Alex had a fun science project this week. The last chapter he read was on polymers, so his lab experiment was on combining polymers; in this case, we combined glue and liquid laundry starch.
The first combination was with regular white glue. This created a substance what, according to Alex, was: "weird, squishy, cool and sticky." When the substance was kneaded together, it stayed pretty rubbery.
The second combination was with blue gel glue. Alex described this combination as: "epic, more sticky, and more cool." The gel in the glue certainly made a difference. Once the substance was kneaded together, it was a bit harder than the white glue.
Moving on to Brianna's high school experience....
The only class that she has really struggled with this semester was AP European History. It was too much for her. I get it. However, the teacher would not sign the paperwork for her to drop it and told her that if she would apply herself to the course, she could do well. She was stressing over having to take it again next semester.
Today is the last day of finals and the teacher still had not signed the drop slip. The response of the teacher made me mad, especially since Brianna and I had discussed her dropping the class and I signed the drop form.
I decided yesterday that I would make a visit to the school counselor's office. While I was showering this morning I had a conversation in my head about what I was going to say to the school counselor. It went kind of like this, "I think, that by high school, students should have a voice in their education choices. In this case, my student has made it very clear that this class is too much for her, yet no one seems to be listening to her."
Of course, the conversation went nothing like that. I showed up right before the next final was supposed to start. The counseling office was full of kids trying to fix their schedules for next semester. I waited out in the hall because I had time. Brianna saw me and brought her drop form signed by the teacher! Apparently Brianna had told her how she needed to make up credits for coming in her sophomore year without any. The teacher said she understood, and that starting the first year of high school with an AP class is a bit rough, so she signed the drop form. And, she gave her a C for the class!
Brianna got it done! You go girl!
After all the kids went to their next final, I had a chance to meet with the counselor. We got her schedule set for next semester. Unfortunately, it includes Health, which was a class that I'm attempting to get her credit for prior learning.
Which was another thing that's been bothering me. I have to get together a bunch of paperwork for Algebra 1, Biology and Health. The paperwork has to reflect how what we did meets the learning targets for the high school. However, I haven't received any information about those learning targets.
So, the counselor went to talk to the Vice Principal about that, and she came in and was very nice and apologetic about not getting back to me. So much for being mad and frustrated. She's going to work on getting me the information. She ended our conversation by telling me that no one has ever gone through this process before, so I'll be a guinea pig.
Great. That's just what I want to be. Deep breaths.