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Sure is quiet in here
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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 1:16pm

How are your teens doing? Settling into the school routine? Balancing school and extra-curriculars/jobs? Any recent romances or heartbreaks? Let's hear some updates!

Although my boys aren't teens many of you know me. Jason has one more week after this up at Loyola med school before he gets a week off for fall break. He's had 4 of 5 tests so far and a group project. The test results he told us about were good. They say they don't grade there but you can either pass with honors, high pass, pass, or fail. Kind of like A, B, C or F. In one class as long as he can get a 76% on the final next week he'll pass that one with honors. He seems happy although somewhat stressed during exam time - he's a bit of a perfectionist. He and his fiance have (thankfully) let go of the idea of getting married next summer. They are looking at possibly 2013 after his fiance graduates in December 2012.

Justin has been working full time at a local call center for almost 2 months. He's still living at home. Mentions moving out on occasion; I suspect that may happen sometime next year if he decides to keep on the full time path as opposed to going back to school. So far he seems good with this decision but of course I hope he goes back at some point to at least get an associates or certificate or something post-high school! He's been dating a girl for almost 8 months. I've not mentioned her here because she's young (a 17 year old h.s. junior) and I tried to ignore it hoping it would go away at first. We were less than thrilled in the beginning, especially before she turned 17 as the age of consent here in IL is 17. But her parents are OK with it although both sets of parents tried to discourage things early on. They complied and 'broke up' for a week or two but to be honest - I've not seen Justin this happy in years. They laugh and joke and tease each other. When he was with Danielle, even early on, he just seemed miserable and by the end he could hardly stand to be around her.

So that's what's going on with my no-longer-teens. How about everyone else?

Pam

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 5:28pm
It is a complicated process and formula. They set a budget, and can go back and amend it throughout the year. But they usually set it based on the last year numbers, and specifically the last 6 weeks estimates from the prior year. Then they submit 6 week reports to the Education Agency and their funding sort of recalculates and adjusts all year long based on their numbers. It is always recommended that they budget below their estimates for these purposes, especially since if the state overpays them for the year, at the end of the year, when settle up time comes around, they can "recapture" that money from the following year's school budget payments. Like I said, its a complicated process, and it takes a lot of finesse to do the budget. You also have to factor in separate grant funds and such that are completely separate from the state and federal moneys.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 3:54pm

Ouch! I am glad we do not do that here. How can a school board set a budget if the funds are set to daily attendance?

And a school with a high "skip" rate is a school that most likely needs the extra funding, not the other way arround. The funding formula here is based on enrollment with additional funds to help school boards with declining enrollment etc.. It is a very complicate formula with the goal that all school boards and schools are adequately funded,no matter where they are in the province.The only funds from the federal government for elementary & secondart education is for French Immersion programs.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 9:29am
One thing to add on the funding issue Kimmy, the school districts do get a higher weighted ADA for special ed students, career and tech, etc. to help with the extra costs of the resource room, required special ed certified teachers, etc. That money tends to come from federal funding, which is why there are so many extra requirements on them for IEP's, 504's, etc. And the school gets attendance for the day based on a snapshot time during the day, which is why a lot of times the school will tell you, if your kid has to miss time from school for doctor's appts. or something, they prefer you do it in the afternoon, because most of the districts here in Texas have a snapshot attendance time of around 10:00.
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Registered: 08-08-2009
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 9:15pm

Oops, it was not my intention to indicate that all or even most educators

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Registered: 01-26-2002
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 1:49am
same here! I had written out a post and Poof! it's gone, lol.

My boys's assessment was a private one by a well know clinic, paid for by us and not by the school. the private school system here does not do assessments or offer any kind of service such as speech, or occupational therapy etc. if your child is in the private system and needs any type of these services, it's up to the family to pay for it. in the public system, it can be provided but the wait list is very long and often times families pay for it themselves anyway.

I have been nothing but polite to the new school, I really do like the pricipal, he is always prompt with answering emails, just wish the counsellors were, lol. the school knew last January my boys were coming, and their courses were selected in March. Resource class is an elective set aside for kids with official designations, it replaces either french or spanich classes. I was told in March they were getting the resource class and was suprised not to see it in september when they started. all I want is the course they said my kids were getting.

I know my kids will do well at whatever they choose to do. they work very hard for what people would call mediocre marks. I am very proud of the kindhearted, caring, hardworking kids they are.
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Registered: 01-26-2002
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 1:15am

hi,

the assessment was done by a very well known clinic here, not by the private school and it was paid for by us. all of the documents were in place before spring,but apparently missing a page which they just told me about now. the school had plenty of notice of my boys arrival as I had registered them in Jan, and the school had the boys come in March to pick their courses. it was at this time they told me my boys would be getting the resource class, so I was suprised to find out diferently at the beginning of school that they didnt. the resource class is an elective, it replaces a language and is there to help the kids stay caught up with their work and to get any extra help they may need.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 6:21pm

I had this whole long post, and Ivillage ate it, so here's the cliff notes version...

Your assessment process, your IEP's, your budget system--same as ours.

Do NOT accept the school assessment as the final word.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 11:57am

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sun, 09-25-2011 - 11:42am

Hi anotherheartmom.

You are in BC?

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Registered: 08-08-2009
Sat, 09-24-2011 - 9:11pm
Bureaucrats are much the same the world over. I doubt "Oh Canada my home and native land" is an exception. Be polite, but stay on their case.

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