The office is one crazy volcano that is always ex- ploding with questions and needy kids. Those who work in the office handle the needs of the school and answers any questions someone may have.
I spent the whole day with Laura Olson, the attendance secretary in the office. She has her own room in the office where the money used to be handled.
Olson deals with the atten- dance of the school. This includes all students who come and go throughout the day, including tardies.
“I give too many lates and tar- dies per day,” Olson said.
As I was sitting with her throughout the day, she took quite a few calls from parents calling in for their kid. She would get so many phone calls in a row, absence after absence, phone call after phone call.
On her computer, she fills out why students were absent so they are properly recorded.
When kids come in late, some of them bring a note. I saw that she would file all the notes after she was done marking them in her computer.
The day I was with her, a bus was late because of icy weather. It was very chaotic. She was signing passes for lots of tardy kids.
Despite the busyness, Olson likes to keep her office organized. She has papers filed in folders and her desk isn’t in a clutter.
Olson knows so many students by heart. She doesn’t have to ask their name or anything, which just shows how close she is to the students.
I know I would get tired of sitting in a chair, writing passes for students who are late. Olson, though, is patient with her job.
She does this everyday for eight hours. I would personally not be able to do that.
During the very busy parts of the morning, history teacher Caitlin Mcgrew helps her with all the kids that pour into school late.
“Have you ever just felt so busy, you just don’t know where to start?” she said. “That’s how I feel.”
Besides the fact that she works in her office almost the whole day, she loves talking to the other workers in the office.
Olson is close with the other women in the office. She has a good time with them and they all laugh together.
While I was spending my day with her, I noticed she works on the computer a lot. I saw this is where she fills out why the student is absent.
“My favorite part of my job is when I get to build the relationships with the students,” Olson said.
“I don’t really have a ‘least’ favorite part of my job [but] I don’t like how it gets stressful,” she said.
Signing passes for all the kids that come to her can get over-whelming but she loves how chaotic it get.
Near the middle of the day, I noticed her office is not as busy. Less and less people start to come in. It’s more “peaceful.”
As the day came to an end, the attendance office picked up a little more. I saw that many parents arrive to get their kids for appoint-ments or other end of the day commitments.
Since days in the office are so hectic, the women who work there also try to take time to enjoy their jobs. “We also like to have fun on Fridays,”
When Friday comes every week, they try to plan something fun. They laugh, sing, joke around, and anything to make their day bright.
“Go ahead and laugh at us, we don’t mind,” Olson said.
The attendance office is way more than what the sign says. Ol- son doesn’t get a lot of credit from the student body, but she does do a lot for us.