Running on Empty

    As a teenager I would drive Father’s
    Chevrolet cross-country, given me

    reluctantly: “Always keep the tank
    half full, boy, half full, ya hear?”

    The fuel gage dipping, dipping
    toward Empty, hitting Empty, then

    -thrilling!-‘way below Empty,
    myself driving cross-country

    mile after mile, faster and faster,
    all night long, this crazy kid driving

    the earth’s rolling surface,
    against all laws. Defying chemistry,

    rules, and time, riding on nothing
    but fumes, pushing luck harder

    than anyone pushed before, the wind
    screaming past like the Furies…

    I stranded myself only once, a white
    night with no gas station open, ninety miles

    from nowhere. Panicked for awhile
    at standstill, myself stalled.

    At dawn the car and I both refilled. But,
    Father, I am running on empty still.
        Robert Phillips (December 10-14)
  • I am Mr. Garcia and I am thrilled to begin my thirteenth year teaching at West Port High!

    In this website, you will be able to find everything and anything needed to be successful in English 2 Honors.  In the Course Information link to the right, you will be able to find the information pertaining to the courses I teach (syllabus).  In the Assignments section, you will find PDFs and PowerPoint Presentations of the work done in class or work you are expected to finish at home.  In the calendar, you will find the daily agenda of what is done in class by day.  

    I will also be using a secure texting system called Remind.  Although this system will allow me to communicate with parents and students, no personal phone numbers will have to be exchanged.  All you or your parents have to do to join is follow the simple instructions below:

    • If you are a student in any of my English 2 Honors classes, you will text the message @mrgarciasu to the number 81010.  You can also send an email to mrgarciasu@mail.remind.com.


    Learning never ceases


  • Gradebook Discrepancy

    Dear parents and students, whenever you go on the portal to check grades and find that the gradebook indicates a missing assignment, don't be concerned.  When an assignment is created but a grade not put immediately, the gradebook marks it as missing.  You should only be concerned if the missing assignment is accompanied by a score of 0.  If there's a 0, you should come see me immediately during PH.

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