Saturday, May 5, 2018

Highlights of the Week

1. "Home Stretch" of 7th Grade

We are in "home stretch" now for 7th grade, with just under 6 weeks left in a school year. Smarty still has to finish two units in her intense Integrated Math 1 online curriculum - she started this year-long class in March, so curriculum is really compacted for her. So far she is maintaining about 95% average and refusing any offer of help insisting that she can do it herself. Other than that, the school pressure is expected to drop right after an Open House that happens on Wednesday of the next week.

2. Tech Challenge Is Over!

We are all taking a collective breath of relief, because The Tech Challenge program that occupied every Saturday afternoon for months is finally over. I wrote about its outcome here. This picture cracks me up, because it's so clear how much smaller Smarty is in comparison to her grade mates.

3. Math MARS test

In early March Smarty took a special math assessment with the rest of her school called MARS test. in the beginning of the test, teacher gave everyone a pep talk saying that it's not possible to get full points on this test (40 out of 40). Smarty vowed to prove him wrong and brought her ability to focus on high-stake testing. She got full points, and some of my other Math Club kids came pretty close with 35-38 points. Hopefully, these kids will get an option to accelerate one year in 8th grade - something that we were insisting on for 2 years in a row.

4. Next Level Taekwondo Belt

Smarty is still enjoying her taekwondo practice. She received her "purple decided" belt last Saturday and committed to going 4 times a week in May, so that she could receive her blue recommended belt in the end of May. Then she will have only one more level before becoming a brown belt and being able to join in a more rigorous class for black belt preparation. Her goal is to get a black belt before she turns 13. I am just a little nervous about her injuring herself, because she already had problems with her knees a couple of times. But, usually, these problems happen when she takes a break and then resumes practice, so I am keeping fingers crossed that she will be OK.

Your Turn

How was your week?


MaryAnne K. said...

We are in the school home stretch here too. This week is kind of busy as Johnny and Lily have choir concerts, then next week Emma has her concert. Life should calm down after that!