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    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    Scary Stuff

    Our oldest daughter is heading off to high school next week. *Big sigh* Freshman orientation was tonight *Bigger sigh* There are over 350 students starting 9th grade (as opposed to 25 in her class last year). That means that there are at least 1400 students who attend the same school. I'm trying hard not to freak out about the numbers. My graduating class was 132. That was and is still the largest class that has ever graduated from my school and we all attended school with each other from kindergarten on. These kids in my daughter's class have been assembled from 35 elementary schools into 6 middle schools.

    I grew up in a cookie cutter society. Even though we were only 16 miles from the capital city, there was no diversity. My classmates had mostly blond hair and blue eyes. We were all middle class and lived in similar homes. I don't ever remember comparing what I had to someone else, even through high school.

    Mr. Sign and I decided long ago that the diversity of the school district that we live in was something we wanted our children to experience. I didn't want them to have to learn to deal with people's differences in college or in the work place.

    Another reason we keep our children in the public school district is that because it's so large, the curriculums offered blow the others out of the water. Our city is surrounded with school districts that are 3 miles or less away but worlds away when it comes to offerings. Unfortunately, the media likes to bash our school district as enrollment dwindles.

    We got to meet #1's core class teachers and I really liked 2 of them. The school is trying something new this year. They have split the freshman into 5 teams. Each team of teachers is located in the same vicinity so the kids will not have to go far to get to their classes (the school is spread out over 4 acres and has 4 floors). The idea behind the teams is that the teachers will be able to identify problems with students because the teachers will conference with each other about performance.

    There is an issue of #1's placement though. #1 seems to think that most of kids on her team are some of the same kids who held her class back a couple of years ago. My concern is that if she is wasting time in a class that is moving too slow, she will be penalized for the rest of her life. I told her that we need to wait and see and hopefully the teachers will see that she is an above average student.

    The school states that there will be no schedule changes but I know that they have really screwed up some kid's schedules. One of #1's friends is physically disabled and they have that poor girls classes on 4 different floors. There is no way she could make it to all of them in the time alloted.

    I realize that there will always be students who make poor choices wherever you go. It won't make any difference how much money their parents make. It's all in statistics. The more students there are, the more problem students there will be. The same goes for gifted students. The percentages of good versus bad, remain the same. I only hope that I have raised my daughter to make the right choices.

    12 comments:

    The Taker of Gist said...

    Ah, high school. How I remember it well; the bright lights, the flowery background music, the flying textbooks.

    Sal said...

    Hey sweetie. Be a loud squeaky wheel and don't take no for an answer! We did it. You have to. Make a scene, what ever it takes, it's your baby, don't settle for anything less than the best they have! XO

    Madame X said...

    Wow, High School...my stomach just all bigigidy!

    Wow so many kids but you've raised your daughter right, she'll be fine it's you I worry about ;)

    Kristen said...

    wishing good luck to your little girl...........she'll make it through with you by her side

    sassinak said...

    yeah i'm with sal, get stubborn.. but wait and see if you actually need to. it's possible the school will fix it but maybe not.

    i do like the idea of teams though...

    wow... high school

    The Savage said...

    Highschool is just a vague blur for me... I drank a hell of a lot my senior year and after....

    barman said...

    You raised your daughters fine. You give the school h e double hockey sticks if you need to. They need to be somewhat flexible.

    Wow that is a big class. Mine was about 200 and that seemed not to bad. Still I did not know everyone.

    Good luck with this year.

    MilkMaid said...

    Good luck to the FISH! We have one in our house too, he wasn't too excited tho, all still 'just school' and boring. Boys!

    Love the new look, TIFFANY BOX BLUE!

    Nonny said...

    It's nice that there are so many choices in your district. We only have one high school and two middle schools. I really hope that if your daughter does need to move to a more advanced class that it's not an issue.

    You don't look old enough to have a daughter in high school.

    crabcake said...

    Nonny's right. You DON'T look old enough to have daughter in high school.

    Considering who your daughter's Mom is, I'd bet she'll make good choices.

    High school. Phewww!

    Suze said...

    Jenn, both your daughters are a chip off the block and will fare well. You have given them the best start in life which counts for a lot.

    Chrissie said...

    Sam started her freshman year also... and I had to go to back to school night last Wed... it was ok, shes in all AP classes, so she has a lot of classes with sophmores which worries me a little... no i know she will do all the work... more worried about the sophmore BOY who keeps calling now! :o/