|Ranchvale Elementary School|
|Sandia Elementary School|
Inside the school was a paved courtyard called the patio. After lunch we were corralled in the patio before going to our classrooms and we would hover around the edges to stay in the shade, the boys on one side and the girls on the other. It was in the patio that I did my stint as a "Jump Rope" monitor in the sixth grade. I handed out ropes to the younger kids, helped them jump rope and then made sure the ropes got put away at the end of P.E. It earned me a "Principals award for leadership" which I still have to this day, somewhere...
Corporal punishment was still practiced in my school and I got swats a couple of times, both for talking. Seems a little extreme now that I think about it, but I had been warned. In Mrs Anderson's 4th grade class if she had to get on to you for bad behavior your name got written on the board. If she called you out again you got a mark by your name. Three marks before the week was out meant you had to stay behind on Friday and get swats on your butt with a big wooden paddle. Nobody wanted to get into Mr. Simpson's 6th grade class. As the only male teacher in the school it was known that his paddling was the worst of them all.