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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:41 AM
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Allow me to crow - I am so proud of my son!
Academically speaking, my son has always been very bright, but not very organized. He has, in the past, been one of those kids that does extremely well on tests, but never turned his homework in. Because of this, his middle school grades really suffered.

I did not fight hard enough to get him into the gifted programs. I did fight, but it was like an irresistable force meeting an immovable object. My efforts went THUD.

He just started his freshman year in high school. So far he has turned all of his assignments in and has a 3.68 GPA on a 4.0 scale. He likes high school and has, so far, been very motivated to do well. I could not be more pleased.

:woohoo: :woohoo:
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:47 AM
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1. Crow away. Woo hoo!
:woohoo: :party: :toast: :yourock: :) :) :) :)
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:00 AM
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2. Excellent :^D
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:11 AM
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3. Cool
Sometimes it just takes a while to get into the groove and to bring the grades up. For me it was having the school district take me to juvenile court and being put on probation.....LOL.

I would guess that for a parent it is a lot off the shoulders to have a child doing well in school. Good for him!

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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:12 AM
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4. It helps that he only has 4 classes
In middle school they had 8 classes a term, almost impossible to keep all that organized.

(4 classes each day, meeting every other day)
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:37 AM
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5. Way to go!
Congrats to your son, and to YOU! Keep encouraging him - it will pay off. I just got back from visiting my college freshman son. He's there on a full academic scholarship which he earned by doing exactly what your son is doing. Sounds like a bright future awaits your boy. No wonder you're proud!

av8rdave
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:42 AM
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6. Speaking from personal experience.
Not doing homework is usually an indicator that he's either not being challenged enough or not being engaged enough by his teachers. I know I used to fall into that category, finding myself only doing the work that was given by teachers that actively stimulated me, either through the scale of the work or the context of the classroom interaction.

Just something to keep in mind should he start flagging again. Congrats either way though!!! :woohoo:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:31 PM
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11. I know that the homework thing is due to challenge issues
I am preparing to find ways to challenge him, so it does not happen again.
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:57 AM
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7. Congrats!!!!
that is a reason to be proud!
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:21 AM
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8. I didn't hit my stride until my Junior YEar...
Before that I was distracted, listless and bored with school...

But starting my Junior year, I climbed from a rank of about 175 to 62 by the time I graduated, returning to Honors English and getting bumped to AP History
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:31 AM
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9. Oh, I thought maybe he had just gone "potty" for the first time. I guess
not.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:42 AM
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10. That's great - we have parallel sons
We sent our son to Huntington Learning over the summer and first two months of school to help him get more focused, because he has a tendency to drift off in his own head and turn a half hour assignment into unending unfinished homework of doom.

So far this year he's gotten all his assignments in and he got 100% on his first math test.

Congrats to you for all your efforts.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:34 PM
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12. I would have sent my son to Huntington
But they wanted $7000 to help him.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:01 PM
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23. oh fahgetabout it - it's ridiculous
We're going to have to stop this month cause it's so damn expensive. I've been scraping by for four months - if he went the whole time they said he should go it would cost like 13K - what a catch 22, sorry, dude, can't pay for college cause I spent it all trying to get you into college.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:03 PM
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25. That is what I thought
I bought him a study skills book and a reading comprehension book, he read both of them and I believe it is working.
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:39 PM
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13. Wonderful news!
Another mom is proud of his accomplishments too!

Isn't it great when those little light bulbs in their heads start turning on? :)
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:44 PM
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14. Congrats to you, KitchenWitch, from one mom to another...
:toast: I'm sure you must be very proud of him. I hope he's able to keep it up.

~Shine
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:49 PM
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15. That's great!
Cheers to your son! :bounce:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:05 PM
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16. My dear KitchenWitch!
I'd be proud too.......He must have realized just what's at stake here...

Once that motivation gets internalized, there's no stopping them...

Good for you......and him!


:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:08 PM
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17. Yes indeed
Of course the other day at dinner he dropped a bomb on us...He has decided he wants to drive a garbage truck for a living...I think he is likely joking!

:rofl:

14 year olds are odd ducks.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:14 PM
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18. Boy, they sure are......
Of course it is an essential industry......we'll never run out of it, and you can't outsource it.......

He may be onto something...do NOT let him see what I'm saying here!

:rofl:


See ya later...time for me to shower, dress, and have a rather late lunch.....

Maybe we could chat tonight? Things to tell you.....

:loveya:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:16 PM
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19. True, true
And they do make very good money for what they do...I still want him to do something different though.

I will likely be on after 8:00 your time.

See you then.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:19 PM
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20. Your son sounds like me!
I HATED middle school and almost never turned my homework in! I was horrible at organization. High school ended up being a definite step up.

BTW, I graduated seventh in my class with a 4.032 GPA, so now you have something to hold your son to. BWAHAHA!
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:20 PM
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21. Very cool
He loves high school so far...

He has a fun schedule this term...

Intro to Foods
Intro to Computer Software (he is learning Flash, Fireworks and Dreamweaver)
Geometry (10th grade math!)
Physical Science
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:27 PM
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22. I can still remember my Freshman fall schedule
Freshman Seminar
Pre-AP English 9
Algebra II
Spanish I
Pre-AP Physical Science
String Orchestra
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:02 PM
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24. wonderful
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:14 PM
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26. Hey, same here!
(Are we the same person??) My son surprised the heck out of me after three years of barely passing middle school classes: he loves high school! :D

I was so worried about this school, too, as it has the worst test scores in the city, and has been rumored to be violent. I tried like hell to get him into a "better" school but the waiting list was full.

And now he's flourishing. :)
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:18 PM
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28. Amazing
I am pleasantly surprised.

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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:18 PM
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27. Congratulations to both of you!
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:23 PM
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29. Congrats KW & son!
I know about having a son who's a TAG student. He could read the book, listen and participate in the classroom discussion and put it down and not study at all then come in and Ace the test. This was in any subject. But he would not do homework. His TAG teacher told us that his performance on the exams validated his point of view. In his mind he demonstrated mastery of the subject matter so why do homework?

Glad your son is doing well.
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