I'm coming out of blogging hiatus to compose this entry that will more than likely piss off many of my 6 readers. But I'm also at a point in my life where I don't really care, I have some feeling jumbled up in my head and I want to get them out so I can move on... It's how I cope, it's what I do! So read on or don't, I could care less ;)
So before I go into the meat of my post, I need to do a little bit of bragging on my boy. I often times brag about the success he and his team have on the soccer field. But I rarely find the words to rave about his academic successes. Last year as a 4th grader he received a perfect score on his OAA math test. PERFECT!! Who really gets a perfect score on any standardized tests anyways?? We were amazed and astonished. He was placed on a team at Creekview with the gifted LA teachers and was often chosen as a peer tutor or mentor to his classmates. It was no surprise really when he got straight A's in fifth grade. What floored us were the number of A+'s he got, at least 2-3 per quarter. At the end of the year he was chosen to be one of 20 kids to take a lengthy test to be considered for advanced math in 6th grade. That is 20 kids out of 430 kids in his grade. I don't know how he did on this test but we have ordered his advanced math book off Amazon and he will be taking high school credit classes by the time he is in middle school. This is also the kid that rarely ever took home work from Creekview. His time management skills are beyond me and he was able to accomplish everything during the school day.
Okay, so here is my dirt.... There was a lovely awards ceremony at the school during the last week before summer. His team and their parents were in the gym and the principal did most of the presenting. First there were awards for those who participated in Student Council and Leadership team. Then they went in to the "math awards", "social studies awards", and even "music awards". What got me was there was no explanation to why these kids were getting these particular awards. For all I knew these were the kids who sucked up to these particular teachers, or they just plain really liked art or whatever. So thinking back on my boy's math success, I was floored to hear his name announced with the "writing awards". Um, really?? How exactly did you determine that my kid who got straight A+s in math, is one of 20 to take advanced math next year, should need an award in writing?? After he took his seat from claiming his award I caught his eye and we both shrugged our shoulders.
They gave out awards to the Presidential Fitness achievers, only 4-5 for his team. This might have been one of the only legitimate awards with actual qualifications. Cole did not achieve this level this year, but I'm sure he is more that motivated to work at it next year.
So after these awards, others were given out for citizenship, good effort, most improved, and -get this- being a ray of sunshine!! It was very clear to me that they were making sure that each and every person on this team was going to receive an award. I'm really okay with this. I understand that kids that don't normally get recognition should get some every once in a while. I know that in order to get Avery to put her laundry away, I have to recognize when she actually does it. I have to praise Emerson's attempt at reading, even though she is by no means proficient at it. So I get that those students that aren't the best at something should still get some recognition to keep them going, I get that!! (I'm not even going to go into the biggest trouble maker EVER at Cole's elementary school that got the sunshine award, that might be a whole nother entry)
Next up, Honor Roll. I thought to myself, okay... now Cole will get the recognition he deserves. Surely there aren't too many kids that got straight A's all year, nor the number of A+'s... Apparently Honor Roll does not mean the same thing as it used to. At least 80% off the class had their name read for Honor Roll and they all lined up in front of the stage. Maybe it was just being on the honor roll at some part of the year. Or maybe honor roll now includes C's... Or maybe (gasp) my child isn't that special?? No that certainly can't be it!! They never went into awards for straight A all year or any other academic distinction...
Needless to say the awards ceremony completely crushed Cole. Here is the kid that has been working his tail off this year in school and sports and I think he just needed a little pat on the back. Maybe it is because I haven't been his advocate and publishing his successes on Facebook that no one was noticing. When I met up with him after, he had tears in his eyes and he rushed off to the restroom.
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