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Parents of the HS Class of 2017 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

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  • curiositycat333curiositycat333 Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    edited May 17
    @rbc1999 My son's plan is a CS major. While it is required for the major, it's not really something you HAVE to know how to program. Honestly Linear Algebra & Discrete Math are more important. By the way it's confusing but AB is 2/3 of the BC material. So if you really have AB solid then the next class should include some review.

    The honors calc is mostly intended for math majors, but CS majors take it as well. You have to have a 3 or better on the BC or or 4 or better on the AB, or get a very high score on their internal placement to take it. Oddly can't get credit for Honors A and Regular B. It's a proof based approach that my son will enjoy. I already know my son has a 5 on the AB test so he doesn't need to take the placement test.

    Not sure if my son will take Physics again. He has been talking Physics (without calc since our H.S. won't offer the calculus version). If he wants the BS vs. BA version of his major he will need to take Physics will Calculus. I have suggested he not take that till he has Calculus & Multivariable behind him. (Although Multivariable isn't a requirement.) He would not get to that till sophomore year.

    UCSC is on a quarter system (3 quarters make up a full year) and they only take 3 classes (for 5 credits) plus labs full time. He also needs to take Linear Algebra and Discrete Math. I'm suggesting he take 1 GE class a quarter, 1 CS class a quarter, and 1 Math class a quarter till he is done with his math & GE requirments. So by that plan there isn't room for Physics till the math is complete. (Probably winter/spring sophomore year.) Of course that means it again will be a year between taking calculus and using it for physics. Maybe he can double up & put off some GE classes for later.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 1,743 Senior Member
    @eandesmom -

    Congrats on the recognition and on the money. It is nice to know that kids other than supergeniuses and grinds can be recognized (words from a self-confessed grind).

    We just got an email that Techson17 is getting departmental honors. In his case, that probably means an award for auto tech or maybe a theater award, although it's not technically a department in our school. Generally, no money for these awards but he is still hopeful for some community ones.

    At our school, there is a departmental awards night, sports awards night (which only my D ever was invited to) and community scholarship night. There is also senior supper, where they get their yearbooks, and senior breakfast.
  • morningside95morningside95 Registered User Posts: 351 Member
    Congrats to your civic-minded S, @eandesmom!
  • CoyoteMomCoyoteMom Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    @eandesmom - wow, congrats to E1 for being recognized for his service, (so glad that the GPA didn't hold him back from getting the award).
    Thanks for sharing - makes my day!
  • klinskaklinska Registered User Posts: 428 Member
    Just waving hello to my peeps here! Been so very busy at work I haven't had time to keep up with this thread! Hooray for all the good news, and a cup of soothing tea for all who are dealing with end of year craziness--classes, senior activities, theatre/musicals/recitals, summer jobs, internships, etc.
  • eandesmomeandesmom Registered User Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    ^^^ me too! busy at work that is.

    I still plan to do one more giant update.
  • eandesmomeandesmom Registered User Posts: 3,063 Senior Member
    Happy Friday! I hope all are well. We are definitely still in slammed mode around here. S17 was loaded up big time on tests, projects and homework this week. Which means it remains to be seen just how strong he finishes. It will definitely be fine but will it be enough to hit that magic 3.5 cumulative?

    Too close to call but my gut it he is going to fall just a tad short and end up with a 3.49. Which really kinda bites! I suspect the chances for more money even if he does hit are slim, but darn it, it would be cool if he could get the honor cord. Not that they've gotten back to me on how that would work given the timing of cord sales and uploading final grades. I figure I'll wait till we are a lot closer to ask again about it.

    Our school uses Canvas and all of a sudden yesterday, it is showing up half in arabic.

    Makes it a bit hard to read.

    LOL!

  • rbc1999rbc1999 Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    @curiositycat333, I have a degree in Computer Sciences from the UW and I had to take Calc AB and BC *plus* two more classes that presuppose Calc. I was, sadly, math stupid and started my college career in pre-college algebra. I made it through though! I'm so glad that my D17 has her dad's math smarts.
  • NolaCARNolaCAR Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    @eandesmom congratulations on the scholarship, and I am more impressed by your son's civic participation and service leadership, too!

    Today was senior skip day. D17 was on her way back from the State Park where all the seniors spent the day when she saw my car parked at a garden store and pulled over to see why I was there. Perfect timing, as I was ordering the flowers for her grad party and picking out a wrought iron trellis to rent to make a photo display for her grad party. She has strong opinions about these things, so I was glad she showed up and was able to chime in!

  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 2,604 Senior Member
    @CoyoteMom, I thought about you and your son yesterday when I drove to O'Hare and passed the Beloit exit on the highway. I hope he has a great time at BC!
  • curiositycat333curiositycat333 Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    @endesmom LOL Half in arabic. Make it a bit hard to read.

    I am watching my kids GPA with 8 more days of real classes left. My son is sitting at a 98.9 in his CS class. Never seen him with such high grades in anything. And C+ in 3 of his classes. I'm fairly certain that at least ONE of those he can pull up to a B-. And fairly certain unless he doesn't show up for his finals, he will get the required C in all his classes to keep his spot at university.
  • MSU88CHEngMSU88CHEng Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    On math placement... Way back when, my high school didn't have calculus, but I was considered a math whiz in what was offered--the advanced math was basically turbo-charged pre-calc, trig, and linear algebra. I aced the college math placement exam, and because I was in the honors college, they placed me into honors calc. It was ALL proofs and theory when I hadn't even seen any of the nuts and bolts calculus yet. I studied like crazy for the 1st exam and got a C-, very sobering... But a light bulb went off when the prof asked (on the day he handed that exam back) how many in the class had taken calculus before, and all but 2 of us raised their hands. While I could've limped along, that day I dropped to regular calc. And started that class on the day they had their 1st exam--without specifically studying for it, I got a B+, and got a 3.5 in that class, so it was definitely the right move for me--especially since I needed more of the calculus applications instead of the theory for chemical engineering.

    So, I'm encouraging S17 to be careful with his math placement--he's basically a political science/international relations major, so he doesn't NEED calculus, but there's a good chance that his math placement score will place him there. He also will likely not place out of math--he'd need a 4 on the AP Calc exam or a rock star math placement score, so I'm hoping he and his advisor choose wisely for him. I'm guessing upper level algebra, and then he'll probably need some stats for his major.

    @eandesmom Congrats on E' s award, it's awesome that they recognize his,service and character! Good luck to him on the 3.5 GPA. I'm fairly sure that S17 will keep his >95 high honors, so he's happy about that.

    @techmom99 Congrats too your S on departmental honors. We just got invited to our school's ceremony for that, too. I'm thinking it's for S17 having over 90% average on his Regents exams, but it could also be a history dept award since all the tippy-top GPA kids are STEM kids. We'll see...

    S17 is so relieved to be done with IB testing. Last night, I could visibly see the weight lifted from him as he was so much more relaxed and joking around with his brother. He won't have any final exams, and only has 1 final presentation for English as substantive work left. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for that as it's a presentation on who he is now, what he's doing next year, and what his plans for the future are. Otherwise, I have no idea what he's doing for the 4 weeks until graduation.

    S15 got his spring semester college grades yesterday. Fall semester was really rough for him, so I was nervous. His academic transition to college has not been smooth, so I was happy with a B average for the semester, and he pulled his cumulative GPA into the B- range. His college transition has me a little nervous about S17 keeping his scholarships, but they're different kids, and I can't hold S17 back because of S15. And S15 is so much more than his grades, so we we focus on his strengths and are pushing him to plan out some career/future goals so that he has an idea what he's working toward after graduation in 2 years--Eeeks!

  • curiositycat333curiositycat333 Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    @MSU88CHEng Sorry you got placed in the wrong math class. You might have liked it if you had the correct background. But it sounds like switching the the regular Calc was a win.

    What do you mean placing in upper level algebra? Why if he has already taken Calc. Sounds like he just needs a Calc based Stats and depending on how he did on the AP. He might be good to take that class. Most universities have more than one level of Calc. There is the Calc needed for business/econ majors, Calc for math & science majors and honors for Math or others who want the theoretically side of things.

    @techmom99 Congrats on the departmental honors. It's very nice to see these kids honored. My son got an invitation to the Honors Ceremony. Not sure what he's getting my I'm curious. I'm hoping it's more than just acknowledgement that he was Commended for NM.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 1,743 Senior Member
    @MSU88CHEng - Congrats to you as well. I believe that Techson17 squeaked out a 90.5 average on the basic regents so he will get the honors diploma, NOT the advanced diploma because he didn't take alg 2/trig. However, although our school notes it in the graduation program, there is no separate honors ceremony for it.

    @curiositycat333 - Thank you. It is nice, but it's Hell Week for the second production he is teching this month and I told him I want him to go to the ceremony, but he isn't sure if the director will let him - she is apparently missing it herself.
  • CoyoteMomCoyoteMom Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    @rosered55 - awww - thanks for thinking of us while passing the Beloit exit! I'm hoping that CoyoteSon likes it too, after the new and shiny part of the decision fades.

    @curiositycat333 - oooh, watching those C+ grades must be nerve-wracking, the the shy-high CS grade is good! CoyoteSon's Astrophysics grade just slipped to a C because the teacher is so annoyed that he doesn't show his work even though she has been harping on it all year - so she gave him zeros on the latest problem set, even though all his answers were correct. Grrr, I can't wait for CoyoteSon to be done with high school!

    @eandesmom - fingers crossed for E1 to hit the magic 3.5.
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