The 6th Grade at North Elementary- The beginning of life in the fast lane.

By John McElligott

Having just been expelled from St Ann’s in May of 1957, and just finishing my 10 year old baseball summer season with Charles Hall, John Moore, Scott Rogers, Sammy Brown, Tom Fisher, Bruce McElligott, Jerry Rogers, Troy Roberts, Clifford Johnson. I turned 11  that September. My teacher at North was Mr. Jackson who had a flattop and always had a pack of cigarettes in his pocket. He did his own paddling and was always smiling. There was another 6th grade class with Mrs??? that Janet Seawrite was in and I was her biggest admirer. Bruce and Johnny Jones were in that class as well, I think, along with Bekki Maier and Jacki Reed.

Anyway being expelled and losing contact with Joe O’Neill was tough but getting to look at Janet at recess everyday was very exciting to say the least. St. Ann’s did let me comeback for my Confirmation that same year. But my priestly ambitions dissipated slowly and completely when Ellen McCasland  kissed me on the lips. From that point on I was ruined until I joined the Military, I think.  The good  news I found  Johnny Jones, who became a lifelong friend. 

4 thoughts on “The 6th Grade at North Elementary- The beginning of life in the fast lane.

  1. Admin February 17, 2020 / 3:09 am

    Suzi Northcutt Griffith
    Sep 29, 2019
    So glad you posted this, John– I went to North first through third grade and then to Bowie, and have always assumed that North was totally closed that year. I had no idea. Thanks

  2. Admin February 17, 2020 / 3:10 am

    Bekki Maier Welch
    Oct 7, 2019
    Yes, Jackie and I were in that class. Mr. Jackson is still here in Midland but hasn’t taught in a long long time. He has a real estate company here. And his Wife is Judy Jackson who owns an estate sale company.

  3. Jim Chesnut May 26, 2020 / 8:27 am

    I think the other 6th grade teacher was Mrs. Hopper.

    • John McElligott September 1, 2021 / 1:50 am

      Jim you are correct. Thanks

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