Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents packed into the Fine Arts Center at Pflugerville High School. Alyssa quickly found friends and our 3 families sat together. Because she didn't have credits to transfer, she would have to start as a Freshman. She would be taking some CBE's (Credit By Exam), add that to her summer school classes, and she'd have enough credits to start Junior Year with her age group.

So for now, she's kind of in No Man's Land. She refers to herself as a Sophomore with credits that didn't transfer.

Back to the Fine Arts Center... we are introduced to all the Counselors. One is assigned to each grade. And there are actually 5 principals: one for each grade level and one overall. I've already met both of Alyssa's.

The bell rings and everyone goes to their 1st Period class. We'll stay in each room for about 15 minutes. The teacher will give a little explanation about the class and we'll have the opportunity to ask questions.

There are a couple things I've noticed:
  • Only about 20% of the parents show up. Only half of them bring their kids.
  • Alyssa has "befriended" all of her teachers. They all gush about her. 
  • White people are definitely the minority.
  • Her classes are spread all over the place - I won't be surprised if she ends up tardy to some!
Each of the teachers made an extra effort to pull me aside. They wanted to tell me what a pleasure it was to have Alyssa in their class. They said she asks questions, is interested in what the teacher is saying, offers to help her classmates. They say all of this as if this is a rarity. None of them know that this is the first time she's set foot in a classroom, let alone a High School. And it's ironic to me that my little homeschooler's SOCIAL SKILLS are what all these teachers are commenting on.  But it is really no surprise. She has interacted with adults all her life. She has no reason to fear them or expect them to act badly toward her. She deals with them like she deals with her peers - as human beings.

Not so common, I guess.
They like her. Of course. ;-)

Academically, they think she's doing fine. Her English teacher apologized to her and to me, saying that she wished she could be in a better classroom situation. Her English class has a discipline problem, to say the least.  Her P.E. Coach pulled me aside and asked if she'd be trying out for Drill Team. She wishes there was room to move her into her 2nd period Pre-Drill Team class, but alas, it's overcrowded as it is.  She thinks Alyssa would be GREAT on the Lady Panthers!  And of all of them, her favorite teacher is her Algebra teacher. For some reason, that strikes me as funny.

It's going to be an interesting year...

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