One of my favorite experiences in Mr. Pollock's class was while we were going over our Revolutionary War unit. We walked into class and sat down while he took his attendance, then he stood in the middle of the class and held up a folded note that he said was left in one of his previous classes. It was a love note that was sent to "BabyLove," which was written on the front in cursive.
He told us that he was going to read it so we would know not to write notes in class and pay attention. He opened it and started reading it to us and it turned out to be a break up letter.
It said, "I really loved you but things have been changing, i thought we were MFEO."
I asked what it was and he said, "Maybe 'meant for each other'? I don't know."
He then went on to (read), "We were great together, but you've turned into being controlling and I don't want to be with you anymore."
This went on for at least seven minutes and finally he said, "Signed the colonies, to England."
It ended up that he wrote the thing himself and led us to believe it was real. ... Mr. Pollock is truly a great man and fantastic teacher. We all knew he cared about us and hopefully, he knew we cared about him, as well. I wish the best for him and his family. Thank you, Mr. Pollock, for being such an extraordinary teacher and just for being you.
— Jackson Smart, freshman at Urbana High School
I describe Mr. Pollock as a very jovial person. There was not a day in which he would not make us smile. He would always start his class with music, inspirational quotes and when time permitted, hilarious YouTube videos. I can still recall the day in which he showed us the "Spiders on Drugs" video. The class fell completely silent as he looked up the video. As he did, he told us it would be a very interesting video he had found on YouTube that he thought we would find quite interesting. We all assumed it was going to be a video related on the topic we were studying at the moment.
As the video started, we all fell silent. But suddenly, we started cracking up for the video was not what we expected. Oh, Mr. Pollock, always finding ways to make us smile! After class, we all exited with huge smiles in our faces. Mr. Pollock is unlike any other teacher. ... Mr. Pollock has created an impact in each one of our lives. He taught us the music of the soul which is laughter, the source of perpetual youth. He taught us the source of power: thought. And most important, he taught us the road to happiness, the price of success and the fountain of wisdom. Mr. Pollock is a man with a big heart; a wonderful human being. He's a man who always lends a hand to those who need it as well as those who did not know they did.
— Karen Hernandez, Urbana
One of the things that have made Pollock unique was his daily quotes on the chalkboard. Sometimes they were funny, sometimes inspirational. This idea has inspired me to do the same on my chalkboard at home. It's the little things that get you through the day, and walking in his class and reading a quote makes it all the better. As Mr. Pollock is not teaching anymore, students take it upon themselves now to find quotes and put it up where he used to.
My favorite memory of Mr. Pollock was when he came to my very own swimming Senior Night. A few weeks before this meet, I asked Mr. Pollock if he was interested in coming and watching me swim. He immediately took an interest and marked it on his calendar pad. As my meet came closer, he kept wishing me good luck and saying how he was thrilled to come. At the start of my first race, Mr. Pollock was in the stands cheering and ready to see me swim. That day I was thankful enough to break two school records, which I believe happened because Mr. Pollock came. Having a teacher see me in somewhere other than a classroom setting fills me with excitement and determination to show them the other side of who I am. After my races, he thanked me for inviting him and started telling me how talented I was. This feeling of accomplishment came over me which made me very thankful and grateful to have such a teacher that cared so much for his students. For a teacher to come and get energized about a high school swim meet is almost unheard of, but Mr. Pollock wanted to watch me and my team swim. Mr. Pollock loved seeing his students outside of the classroom setting and seeing what other talents they possess. This is one of many memories of Mr. Pollock that are very dear to me.
— Gabriela Rajic, senior at UHS