Monday, June 29, 2009


Mr. Hill's Rules

These Ten Rules, and Benjamin Franklin's list of Virtues were posted in my classroom for the past few years. I thought they might be of interest to my family and to any colleagues or students who visit my BLOG.
Ten Rules for Room Five

1. You will do your best to achieve your grade level educational standards.
2. You will not allow other things to interfere with this goal.
3. You will not use demeaning language.
4. You will do homework at least six days weekly.
5. You will talk with your parents daily about what you do at school.
6. You will not harm needlessly any living thing.
7. You will respect the name, person, personality, and gender of all other people.
8. You will not take anyone's property without permission.
9. You will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as you understand it.
10. You will set high goals for yourself and rejoice in the successes of others.

Franklin's Virtues

  1. 1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

  2. 2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

  3. Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

  5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

  6. Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

  8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

  12. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Lunt Heirloom?

When President Olsen of the San Diego Temple gave this to me in an interview, he explained that the nail was made by the Iron Missionaries in Cedar City. It is likely that Great Grandpa Henry Lunt oversaw the production of this nail. Nails were among the few iron products to actually find use in Zion.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


In about two hours, I will be officially retired...

...which, being interpreted, means I'll be officially unemployed!
· I want to use this space to thank all my principals: Dan Heiserman, MaryDell Worthington, Walter Lewis, and Glenn Heath. You were more than bosses. You were mentors and friends.
· I want to thank you, my colleagues, for your examples, encouragement, and understanding. You have all been guardian angels to me at one time or another.
· Finally and most importantly, I want to thank each student who has graced my class rooms over these past twenty-one years. You and your families trusted in public education, and trusted in me to help prepare you for the future. You brought your ideas, your curiosity, and your distinct personalities to school. I hope that your experiences at school have enriched your lives and helped you find confidence and success as you pursue your dreams. You were between eight and twelve years old when we were in Room One, Room Twelve, or Room Five together. I was two or three generations ahead of you, and sometimes our perspectives on life and on learning were not in sinc. Often it was I who was learning from you. I pray that as the years pass, we will all reflect upon the things of value that we learned from each other at Vista La Mesa School. Let's use our learning and our commitment to the Peace Builder Pledge in a daily effort to make our community a better place. We've all got to be givers and no longer just takers in life. The next generations depend upon us!

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