End of the School Year/Summer

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Registered: 07-26-1999
End of the School Year/Summer
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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 4:45pm

For high school students summers are always interesting, between summer work for classes next fall, possibly finding a first job or working a regular job, to doing college visits or getting ready to go off to college, its a busy time just as the school year is.  Some of the kids have AP testing coming up in the next 2-3 weeks also. 

How are the kids doing with end of the year fever, senioritis, etc.  What are their plans for this summer?

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 8:40pm

Spring is a pretty crazy time of year for DD 16... always is. She's taking the SAT this Saturday as well as an audition/interview for a scholarship followed by the jr/sr prom. Lots of performances, spring galas, stuff like that. Her college finals are end of May and followed by a week of high school finals and the course work intensifies these weeks prior.

This summer, will be busy. She was asked by a small regional theatre to direct a Shakespeare show as part of it's summer program. She's putting together the script now as it'll be a complilation of sonnets, scenes and monologues. This is her "baby" this summer. She is also taking a college art history class but thankfully, it's 11 intensive days and then done by July. She usually works full time as a theatre camp aid but because of her schedule, will only doing a few half-day weeks this summer. She is president of a youth theatre organization and that continues over the summer. She's taking a two week acting intensive class as well as performing in a big musical. She'll be focusing on college applications and she has 3 interviews scheduled over the summer and so a little travel with that.

She's back in school mid-August which is a big bummer but she also gets 5 weeks in the winter so can't complain too much! It's going to be busy but it's all stuff she's really excited about... OK, not as excited about work but she likes the money.

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Registered: 11-01-2001
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 9:16am

Senioritis has hit full on here.  Dd#1 has to keep it together for her AP and Duel Credit exams.  She only has 7 more days of school, one being the annual Arts in Education day downtown.  Hopefully they won't get rained out this year.  (Goes and checks forecast, rain on the days on either side, hmmm not promising!).  #1 has a number of photographs being displayed (one that was a finalist in the Congressional Art Contest) and a drawing or two, plus she'll be singing with her choir.  #2 will be playing with the freshman band.  It's a great day when it doesn't get rained out.

Last night was the senior awards night.  It was long, boring and annoying as the faculty had trouble pronouncing many of the kid's names correctly, and butchered the names of many of the awards they got from their colleges, how the word Denominational (as in a church denomination) gets changed into Dominion, or Mosaic (like tiles) turns in to Masonic (like the fraternal order) I don't know.  It's not like there were that many kids there last night.  The entire senior class is under 300, and many either didn't go or weren't receiving any sort of award/honor so they weren't invited.  We still need to get through music awards, baccalaureate, and the actual graduation.

This summer will be pretty typical busy for us.  We have a family vacation planned for early July, and the girls are going to a color guard camp together again.  #2 will then have school guard and band camp.  #1 will have college orientation and then moves in at the end of August.  She's also going to be doing a lot of babysitting.  They are also in a production of Fiddler on the Roof that I'm costuming so that will keep us busy.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 9:38am

I half wish senioritis had hit, but with 3 weeks left of school before exam week, all I have is an anxiety ridden senior that is in meltdown mode about her chemistry AP test that her teacher is not reviewing for, her English AP test that has the teacher still giving them full fledged homework assignments that are cutting into her AP study time, and some issues that have cropped up at work that have her on edge.  I will be so glad when this year is over! 

She has a 3 day training over Memorial Day weekend for her summer job with the National Cheerleading Association.  She'll be spending the summer traveling the state to various camps to be a camp counselor and she is very excited about it.  One of her good friends and the mascot for her cheerleading team is also a counselor so they are going to do carpooling when they are assigned to the same camps.  She gets an initial schedule at her training and then they add in dates as camps fill up, so her summer is going to be very up in the air schedule wise.  Graduation is May 31st, relatives are all coming into town May 29th for the long weekend.

DH picks up stepson on June 27th for his summer visit.  He's already sulking that the high school team has  "mandatory" all summer long football practice that we are making him miss by making him visit and we are ruining his football career, so this should be a fun summer visit... (NOT)  He'll be with us til August 7th.

We need to get Jordyn's 2 day introduction scheduled for college, there are 3 dates in the middle of July that are the cheapest flight wise, so we'll try and book one of those. 

Come August 1, we are leaving for mIchigan, her open house for relatives and friends up there is August 4th, then all of us girls in the family as well as my parents and oldest brother are heading up to Mackinaw Island for a few days, then we'll head back to Texas for her to finish out her job, as well as have a small going away party before all the friends head off to college.  Her BF is heading to Brazil for a 2 year mission trip, so I know she will want to spend as much time with him as possible also. 

Lastly, we are planning a move back to Michigan, so the rest of August will be spent packing up the house and doing any other necessary arrangements.  Jordyn doesn't move into her dorms at college until Sept. 26th, and my brother and her are very close, so he's going to be the one taking her to move in.  They are planning a 3-4 day sightseeing road trip from Michigan to Oregon to move her in, he'll rent a car for the trip, move her in and then fly back home. 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:36pm

"Last night was the senior awards night.  It was long, boring and annoying as the faculty had trouble pronouncing many of the kid's names correctly, and butchered the names of many of the awards they got from their colleges, how the word Denominational (as in a church denomination) gets changed into Dominion, or Mosaic (like tiles) turns in to Masonic (like the fraternal order) I don't know.  It's not like there were that many kids there last night."

LMBO! I remember those dreadful awards nights at D's old school. They never tell you how many awards your kid is getting in the invitation, so you're stuck there the entire night. The first year we went to the underclass awards, we asked how long the ceremony might run, and a very jaded mom of an older kid said, "Count on midnight." She wasn't far off the mark.

 

This school is a lot smaller and gives out very few awards, mercifully during the day, so parents can use work as an excuse for not being there.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:42pm

My daughter is officially done with her high school classes!  She just has a 3 week internship and AP exams, but that's it. No summer work yet, but she'll be babysitting and working in a volunteer ministry serving the homeless. She leaves for college at the end of August.

DS was drafted into the middle school play (he's a sophomore and they needed a tall person for this role) so he is dealing with rehearsals, music lessons, and the usual end of year load of work. We are having a family meeting on Saturday to nail down his summer plans, which we hope will include a JOB! Also need to plan a vacation.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:52pm

How I *wish* that we were close to being done!  But no. . . in NY State, school goes to the end of June. 

Between now & then, 18yo DD has AP exams in Calc, English Language, German, Bio, and Government, and has to formally submit her AP Art portfolio.  We also have at least 5 concerts that I'm aware of, a fundraising event for youth symphony, awards night, and prom.  I think there are a few other things.  Something else seems to pop up every week.

This summer she will be a counselor at a day camp in our town.  She is thrilled to not be working for me this summer (as she has the past 3 summers) and instead be working with her friends *outside*. 

On August 9 we are all going to Spain.  I always think every summer could be our last whole-family vacation - this one might really be it, though.  DS will be a college grad next year so who knows.

DD starts college the last week of August.  I remember when DS graduated thinking, "Oh he'll be gone so soon!" - there were so many senior-year events that made it seem like a whole chapter of life was ending.  By mid-July, I was thinking, "Isn't he gone yet?!"  I expect I'll feel the same way about DD:  "Go!  Go already!" LOL!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 3:00pm

mahopac wrote:
<p> I remember when DS graduated thinking, "Oh he'll be gone so soon!" - there were so many senior-year events that made it seem like a whole chapter of life was ending.  By mid-July, I was thinking, "Isn't he gone yet?!"  I expect I'll feel the same way about DD:  "Go!  Go already!" LOL!</p>

I hear this from so many people.  There are some days now I think that, when she's in meltdown mode, anxious as all get out.  I am thinking this summer with her traveling so much we won't see her a whole lot so we won't have quite the same feeling.  Of course come middle of september when everyone else is back in school and she's just "hanging around" I'll probably feel that way! LOL!

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Sat, 05-04-2013 - 12:06am

From the sounds of it, we are the most disorganized family in this group.  Our summer plans are still in flux as we continue to wait for our high schooler to figure out her plans.  Things are slowly coming together but I'm not hopeful that we'll be able to manage a family vacation.   It has become more and more of a challenge over the years :(

Spring has suddenly become busy.  My high school girl was enlisted to work on the theater tech crew and she's getting a taste of what it's like to work for hours and hours on a show before it opens.   I've been picking her up at school at about 11 each night and dropping her off the next morning at 7:45.  She's been foggy all this week.  She has also been told that she has to attend awards night to present a piece of writing that's been selected for publication.  She's not exactly happy to have to speak publicly.  This is definitely not my very quiet girl's strength.  Then there is her recital a few weeks after and her orchestra's last performance.

As for summer, her orchestra leaves for a trip to Spain right after school finishes.  After that, she's waiting for decisions on two very different summer programs.  One is a program that teaches coding and offers mentorship to girls who are interested in computer science, the other a humanities workshop.  I hope one of them comes through for her.  She'll also be involved in some ongoing volunteer work that we do as a family and continue violin study.  School starts up again in mid-August and she'll have to be back early for track and a pre-AP Comp Sci class.

My about-to-be grad has just finished her thesis.  She's heaving a huge sigh of relief before the big graduation weekend in two weeks.  After that she has just two weeks at home before starting a new job.  She has not even started to think about housing or transportation so I'm guessing our time at home will be pretty crazy.

I also have to plan a trip to visit my eldest and my parents sometime this summer. 

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 05-13-2013 - 2:00pm

I'd almost forgotten about that word, "senioritis"! I remember my friends and I having a really bad case of it - both in high school and college!

Lia 

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 06-08-2013 - 10:34pm

Ds finished finals this past Monday. He start football camp Monday at 6:30am! Ick! He leaves with my dad for nearly 5 weeks to Europe. He will come back do more football camp and leave for Boy Scout camp. He goes right to band camp from there. He then has football starting two weeks before school!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!