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  1. My Experience is similar and I have parents and grandparents with college degrees. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that People chose not to go to college. I thought it was just the track you were placed in. After middle school kids who weren't serious academically always went to one of the vocational high schools. Every person who works in a trade that I know graduated from a vocational high school program of some sort. Those that remained in the public high school or went off to an expensive prep school went to college. I've never met someone who went to any sort of a trade school school after high school. I expect my kids to go to college because I know that they need a degree to get a job that will adequately support them. I would have been fine with them going the trade route but they are in public high school now, not vocational high school, so they are past that decision in my eyes.
  2. Oh, and I am not a librarian. For 26 years I've worked for a company that works with libraries across the country. At the time I opened the account I also volunteered in my dc's school library on a weekly basis.
  3. Every time I see your name I think "right here," because I have a Cairn Terrier that looks just like the Toto in the movie.
  4. We don't have student led conferences here and from the description it doesn't sound like they would go over well with parents in my community. That being said, do you have other access to the work they do, either through Power School or Google classroom or another on-line platform? While some parents I know are fine with hearing that everything is great and there are no issues, others are in constant contact with the school and teachers. If you considered this "conference" a non-conference then look at it as an extra meeting. Can't you e-mail and/or call to schedule another appointment to talk about your child. I know some parents that constantly e-mail teachers with questions or ask for calls. Some just pop in after class. In my experience teachers have always been great about responding. Teachers here are mandated to send an e-mail home to parents every quarter outlining how their students are doing and providing a general overview, from kindergarten through 12th grade. If they will not come to you, you will have to go to them.
  5. This is how it is here, at least in my state. The only difference is that the kids go to a separate trade school to concentrate on their trade rather than the regular public high school. There are so many vocational opportunities but students graduating from these high schools still often have the opportunity to go to college upon graduation if that is what they desire. I graduated in 87 from a small suburban high school and took Calculus. It was a full sized class (maybe 25). We had a variety of classes at every level and in my dc's small suburban high school I see even more choices and levels including remedial classes (which are double block period of math, not actually called remedial), CP classes, honors classes and APs.. Sometimes you do see students doubling up on math to reach Calculus if they never took Algebra in 8th and feel ready to do so. The thing that always feels very different to me when reading threads like this is that as a student you could take, and can take, any class you like unless you are missing a pre-requisite. Schools just suggest levels and placements they do not mandate them.
  6. I always enjoy it with a classic wedge salad. If the soup serving size is a bowl, there isn't much more you need, especially with chocolate lava cakes for dessert.
  7. In many states I believe this would be statutory rape. Although the age of consent in many places is 16, for those under 18 their partner cannot be more than 4 years older. I'm not sure of the laws in your state.
  8. Are you certain that the teacher wasn't just making some sort of unfortunate joke about her being under 18?
  9. I'm making stuffed shrimp tonight. It's my son's favorite and he recently broke his arm, so I'm indulging him a little. It's labor intensive and I would normally make it on a weekend. Not sure about the rest of the week yet.
  10. This is done differently here too. When the girls sell individually they take orders. The troop is then sent exactly the amount of boxes too fill the orders. If the troop decides they want to do a cookie booth they can order cases to sell from a "cookie cupboard." After the booth sale the unsold boxes are returned to the cookie cupboard.
  11. Wow - We received 25c per box no matter how many we sold or how many girls participated. 35c with no incentives.
  12. Agreed - We were happy when the girls realized that too and voted not to receive them in favor of the extra money.
  13. That's not how it is supposed to work. The troop gets a specific amount per box sold. Period. That amount can increase if the girls vote not to be awarded incentives but unless things have changed drastically it shouldn't matter how many girls participate.
  14. I was the cookie mom for my daughters troop for a number of years. We had 18 girls in the troop (give or take each year) and were active from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our troop was part of a service unit that included 30 or so other troops from our town. I mention this because it sounds like our GS cookie experience is very different from yours. First off most Daisy troops decide for themselves if they even want to sell cookies. Ours didn't - We just felt they were too little. Once they started selling some girls decided they didn't want to participate. Very few girls sell direct or pre-sales. Of the ones that have - 600 boxes would have been an enormous amount of cookies. Most troops don't even sell that much. Cookies that girls sell in the pre-sale are credited to those girls and those girls alone. We would also then do one or two cookie booths. Some girls only participated in the cookie booth sales. We would divide up all sales made from cookie booths and divide those boxes among the girls that participated. When they were younger they voted to be awarded the incentives (which included bandannas, water bottles, etc - whatever GS offered that year). Only girls that reached the corresponding amounts were awarded the incentives. As they grew older they decided they would forgo the incentives in favor of earning more money per box for the troop. Every girl that participated in selling was awarded a patch (not the badge unless they earned that). I will say again - we would never take boxes from one girl to give to another, especially if it affected the credits they were earning for summer camp. I'm not sure about the cookie ceremonies or incentive trip you mentioned because we didn't really have those things.
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