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5/31/16 Maggie’s classes…

Maggie needs to set up her orientation at college. She wants to call from home when I am around, but she doesn’t come home until ten at night. Today I went over and got her between classes to have her call from my cell phone, then she can go back in and study more. When she called they were already closed. We decided that she would need to find where they are located and schedule orientation in person. She doesn’t have a cell hone to call on. She is  going to try to find the office tomorrow.

Maggie had some finals last week. She was suppose to have a final last Wednesday. When I picked her up, she said that the final was never posted to the schools website for her to take it. She emailed the teacher to get more information. Today she said that the test would be posted later this week and she was OK. She has taken two finals and handed in one eleven page paper.
She has two finals left to take.  We should know by the end of this week or the beginning of next week if she passed all of her classes. She must pass everything to graduate.


5/13/16 homework, the job hunt and changing majors…

Beth had to interview someone about their childhood. She chose me. The questions were about my childhood, where and how did I grow up and what are the differences between then and now. It was fun to tell her about my past.
William has now signed up with one temporary agency and is in the process of signing up for two more. He is also going out each day to look for a job. I hope that the finds a job soon.
Maggie has decided that  she wants to change her major from Environmental Science. She says that there is too much math and it requires chemistry. Maggie likes science but not chemistry. She is very frustrated. I asked Maggie to look at the University’s website and see which colleges she might be interested in. We can go talk to the counselors in these colleges and see what suggestions that they can give Maggie. She has until fall semester starts to decide. She doesn’t need to pick a major by then, just which college to go to. See, if she takes a math class in the science college and decides to transfer to a different college, it might be too different from the math in the college that she ends up in. She doesn’t need to make a final decision, just get a good starting point.


5/12/16 Day 133/365…

Road work!


5/12/16 William calling the temporary agency…

William needed to call the temporary agency today. I went over with him what he needed to say and ask during the call. He is a quiet person who doesn’t talk to a lot of people or talk on the phone so he needed some coaching. He is really too old for this kind of direction from me, but he doesn’t know what to do without any help, so it is a frustrating time that we must get through to find William a job. With each call it gets easier for him. He needed to give them his name, let them know that he had finished the paperwork and had gotten his steel toe boots and see if they had any jobs available for him. If they didn’t he needed to ask when he should call back. He called and said to the person who answered did they have any jobs on our side of town. They said sometimes. They both hung up. I said that they didn’t know that it was William that called or that he had his boots. He needed to call back and give the correct information. I asked William if he wanted to write a quick list of what to ask and say. He said no he didn’t need one. He called back and gave the correct information. The person said that they would look to see if they had any jobs for him and leave a message on our machine tomorrow. William also asked if he could sign up with other agencies since this one doesn’t have many jobs on our side of town. The said yes. They both hung up. William said that he would check the answering machine tomorrow and call them back if there were any jobs.
Tomorrow we can look for another agency to sign him up at if he doesn’t have a job yet. When we call we can first ask if they place people on our side of town a lot before he takes the time to sign up.
Beth has been doing math. It is going slow but she is putting a lot of effort into it. She would love to be done with it.



5/11/16 volunteering and math…

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Maggie is trying hard at her classes. Only two teachers post any grades so we don’t know how she is doing. She must pass all of her classes to graduate. Maggie wants to go into Environmental Science. I asked her today to talk to her science teacher because his wife is an Environmental Scientist at a local park. Maggie can ask him if she could volunteer with her this summer. Also she said that there was a sign up form to work at the park over the summer. I said if she was interested she could sign up. The volunteering in her field would look best on her resume, but it is her choice.
Maggie is very angry inside. She thinks that everything that goes wrong is the fault of someone else. I think that working or volunteering might help her take control of her own world.
Beth needs to finish algebra to get a D. She doesn’t have that much left to do but she won’t ask the teacher for help. The class is online and it is going very slowly. She has decided to be a cad cam worker for a career. I am going to have her ask the principal if he has a place where she can intern over the summer.


5/10/16 William’s job hunt…

William went into the temporary agency this morning. I drove him over. He said that if I didn’t drive him he wasn’t sure that he would make it there on time. He needed to take two forms of identification. When we got into the car I asked to see his two ID’s. If he gets there and doesn’t have all of the paperwork, they will either not hire him or take longer to hire him. I sent him back inside for the cards. He wanted me to go in with him to answer any questions that he couldn’t answer. I said that he is too old for me to go in with him. He took his bike in the trunk to ride home. I dropped him off about a half an hour early. Before we left the house I prayed for him. The prayer was a little bit longer than usual. I prayed for William, the place that he would work, the people that he would work with, that they would be nice and lead him in his career and be good to him and for God’s protection.

I told William that I would love him forever but I expected him to come home with a job and to fit in there and to keep the job. Tonight we will see how it went. I hope that it is a job that he enjoys.
The purpose of William going to the temporary agency was to meet them and to show them that he was who he said he was. He had already signed up and done all of the testing online. The man told William that he needed to get steel toed boots and call him back. Then they would try to place him. Most of the jobs that William can do are on the other side of town. Later , we went and got the steel toed boots. When we got to the store William looked at the boots and picked out a pair that he liked. He put them into the cart. I said no he had to try them on. He tried one on and said that they were OK. I said no he had to try both of them on and walk in them. He did and he still liked them.
When I get him clothes he won’t go with me any more. I measure his clothes and write down the length and take the measurement and the tape measure with me. It is only for shoes that I insist that he come with me.


5/3/16 temporary agencies and college…

William was accepted by the temporary agency. Yes I was worried. They had a lot of questions to answer and I know that he is happy not working until he finds the right job. He does want to work. I am not sure how he answered the questions. He must have answered them OK because they sent him forms to fill out. Woo hoo, cheer, cheer!!! One step closer to having William working. Maggie got her official acceptance letter from the college today. It had a new list of things to do on it. I told Maggie that she needed to handle the list. She needs to be part of the process. I will still be going to the university to ask the questions too just to be sure that she is OK.


5/1/16 pretest, meetings and Spring Break…

William’s e-mail still isn’t working so he had the employment agency sent the test to my e-mail. He took the test, but when he was done it was too late to call them. He can call tomorrow.
I need to ask Maggie how her meeting with the entrepreneurship teacher went. Did he open up the first test? She joined the class late and missed the first test. She needs to take this test and pass it to be able to pass the class
Beth has spring break next week. I emailed her math teacher to ask if Beth can do assessments in math over the break. Her math is online. After either ten hours or so many topics, the computer gives them a test or assessment to see of they understand the work. The assessments can only be done at school. Then if the kids are having someone else do their math at home, the teachers can see the students work on the tests. This makes sense, but Beth is very far behind. She needs the whole spring break to catch up. If the computer stops her after ten hours, the rest of the break would be wasted. I am not trying to take away her break, I just want her to pass math.


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