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BS Class of 2023 Thread

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  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 481 replies30 threads Member
    LOL @TheSwami Glad to hear your son is doing well! Mine has been having wild ups and downs. Fascinating how teenagers are so different from middle schoolers in this regard. Socially things seem good.

    I have noticed that teachers are generally not good at spacing homework which creates some anxiety - almost none at the start of the week and then 6 quizzes Thursday/Friday seems standard. She is working on figuring this out and needs to find a way to ask for homework in advance because of sports commitments.

    No other ECs for her. There is quite literally no chance of time for that.
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  • msc3173msc3173 51 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I will add to the updates...my dd is enjoying life in sunny California. She is loving Cate and has pretty much forgotten that her poor parents even exist. There has been no homesickness and she is managing school work, friends and taking care of herself beautifully so far.

    I miss her like crazy and am trying to find my place without her here. It has definitely been a shock to the system for this stay at home mom of an only. I told my friend the other day that I literally have nothing to share when my husband comes home.

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  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 481 replies30 threads Member
    Did everyone get midterm grades as an indication of how their kids are doing? Mine has said they feel as if they’ve been going to school there forever.

    I am grateful that my child is mature, I know a couple kids younger for the grade or just young for their age and there are some aspects of boarding school culture that are a bit much for them. Ahem. Smooching etc.
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  • Hopeful0304Hopeful0304 90 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Yes, we were given midterm grades over parents' weekend. I'm not sure if they are official yet as I have not seen anything mailed home. Thankfully, the transition to BS for our daughter has been smooth. She has great friends and has settled in nicely. Only the heavier-than-expected homework load has been a surprise, all else is exactly what she had hoped for.
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  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 481 replies30 threads Member
    It was my impression that midterm grades were just a “so you know” kind of thing. Not something that would appear officially anywhere. I actually cannot remember how grades are reported on a transcript in highschool! Do midterm grades appear or only full term grades?

    Glad to hear your daughter is doing well @Hopeful0304. Have you also been told the work increases significantly year to year? Not sure how on earth that will work...
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  • Hopeful0304Hopeful0304 90 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @dogsmama1997 I believe only end of term grades appear on the official transcript (in fact, it might only be end of year grades), but in our son's case, his midterm grades are sent home in writing along with comments from his teachers. Perhaps that is unusual, I simply don't know.

    Yes, I have been told that the workload increases each year. I would expect such, and would further expect that the students would increasingly fine tune their time management skills, but as you said, I'm not sure if the delta will be manageable. Looking at the upperclassmen, they seem to be handling it, but I wonder at what (perhaps hidden) cost?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6563 replies10 threads Senior Member
    The grading policy varies by school. Ours did only one grade for the course for the year. The grades for each term reflected what the grade would be if the class ended at that point (which of course it didn't. ) While some teachers averaged across the year, others weighted an upward trend more heavily.

    We got extensive comments with the term grades.
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  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 481 replies30 threads Member
    Is everyone else in the middle of exam stress? I am glad thanksgiving break will be school work free at least.
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  • TheSwamiTheSwami 72 replies4 threads Junior Member
    SwamiJr finished exams this week. Heading into that week we made a choice to limit the communication with him. We spoke the week before finals and he seemed busy and had a game plan for studying which did not involve long probing conversations with parents. After he was done he seemed fine and thought he did well. The midterm grades were good and the comments thoughtful. I am very curious about the final grades and comments.

    I agree with the comments above, I hear the volume of work goes up. I get that the students will manage their time better but I cannot imagine the amount of work the kids will have.
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  • ceruleanisticceruleanistic 29 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited March 3
    How is everyone's second semester looking? Spring sports and extracurriculars?
    edited March 3
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  • TheSwamiTheSwami 72 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Well SwamiJr went on spring break and COVID took over so the rest of the year will be remote learning. It is a pretty lame 3rd trimester but there are much more important things in life.

    Anyone thinking about the fall? On the less sensitive and practical front, I am not jazzed about paying for the remote learning experience if the kids are not back on campus.
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  • vwlizardvwlizard 365 replies35 threads Member
    I feel the same way about paying for remote learning, but after seeing what DD is getting from LPS vs. what DS is getting from BS, I just can't pull him for LPS, so we will pay. If it goes on more than a semester, it's going to be really hard.
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  • vwlizardvwlizard 365 replies35 threads Member
    Funny story. I woke up in a panic a few nights ago when I realized that when I asked DH if he checked Lizardkid's fridge when he picked him up, his reply was "I forgot. I'll do it when I bring him back".

    Well, as we all know, they never did return from Spring Break.


    After not being able to sleep the last two nights fretting about the state of Lizardkids's fridge, I finally broke down and e-mailed his dorm parent to see if she knew how he left it. This was her response:

    "You can rest easy--Lizardkid fully cleaned his fridge before break. In fact, he and some of his dorm mates brought his fridge into the bathroom and used the mop to clean it! Unconventional, but effective."

    URGH! BOYS!

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  • buuzn03buuzn03 1845 replies16 threads Senior Member
    Ha @vwlizard DS didn’t clean out his fridge nor any other foods he had in his room before he left for spring break ...he thought he’d be going back. Now it appears either the school or close friends will have to pack his room up for us... I’m dreading that scene for anyone involved.
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