Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay

Apparently the next 48 hours are going to bring some interesting weather. We've been told to expect 6-12" of rain. School is cancelled for tomorrow: "All information available at this time indicates the possibility of heavy rainfall and wind gusts for our area, which can provide great difficulty in transporting our students safely. Safety is our district's number one priority; this decision is made in the best interest of our students and employees." Even that year we had the marathon of hurricanes, our schools didn't close.

Personally, I'm not expecting any problems, I'm just letting you know the potential for loss of electricity. If you try to reach me and I'm unavailable, then I'm probably outside, playing in the puddles!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It's my baby and I'll cry if I want to

As mind-boggling as this sounds, today is Alex's 14th birthday. wow. How is this possible? When did he become 5'10", 170 lbs? *sigh* At least the years have been fun. Here's to the next 14!

Monday, August 18, 2008

PE? really?

Yes, indeed, we've now started high school. Hard to believe, but true nonetheless... 9th grade has arrived. It should be a fun ride!

Because he's in the Academy of Information Technology magnet program of his school, there will be a lot of the IT stuff incorporated into his non-IT classes. It also means that his first year only allows for one elective. He was able to select between some different types of math and science classes, but they still had to be math and science. Only one class period was a "what do YOU want to do?" allowance. He requested Guitar for his elective class this year, with the PE class as a second choice. (He's required to have 1 year of PE in order to graduate. I seem to recall having it every single year, so what's up with that?) Unfortunately, upon arriving at school this morning, he discovered he did not get the guitar class after all. His friend, whose last name starts with Gem, did get the class. Gos is soooo close... but not enough. Ok, so get PE over with and not have to worry about it again, right? Would you believe it is his very first class of the day? PE is bad enough anyway, but at 7:45 in the morning? You've got to be kidding me.

It being the first day of school, with all the kids running around and trying to figure out where they are going and what they are doing, we understandably did not get much info about what to expect from this class. I'm wondering if he can just go to school in his gym clothes and take regular school clothes for after that. But I'm still left wondering: do I bother having him take a shower in the morning?

The rest of the schedule looks like this:
1st: PE
2nd: Algebra II honors (did Alg I in 8th grade for high school credit)
3rd: English I honors
4th: Networking & Geographic Information Systems
5th: Biology I honors
6th: Intro to Information Technology
7th: World History honors