible and so focused on her oh so perfect life that she doesn’t pay attention to what happens at work.
James just bit his tongue and waited for Starbucks; he could use the caffeine. This situation already had him heated, but its not his problem like Stella says.
Let’s just hope the actions of the ones who claim to be doing the right thing don’t have serious consequences on the most important aspect of our program, the kids.
Then again when is the last time Lark or Tom actually cared about them? Keep asking yourself that.