March 11, 2009

Octogonal Pegs

Today has been an exceedingly frustrating day for me.

I wanted my son to retake Algebra as he is just now pulling A's and B's, having pulled some C's the first semester and the high school won't let him. He can only retake it if he has a C or below and his teacher isn't going to flunk him so he can retake Algebra.

Trust me, his current teacher called me at home about it. She wants him to retake Algebra as well.

You have no idea how much I seriously considered having him bomb some tests to retake it... but its not the right thing to do and she and I both discussed how he is working so hard, that it will be demoralizing for him to suddenly be getting Cs when he knows he deserves an A.

She can't do it... I can't do it... I'm pissed at the situation we're in.

So he has to take Geometry although I think he will suffer for it all, in the long run.

I wanted him in Honors Biology, and they won't put him in Honors Biology unless he's taking Honors Geometry and I'm sure as hell not doing that to him. Every class he has is honors... and now I'm going to add two more? This transition year?


I'd rather him pull A's in the regular classes than B's or C's in Honors.

And we'll see what the Public School has to offer if he gets accepted into the one he applied to... a Science Magnate. If they'll work with us more... then that may be where he belongs.

I just find the entire situation frustrating... these round holes into which they try to cram every student.

He is a square peg... maybe octagon. He's not fitting in that round hole.

On a more positive note, his big Variety Show is tomorrow night and tonight was the dress rehearsal.

He put on his Avenged Sevenfold Tshirt, a black shirt over it, jeans and... a hat... one I had never seen.

I said, "Where'd you get the hat?"

Ringo: It's Dad's grandfather's hat... cool, isn't it? I got it when we cleaned out Pop's house last weekend.

Me: *blink*

Ringo: Feel it. I don't think they make hats like this anymore.

I felt the velvet, checked out the silk lining.

Me: Your Dad's grandfather is YOUR great grandfather.

Ringo grinned.

Ringo: I think it was made in 1900, Mom.

Its a bowler type hat, I flipped it over and saw it was in fact made in Italy by a well known Italian hat company... and it was stamped in gold that it was sold at a haberdasher, probably around 1900, as he suggested.

My son's great grandfather was an Italian immigrant.

He put it on and it looked like... he belonged in it, the hat of his great grandfather.

He is wearing it with his funky grungy clothes to play his music. I laugh as his jeans are baggy, and with the hat, he looks a bit like Charlie Chaplin.

With a bass guitar...

There will be pictures.

Posted by Boudicca at March 11, 2009 09:48 PM

Hopefully thngs will work out school wise... And the hat?? That's just COOL!

Posted by: Richmond at March 12, 2009 07:20 AM

What about summer school class in Algebra?

Posted by: Quality Weenie at March 12, 2009 09:00 AM

Love, love, love the hat story! Must see photos!

Posted by: Jody at March 12, 2009 10:51 AM

I hope your son can fit The Quadratic Equation under his new hat.

Posted by: Mockingbird at March 12, 2009 12:27 PM

I cannot wait for pictures!

Posted by: Oddybobo at March 12, 2009 12:50 PM

***they won't put him in Honors Biology unless he's taking Honors Geometry***

WTF is that about? What does one have to do with the other?

Posted by: Toluca Nole at March 12, 2009 03:21 PM

QW- I am seriously thinking about that. I'm thinking of at least covering the first semester or next summer, before Alg II, doing a re-teach, so its all back fresh in his head.

TN- This is the deal as best I can figure it out... the Catholic School has something called an IB program, like they have at PHS. To qualify for the IB program, you have to have had certain classes.

For instance, when I asked to take him down to Honors Spanish I instead of Honors Spanish II, I got a call from the head of the Language Dept, telling me if he wanted to go IB, he MUST be in Honors Spanish II. I told her 'thanks, but no thanks, we aren't interested...' and she aquiesced to my request.

So I know that the kids on the IB tract have to have Honors classes and they may be keeping Honors Geometry and Honors Biology hand in hand for the potential IB students... of which my son IS NOT one.

I'd like him to enjoy HS. He can take plenty of AP classes and Honors classes, be well rounded with Scouting and Band, and get into a good school if he gets good grades.

Posted by: Bou at March 12, 2009 03:42 PM