Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tadpole's schedule

Because we were at Lake Dillon during Tadpole's high schools registration period (which was announced late and not the same week as registration for the rest of the school district), Tadpole needed to sort out his school stuff. After many phone messages, I finally went by the school to get his schedule and try to sort out registration, then dropped him off at the school where I hope he's been able to finish off the job. Because Tad never got a copy of his pre-registration, we didn't have any idea what he'd signed up for and whether he'd get scheduled for the classes he needed. And so, there were some surprises in his schedule...

US History AP
Independent Study
German III
History of Rock and Roll AP
Culinary Arts
English 11 Honors
Great Books Seminar

Missing completely was orchestra/symphony/music; also missing were German IV and either AP Physics or Chemistry II. Rock and Roll is an unnecessary elective since Tad's language and music classes eat up most of his elective choices; if he took any more free electives this year he'd run out of electives for his senior year. It amazed me that Rock-n-Roll is available as an Advanced Placement course. The Great Books class is unnecessary since Tad took that class as a freshman and will have his communications group requirement met by taking German classes. Culinary Arts is also unnecessary; Tad already has great cooking skills. And, the Geol./Astron. could be swapped for Physics or advanced chemistry. The independent study might work out as a music study or as a way to keep registered with the gifted program.

It'll be interesting to see how much progress Tad makes today on fixing things and getting ready for his string bass lesson. Yesterday he had a cello lesson and his final summer "Music Connections" class, plus went swimming with his Scout troop. School begins in just a few days.


At 12:50 PM, August 10, 2006, Blogger Pat said...

Update: Tad got his photo taken, then took the RapidRide to the Univ. of New Mexico area to get some carne adovada burritos at the Frontier, then Rapid Ride back to the high school to pick up his i.d. card and talk to a school official and make an appointment to change his schedule on Monday. Then he was back on the Rapid Ride, which has a stop within a quarter-mile of our home.

At 9:04 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous andrew Teague said...

Is independent study PC for Study Hall?
That aint the offerins' we had in Arkansas back in the day. Where is the welding class?

I must say I am jealous of the classes.

At 12:22 AM, August 11, 2006, Blogger Carol Anne said...

He already gets AP History of Rock and Roll at home ... he listens to so-called oldies radio stations, and he asks questions of me aobut the music, and the iPod has proved to be most useful as an educational device. No need for him to use up limited school time to learn that Van Morrison is both literal and figurative when singing about "Sailing Into The Mystic." (I'm always surprised how many people think he's just figurative.)

"Independent Study" is supposed to be a time when he meets one-on-one with one of the gifted-program teachers to work on a special learning project. Pat is thinking about something involving the cello and string bass, but I'm thinking it could also be something about citizenship and the Constitution -- Highland High School has always had a good team in the national "We The People" academic competition, and I think that kind of exercise would be right up Tadpole's alley. From the time he was about 2 years old, I've thought he has the logical and argumentative skills to be a lawyer.

At 9:53 AM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Pat said...

Looks like, when the dust settles, it'll be
US History (Advanced Placement)
Orchestra (Independent Study Orchestra when the orchestra teacher gets the class moved to the fourth periodl the computer had scheduled the teacher for a period when she couldn't physically be there), and
German III.

Then in the spring,
English 11 Honors
German IV
Physics? (AP Physics did not "make" this fall and Chemistry II AP won't be offered until next year)
Orchestra or ?


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