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I Don't Think So by Randall Beaird (Bryan Harkness, Keenan Singleton, April Rose) (bullying and self-esteem)
I look back on my years in school and remember plenty of good times, as well as a few challenges. When I reached 3rd grade, life seemed to get a little more complicated. The spelling words were getting wider and the math problems taller. That's also when I noticed a few bullies starting to pick on me and some of my friends. One afternoon after recess my teacher wondered how I was doing. It was time to set the record straight.
 
Well, I woke up this morning
and stumbled out of bed
Grabbed my cheetos off the counter
but the bully ate them instead
Shuffled in to class with fear in my bones
I was tryin' to act real cool
but my knees were wobbly and I felt like a fool
Then ol' so and so kept stepping on my toes
Just don’t know if I can take it much more
Sometimes I need a little good news
Yeah I guess I have the big bad bully blues

One day the principal called everyone to the cafeteria for an assembly. He told us to be on the lookout for bullies. To everyone’s surprise, he started to sing.

Believe it or not I was a kid once
had a bike that I liked and brought a sack lunch
Remember those days, ‘member those nights
Eatin’ macaroni to my heart’s delight
Along came the bullies about 3rd grade
They’d push a little, poke a little, even throw a punch
To tell you the truth, man I was afraid
I was walkin’ in fear, livin’ in a crunch
Then one day, as I was pushed around
A new friend picked me up off the ground
She said I don’t think so, this is my friend
I don’t think so, don’t want to see that again
I made a note, and I wrote this down
I'll turn this in, and we'll turn it all around
Believe it or not, I was a kid like you
So I know exactly what you’re going through

That's something I never will forget, and for the rest of the year everyone came together when they saw someone being picked on.

I don’t think so, this is my friend
I don’t think so, don’t want to see that again
I made a note, and I wrote this down
I'll turn this in, and we'll turn it all around
Believe it or not, I was a kid like you
so I know exactly what you’re going through
 
Later on in middle school I was struggling with liking who I was. I didn't like my looks and my clothes never seemed to fit. One of my teachers could tell I was feeling kind of down and asked me what was going on. So this is what I told her,
 
Well, I woke up this morning and stumbled out of bed
Grabbed my homework off the counter
but it was my sisters instead
Shuffled in to homeroom with my hair a mess
I tried to act real cool
but my knees were wobbly and I felt like a fool
Then ol' so and so kept bringin’ me down low
Just don’t know if I can take it much more
Sometimes I need a little good news
I guess I have the just feelin' sad blues

My teacher raised her arms high and threw her hands to her head. She was definitely remembering something in her past. Then she looked at me with a smile and began,

Believe it or not I was a kid once
Yeah I looked like a bean pole, brought a sack lunch
I remember those days, I remember those nights
I’d eat macaroni to my heart’s delight
Then along came my fears about the 7th grade
didn't like my hair, my body or the way I walked
Couldn’t find my way out the more I talked
Then one day, feelin' especially down
a new friend picked me up off the ground
I don’t think so, you're one of a kind
I don’t think so, someone like you you'll never find
One of a kind original, plum full of potential
So make a note, write this down
There’s only one you, only one you around

So for the rest of my days in school, whenever someone was feeling down about themselves, we'd gather round and say

I don’t think so, you're one of a kind
Someone like you you'll never find
One of a kind original, plum full of potential
So make a note, write this down
There’s only one you, only one you around

So in the end we all made a decision.

Well we all came together
and decided right then
We'd be on the lookout for bullies
Change your ways, and we'll be friends
If they say bbbb,bbbut I have a bully too
Tell ‘em we'll say I don't think so
We're not going to allow this any more
And if we see someone feelin' kinda down
We'll let em know we're glad they're around
At all times we know we can be the good news
We all know it's our future to choose
At all times we know we can be the good news
We all know it's our future to choose

Your House of Education by Randall Beaird (Jason Beaird)

(why school is important)

Martha was famous for being friendly. If there was a worthy cause, she was the first to step forward with her time and money.

Some hearts are solid gold
ready to give, ready to roll   
Martha always said It's not about me, it's just us
Martha, you're so friendly you're famous

One night, Martha had a dream. She saw a majestic house with redribbons wrapped around the chimney.

One star filled night in the month of June
Martha had a dream under a big bright moon 
She dreamed of a house, large and grand 
It was the prettiest in all the land

At the crack of dawn, Martha sat up and pondered her dream. Her heart fluttered like a wild dragon fly. She eagerly drove around town, searching. Would she ever find this mysterious house?

Her luck was bad, her appetite good. She settled for a stack ofpancakes at a roadside cafe. Martha's journey, and the pancakes, gave birth to a raging thirst. She drew her midnight vision on the napkin and drank orange juice as if there was no tomorrow.

Then, something clicked inside. If she could not find the house, she would build the house. Martha hired her nephew Nathan as the building contractor. With the house plans in hand, Nathan was given specific instructions. Build it rock solid--spare no expense.

Sometimes life is funny 
Some things are worth the time, worth the money  
So Martha thought let’s let this little dog ride 
I want the best house money can buy

Nathan knew this unique house was his call to fame. Nathan also knew he would have thousands of dollars available to buy building materials. Slowly, like a small dark shadow, an idea crept onto the stage of his mind. It grew into a decision that would change his life forever.

Nathan knew this house was his claim to fame,
but a dark shadow came knockin’, a sneaky thought had him walkin’   
down that long twisted road he didn’t really need to go

Nathan was hired to build a rock solid home. However, he purchased cheap, weak supplies and pocketed the savings. He fell into that age-old trap of trying to get something for nothing. He was stealing from his own aunt.

Instead of placing the framing studs sixteen inches apart, he placedthem at intervals of 24 inches. These weak walls were covered with painted sheetrock.

Likewise, while building the roof, Nathan put down cheap, flimsy plywood sheets but covered them with attractive shingles. Wherever he could, Nathan put the cheapest materials possible.

Finally, the house was finished. Even though the house was poor inquality, Nathan made it sparkle on the outside. Martha walked throughher house with quivering lips. Tears filled her eyes; it was exactly like the house in her dream.

Then she remembered; in the dream red ribbons were wrapped around the chimney. Her mind pounced on a decision that made her laugh out loud.Martha had a history of shocking people with her kindness. Martha decided to give the new home that Nathan built, to Nathan. All she needed was to see her dream house. Martha felt she had moved enough.

Yeah ol' Martha laughed out loud as she thought,
I’ve moved enough
It’s not about me, it’s just us
She gave the house to Nathan,
who at this point, was feelin’ just a little rough
Oh Nathan, you didn’t need to go,
down that long, long twisted road
Oh Nathan, you didn’t need to go,
down that long, long twisted road

Upon hearing of the incredible gift, Nathan felt like one sad hairy dog. Old Nathan left his fantasy world in a dead run. He was quite busy trying to strengthen his house by moonlight.

Just as Nathan ended up moving into the house that he built, everystudent, in every school around the world, will move into their own house one day. You are building it now. You start building the foundation in kindergarten as you learn your numbers and ABC's.

As you move into middle school, you start building the walls. Some students are lazy and don’t care about good grades and good walls.They could be in for a life-long wake-up call in a room full of regret.

During high school, your roof is put in place. Many students tell themselves they will "shape up" in high school. Old habits die hard,and many leave school unprepared for the realities of life.They want a better life, a better house, and a better car. However,they were not prepared to pay the price by working hard in school.

To furnish your house perfectly, attend college or trade school. Many employers will not hire people without additional training.

Most parents don’t want kids riding their couch at 19, eating potato chips and watching TV all day long. They want them working or studying, preparing for their own home and family.

Where will you live? You are building it now. Build your house andbuild it well.

On one hand you have Martha sweet and kind
On the other hand you have Nathan surprised to find
When you build something less than more,
there’s a price to pay and it will be for your destination
Where oh where will you one day stay?   
You’re building it now, day by day
Elementary School, your foundation
Middle School, your walls formation
High School, your roof in place,   
then college or learn a trade,
and say this is my house baby; this is my house son
This is my house baby; this is my house son
 
 
Big Ole School Blues by Randall Beaird (Ashley Burns, Andrew Ferris, April Rose)
(staying positive)
Sometimes school can be a little rough
Scary math problems, yeah, all kinds of stuff
Well, I was there at my locker
tryin’ to find some homework
when my grape juice box gave way
and squirted all over my shirt
doubled over tryin' to hide the disaster
I fell down to my knees
Anybody out there to help me please?
Crawled my way to the closest restroom
Knew I’d need some more fruit of the looms (t-shirt)
Sometimes I need just a little good news
I guess I have the big ol' school blues
 
Then I was sittin’ in class
lots of rules but I was obeyin’
When I felt somethin’ rumble deep inside
yesterday’s pinto beans, I’m just sayin’
what we call a little dilemma
slowly raised my hand, requested a pass
Then there was thunder, oh I better leave fast
As the pass was written before I could leave
happened to see someone's nose in their sleeve
Sometimes I need just a little good news
I guess I have the big ol' school blues
 
Then I was standin' in the lunch line
dropped my last dollar fifteen
Like a runaway pack of coins
saw them roll under the coke machine
Dropped to the floor and crouched down low
to maybe salvage a quarter
Heard a split in my pants, oh no, I can’t take much more
Then I grabbed my trusty backpack
but the teacher said you can’t wear that
Sometimes I need just need a little good news
I guess I have the big ol' school blues
 
Then I was ridin’ the bus
on my way home
When I drifted off to sleep
and later that night was the only one on
I called out to anyone close,
where are you busdriver?
Black cat walked by,was as white as a ghost
Then I heard a clap of thunder
Oh what kind of spell am I under?
Sometimes I need just a little good news
I guess I have the big ol' school bus blues
 
Finally walked thru the door back home at last
Mom saw I was a bit of a mess
said, How was your day? oh please don’t ask
Then it hit me, after all those tribulations
I'm still movin' on
yeah I'm now thinkin' I'll be the next sensation
We all know about lifes' potholes
I'll never give up, just how I roll
I'll just keep movin' on with bad news
I know we all have our future to choose
 
Perry Math #1  by Randall Beaird (Bryan Harkness, April Rose)
These math lessons are dedicated to my great uncle, Perry Hubbard, who was born in 1902. Math might not be your favorite subject, but it can help us all stay alive.  
 
Ol' Perry Hubbard was our grandmother's brother
They went down to the pond one hot muggy summer
Just wanted to cool off, but it was a little too shallow
how we wish we could let him know
Don't dive Perry, the slope isn't right
Be careful Perry, that pond bottom is dark as night
 
 
Perry dove in head-first and suffered a serious injury. All attempts to save him failed. Perry was 18 years old--his family was devastated.
 
 
Don't dive Perry, the slope isn't right
Be careful Perry
Oh Perry we miss you, every single night
Oh Perry we miss you, every single night
 
 
Thousands of kids and adults have died or been paralyzed by diving in unsafe situations or in horseplay. Remember Perry and think twice before you dive in.  Perry probably knew slope is the measure of the steepness of a line, but when it's a scorching hot summer day, we don't always think clearly before we dive into a nice, cool pond.
 
 
In math, there are three types of slope you can encounter. A slope can be positive, negative, or equal to zero. When the slope is equal to zero, it is horizontal or flat.
 
 
Slope = rise/run The top part of the fraction, the numerator represents how much you rise, or don't rise, and the bottom part, the denominator, stands for how far you "run" or move sideways.
 
 
At the pond Perry dove into, you can see that the slope = 1/3, rise 1, run 3. You'll notice the opposite bank of the pond has a negative slope, -1/3, rise -1, run 3. To find the degrees of a 1/3 slope, you divide 1 by 3 to get .33. You then press (2nd, tan) on your calculator—then enter .33 and press enter again to see that a 1/3 slope equals 18 degrees. If the pond had a 4/5 slope, it would have  been much safer for Perry to dive in to. A 4/5 slope equals .80. Press (2nd, tan), then enter .80 to see that a 4/5 slope equals 38 degrees.   It is essential we understand how portions of whole numbers....fractions and decimals work.
 
 
Here's April
 
 
Some people like their numbers whole
I hear you baby but there's so much more
When you hear numerator think north pole
When you hear denominator think down deep in a hole
Denominator is the total number of pizza slices Numerator is the number your teeth pulverizes
If you have a 10 slice pizza, but you're not that hungry
Say hey big mama make it two slices, well maybe three
Or if you're practically starvin' say hey big daddy make it 5 outta 10
 
 
Did you notice that 5/10 is the same as 1/2? That's called reducing or simplifying a fraction. 1/2 is a lot easier or simpler to picture in your mind than 5/10. Once you understand that fractions, decimals and percents are all saying the same thing, you are ready to roll.
 
 
Yeah, Even as a kid I liked to divide my green peas I'd say hey little brother lookeeee here.  Actually, it was more like please eat my peas!
 
 
Teacher told me to learn my fractions
that's where you'll find all the action
Here's a little hint
1/4 is .25 or 25%
1/2 is .50 or 50%
yeah notice a pattern, here's a hint
That fraction bar means divide
the bottom into the top and let it ride
That fraction bar means divide
the bottom into the top and let it ride
 
 
What do you mean "let it ride?"
 
 
I mean fractions are going to happen regardless. I say bring it on fractsheeeeeeeeeeeon! And all you 1/3 (one thirds) might want to find a 2/3 and make a whole or be on the first bus out of town.
 
 
First bus outta town?
 
 
Hehehe, just kiddin'.
 
 
When it comes to percents, try some relaxation Yeah...........you know, we were all born a fraction Just a fraction of what's to come
Weigh about 9 pounds, on day one
After so many trips later, around that sun
Just divide 9 by what you now weigh
So if it was 128, don't worry, you don't have to say But if it was, that would be 9 divided by 128 Which would be .07 or 7/100 or 7% of your present weight
 
 
Yeah...........you know, we were all born a fraction
 Not only of our size, but also of our actions
'Cause you know it's not too easy
for a newborn baby to help a lady
or help the lost, broke-down tattered and torn,
no, not even maybe
but as you eat your veggies, get a little taller,
you know you can make a difference,
be part of the solution, all across this land
So ride high, in that saddle, second to none
Yeah, time to shine,
time to tame, that fraction dragon
 
 
Yeah, you know we were all born a fraction.
 
 
Next time we’ll talk about adding and subtracting, decimals and fractions. So won’t you please, please join us for all the action. Yeah, yeah, yeah all the action!
 
 
Hey, I see you over there, you little fraction.
 
 
Secret to school by Randall Beaird
 
Ever since that first day of school
there's numbers, letters, and a few rules
But as you move from grade to grade
there's one thing that will help show you the way
Find something that catches your eye
that will help your mind untie
that mystery of what to do
to put some bread on the table
when you're ready, willin' and able
No more could'a, would'a, should'a beens
The secret to school is Interest Based Learning
 
Ever since that first day of school
there's good grades, bad grades, this is true
though some of the best didn't make high marks
Somethin' inspired them to get their start
So find somethin' that catches your eye
that will help your mind untie
that mystery of what to do
to put some bread on the table
when you're ready, willin' and able
No more could'a, would'a, should'a beens
The secret to school is Interest Based Learning
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