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  1. Just checking in here for some nostalgia and saw this wonderful post! Thank you for the kind words. This school year, 2020 - 21, is my last year teaching AP Statistics and I will be retiring. I picked my replacement and with great confidence am highly recommending Jen Driscoll. She posts on WTM all the time too, NittanyJen, so you might have seen some of her posts here too. https://www.aphomeschoolers.com/cgi-bin/choose.pl?class=stats
  2. I have a friend whose daughter works for a DC firm evaluating the FAFSA form. If you have completed FAFSA please take the time to take her survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FixFAFSA
  3. Registration is open now for the PA HS'er classes. Thank you all for your kind words about my class. It's been very rewarding to read this thread. Carole
  4. I lined the bottom of the brownie pan with Al foil. I let the brownies cool completely in the pan. Next morning I ran a knife around the outside edge of the brownies, inverted the pan and was pleasantly surprised at how they came out in one piece.
  5. I left my brownies whole---thanks Margaret!
  6. Have you sent any care packages? Please share if you have --- I'm heading to USPS with 2 care packages, one is headed to Utah and the other to Ohio. The Utah package has: Buckeyes (chocolate covered sweet peanut butter center candy --- yes, I make them) Amish Cinnamon Bread Chocolate fudge pillow case --- I made it using fabric with a raspberry design. REI check and membership card His package weighs just over 9#. The Ohio son has already received 2 packages. The first was a 15# box of buckeyes. The second contained air rifle shot and a t-shirt. This box has more variety in it: buckeyes (this is just a small bag of buckeyes cause I need these things out-of-my-home!) Amish Cinnamon bread brownies pretzel M&Ms peanut M&Ms Sour Patch Kids candy Peppermint Patties box of Ferrero Rocher candy microwave popcorn Misc clips that he left home Ramen Noodles silverware His package weighs just under 10#.
  7. My oldest DS is off in grad school and I was shocked this past Friday when he called to let me know where he was going backpacking for the weekend. Since moving into his apartment in Salt Lake City a month ago he has called at least a-half-dozen times and texted a lot. This is a kid who went months upon months his freshman and sophomore year without texting or calling. My youngest DS, for medical reasons, is required to text me every morning, single word is fine. On his own he has sent photos and answered a phone call once but started the conversation with a ---- I only have a minute to talk. LOL! No, a minute was not enough time. He moved into his dorm 2 weeks ago so yesterday I called him. During the call we chatted about phone calls. He claims that he didn't know he was supposed to call and let us know how things are going, or that we wanted to know what he was doing. :lol: I expect that in another 2 weeks I'll be the one calling again.
  8. Send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you my school profile, counselor letter too.
  9. Me too but at least the site gives you links to the school policy so that you can make a decision about the school's policy, or lack of one.
  10. Yep. OSU is doing nothing. No alcohol counseling. No sanction against the kid. Nothing. OSU does not have anything in their policy about what happens to the offender when they break the rules---and this kid broke about a dozen rules in their policy. DS reported that last night while he was out on the floor socializing with the other kids the roommate was in the room playing video games. He's having fun and hoping that the kid just keeps playing video games. I've suggested to DS that he tell his roommate that if he goes out and gets drunk again to crash where he is drinking and to not come back to the room. That DS should call 911 next time and hit 'MOM' on the cell phone telling her that her son is being taken to the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning.
  11. DS moved into his dorm on Thursday at OSU and participated in the *Move-In Crew* on Saturday. That's when his roommate moved in and they only briefly met. Saturday night / Sunday morning when DS returned to his room at 1:10 am he found his roommate passed out on the floor, room trashed and vomit everywhere. RA was called, DS slept at a rifle team members apartment and returned to the dorm t meet with the RA, Floor Leader and roommate mid-afternoon Sunday. Roommate apologized, said it would never happen again and he cleaned the room with 409. I'm not at all pleased with the action taken --- roommate is not receiving counseling or a sanction or anything other than a slap on the wrist. No, OSU will not move the kid. No, my DS cannot move because the transfer list is very long and he doesn't want to move from this dorm since this is where his rifle teammates live and since he arrived early and worked the move-in crew he has already made a boat-load of friends (his words). In this process of looking for OSU's policy I came across a site that might be helpful to other parents looking at colleges. A grading of schools alcohol and drug policy: http://ssdp.org/school-policies/ They gave OSU a C. The other schools DS considered are not even listed.
  12. Books have been known to have incorrect answers. Given the equations you wrote I disagree with the book. Let's look at (3,6) for the first equation: y = x + 7 6 = 3 + 7 NO, that is not correct. 3, 6 is not a solution to the first equation! y = -1/2x + 1 6 = -1/2(3) + 1 6 = - 3/2 + 1 NO, that is not correct. 3.6 is not a solution to this equation either! Now that (-5, 1) we'll use it in the #2 set: X + 2y = 10 -5 + 2(1) = 10 - 3 = 10 NO, not a solution to this equation This solution manual has 2 errors!
  13. Subtract the equations y = x + 7 -(y = -1/2x + 1) 0 = 3/2X + 6 subtract 6 from each side - 6 = 3/2X multiple each side by 2/3 2/3(-6) = 2/3(3/2X) -4 = X substituted -4 back into either equation to solve for y y = (-4) + 7 = 3 Intersection of these two lines is (-4, 3) Next one do the same way but it we need to *adjust* one of the equations and then subtract: 2(x + 2y = 10) -----> 2x + 4y = 20 2x - 3y = 6 ----> -(2x - 3y = 6) 0 + 7y = 14 y = 2 Substitute 2 back into either equation to solve for x x + 2(2) = 10 x = 6 Intersection of these two lines is at (6,2)
  14. For the past 4 years my oldest lived at college just 20 minutes up the road from us. Kids from our neighborhood commute to UD, it is that close. Often while grocery shopping I would text him and ask if he wanted me to pick up anything for him. Sometimes I would just purchase his favorite items (Oreo or Fig Newton Cookies) and have them ready for him to take back to school or drop them off if he had invited me to visit. While in the dorm, several times a term, I baked cookies or cakes or pies, and delivered them to him. He shared them with the other kids in the dorm too. Once he moved out of the dorms it seemed like he was coming home every weekend but before taking him back I always invited him to *raid* the freezer for meats and other goodies. And oh my, how he did raid the freezer for meat. I remembered how my college apartment mates would return from their home with a box full of meat and other food items. It meant they didn't have to spend time grocery shopping or money. And if DS came home with dirty laundry I took care of it. Imagine that! My boys started doing all heir own laundry around 13 yo so he was in the habit of doing it but I took over that chore during his college years. Last month when I did that last load of laundry for him I did shed a lot of tears. How silly, but not really. A few times I ordered items on Amazon and had the packages delivered to him, such as geeky shirts or a hoody. Sometimes I handed him a Starbucks card. I never filled his mailbox with cards but I also never saw him really enjoy a card he received in the mail.
  15. I totally agree! This has given me something to look forward to and while I was thinking of just sending care packages to my youngest your notes got me thinking about how I need to send them off to the oldest one too. He'll be in grad school, in his own apartment but still would appreciate getting packages too. I love to bake and now I'll just be able to send it out of the house! And yes, let's record the packages we send here. Carole
  16. Pam at NCAA Homeschool said that they really look at the Core Course Worksheet through the 11th grade, and DS is really a Final Qualifier and Early Academic Qualifier. Since they have received his Final Transcript I do not need to send them anything." :hurray: FYI --- NCAA did stress me this past year, completing Core Course Worksheets, waiting and waiting and waiting for them to be reviewed. The vast majority of the times I called NCAA (make sure it is the homeschool line) were positive experiences.
  17. Here's my experience this past spring, my son's senior year. I submitted his Core Course Worksheets in the spring of his Junior year. His ACT score is excellent and earned him generous merit scholarships at all the school recruiting him. March of senior year we had 2 of his CCW rejected from NCAA. I listened to their complaints about the CCW (I hadn't listed in detail what DS had done each week and a few other minor items). No, problem, I corrected these worksheets and resubmitted them. A couple days later we received notice from NCAA that DS was a Final Qualifier and all his academic requirements were met. I went into his record and spotted that while they had approved him they only had 3 rather than 4 English courses listed as Core Courses. I called and was told, 'We aren't worried about him, what with his ACT score and his CC classes, he's just fine.' On the one hand they were quite picky about his CCW but they weren't picky on checking off that DS has 4 English courses as required for a Division 1 school. Oh geez, and I just checked and now it is listing "Core English is less than the required 4 units for Div 1." Time to make a phone call!
  18. I received an email from my soon-to-be-college-freshman's school about care packages. Of course for $$$$$$$ I can have them send care packages but I would rather do this myself. I remember watching with envy the care packages roommates received in college but I really don't remember what were in the boxes. My DS will be 500 miles away and I plan to send him packages ---- but what do you put in them? What were big hits with your college student? My sister said she once sent her daughter 24 socks so that she could wash less often. Sad to say I never *sent* my older DS care packages while he was in college. Since he was just 20 minutes from home I often delivered cookies, snacks and once he was in an apartment boxes of meat and fresh vegetables.
  19. I've had students from my AP Statistics class email me their score too. All have found their AP scores on their college account.
  20. I'm happy to report that as of a few minutes ago my DS To Do LIst no longer had *Final High School Transcript* listed! Sometime between this morning and noon the status changed. That makes me wonder as to why it changed but they still will receive an updated transcript with the words Final Transcript, Graduation Date May 30, 2014 and Final GPA. I have several copies of my boys transcripts in safe places so if they ever need one they should be able to find one. Several times in my *working* career I had to supply my college transcript but I can't remember a time I needed my high school transcript. C
  21. At DS's orientation the schedule states ' Only the student will be with counselor for registration, parents are not permitted to attend.'
  22. We hosted a French exchange student for 3 weeks one summer and then invited him back to our home for the following summer. He was interested in 2 activities, practicing his English and shopping. We had a grand time. His group took him and one of my son's to NYC, DC and Philly for a day each. Other than that we were on our own. We went to the beach, and did other activities like bowling, having a BBQ, walking in the park..... When asked what he would like to see or do during his visit his reply was a simple, I just want to do what you would do if I wasn't here. He was not interested in sightseeing. When I suggested that we go camping one weekend, an activity that we did do a lot at that time, he said no, he was not interested in that. Google was quite helpful when he/we had trouble with the language. I went into this thinking that my younger son, who had just finished French 2 with Potter's School, would have a chance to practice speaking French with him but, oh my, that did not work at all. *A* was highly critical of any attempt and wanted perfection on the first try. Awful. That was the only thing that did not work out. We enjoyed his visit so much that we invited him back for the following summer and he stayed with us for 4 weeks.
  23. I sent in DS’s final transcript on May 30th. Called Admissions on the 6th to make sure they rec’d it since it was still marked as not done. The woman I spoke to noted that it was rec’d but stated that it takes about 10 business days for them to process the transcript into the system. She said I just needed to give it more time but that it was there and it looked fine. Called Admissions on the 13th since the task was still marked as not done. I was advised that the task would change to done over the weekend. The transcript was there and it looked fine. Called today, the 17th, since the task is still not complete. I got ‘Kristi’ who informed me that while the transcript was there, and even though it had grades through the end of 12th grade it lacked the words, FINAL TRANSCRIPT, and a specific graduation date. Surprised by this I was then told, “Well, I am telling you this now.†Kristi was not in a good mood or maybe she just does not care for homeschoolers not knowing all these little rules. The transcript form was the same one I used for older DS for U of DE and they accepted it. I have a package for admissions; a copy of DS’s diploma and a new transcript with large letters at the top, FINAL TRANSCRIPT---GRADUATION DATE: May 30, 2014. UGH.... almost finished. C
  24. Oldest DS graduated from UD last Saturday, he has spent this week sorting his stuff into 'trash', 'donation' and 'move to Utah' piles. Thank goodness the donation truck was here this morning! His college was just 20 minutes from our home and our other son already had his own bedroom so we left DS 1's bedroom untouched for 4 yrs. Until now. I have paint and drapes already picked out. I even have new furniture to move into there too. DS #2 has requested that I wait until he is off to college this fall before I start to repaint DS #1's room. DS #2 asked me to repaint his room in his school colors, they're my school colors too, and he knows I've always wanted to do a bedroom in my school colors. We spoke about how the furniture might be rearranged and he had requests which I fill honor. I doubt he'll be home much over the coming 4 years but when he is here I want it to be the way he asked it to be. Even before I left for college my mom changed my bedroom into the *guest* bedroom. My much older and married sisters, or our extended family would visit and I was always giving up my bedroom even though our house had 4 bedrooms and I was the only kid still at home. My mom made sure that there was drawer space, closet space, a crib in the corner..... Definitely strange.
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