Storyland Idol

A couple weeks ago Zeke played the part of the Monster in his first play, Storyland Idol. He made such a cute little monster.

The kids did absolutely amazing especially considering they are just kindergarten through fifth graders.

Every kid got a medal to take home with them. Zeke was so proud of his because it represented lots of hard work.

They’ve been practicing since January once a week after school. As much of a pain as it was to go back to the school an hour later to get him, it was totally worth it.

He worked nearly every day to learn his lines and knew his cues and where to go and what to do during each part of the play.

He’s thinking he’d like to do more plays in the future since this one was so fun for him! Now he’s not just a dance kid, he’s a theater kid, too.

DATA

Fritz and Adrian will be going to DATA, a magnet school, next year. They got to go meet with the counselor a few weeks ago and pick out their classes.

Adrian will be doing the computer science pathway. He’ll be taking honors English I combined with AP Human Geography, honors Geometry, honors Physics I, honors Spanish II, and honors Computer Science I. He’ll also be going to iCSI, a two period a day cybersecurity magnet. He’ll need to take PE and maybe art in summer school at some point to be able to fit everything in.

Fritz will be doing the video game design pathway. He’s taking AP English III, honors Algebra II, honors Physics I, AP US History, video game design, 3D modeling and animation, and honors Computer Science I. This means the boys have the potential to be in two classes together. Also, Fritz’s video game design teacher is Mr. Fritz which is kind of awesome.

Mayci’s First Art Show

Mayci had a piece of art selected for our school district’s annual Young Masters art show for elementary schoolers last month.

Haley wasn’t feeling good but she got permission to be late to her college class so she could come see Mayci’s art like a good virtual big sister.

We waited in a long, long line to make a donation to “buy” Mayci’s art (only parents can buy the art) so she could get a certificate of sale. She was pretty thrilled with her certificate.

Some days are just crazier than others

And yesterday was one of those days!

At 7:20 Jamie and Fritz left for the testing location for Fritz’s English II End of Course exam (insert rant about how stupid standardized tests are and how annoyed I am that they spent the last two months preparing for this stupid high stakes must pass in order to graduate from high school test).

At 8:30 Jamie took Nicholas and Joel upstairs when Noah’s ECI therapist got here. Noah has a tendency to let the other two boys do everything for him so we need to keep them separated during those visits. Noah did amazing this time. He spent the entire 45 minutes happily playing with playdough and parroted some words and even said a few things spontaneously.

At 9:45 Adrian texted asking if he took his Ritalin (answer: no, his father forgot to put it out for him). He said he really needed it (something about shooting the ceiling… no idea) so I headed to his school to give it to him and then immediately went to the elementary school to pick up Anthony.

At 10:15 Fritz let us know he was done with his end of course. This meant he needed to be picked up but I had The Beast at the elementary school and Jamie couldn’t leave the twinplets. So he texted Cameron (who happens to live near the testing location) and he was so kind as to drop everything and pick Fritz up and even got him Sonic on the way home.

Meanwhile, I picked Anthony up at 10:20 and we sat in The Beast in the school parking lot and did his med check with his psychiatrist right there in the van. We’re adding a fast acting ADHD medication dose after lunch for him. Medication is making SUCH a difference for him and hopefully that’ll take care of the afternoon impulsiveness and behavior issues. Mornings have been excellent and learning is finally happening.

Of course adding the after lunch dose means paperwork and so when I took Anthony back into school at 11, I went to the clinic (my second school nurse’s office of the day since that’s where medication must be given even when administered by the parent) and got the form for the psychiatrist to fill out. While I was in there Mayci saw me through the window so she popped in to ask if I could take her Fiesta Parade float home with me (of course) and as I left Zeke was lining up with his class outside the cafeteria so I ended up seeing all three of my elementary schoolers this morning.

I got home and by 11:15 I had filled out and scanned the medication administration form and emailed it to the psychiatrist to sign. Right after I sent that, they emailed me the thing to sign that tells about possible side effects of the medicine so I got that signed and emailed back (she doesn’t send any new medications to the pharmacy until that’s been signed).

Side Note: Tiny Scanner is the best app… I got it to turn papers we filled out into pdfs way back when we were applying to be foster parents and I still use it quite regularly.

So all of that happened before noon after which we had a bit of a break from all the crazy, though it was a busy evening, too. Right after school Zeke had his weekly ballet/tap class. After dinner, we got the kids ready for bed and everybody except Fritz got in The Beast to take Adrian to his 8th grade dance. Fritz had seminary at church at the same time, but he always walks so that was no different for him.

Third Quarter Grades

It’s crazy, but the school year is 3/4 of the way over already! As always the kids did very well this quarter and are ready to finish the school year strong.

Adrian:
Spanish 1B C (76%)
Fundamentals of Computer Science A (94%)
Health A (97%)
Science A (93%)
American History B (86%)
Algebra I B (86%)
ELAR A (93%)


Zeke:
Language Arts B (83%)
Reading B (86%)
Math B (91%)
Social Studies A (98%)
Science A (95%)

In addition to his letter grades, he got an E (excellent) in conduct, health, art, theater arts, music, and PE.


Kindergarten and Pre-K do numbers for grades. 1 is lowest, 4 is highest, though generally they don’t give higher than a 3. A 4 would mean they’d pretty much mastered that subject for the next grade level.

Mayci got one 2 and the rest 3s in conduct, five 2s and the rest 3s in language arts and reading, two 2s and the rest 3s in math (she can rote count to 100), an even mix of 2s and 3s in social studies, one 2 and the rest threes in science, a 3 in health, 3s in music, and 3s in PE. She got a 4 in the stage of writing.

Anthony got all 2s in language arts and reading, math (he can count up to six items with one count per item and can identify three items counting all at once), science, a 2 and the rest 3s in social studies, two 3s and the rest 2s in conduct, 3s in fine arts, a 2 and a 3 in technology, and 3s in PE. He is in stage 1 of writing.

Fritz’s First Semester Grades

Fritz’s virtual school does grades a little differently. He gets progress reports and then final grades for the whole semester rather than two quarters averaged. He finished his first semester of tenth grade just over a week ago and did absolutely amazing.

Chemistry B (83%)
English II A (90%)
Geometry A (90%)
PE A (98%)
Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance A (95%)
Spanish 2 A (90%)
World History A (95%)

GPA: 4.57

Mayci and Anthony’s Second Quarter Grades

Kindergarten and Pre-K do numbers for grades. 1 is lowest, 4 is highest, though generally they don’t give higher than a 3. A 4 would mean they’d pretty much mastered that subject for the next grade level. Both Mayci and Anthony did really well again this quarter.

Mayci got 3s in conduct, a 2 and the rest 3s in language arts and reading (she knows all her upper and lowercase letters and the sounds they make and is making great progress with reading, an even mix of 2s and 3s in math (she can rote count to 59), an even mix of 2s and 3s in science and social studies, 3s in health, a 2 and 3 in music, and 3s in PE. She got a 2 in the stage of writing (recognizable letter forms used and words represented by a correct beginning or ending letter).

Anthony got mostly 2s and a couple 3s in language arts and reading (he knows 5 uppercase letters and 5 lowercase letters), 2s in math (he can count five items in a group one count per item and can identify up to four items in a group naming the total all at once), 3s in science, a 2 and the rest 3s in social studies, an even mix of 2s and 3s in conduct, 3s in fine arts, 3s in technology, and 3s in PE. He can wrote count to 39 and he is in stage 1 of writing (spelling & writing consists of pictures, scribbles, and random symbols or mock letters).

Adrian and Zeke’s Second Quarter Grades

Adrian did very well again the second quarter of 8th grade. He loves school and works really hard. Crazy they’ve already had the 8th graders visit the high school and next week is an electives fair there. Doesn’t seem possible he’s nearly old enough for high school.

Spanish 1B C (79%)
Fundamentals of Computer Science A (94%)
PE B (85%)
Science A (97%)
American History A (90%)
Algebra I A (90%)
ELAR A (91%)

(He’s earning high school credit for Spanish, Computer Science, and Algebra.)

Zeke struggles a bit with school, but he works so hard. In addition to his letter grades, he got an E (excellent) in conduct, health, art, theater arts, music, and PE.

Language Arts B (87%)
Reading B (85%)
Math B (88%)
Social Studies A (99%)
Science A (98%)