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First day of school for Mini-Me!

Yesterday Mini-Me started her first full day as a junior in high school. She was disappointed in one of her classes, weight training. She didn't list that as one of her electives but funding was cut for the fine art electives, which she needs for graduation. I spent the weekend emailing her counselor and we were able to get her signed up for an online course through Florida Virtual Student for creative photography, which will satisfy her fine arts credit. As far as weight training goes, the counselor is going to try to get her out of that class.

The rest of her classes, though she really likes and is happy with all her teachers. This year, they have a new vet teacher for the program and Mini-Me couldn't be happier with the choice the school made. She's in Vet Assisting 4/Level 3 (Honors) and while the focus is on agriscience and natural resources this year, they will be getting more hands-on experience with animals. The teacher is working on having some vets come in and teach the students about what they do and what vet assistants do in their offices. The teacher is also working with the vet science program at another high school to get some of their dogs and cats. Mini-Me's class does have a kennel in the back of the class that the teacher and the students are busy cleaning up. Since they are going to be studying agriscience, they do have gardening tools and the school is going to give them a part of the field (the school does not have any sport teams) so they can plant a garden. It sounds like with this teacher, Mini-Me is actually going to learn about vet assisting with hands-on lessons instead of just book lessons.

Mini-Me has two Honor classes (Vet and English) and one Advanced Placement class (US History). Along with the photography class, she has seven classes this year, if you count weight training. Two of those classes are online, the other being Spanish 2. For her History class, she will have two textbooks and she said her teacher is awesome.

I'm glad to see her so happy even with the possibility of her having to stay in weight training (I told her at least it's indoors). It looks like it's going to be an exciting and busy year for her and she couldn't be happier. Well, she could if she gets out of weight training.

My icon choice is on purpose, we may have baby common basilisks (Jesus Christ lizards) in the backyard. Needless to say, they're thriving. They're getting so used to us now they're coming up to the sliding glass doors.


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Aug. 20th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
If nothing else, she'll develop her muscles? :D
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's what I told her. But the problem is, she has a bad habit of fainting when she gets overheated. She fainted quite a bit during her sophomore year from being in PE (that's when we took her to the cardiologist). I'm supposed to email her counselor at the end of next week to see if the school was able to get funding for more electives.
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, that's probably not good then. Maybe she can find a walking class. :)
Aug. 20th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
BLEH on the weight training, but YAY for the photography!

Hopefully, they'll get things all worked out. <3
Aug. 20th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
funding was cut for the fine art electives, which she needs for graduation
That's deeply wrong. But they can do that because there's always FLVS, right?

There are good things about FLVS, but I worry that it has already led to courses being cut at some schools, and it will only get worse. (My daughter has used FLVS herself.)

Then again, I'm convinced half the state legislature wants to find some way to defund public schools entirely in the long run. If it's not FLVS, something else will be the tool they use.
Sep. 2nd, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Seems I was given misinformation. The art class did not have funding cut. Upperclassmen are given priority for the class and once they reach their class size limit, no more students are assigned.

There are definitely pros and cons to FLVS. For high school seniors they have the ability to catch up on requirements for graduation. Mini-Me has two classes this year through FLVS: Spanish II and Creative Photography.

Then again, I'm convinced half the state legislature wants to find some way to defund public schools entirely in the long run. If it's not FLVS, something else will be the tool they use.
This is so true!
Sep. 2nd, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear not all fine arts have been cut! It makes some sense to give upperclass students priority.

The latest is that the state has a new law that will require public colleges and universities to offer credit for any online courses, including MOOCs, that a state appointee decides we should. We're waiting to see how it all shakes out, but I for one am not happy at all. We already have some problems with students getting As in community college writing courses and then coming with credit to my university, where we find in upper-level courses they can't write at all.
Sep. 2nd, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
This doesn't surprise me, given that many Florida students have to take remedial classes in math and reading in college because of the FCAT. Our kids may pass the FCAT and the EOCs but that doesn't mean they are ready to take college-level courses.
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