No School Today

“The first thing I thought after reading this poem, is the excitement that comes from a child when they find out they don’t have to go to school. The news literally says “no school” but as the news reports which schools are closed and how bad the weather is, a little kid is screaming in the back ground “no school no school no school!” Not only is this great juxtaposition, but another great example of a poet showing excitement, not just telling about it.” Samantha Mikita, age 19

Sioux City Community schools, no school

Anthon-Oto two hours late, buses run accordingly,

buses run accordingly at Wisner-Pilger,

two hours late at Ponca, check that, no school

at Ponca, school at Moville

The poem gives off a chaotic and frantic sense, with saying so many schools are closed and delayed, buses not running, activities canceled, etc. Karina Bursch, age 12

two hours late two hours late at Sergeant Bluff-Luton,

no school at Wakefield, no buses, no Head Start,

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn two hours late,

Heelan no school, South Sioux no school,

no buses, IBP first shift two hours late,

Sons of Scandinavia Pancake Dinner cancelled,

buses run accordingly, wind chill thirty below,

Interbake first shift canceled, no school

The way he repeats no school captures the excitement of a child on a snow day. Hannah Fleming, age 14.

Sacred Heart no school, Immaculate Conception

no school, Nativity no school, St. Michael’s

no school, buses running two hours late,

buses not running, second shift on time,

that’s on time, call your supervisor,

It is funny that Phil Hey has put in names of famous people as schools, like Albert Einstein, George Washington, and Isaac Newton. Karina Bursch, age 12

Albert Einstein no school, William Shakespeare

no school, Walt Whitman no school, Francis Bacon

no school, Isaac Newton no school, Frederick Douglass

no school, George Washington no school

Duke Ellington no school, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
no school,

I enjoy how the author mocks the names of the schools and the closings showing how the naming of buildings has gotten out of hand. It seems like everything has to be named after someone famous: a writer, a civil rights activist even though the people in the buildings have no concept of their namesake. Rachel McGuinness, age 18

light snow blowing snow thirteen degrees

windchill forty-three below, buses not running

people not running, no school no school

no school no buses no people no school.

This ending really captures the excitement of a snow day. Hannah Fleming, age 15
The ending is even a bit eerie. We have the snow, the buses, the school closings, and then we have nothing. No school, no buses, no people. Great ending. Samantha Mikita, age 19
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