Real Life

Is it just me, or is Twitter down?  I mean, I don’t tweet, but I do follow.  Except today my computer keeps telling me it can’t find the Twitter server.  Ahhh, well, life goes on.

Speaking of real life, I met with the middle school principal the other day.  That meeting went really, really well (though I don’t think she really understood my concern over the intrusive and open-ended forms, she did say she would discuss it with the central office) (I don’t actually believe she will remember to do it, or do it with much enthusiasm) (but at least she humored me).

Other than that, it went really, really well.  A~ is going to be put into the seventh grade, no need to worry about the committee, and she will be put in the honors classes.  That was the big hurdle.

The principal strongly encouraged me to bring the girls to the school sometime in the next few weeks so that they can take a tour before the big back to school bash the night before classes resume, so we’ll do that week after next.  This week the floors were waxed and can’t be walked on.  Next week the girls are gone to horse camp.  So the week after that we shall all traipse up to the middle school for a look-see.

I think she said L~’s class has about 60 students, and A~’s class has about 70 students, but I could be remembering wrong.  At any rate, small classes.  There is only one middle school in the district, so, assuming we stay here for the rest of their school years, these will be the kids they will graduate with.  The principal said A~’s class is a pretty good group of kids, and she has heard that L~’s class is as well (but hasn’t worked with them yet since this will be their first year in the  middle school).

The fifth grade actually changes classes for each subject, just like the older kids, which is entirely new to me.  I’ve never even seen a sixth grade that changed classes for all subjects.  Not complaining at all, just surprised.  But, the point is, the girls will have the opportunity to see each other in the halls between classes.  That’s a good thing.

I was very frank with the principal and told her that we are not putting the kids into government schools because we think there is any academic advantage (with the notable exception of A~’s math, which was getting beyond my ability to remember) and the decision was based primarily on the fact that the girls are lonely and want to meet people and get involved.  She was encouraged by the fact that they want to go to school.  Quite frankly, so am I.

I would worry much, much more if they were quaking in their boots and begging to stay home, but they aren’t.  They are nervous, of course, but they are resolute in their desire to go.  I told the principal they are both rather shy at first, especially L~, but that I think their desire to make friends and have a real life will help them come out of their shells.  She said she would watch out for them and try to help them feel like they are fitting in, and I really do believe her.

So I am greatly pleased with and comforted by the outcomes of that meeting.

Now, less than three weeks until I send my girls off for the first time.  I have butterflies in my stomach already, but I also have a very good feeling about it.  I think it is going to be a good thing.

Please Martha Stewart, don’t sue me for plagiarism.

And George, if you’re out there . . .

11 thoughts on “Real Life

  1. Christina

    That sounds like a really good meeting with the principal. Very personal and open and positive. And I envy that small school with honors courses – sounds ideal. Hopefully this will be a very good experience for both girls.

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  2. We are changing elementary schools this year, since we moved. I LOVED the principal at his old school. Just like yours, she was truly concerned about the well-being of every child, and listened to the concerns the parents had. I haven’t met the principal for the new school yet, and am a little nervous. We have some interesting health issues to deal with (thankfully, the nurse is aware of these, but since she’s only there once a week, I’d like everyone to be on top of them) and I hope the new principal is as understanding as the old one. Good luck to you and your girls this year!

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  3. Nancy

    Glad the meeting was so positive and the girls are wanting to go there. Sounds like it will be a growing experience for them.

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  4. Hoping and praying the transition goes well and it will be all that you hope for and all that the girls need. Such a big change is a scary thing- I’m so glad you felt some peace from the meeting. Keep us posted!

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  5. metaphase

    The meeting does sound good. I have to ask, and maybe you’ve “talked” about this somewhere and I missed it. Knowing how you feel about government schools, did you ever consider a private school? Maybe there isn’t one in your area or you feel the same about them. I was just wondering if you looked into any.

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  6. Sunflower Seeds

    What a relief it must be to have the meeting not only over, but to have it gone so well. I’m sure the girls are going to do GREAT…and you will too. 😉

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  7. Happy to hear the meeting went well. I think with a small school like that, it will be an easier transition. I will be anxious to hear about the tour.

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  8. Gina

    I’m just getting caught up on my blog reading after a couple weeks and my timing couldn’t be better for this topic. My girls headed off this morning to their first day of public high school and I’m a nervous wreck to hear how it went. Anyhoo, it’s good to hear you had a good meeting with the principal. Our high school principal was also very accomodating and had great things to say about the homeschoolers who have made the transition in his building. I’m looking to forward to reading about A~ and L~’s impressions and experiences over the next school year (which means I really hoping you’ll share!).

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