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Posts Tagged ‘college’

11/19/16 getting school books for Maggie…

When Maggie started college this semester, we had some of trouble getting her books. We bought one of Maggie’s books online. That sentence sounds so simple. I guess that if everything we did didn’t come with a story, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. Maggie needed a science book. The teacher told them that they could get it online. On all of the other books Maggie wanted an actual book, but on this one she said that an online one was OK. When she went online I asked Maggie if she was sure that this was the correct book. Remember that now that she is in college, I am not getting any information from the high school teachers. She said that she was not sure. Maggie does have a lot of science due this week and needed the book. Maggie decided to go to class on Tuesday and ask the teacher which book she needed. I said great, but please see if she has office hours that day so if you are still confused after you talk in class you can go to her office and she can pull up the book on her computer and you will know which one we should buy when you get home. 
Maggie comes home and she looks up the book. I asked her if it was the correct book…expecting her to say, yes the teacher confirmed it…but she said…maybe, I should email the teacher. She sent a screen print of the book that she thought was correct to the teacher and started doing math. We had dinner and Maggie did more math. Maggie has homework due this week and has no book and doesn’t know which one to buy and it is getting late. Maybe the teacher didn’t have office hours today so that they couldn’t look up the book. It is so frustrating when they are older and you want to help them, but can only offer suggestions.


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.


4/1/16 classes, resumes and old tests…

Maggie tried to apply at the college for her major but the computer wouldn’t let her. I called admissions, they said that because she has applied to the University as undecided she can’t add her major online. They added her major over the phone, and they said to go in in a few days and sign up for orientation.
William called the employment agency today to check on the application that he sent in on Friday. They didn’t have it. They said that he had to use outlook instead of chrome so there computer can’t see it. He tried to re-enter his resume using chrome but the computer wouldn’t take it. William called the agency again and they took his information over the phone. They will e-mail him a questionnaire to fill out and send back. After that William can talk to them about jobs.
Maggie’s teachers from her two classes that she had added have not opened up the work on the computer that was given before Maggie was officially in their classes. Yesterday Maggie was to talk to the math teacher but she didn’t feel well so she didn’t ask him if he could open up the old tests. She had a meeting at 3:30 today with the entrepreneurship teacher to take the first test. The professor didn’t show up so Maggie left. If Maggie can’t take all of these old tests she won’t pass these classes and she will not graduate from high school. When I got there I sent her back in so that she could make a new appointment. The professor was now in his office.
When Maggie got her class schedule fixed, we had all hoped that everything was fixed. We are still hyperventilating.


11/4/15 planning ahead, Maggie’s classes, snow and scholarships…

written 3. 5.14 – what can I do to make my evenings more open? Since we have been struggling with the snow and Maggie’s schedule at school, we haven’t been doing a lot of things at home on the weekends to get us ready for each week. Things like matching clothes for the week and planning or making dinners ahead. The weather is getting nicer and Maggie is almost done with her schedule changes, it is time to get back on track.
written 3.10.14 – it is beautiful out today. It is about forty degrees and sunny. There is a slight breeze and the snow is slowly melting. This is Monday…by Wednesday it should be thirty degrees and have six to nine inches of snow.
Maggie had the two classes dropped  today and the new ones added. Woo hoo…woo hoo. She has her schedule fixed and has turned in her scholarship material for one scholarship. If I wasn’t so numb, I would be thrilled. I was at defcon seven for two and a half months over this schedule. I am so glad that it is over.
My next project is to look for scholarships for Maggie. I know that I am starting late but hopefully we can find some.
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11/2/15 Maggie’s classes…

written 2.18.14 – Maggie got some signatures to adjust her class schedule today but was not able to get all of them. One of the teachers only has office hours at six in the evening. Beth got her hair cut today and got hair die and fingernail polish. I paid for the haircut, Beth spent her lunch money on the rest of the items. I think that she has a bite of everyone else’s lunch each day so she never spends her own money (the money that I give to her)
written 2.20.14 – Maggie needs only one more signature. The last person said that she couldn’t sign it to have Maggie added to the class because Maggie would be fifteen minutes late for class two days a week. Maggie needs to have the professor sign a paper that this is OK. She has now been in class for almost two months, her schedule still isn’t straight, she is going to both of the classes that she is going to drop just in case she can’t drop them and she gets a grade for them. So Maggie is a full time high school student and a full time college student and she is trying to get signatures too. I am hyperventilating every day. Am I completely gray yet?
Maggie asked the professor if he could please sign that it was OK for her to be fifteen minutes late for class two days a week…she has been in his class for about two months. He asked Maggie to send him an email explaining why she needed the signature. Maggie sent the email.
Two days later Maggie got an answer from the professor that it is OK to be late for class. Maggie gets the last signature from her teachers to update her schedule. Woooooo-Hooooooo!!!!!!
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10/31/15 snow, college and e-mails…

written 2.6.14 – My car was pulled out of snow four times yesterday. New record. It was pulled out of the snow twice on my own street. The neighbors have been so nice. We have a lot of new neighbors and I haven’t met all of them, but…when they hear a car in the street spinning it’s tires, they all come out to help. Thank you so much!!! This winter has been so tough, but it has brought out the good in so many people!!!

I still haven’t mailed the Christmas cards. Is it too late? Call college. How much will it cost if I have two kids in college next year?  Need to find out when Maggie graduates.
2.7.14 need to make weekly checklist for me. All jobs I do each day, week, month.With all of our energy going to helping Maggie change her schedule, or… hyperventilating as she tries to change the schedule, and dealing with all of the snow, and trying to think of things for Beth to do at home as her school is cancelled day after day because of the snow and the cold, I am loosing track of what home, and bill paying things I have done. Maggie still has not dropped all of her classes.
2.10.14 need to do FAFSA paperwork
2.11.14 Maggie e-mailed the lesion that her class schedule is wrong. She sent the e-mail wrong. Asked to drop classes she needs and add classes she doesn’t need.

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10/30/15 Maggie’s classes…

2/14 – It would be really nice if when I went through a crisis…insert train wreck, tragedy etc. here…then I could write about it as we went through it. But, the moment that I start to hyperventilate, I can’t write any more.
Maggie and I went to her school to have the meeting and make sure that all of her classes were in order. She had signed up for extra classes because she had failed most if not all of her classes for the last two semesters. She was carrying a full time high school load and a full time college load. There was a lot of work involved, but she said that she was doing OK. We had gotten all of her books and all of the supplies and she did not have to do any chores at home this semester because she was having a lot of homework. She had everything that she needed. She was settled. Then we went to the meeting at the high school to make sure that she had signed up for the correct classes. The principal took a look at her schedule and said that it was all wrong. Lets all start hyperventilating now. We are at least a month into the semester, it is the worst winter that we have ever seen, and we find out now that her schedule is all wrong. I wanted to blame someone, but there were too many people involved to start blaming and she needed to get the right classes and pass all of them this semester if she was going to graduate with her class. That is what Maggie wanted the most was to graduate with her friends. I was so mad that Maggie had failed so many classes and had not figured out what the problem was. She is very bright and wants to succeed. I have given her all of my suggestions from asking the teachers how she is doing to asking more questions. The school knew  just before Christmas break which kids had failed and could have rescheduled their classes that day, or they could have come in another day to reschedule classes, not all of the kids that needed classes the kids who had passed their classes, just the kids who had failed and were in danger of not graduating. Could they have had some time before break to un-schedule the classes that they had chosen and rescheduled them to make sure that these failures were covered. I know that this would have taken overtime for the teachers and it had not been approved, so I understand why they waited until after the break to re-schedule the students classes.
Maggie got a new list of classes that she needed to take and pass to graduate. Changing the high school classes was easy. Changing the college classes wasn’t. Maggie needed to go to the professors and get a signature to make the change. At first she thought that all of the teachers only had office hours on a separate campus that she could take the college bus to, but she knew that she couldn’t get over to the other campus, talk to the teachers and ride the bus back without missing classes. So she didn’t go over to the other campus.She knew that she needed the signatures, and she knew that she needed to go to her classes, and she didn’t know how to solve this.  Days are ticking by and Maggie is in the wrong classes. Also, the snow is falling at an amazing rate and the temperature keeps dropping and school keeps closing a day here and  a day there. I keep e-mailing the counselor to keep him updated. He says that the teachers all have office hours on this campus and gives Maggie the information. The school believes that the students are older and they should handle these things themselves. I can’t go to the teachers because Maggie is a high school student in college we have agreed that we as parents will not go to the professors and have conferences, like they do in high school. It is all on Maggie who is overwhelmed. The counselor says that there is a lesion or link person that can go to the teachers for the students if there are any problems. The counselor gives Maggie her email address. Maggie needs to email her and explain the situation and give all of the class codes and ask if she can talk to the professors.


7/16/15 scheduling classes and finals…

written 1/14/14 – Maggie got all of her classes scheduled today. She is happy with her schedule. I am so relieved that she is done. At the last parent meeting they said that we should get a copy of all of their syllabuses. Then we could know when papers are due and when tests are. Then if we see that a big test is coming up and our kids are not studying, we can ask our kids about the upcoming test. It is not to follow their every assignment, just to make sure that they don’t fall off of any cliffs.

Beth has finals starting tomorrow. She has been studying. She loves seeing all of her friends at school and is happy to be back.

A lot of the snow has melted. This last weekend we could see most of the streets. There are still piles of snow in parking lots. They are so big and cold that it takes a while to thaw them.

How is the weather where you are? Please stop by again!

Here are some pictures: Sorry, all I have left is art museum pictures. Now that the kids are back in school I can concentrate on pictures.thinking man statue 1634 c15



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