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Old 11-25-2012, 11:59 AM   #136
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This sounds outrageous to me. There is no way my son could do all the extracurricular he does and complete 3-7 hours of homework every night. I was frustrated at his fall schedule without what you're describing.
This is a big part of the problem for us. She is musically talented and takes 3to 4 private lessons per week and performs regularly. We have spent a lot of years and money on this aspect of her life and are realizing we may have to give some of it up. It is tough.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:20 PM   #137
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So glad this was bumped up. Dd14 has really thrived so far(except geography but improving) all A's and B's except d for geography. This is how her schedule is: certain color day(instead of a days and b days they go by school colors)she will have 4 classes then the next day just have 3 but they are extended with more time. She will be going to NYC with drama class over spring break,so she is excited about that. She does not have homework as much as middle school,so that is different. And recently, a part time student went in with a gun and tried to rob another student in the bathroom,but later turned himself in. And due to lack of certain actions,I am really not trusting the school.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #138
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DD is not doing so well. She had 2 As, 1 B, 2 Cs and a D and an F first marking period. She is a work in progress.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:11 PM   #139
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DD is not doing so well. She had 2 As, 1 B, 2 Cs and a D and an F first marking period. She is a work in progress.
We're all a work in progress. Its too bad that there's so much pressure to have perfect grades and perfect SAT scores. There are many directions in life, yet we try to force all kids on the same path.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #140
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DD is not doing so well. She had 2 As, 1 B, 2 Cs and a D and an F first marking period. She is a work in progress.
Is this very different from her middle school grades? Not everyone is a straight A student.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:27 PM   #141
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Is this very different from her middle school grades? Not everyone is a straight A student.
She is uneven. Classes she likes are straight As. Classes she doesn't like...well we're working on it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:38 PM   #142
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DD15 is doing well so far, but, she only has 2 academic classes this semester. they're on a block schedule, with 4 classes per day, and one, short "enrichment" period (30 minutes-it is used to help those who are struggling with problem areas). she has geometry, science, digital photography (enrichment), P.E. and band. she had all A's on her 1st nine weeks report card, and there are 4 more weeks left in this 9 weeks. she's got an 87 in geometry and a 94 in science right now.

next semester, she'll have english, world history, human development and band.

she's super excited about the band trip - we're going to new orleans, and the marching band is going to perform at the halftime show for the allstate sugar bowl on january 2nd! i wish DH could go too, but he started a new job back in may, and doesn't have any time off accrued yet.
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QUOTE=punkin;46786912. Classes she doesn't like...well we're working on it.[/QUOTE]

This is like my dd. It drives me nuts. She is odd though, she will go on about she doesn't like the teacher or she thinks the teacher doesn't like her and I have told her that there will be peo9le in the real world that either won't like her or she won't like them but you still have to keep the train rolling. Then she eventually turns it around. Take example last year scienceh the teacher doesn't like me or whatever, she gets a b for the end of the year and gets a advanced score on the sol. This year she is in honors science. And I am dumb because I don't know how she got there. Lol now this year geography is her weakness: the teacher is old blah blah . She had a d and teacher dd and I had a conference, she doesn't like to study for subjects she doesn't like,but will do well for classworkd,so I feel you on the work in progress.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #144
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I have a DD14 that is a freshman this year and while she is my third one to go through HS (I have a DS16 class of 2015) I have found that freshman year for her has been very expensive on top of everything else.

I do see her struggling a little bit more then I have in years past. She has always been on the A/B honor roll and in the first quarter she has two C's. She has already taken the ACT twice. She is very self driven and I think all the pressure the school put on kids this early in HS has taken its toll.

I do think that school system put a lot of pressure on these kids way to early in their academic career. IMO
Very curious as to why your dd is taking the ACT as a freshman? Seems like there is still so much to learn between now and junior year. Ds17 took SAT AND ACT both junior and senior year. That's it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:12 PM   #145
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Very curious as to why your dd is taking the ACT as a freshman? Seems like there is still so much to learn between now and junior year. Ds17 took SAT AND ACT both junior and senior year. That's it.
I don't know about the ACT itself, but they made DD's class take the ACT Explore test this year. They also take the PSATs in 10th and 11th grade.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:15 PM   #146
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This is like my dd. It drives me nuts. She is odd though, she will go on about she doesn't like the teacher or she thinks the teacher doesn't like her and I have told her that there will be peo9le in the real world that either won't like her or she won't like them but you still have to keep the train rolling. Then she eventually turns it around. Take example last year scienceh the teacher doesn't like me or whatever, she gets a b for the end of the year and gets a advanced score on the sol. This year she is in honors science. And I am dumb because I don't know how she got there. Lol now this year geography is her weakness: the teacher is old blah blah . She had a d and teacher dd and I had a conference, she doesn't like to study for subjects she doesn't like,but will do well for classworkd,so I feel you on the work in progress.
DD is pretty much in honors everything this year because of how well she tests. Her classroom grades are not so wonderful and never were. I am pretty sure she will manage to turn her grades around. This quarter is already better. She really cannot stand French to such an extent that I am considering letting her drop it after this year.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:58 AM   #147
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DD is doing well so far. Academics have never been an issue and she generally maintains As (with an occasional B). She doesn't love block scheduling, but she has adjusted to the schedule okay.
Honestly, I was more worried about her socially because she's somewhat shy and can be anxious. But, she's doing pretty well. She started a running program with one friend this fall and I really think that has helped a lot. She's dropped a few pounds which I can tell she's thrilled about. And, I love seeing her when they come in from a run and she's glowing like she could take on the world. I hope they can keep it up through the cold winter months. I think it's a very good activity for her.
I'm also proud of her for getting into school activitites even when her friends are not. She just went to the semiformal by herself because her BFF had a date and two of her other closest friends weren't going. I know she was nervous, but she had a good time just crusing around the dance with other (more distant) friends and new acquaintances. I'm not sure I would have done that at her age. I probably would have stayed home and been dissapointed. I'm glad she's getting braver and not holding herself back.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #148
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Happy March! Just thought I'd check in to see how all the future 2016 graduates are doing so far. My DS seems to be doing well. Found out that next year the school will be doing away with the block scheduling and going to 7 periods that are all 52 minutes or so long.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:31 PM   #149
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Happy March! Just thought I'd check in to see how all the future 2016 graduates are doing so far. My DS seems to be doing well. Found out that next year the school will be doing away with the block scheduling and going to 7 periods that are all 52 minutes or so long.
Oh that will be crappy.

Dd will be going to NYC in a couple weeks during Spring Break with drama teacher chaperones and other kids. So excited for her.
And tomorrow have a guidance counselor meeting to discuss her goals and what course.path to take.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #150
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I just saw this thread so I thought I would Join in!

DD14 is our 2nd out of 5 kiddos. our oldest is a Freshman in college. What was I thinking?!

With DD14 we are looking at colleges and ideas way before the end of her Jr year as we had done with older sis.
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