September 17, 2013 THERE’S NO WAY I’M GOING TO SCHOOL TOMORROW!! I. Am. Freaking. OUT!!! You know how Brandon’s my biology partner? Well, I’ve been spending A LOT of time writing notes to him in class. I know…it’s SUCH a bad way to start the school year! But I hardly saw him all summer, and I feel like we have a TON of catching up to do! Today the most HUMILIATING thing happened. At the beginning of class, my teacher saw me passing him a note, so she said, “Miss Maxwell! Unless that’s about today’s material, I suggest you put it in your backpack RIGHT NOW!” After that I had an idea…write notes in code so it WAS related to the schoolwork! So I wrote a note that read: Cell membranes are really, unbelievably interesting! It’s way fun to study this stuff! And I can’t stop thinking of phenotypes and genotypes! But what really gets me excited are unicellular organisms…and don’t even get me started on parasites! For real, this biology class is all kinds of awesome. And our teacher is clever and highly knowledgeable. Education is cool! I underlined letters, just like I did here, so when you put them together, there was a secret message that read: “Maybe want to hang after school?” I figured this way, if my teacher walked by and grabbed the note, she’d be super flattered and say, “Sorry, Miss Maxwell. I was wrong to doubt your focus and scholarly aptitude. Carry on!” But it didn’t actually pan out that way. Instead, she saw me from the front of the class and said, “Miss Maxwell, are you seriously still passing notes? What’s so important it needs to interrupt this lesson? Stand up and read that for the entire class!” I SO didn’t see that coming…and I don’t know why! It happens in ALL the school movies!! I REALLY didn’t want to read what I wrote since it was just, well, weird! But I couldn’t think of anything else on the spot. Also, I was afraid I’d get in even more trouble if I didn’t read the actual note and then she found out! So I stood in front of the WHOLE CLASS and stuttered: “Cell membranes are, um, really, unbelievably interesting. It’s, um…it’s way fun to study this stuff. And I can’t stop thinking of phenotypes and genotypes. But what really gets me excited are unicellular organisms…and, um, don’t even get me started on parasites.” At that point EVERYONE was laughing at me, and I was sweating so much it looked like I had two soaked sponges wedged under my armpits! I was starting to breathe kind of heavily because I was so embarrassed. My teacher thought I was making this up, so she said, “Is that really ALL you wrote? What else is on that note, Miss Maxwell?” And then I finished with, “For real, this biology class is…um…all kinds of awesome. And our teacher is clever and highly knowledgeable. Education is cool!” After that, I sat down super fast and thought I was going to HURL! Brandon was looking at me with this confused look on his face. He didn’t know there was a code in it! Then my teacher said, “If that’s REALLY what you wrote, I severely misjudged you, and for that I am sorry.” I breathed a big sigh of relief after that! I looked like a TOTAL science nerd, but at least I could stop worrying about her hating me! Right when I was walking out of class, she grabbed my arm and said, “You’re right, education IS cool! Tomorrow you’re going to be my special assistant in teaching the lesson. It will be all kinds of awesome!” So now I have to spend the whole next class being her “special assistant”…in front of everyone…instead of sitting with Brandon! Is there any way I can get out of this, aside from staying home? Seriously, I need your help!!!