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Clear Creek last won the day on June 14 2013

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  1. My daughter heard from the last two schools this week - she was waitlisted at Whitman (not a big deal, it wasn't high on her list) and she was accepted at St. Olaf and awarded the Dean's scholarship, which was a nice surprise. St. Olaf was at the top of her list, but she has recently narrowed down her desired major to one they don't have, so I am not sure it is at the top of her list any more. She is still waiting on the financial aid package from Texas State and one major scholarship (Terry Foundation) before she makes her decision. If she doesn't get the (highly competitive) Terry Foundation scholarship (which would mean a full-ride at either Texas State or University of Houston), she may end up at the local CC and transferring to a nearby branch of A&M and living at home during college. All of her financial aid packages so far have been short 9-13k, and unless I can get a full-time job ASAP, we won't have that (and I have been applying for jobs). Our EFC is way, way below those numbers. My daughter applied for every major scholarship she could find, and every small scholarship (which so far haven't stacked, of course, just reduced the institutional aid), but so far has struck out with the major scholarships. And as far as I can see, that is the only way to get room & board covered at college. My daughter's ACT score was only a little above average (mid 20's), so she doesn't qualify for the full-ride merit scholarships at any schools. And she is not willing to take out loans knowing she will have to pay them off on a teacher's salary. So despite her dreams of moving out and attending a college with a choir that tours internationally, she may end up staying at home in the middle-of-nowhere Texas to attend a school that doesn't even have a choir program, much less one that tours. Sigh.
  2. I'm a bit late to the conversation, but yes, my middle child is in her second year of French with Global Goose. I would definitely recommend it; both high school courses that my daughter has taken have been solid courses. There is plenty of homework each week - enough to keep the student busy until the next class. The assignments are all varied, and if the student has any trouble the teacher is willing to help out in any way. Pros - the instructor is willing to work with students who have learning disorders or executive function issues (accepts late work with no penalty, allows a student to scan and email work if typing it into the software to be automatically graded will result in typing errors, etc.), there is usually opportunity each week during the live class for students who are willing to practice speaking in French, the cost is quite a bit lower than other comparable online courses, the materials cost is low because the class uses textbooks that can be purchased for just a few dollars and worksheets provided by the instructor, and the courses are very thorough. Cons - the instructor sometimes posts homework assignments late so that the student has to rush to get it all done before the next class, she occasionally loses emails from students with their homework (my daughter learned not to delete her sent emails so she could resend any lost emails), and grading is not done regularly so the student might not know for weeks how they did on a test or project or if the teacher lost the homework email. Also, the instructor is supposed to send out a grade report to the parent at the end of each semester, but this is my daughter's fourth semester and I have never received one. I have emailed her about it (more than once), and she responded that she was waiting until my daughter has all of her work submitted. So after not receiving one for French 1, I just started keeping record of the semester grade myself. I know when my daughter thinks she has submitted all the assignments, and when it looks like everything is graded I just mark down that semester's grade in my own gradebook.
  3. Dismissing a curriculum as light or substandard simply because it is free or online or because you don't like the name is simply snobbery. I would encourage everyone to actually look at it and evaluate it before turning your nose up at it. The name Easy Peasy references the curriculum setup, not the amount of work required of the student. It is definitely not easy for the student. And since it is just a curriculum, not an online school, parental involvement is heavy. The tree worksheet referenced above is a nature study assignment given to both the 1st-4th graders and the 5th-8th graders as part of their biology class. Below the linked worksheet the 5th-8th graders have more to the day's lesson, which ends with the instructions to explain what they learned about dendrochronology - so there is quite a bit more to the lesson than observing tree bark. I wouldn't use their science because it is extremely YE, but it appears to be thorough outside of the areas it neglects because of that. The curriculum is quite a bit like Ambleside (heavy on writing, lots of older books, timelines, narrations almost daily in different subjects), but with heavy use of modern technology. For example, after listening to an old-time radio show and learning about how to make the different sound effects, the student (5-th-8th grader) writes and records (using the computer) their own short radio show, complete with sound effects. My 7th grader is using both the 4th and 5th grade computer courses this year because they cover setting up a blog, learning to use Scratch, and other things he never learned. Those really need covered before the 6th grade course, which involves learning to program in html. Anyone who used their high school courses would be well-prepared for college, and many students have successfully used it and gone on to college (I am in a FB group for users of the high school level). Many of the courses include CLEP-prep for students who want to CLEP the subject after completing the course. Math and English courses include daily prep for the SAT as well. There is a fair amount of writing required of the student. The British literature course, for example, includes writing a research paper and a longer literary analysis paper (along with shorter essays). Here is the reading list for the course: Years ago I swore I would never use MUS with any of my kids because I had no respect for a curriculum provider that wrote in text-speak. I eventually had to to eat my words and successfully remediated a struggling student with the lower levels of MUS. I learned from that not to discount a curriculum based on the name or what people who hadn't used it said about it.
  4. The videos were designed to go with the original book and solutions guide. If you go down to the bottom of the page that you linked, there is a free pdf teacher's guide download that has the schedule for the videos, the assigned problem sets from the book, and the tests (and answer keys). Masterbooks split up the problem sets so that you would have to spend more money to buy the whole package; that is the only difference.
  5. Two more acceptances this past month...University of Houston and Lawrence University (including a More light! scholarship and a small amount of merit aid). She is only waiting to hear from two more colleges.
  6. My oldest was accepted at Texas State University a couple of days ago. It is her top choice, but we are still waiting to hear from several other schools and see what each offers in the way of financial aid. She is still working on voice auditions, because singing in a choir is very important to her. Beyond having her major available, a high-quality audition-only choir was the top factor in selecting the schools she applied to.
  7. My daughter got her ACT score for the October test date today, and it was two points lower than her April test. I get that scores can drop, but she did some serious studying between the two test dates. Her composite scores for the last couple practice tests in the weeks leading up to the October test were seven points higher than she actually scored. Question: would you have your student's test hand-scored in this situation? I am considering it because not only is that a huge drop from what she was getting on practice tests, but the areas that she took the biggest dives in were her best areas! She went from mid-30's on practice tests to mid-20's in both reading and English. It is like I am looking at someone else's scores, honestly. She left the test center confident that she had done pretty well, so her score today was very unexpected. Is it worth the money to have the test hand-scored? Or would you just have your student test again in December? FWIW, my daughter is a senior and needs to raise her score one point to qualify for the honors college at her top choice school.
  8. The Common App will allow you to submit one optional report, which is the spot for a corrected transcript. They will ask for your reason for changing or correcting the transcript. I know this because I had to do this a couple of weeks ago. I had a mistake on the transcript and my daughter added another class a month into the school year.
  9. The school profile gets uploaded under the profile section - when you are looking at the four tabs it is the one farthest to the left that says profile. This is the information section for school stuff that would pertain to all students in a school. The counselor recommendation letter gets uploaded in the workspace for your specific student under counselor recommendation. Clear as mud?
  10. I would not worry about him not listing his senior year courses if they are on the transcript. You can also let him put the courses in and leave the grades blank. I would think either way would be okay since both lead to them having the course list. You will be uploading an updated transcript with mid-year grades in a couple months anyway. According to the common app FAQ's, once the student submits to that school, the entirety of what has been filled out and uploaded will be sent to the institution, so a missing LOR will not hold things up.
  11. I assumed since it was the high school board, she was referring to the high school book 😄 Thankfully we got that cleared up 😁
  12. My youngest just started using it this week. He didn't use CLE math at the lower levels, but he has used CLE for other subjects. The biggest benefit is definitely the ability to go back to the lesson where a forgotten concept was introduced earlier in the book. Another benefit is that the textbook can be reused by a sibling or resold. My son said the instructions in the book are really clear, and I like that the answer key has each problem fully solved.
  13. I think Wordsmith Craftsman would work fine for what you need. It covers a variety of types of essay writing as well as writing skills needed for adulthood (business letters and reports, taking notes, letters of support or apology). I am using it with my senior to polish her essay-writing skills and to cover writing that she has not done before (the business writing section and the critical essay). I do not find it remedial at all; it is definitely high school level. We are doing it in a semester, though; next semester she will be working on research papers and literary essays. Jensen's Format Writing is much less wordy than Wordsmith Craftsman. If you need a straight, just-the-facts presentation, that is what I would recommend. I should add that my experience using it is with the original version, not the new edition from Masterbooks - my version has cleaner and less cluttered pages and no tests.
  14. In my local high school the 9th graders who are not going to progress far in science take integrated chemistry and physics (basically physical science), then they take biology in 10th grade. The more advanced students skip ICP and go straight to biology, chemistry, and physics.
  15. Thank you all! I went ahead and scanned my signature and put the image in the signature space on the transcript. Now to lie awake at night for the next six months and wonder if I ruined my kid's college chances by messing up in some way on the counselor recommendation or something. Lol.
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