Last night was the Prom. It usually is a dance that is easy to chaperone. Only juniors and seniors can attend, so they are a little more mature than a regular dance crowd. The dance went well and many kids stayed until the end. So all in all, I think it was a success.
Friday was an early release day so we had shorter class periods. Since I have a lot of juniors and seniors in Pre Calc we did an activity (problem and discussion) involving blood alcohol levels. There’s an exponential equation for the risk of getting in a car accident related to your blood alcohol percentage. It’s an appropriate topic for prom night, I think. They can easily see how the amount consumed raises your risk exponentially and how these little tiny Hmong girls can barely tolerate a drop compared to the discus thrower and hockey player. There’s also a chart that tells them what types of behaviors to expect at certain percentages. For example, alcohol poisoning (and possible death) occurs between .4% and .5%. It also stresses that the legal limit for someone under 21 is zero, not .8%. I like this lesson because it is so applicable.
The question that came up throughout the day was whether or not they had a breathalyzer at the prom. Why yes, they do. During my first hour someone even asked if they have something like that, that detected if they’d been smoking weed. I sincerely doubted that, but who am I to quash a good rumor? “Hmm, I don’t know.” was my response to that question.
Later that night, while at the prom I was talking with one of our assistant principals. He said that somehow a rumor got started that they would have some sort of weed-a-lyzer at the prom. It was all over the school by 8:30 am. We had a good laugh about how this little rumor helped out our cause. I think I might know how it got started. I’ll have to confirm that when I get to school next week. But that well placed rumor certainly was a deterrent for some unwanted behavior!