Open House

Today was open house at the teen’s new school. This will be his school for his last two years of high school. It will be Baby H’s high school unless we move or get re-zoned.

Anywho, I left work early and met the guys over there. That school is pretty big. They gave us a map and we went around to all his first semester classes. His first semester involves alternating between gym and JROTC for his first class, then Algebra II, Contemporary Law and Justice, and last but not least, Chemistry.

At first I could tell he was being a little timid. As we walked around and met the teachers, he seemed to perk up. His algebra teacher looks like he could be one of the students! I’m sure he gets tired of hearing that.

The JROTC teacher is an older black male. I really liked what he had to say. The kids will have a uniform that they will have to wear once a week. It must be worn all day, from school bus pick up to school bus drop off. Changing during the day results in a call to the parents and an F. D’oh! The uniform is (surprisingly) free; we just had to pay for his t-shirt that he will have to use on designated ROTC PT days. We need to get him some black shorts. They also go out into the community and do community service work. JROTC keeps a record of this, so the cadets can refer to it when filling out college apps. Love it! He told us they are not there to push kids into military. They are there to teach them discipline and knowledge, and to learn how to do their best in school. I’m excited about his upcoming experiences with that.

His law teacher is a coach and used to be the athletic director. We had a nice little discussion about Syracuse joining the ACC. I Love his syllabus. Under extra credit it basically says “don’t ask – do what you’re supposed to do and you won’t need it.” LOL! I love it.

As we were walking to his chemistry class, I was telling CH that chemistry is one where he needs to be paying attention from the beginning, because it just continues to build upon what you learn. We get to the class and the teacher basically tells him the same exact thing. His class will have homework every night. I support it. #winning

I am excited for him for his junior year. It’s a good foundation for him. His second semester classes are just as interesting. I hope he takes advantage of all that’s being offered to him. If he can bring up the grades from last year, I’m going to have to come up with a nice surprise for him.

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4 thoughts on “Open House

  1. My nephew is a junior this year too. He’s been in JROTC since his freshman year and its been good for him. I love to see him in his uniform!!!

    He also has chemistry and I told him the same thing.

  2. I’m SO curious about his Contemporary Law class! My high school didn’t have JROTC. I’ve always been curious about what exactly you do there. Did he pick that? Or HH? I know there’s military background in your family.

    Although my dad, stepdad, and husband all served in the military (not counting ALL the uncles that did), I think it’s kind of early to see what Buddha says about it. SS has his heart set on the NFL. (a whole ‘notha post) but yeah….keep us posted on CH’s experience.

    • I think it was a mutual decision. I think. LOL! I will definitely keep you posted. Seems like they focus on being disciplined, following rules, and focusing on school work. All of those are a win. šŸ™‚

      The course description for Law says “students will focus on legal principles, and the laws and procedures derived from them. They examine relevant examples of civil and criminal laws, law enforcement methods, court procedures, and corrective justice.” It also says they’re going to be doing argumentative essays during the semester. I can’t wait to see these assignments. I’ll keep you posted on this one, too. šŸ™‚

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