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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. I assumed since it was the high school board, she was referring to the high school book 😄 Thankfully we got that cleared up 😁
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I compared the topics to the ones covered in my copy of Foerster Algebra 1 and the topics are almost identical. I would say that it definitely covers all the topics of a rigorous algebra 1 program. It definitely covers quite a bit more than Jacobs Elementary Algebra, which is not advanced, but not behind.
  11. I just did it this weekend. I found this blog post very helpful; it walks you through step-by-step.
  12. I have my daughter's transcript completed and ready to upload to the common app. I assume I am supposed to print out a copy and sign it first? Then scan it in? And upload a jpeg? Or do they just want the PDF file and they don't care about the signature? Or am I supposed to convert it to a different format after scanning in a signed copy? Or.... There is not enough coffee in the world for this on a Saturday morning.
  13. Lantern English has a research paper writing class. 8 weeks online, only $60. My oldest hasn't taken that specific course, but she has taken a couple other writing courses with them.
  14. I don't know of a list, but Columbia College of Missouri (where I got my B.A.) offers dual enrollment courses for $75/credit hour, both online and in person.
  15. In the state of Texas it is every public school. From the Commissioner of Education's letter:
  16. The unit I am doing is a literature unit, not a history unit, so I am sure that makes a difference. You could try to align the MP literature with the lectures in OWC, but I am not sure how that would work...for example, MP schedules the Divine Comedy over one year, but OWC does it in one quarter. If you did the MP workbook for it, that would mean doing what MP considers one English credit's worth of work in nine weeks - plus the time it takes to watch the 12 lectures in that unit. MP and OWC are both very solid options, though very different. I would just pick one and go with it. Or just add some of the OWC videos to your study - not the entire year's worth.
  17. I got my BA at Columbia College. All of my classes were online, but the degree is identical to one of an on-campus student since it is just a traditional college that offers degree programs online.
  18. My oldest is doing one unit of OWC this year (the Philosophers) and I don't think what you are suggesting would work very well. The lectures are an in-depth discussion of the assigned reading. The student would have to do the reading assigned for OWC in order to get enough from the lectures to make it worthwhile.
  19. Next year my middle child (10th grade) will be doing earth science using the AGS textbook and lab book. I have no idea what my oldest (12th grade) will do for science. So far she has taken environmental science and biology, and is currently taking chemistry. I know physics is what is typically taken next, but she has zero desire to study physics. She loved her biology class at FundaFunda Academy, so she may end up taking the biology 2 class there if we can't come up with another science option.
  20. If you prefer to drink bottled water, you can preorder cases of bottled water to be waiting in your room when you board. That would probably be easier than filling your refillable bottle with a cup every time. They do have stations with water (and lemonade and coffee) set up all throughout the buffet area, so it isn't hard to get a glass of water every time you want one. I use a lanyard to carry my Sail & Sign card, but I don't wear it around my neck - I loop it around a belt loop and stick it in my pocket. You will have a safe in your room where you can keep your wallets, passports, etc. (just remember to bring a gift card or something with a magnetic strip to use to get into it). I only carry my Sail & Sign card, camera, and the gift card for the safe around with me on the ship. I bring a crossbody purse to use at the different ports to carry money, my Sail & Sign card (that is the only thing that will get you back on the ship), my driver's license (for ID), a camera, and a photocopy of my passport. Wal-mart sells sunglasses that go over your prescription glasses if you think clip-ons won't work with your frames. They also have a variety of clip-ons that work with different sizes of plastic frames, if that is the problem. You definitely want to practice muster drills with your son at home, and not just to desensitize him to the sound of the alarm - you want him to understand that the sound means to head to the correct muster station. I would create a muster station on a deck or porch and practice going there (every person that is in the house) when the alarm sounds. Put up signs inside the house for different muster stations, pull up a recording of the alarm on Youtube, and practice going to the correct one (it is listed on your boarding pass, so you should have it already). You can even put a strip of tape on the deck or porch that is your muster station and practice standing on the line shoulder-to-shoulder when the alarm sounds. I would practice muster drills daily until you leave. Just as an FYI, I am pretty sure kids are given a wristband with their muster station listed on it when they check in that has to stay on their wrist for the duration of the cruise. It is a good thing since it will help a crew member get him to the correct muster station in the case of an emergency, but it might be an annoyance on his wrist.
  21. I either pass things along directly to someone that can use them or I donate to Goodwill. I used to work at Goodwill and I have seen firsthand the help it provides. The goal of Goodwill is not to provide inexpensive items for people with lower incomes to purchase (I used to get chewed out at least once a week by people with that misconception) but to fund training centers to provide education and job skills training for people with disabilities, people with a criminal background, and people with other barriers to employment. I always recommend people visit a local Goodwill job training center and see what the real mission of Goodwill is. It makes me sick to my stomach to hear the argument that a person won't donate to Goodwill because they don't want to fund the CEO's jet or high salary or whatever. Refusing to donate only hurts the job training program in your local area, it doesn't hurt the CEO. Someone local - a veteran, someone with a disability, a displaced homemaker, someone with a criminal record - is the one who is directly affected. They will lose out on the job skills training, the boost in self-confidence that comes with being employable, and the income from the job they could have had. According to the Goodwill website, of the $5.87 billion in revenue in 2017, 87% ($5.1 billion) went towards programs (job skills training, education, etc.). The CEO earned approximately $700,000...slightly more than 1/10,000th of the total revenue.
  22. It sounds like twisted bowels. Doctors don't check for it very often because it can be difficult to least, that is what my friend was told by the medical examiner after she lost a loved one to it. Unless the patient is examined at precisely the right time, they will just have the pain without any observable twisting.
  23. I did it for seven years. All she needs to know is that it is a very sedentary job, and it is very boring. People very rarely search online for really exciting things, it is all sports scores and the latest news on the Kardashians and how to solve math problems and where to get a flat tire fixed. I often had to grit my teeth and force myself to log in and work. I finally quit when my kids were old enough I could leave the house for a few hours each week to earn money. Cleaning houses pays better and allows me to be moving around and not sitting still.
  24. The best book on parenting teens that I have read is Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour. The author not only has extensive experience counseling teen girls, but she genuinely *likes* teen girls (as opposed to tolerating them as so many adults are prone to doing, lol). She enjoys walking them and their parents through the teen years and into adulthood, and that comes through in her book. She is very reassuring about what is normal behavior in teen girls and how to deal with it as a parent, and she also points out unhealthy behavior that needs the help of a professional. I had a number of light bulb moments while reading the book, but one of the biggest was when she pointed out a tactic that many teen girls employ - telling a parent all about a huge problem that is totally freaking them out; and once the parent begins stressing over the problem the teen goes on their merry way, no longer freaking out because the parent is now doing all the stressing and worrying and problem-solving for them. One of my teen girls totally does that!! The author gave strategies for the parent to use to let the teen know that the problem still belongs to the teen, but the parent is willing to be a sounding board for ideas the girl has to solve the problem. That leaves the parent able to sleep at night instead of staying awake stressing about a problem that isn't theirs, and the teen learns the adult skill of owning a problem and learning how to work to solve it instead of passing the worry and stress off to someone else.
  25. BYL 8 is meant to be a FULL history program, a FULL science program, and a FULL literature program. The year my oldest did it we only added math, Latin, Bible, a semester of digital design, and a gentle online writing class. And it was a very, very full year. There is no way we could have done BYL 8 with any more English (it contains plenty of vocab and writing assignments), science, or history courses in addition to it.
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