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Jan. 28th, 2014

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Our heat is back. Whew! It was getting reeeeeally cold around here with the thermostat set so low!

So today I had a meeting with my 16YO and the counselor. They have four counselors at the high school, one assigned to each class, which I kind of like, since it means that one counselor gets to know the kids and can oversee their total progress. As part of that, each kid and parent has to meet with the counselor to sign up for next year's classes. Sigh. I get the feeling we keep jamming the poor woman's mind. We moved from a school with trimesters to a school with semesters, and they are veeeeery tied up over how many hours your backside sits in a class here. As a result, I've now had two discussions over the required speech class that my son took in 9th grade (as a trimester class, in which he gave the same number of speeches they give here in a semester). They decided to count it. Again. He is also off track on math, and the class he needed didn't even show up on the schedule, and we had to write it in. (He started algebra in 7th grade and they don't start until 8th here.) And then there's the whole bit about PE. PE was required in jr. high but NOT high school in Idaho. Here, you need 1.5 credits of it. We don't know how long we'll be here (the tenure track search that was on when we came was nixed by the new provost, and while it sounds like the department would still like my husband to be around to cover their classes, it really all depends on the administrators who are several levels removed.) So what happens if we move somewhere where they require PE every semester, all four years? It would be really stupid if my kid had As in every advanced AP class, but couldn't graduate because some school in the past didn't have PE... At any rate, I need to train my kids not to confuse counselors by suggesting we might move. Yes, it's a reality. But people who have never lived outside a 90-mile radius get really confused by things like that. Sigh.

Well, anyway, he has some classes picked out for if we're here next year.

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robinellen
Jan. 28th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
You know, it's hard enough just dealing with one school system -- I don't know how you handle the constant switches! Around here, you can do Algebra in 7th but not Geometry (well, you can if you get your parents to drive you to the local high school)...which is why D is repeating pre-Algebra this year. It's very strange how all these schools are so particular when there isn't a standard for the entire country (or even entire states, sometimes).

I'm glad you got your heat back! :) (The silver lining...)
olmue
Jan. 29th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, my current 8th grader could have done the drive-to-the-high-school for geometry. No thanks! So he's repeating algebra I this year, too. Which is okay. If he was starting kindergarten in ND this year, he wouldn't even make the cutoff (August birthday), so he's already a year ahead in school for his age PLUS the early math. I think it's good for his brain to have a bit of time, and this time around, the math is going SO much better. (And the silver lining of moving here is that he is still in the gifted class--even with the repeated year. Which is of course good for the psychological aspect.)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, dear! We haven't moved around as much as you, but that whole transfer of credits and making sure a kid sat in a classroom X hours in the day drives me bonkers. Maybe he should take PE just to cover his donkey. Vijaya
olmue
Jan. 29th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah...there's this engineering class he wants to take (because if we end up moving before he's done, he wants a shot at it--it's what he'll probably end up doing for the rest of his life). But if he takes it, it puts him a half credit over, which is the PE. If we're here for two more years, he's good because he'll just take two semesters his senior year. But if not... Sigh.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 30th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Is there any way to do an after school or extracurricular for the PE credit? Maybe take a class at some local facility? I feel for him. I had to drop out of my last semester of German III to take PE to graduate...
(Bobbi)
olmue
Jan. 30th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Well, if we're here, he's okay--he'd just take PE both semesters senior year and he'd be fine. It's only if we move. Which is always, always a consideration...
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