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Parents of the HS Class of 2021

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Replies to: Parents of the HS Class of 2021

  • AndreaLynnAndreaLynn Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @JanieWalker congratulations!!
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 3,790 Senior Member
    @JanieWalker Congrats! That's great....good luck with the printing. That does sound like a pain.

    Our S19 submitted a few paintings this year but we don't find out about awards until Feb 1. At least I won't have to print anything out. Not sure if we would be required to mount them in any way.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    @AndreaLynn - thank you - cross your fingers that I am able to get this printed and mounted correctly today or tomorrow or the key gets revoked. Really didn’t think she would win - not trying to be dismissive of my kid’s talent, I just don’t know anything about photography and this was her first entry. Wish I had thought about the whole printing/mounting process while she was submitting her photograph. :/ She will kill me (and with good reason) if I screw this up.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    @homerdog - good luck to your son! My daughter submitted a drawing that I was SURE would win something. THAT piece of work is matted and ready to go. Of course, her drawing didn’t even get an honorable mention and the photograph I thought was “meh” gets a gold. That shows you just how much I know about art, I guess. :)
  • AndreaLynnAndreaLynn Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @JanieWalker they will revoke the award if you can't get it mounted? That doesn't seem fair. Maybe a Michael's or Joann's can help you out if you explain the rush. They have custom framing services.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    @AndreaLynn thanks - It’s fair, I think they expect the parents and teachers to know what they are doing, and the rules clearly state this when you submit work, so there is no one to blame but myself for being a procrastinating goober. I had the drawing matted because my kid has won a lot of competitions with her drawings before - and I really thought she’d win something with this one too (she didn’t). The photography is a new thing and I tend to think all photos are “great” so I didn’t think she (or my youngest, who won an Honorable Mention...but hers was submitted with much smaller dimensions and is therefore easy to deal with) would actually win anything.

    Walmart does enlarged prints and mounts them on foam board. I think that’s okay. I have a person in a local frame shop who can tell me if it makes sense to matt the foam board or not once she sees what Walmart has done with it. Hopefully this last-minute totally-my-fault issue will be resolved by tonight.
  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia Registered User Posts: 3,146 Senior Member
    edited January 16
    @janiewalker - sounds like you're on top of the printing - what a hassle though!

    @homerdog FWIW, Instructions from Scholastic that we got (paraphrased) stipulate that 2D winning entries must be matted with a 2" border and a hard backing such as mat board, cardboard, foam core (but not wood, Masonite or plexiglass. For delivery to exhibition venue, place between rigid boards. Use fixative for charcoals and pastels.

    This may vary according to region, however.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    @mamaedefamilia that’s the same for our region too, except there’s no specification about a 2 inch border.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Woo-hoo - Walmart came through within an hour, and now the enlarged photos are at our local frame shop for matting and should be ready for pick up just in time for me to drop them off at the venue.

    And now, by watching me run around like mad today, my girls fully understand why, when the time comes, they should not wait until the last minute to submit college applications (or anything else). Running around and stressing out isn’t fun.
  • VikkiG5VikkiG5 Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    @janiewalker, congrats! To those sweating class rank,I feel for you! We're very happy that our school doesn't rank. At the end of senior year,valedictorian and salutatorian are announced. Each year there are gold and silver medal awards for each class/grade so everyone knows who are general leaders but without ranking, much less stressful!
  • momtogkcmomtogkc Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    edited January 17
    @JanieWalker Congratulations on your D winning that award! I am going to go check it out, my D loves photography too. :)

    Our school ranks starting day 1 and I hate it. It causes so much stress - the deans encourage the kids to take the most advanced classes possible (AP and AICE) at all times. Whee D19 was a freshman and we had a meeting to set up her schedule I mentioned that I wanted her to drop and AICE class and add an elective so she wouldn't be so stressed. He said, "Oh, I wouldn't do that, it will make your rank drop and you will fall behind your friends." 8-| I was so annoyed! She took yoga anyway. D21 took drama last year and newspaper this year - both 4.0 classes which won't raise her rank but I think it is totally worth it for her mental health!
  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom Registered User Posts: 821 Member
    Our school doesn't rank either, thank goodness! It's a high ranking public with enough stress all on its own!!! School only releases a report to colleges that shows what percentage of kids have a GPA is a certain range. For example, 4.5-5.0 - 4%; 4.0-4.4 - $20% etc.... Only uses weighted GPA.
  • Rue4Rue4 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Our ranking begins the end of Sophomore year. Until then, it's just a guess- and there is a lot of speculation.
  • JanieWalkerJanieWalker Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Got the artwork to the gallery but noticed the bottom part of the matting isn’t that secure. So when we go to see it with everyone else’s work in a couple of weeks, the frame and matting might be stuck to the wall but the photo may have slid out and be resting on the floor... Oh well. I will handle this better next time, if we are fortunate enough to have a next time.

    Just found out that all four of D21’s AP classes give one final grade instead of two semester grades. Thought they were splitting it up into two semesters, like the other classes she’s taking (she’s homeschooled, but all classes are outsourced using accredited and reputable providers). I really don’t like the one final grade approach because it’s a double-or-nothing situation instead of two separate grades. Nerve-wracking. She wants to get those averages way up now so she has room to screw up on a final in May and still keep an A average.

    As stressed as my two can get sometimes with their schoolwork, I am glad there is no ranking system (both are first in their class at our two-kid homeschool, ha ha ha). They have aspirations to get into a Top 50 LAC or Top 100 college, which I think they can do given their advanced courses and unique and fairly high profile ECs. However, it is the strong teen indeed who can handle a rigorous courseload AND have to deal with the pressure of being officially ranked against their friends and classmates. My kids have homeschooled friends who are also hoping for top colleges, but the homeschool approach in those other homes are not like ours, so my kids don’t really feel like they are in direct competition with their friends for anything. So kudos to you parents who help alleviate the stress the teens must sometimes feel.

    D21 gives her first solo talk at a national conference this Saturday. I am nervous for her and feel sick. I have come to realize that I worry about everything too much and that my kids don’t really stress all that much unless they see me stressing, so I am trying to become more chill in general.

    Hope everyone is staying warm. It’s negative 5 outside our front door in New England right now.
  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia Registered User Posts: 3,146 Senior Member
    @JanieWalker From what you have shared, it sounds like both of your children are nice, hardworking, accomplished, young people. I have no doubt they will do great when the time comes to apply for college!

    That said, waiting for a single final grade must be incredibly stressful. Even in college, you get grades at the end of the semester!
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