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    #231311 - 05/31/16 11:47 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    fjzh Offline

    Registered: 02/12/16
    Posts: 63
    I just asked my daughter what she would do if she had 3 cookies and needed to share them between two people, and she came up with giving each 1 1/2, but I might have set her up for success posing it that way, LOL. And now I want cookies.

    I love this spontaneous numbers stuff though. I went from thinking she was barely chugging along at grade level to realizing she was capable of so much more after her evaluation!

    #231340 - 06/01/16 03:51 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: fjzh]
    madeinuk Offline

    Registered: 03/18/13
    Posts: 1453
    Loc: NJ
    I am so old that we had corner sweet shops and ha'pennies. Some of the sweets were n a penny, like Flying Saucers, Fruit Salads and Blackjacks. Fractions were concrete in those days and even five year olds had an solid understanding born from frequent visits to the school tuck shop or sweet shops to and from school.
    Become what you are

    #231343 - 06/01/16 05:24 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    chris1234 Offline

    Registered: 06/27/08
    Posts: 1897
    ds, slogging through his first year back in school, 9th grade has gotten sick more times than I can count -- the school has actually been pretty cool about it even though they are having to move sol tests and things like that around for him to sit after he has missed them.
    still possibly going to pull straight As this year (thank you iep and understanding school teachers/admins (FOR ONCE!!))

    it is a bit torturous, but he basically had some very severe illness last few weeks and went to school for the first time in 10 days, did an sol, did another test, did some bio work, came home passed out for 13 hours, got up, went to take another couple SOLs --which typically I don't worry too much about but he gets stressed on them.

    anyway, just the get up and go at this point is pretty impressive.

    edited to add: just found out he did awesome on his geometry test that he had to drag himself out of bed to get to.

    Edited by chris1234 (06/02/16 01:09 PM)

    #232155 - 07/11/16 12:53 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    Tigerle Offline

    Registered: 07/29/14
    Posts: 602
    Loc: Europe
    I was so proud of DS9 this weekend.
    After watching him in a little skit for the Easter service in third grade over a year ago (the disciple meeting Jesus on the way to Emmaus), and hearing his earnest explanation on how he thought to act in order to convey shock and surprise as opposed to just reciting his lines the way the others did, I thought he really needed to be in the musical theatre club again
    In third grade, the club had been oversubscribed and as usual, he'd forgotten to hand in the application slip in time so he was not even allowed to enter the lottery. So when the club was oversubscribed for fourth grade again and he lost in the lottery I had to beg and grovel for him to be allowed in anyway. I guilted his teacher into advocating for him, moaning about how we'd all agreed he shouldn't be accelerated into fifth grade in middle school because he needed time to further develop his social skills and learn how to be part of a group and now he had lost his chance to be in theatre again, and wasn't this communal project the perfect chance....
    They somehow made room for him. I bet they were glad they did!
    He landed the role of Talking Hat (sort of like a parody of the HP sorting hat, spouting constant nonsense). He was dressed all in black, with the hat coming down over his face to his shoulders. I was told the other kids called him "the Man in Black" and thought he looked cool. My kid has never been cool!
    I was not surprised that he was one of the few kids who always knew his lines and never needed prompting. But since I knew nothing of his role (he'd never asked for my help learning his stuff and obviously needed none) I was very surprised that he had three solo songs. All of them were rhythmically complicated but he managed them with very few stumbles and sang in tune, which actually was a standout too. (I thought all those times I'd made him stand up with a violin for piano-accompanied solo recitals must have paid off). But one of them was a very fast and complicated rap, nonsense sentences meant to mimic a politician spouting sound bites, and he belted it into the microphone like a pro, not a single mistake or insecurity. That one was all him.
    DH said afterwards it was very impressive watching your kid doing something you knew you could not do yourself and that even next to his talented classmate who played the lead and was great, DS9 looked like a middle schooler acting amongst elementary kids.
    Until the final applause when he started capering around like the little boy he is.
    Yes, we were proud.

    #232157 - 07/11/16 06:40 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Tigerle]
    RRD Offline

    Registered: 02/04/16
    Posts: 278
    That is terrific, Tigerle. What a wonderful moment for all of you!

    #232220 - 07/13/16 10:14 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    bluemagic Offline

    Registered: 03/29/13
    Posts: 1489
    I guess this is the place to put this. We so rarely have any brags.

    Received an email from one of DS's teachers today. It brought happy tears to my eyes. It was only a few sentences but it was about how much DS has matured since freshman year. It was the teacher who DS went on a trip with at the beginning of summer. He had him for a class freshman year & this past year. Teacher assured me that he was planning on writing a college letter for DS. (I wasn't asking.) Still not sure if he will need one.. (list looks mostly to be state schools) but we will have to find an excuse. It feels so good to have a teacher in his corner.

    Plus seems that despite the screw up with his accommodations on administering the PSAT he will make commended for National Merit (won't find out till fall officially), although will miss our states anticipated cutoff for semi-finalist. (He'd never make finalist.) He got a great score on the main part of SAT. Essay grade nothing to write home about but I have no idea what the score means anyway. SAT scores are good enough there is no point in having him take them again. (Better than his PSAT predicted.) And he barely studied but did get extra time.

    Plus 5's on both his AP's.

    Edited by bluemagic (07/13/16 10:17 PM)

    #232223 - 07/14/16 06:53 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    Platypus101 Offline

    Registered: 10/01/14
    Posts: 673
    Loc: Canada
    bluemagic, so happy to see this good news! It's impossible to describe, isn't it, that unbelievable feeling when your child finally finds that teacher who truly gets them, who enjoys the unusual ways they think instead of being frustrated by them, and who is able to bring out the best in the kid. So glad to see your DS is ending high school's rather rough ride with that positive experience in hand.

    I hope your son is feeling very proud of those 5s. Kudos to both of you, and hugs to you for holding in there so well, so long, and making it possible for him to get there.

    #232225 - 07/14/16 06:56 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    aquinas Offline

    Registered: 11/02/12
    Posts: 2411
    Bluemagic, that's such great news about your son's accomplishments and feedback from the teacher. It must be so rewarding to see him hitting his stride, and having external validation of all his good qualities. smile
    What is to give light must endure burning.

    #232227 - 07/14/16 09:34 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    cricket3 Offline

    Registered: 11/02/09
    Posts: 683
    Ditto to the above, blue magic. So happy to hear things have been going well for your DS!

    #232238 - 07/14/16 07:52 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
    NotherBen Offline

    Registered: 03/24/14
    Posts: 313
    So happy to hear the news, Bluemagic! That is just wonderful!

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