June 04, 2010

Recap of the Year

Let me start by saying that Mr. T won as Student Council President on Thursday! Woot! He was excited, never having won a race. It was a good day...

Now to recap this school year:

The end of school has finally arrived and it could not have come soon enough. There were great highs and lows... and it varied from child to child.

This was a learning year for Ringo. He'd never had semester exams before, for the first time he was with kids who were on the same plane with him intellectually and in classes that were being taught to his level. There was considerable maturity in realizing what he really has to do to make the grade at the level he wants to succeed in.

He took up the double bass, learned how to read bass clef, was accepted into the Jazz Band which was 9/10 Juniors and Seniors, he made great friends, was nominated by his BS Troop for Order of the Arrow, and made decent grades.

He created goals for himself for next year. He is aspiring... and it was a very good year.

It was a most excellent year for Mr. T. As I said, he WON as President for Student Council!!! Woot!!! He is so excited and has all sorts of plans. I'm sure it'll be blogged on more, but he's already talking about how to raise money for various philanthropies, getting the word out to students better, and polling them as to what they want. He's already mulling over things he'd like to talk to the Principal about, trying to get a better understanding of what can and cannot be done, presenting him ideas.

He made NJHS, was selected as Assistant Patrol Leader for his Troop, was nominated for Order of the Arrow, and really loved school. He truly loves his school although he wishes his Science teacher would get her act together, and I think it really showed.

He is growing in every way. He's nearly caught up to Ringo, so I've taken to calling him Stretch.

Overall, it was not a great year for Bones again. This is the 2nd year where he has left school with his teachers either frustrated or hating him. Last year at least one of his teachers (out of two) still loved him and wanted to do nothing but help, but this year ended with both ready to be rid of him and that's a tough pill to swallow for anyone.

He will forever remember these three teachers (last year's 4th and this past year's two 5th grade teachers) as the worst educational experience. If you ask him, he'll flat tell you he hated 4th and 5th grade, and then with an afterthought, he'll sing the praises of the one teacher... but I have to coax it from him, so angry he is at the other three.

In fairness, I place ALL the blame from 4th grade squarely upon the shoulders of the teacher, an absolutely loser lazy dirtbag *shudder* that makes my blood boil (yes, I complained, but he is protected), may he rot, but this year, I only place 50% of the blame on the teachers.

Bones is a tough kid. He wears people down. I get that.

That's why I'm hoping for next year, having different teachers all the time, will be great for him. They are on block scheduling so he has different teachers every other day. I pray it helps keep him from wearing them down so easily.

And of course that was the big news, his getting accepted to the Middle School he NEEDED TO BE IN!!! Big news.

And even more fun, there is a 90% chance he will be singing at Carnegie Hall this April!!! Woot!

This summer promises to be a lot of work for me. I'm not thrilled, to be honest. But I'm teaching Mr. T Algebra I as he takes it this summer to try to accelerate into the premier math and science magnet his freshman year.

I'm helping to deconstruct Ringo's handwriting so next year may be a better year for him. There is hope.

And I'm reteaching Bones all his math from 5th grade since he nearly failed the class. (His fault, not the teacher's.) Fortunately, the public school has resources for me to use as we hammer home long division and fractions. He also has a lot of reading to do, so we will be working on his reading too.

In essence, there is no 'real' summer, but it won't be as bad as the school year.

I'm looking to de-stress... there is hope.

Posted by Boudicca at June 4, 2010 06:20 PM

A long list of accomplishments making good reason for much chest-puffiness.
If all mothers were as dedicated as you, but then, most mothers don't have the same quality kids.

Summer sounds like a lot of work, too. You have angel wings waiting for you somewhere.

Posted by: Jean at June 5, 2010 08:57 AM

Jean- I left out all the bad stuff. I don't want to remember it. I figure, if I don't write it, it won't go into long term memory and I won't be so damaged. I said to a friend of mine, when something kind of seriously bad happened, "That one is going to leave a mark."

I see train coming in my future, a train of great stress and grief. I cannot stop it, but I can brace for it. I give it... two to three years tops.

Until then, I try not to focus on the bad, look at the good, and thank the Good Lord for our blessings. So many have it so awful...

Posted by: bou at June 5, 2010 01:37 PM

... there is always hope, ma'am.... Mommas - real Mommas that care and worry - are what makes the world go 'round....

Posted by: Eric at June 5, 2010 03:48 PM

Congratulations to Mr T!!! That's so cool he won his election!

As for the rest - it's mostly in my comment on your other post. Hang in there. However, I do think Eric said it best.

Posted by: Teresa at June 6, 2010 03:10 PM