Mrs. Griffith has long fingernails. She likes to play with them while she grades papers at her desk. Mrs, Griffith is stylish and calls everyone cutie or pumpkin or sweetie. I think she forgot all our names. She is the teacher that everyone wants for sixth grade.
The class is a mixture of good students and bad students. My mom says that she heard that Mrs, Griffith usually gets the good students because she can challenge them to learn, but also gets the bad students because she is patient. I don' t know why I am in her class. Mom just laughs.
Jessie Harding is in my class this year, Se must be there because he is a bad student. No one hangs out with him and everyone says that he never takes a bath. Jessie shaves all of his hair off and likes to wear his coat in class.
Jessie Harding sits across from me. He likes to do annoying things like whistle and blow his nose a lot. He never sits still. I just smile at him, which is about the only thing I feel I can do.
We always get new seating assignments each week, but for some reason Mrs, Griffith always sits Jessie Harding next to me, Don' t you get tired of sit -ting next to him they ask, but all I do is shrug. Everyone always gets to sit next to each other and they always get to work together on school proj -ects and math problems, I always work with Jessie Harding.
One day Jessie Harding did not come to school. It was a quiet day, Mrs, Griffith called me to her desk and told me that Jessie had parents that were in trouble with the law and had hurt Jessie, Jessie 'would be moved to another school and family. Mrs. Griffith said that Jessie told her to tell me good-bye.