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  1. My non-mathy daughter took Hon. Physics 1 with Jester as a sophomore. She loved it. I was really surprised! My son is taking the same thing this year as a freshman, concurrently with geometry. It has really worked out well for both of them. My daughter's sequence ended up being biology (Landry), physics 1, hon. chemistry, and now AP biology. She really enjoyed physics 1 and chemistry.
  2. My daughter also ended up with Colvin for Rhetoric 1 and we have been pleasantly surprised (though M. Vierra will always be one of her favorites, which is funny because she hated him for the first 4 weeks). Looks like my son will have Colvin for Logic 2 because Vierra's Logic 2 sections conflict. I am good with that. I'm amazed that there are 3 or 4 sections of Logic 2 and only one Latin Readings. Aaarrrgh. I mean I know why, but it's frustrating.
  3. We love Vierra. My daughter had him for GC 4. He challenged her in a good way. My son hopes to take him for GC 4 next year. I wish he could do Logic 2 with him, but there are class conflicts. I would say Mr. Vierra is deinitely in the top echelon of Wilson Hill teachers.
  4. She is one of my daughter's all-time favorite teachers. My daughter is NOT a math/science student, but Dr. Bailey is a great teacher, and she did very well in the Hon. Chem class last year. My son will be taking her next year.
  5. Has anyone had a child in a Wilson Hill course with her? What do you think?
  6. We got my senior's first SAT scores this morning - what a relief. So it turns out that, yes, she should have concentrated on the SAT rather than the ACT all this time. Her scores were not astronomical, but good enough to feel safe for the colleges she's most interested in. I am planning to have her retake in December, with less stress, to see if we can eek out a few more points for scholarship purposes. I was thinking of having my junior go ahead and take it too. She's fresh off prepping for the PSAT, and I can kill two birds with one stone. Is there a disadvantage to doing this? Would it be better for her to wait until the spring? She will be studying for the Latin AP at that point, but I guess we could wait until the June date. She's a somewhat better test taker than her older sister.
  7. Another thought- Do you already use this? We use the LD version and it was helpful last year. DD also went to one of their camps this summer. They also have online tutoring available sometimes. http://www.dfwspeechdebate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&Itemid=73
  8. I wonder if Derek Owens has any plans to do an actual AP Physics class eventually? :bigear:
  9. Last year was our first year. Several judges expressed surprise that my daughter had written her own cases as a newbie. I didn't even have a clue that she was allowed to use a pre-written case, because our club teaches them to write their own from the beginning. We were babes in the woods. They will get better with practice, I promise. My dd can crank a case out like it is nothing now, after being thrown in the deep end of the pool last year. A lot of clubs keep everyone running the same pre-written cases until the training wheels come off. Maybe this varies regionally. I wish I could be more help!
  10. We do LD rather than team policy, but have you looked at the Source Book online at the NCFCA site for pre-written cases?
  11. So, taking Physics AP B would be redundant? Perhaps we should lean toward CC, then.
  12. If he took AP Physics as a senior, how should the DO Physics be listed on his transcript, I wonder? It seems a bit heavier than Conceptual Physics, but I am not sure about this. Our CC and state system has a course numbering system that makes course transfer between CC and unis easy. I have heard that the engineering schools really want you to retake calculus and physics even if you've gotten 5s on your APs, but they can't force you to, only recommend it. However, I hear that many engineering students do take the calc and physics at the CC successfully. It seems like doing calc and physics at CC senior year is a high risk, but high reward proposition compared to AP exams. :confused:
  13. My second daughter is very introverted. She can make friends, carry on a conversation, and does enjoy participating in extracurricular stuff. However, she seems perfectly satisfied to only interact with outside people when she must. She doesn't really have any "special" close friends. She's friendly with everyone, but during normal hours seems perfectly satisfied with her own society and a bit of her family's. :) This worries my husband a bit. He figures she MUST be lonely. Of course, he's a raging extrovert. I understand her a bit better, because I incline that way myself, especially as I've gotten older. I agree with the other posters about getting him involved somewhere, whether it is a job or something extracurricular. Even if he isn't "passionate" about it. Just pick something, and tell him if he won't pick for himself, then you will do it. That might force his hand. Or not. Either way. I don't deny my introvert her room time, because I know she needs it, just like I do. I just make sure she is getting out a few times a week.
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