Here comes another year of many more to come, and I am in the hopes that it will not stress me so much. You wondering if it is the football season?! Any football fans might say, "hell yeah, mofo," but the truth is that I am talking about the second grade. Madison has started the second grade after quite the fight with the school to not retaining her, well not really, after a submitted a seven page paper on the research of retention they allowed her to be promoted with me opening my mouth and saying that by the time she is six grade she would be in seventh. The problem is that it shall be so, since Madison is so great when she really wants to do something to make me and her mother happy or proud.
The fight begun last Tuesday, all those days that will be the death of me and her mother to get her up and to school, cause at "almost seven" she is pushing the limits. She is really trying to find out how much resistance she will get from us. In fact a few weeks ago she ago she got angry at her mother and went to the room got a backpack, fill it with some underwear and a shirt, and told her mother she was leaving, in effect running away, her mother simply said, goodbye and watch her walk pout the door and down the steps, knowing she would return. I cannot imagine how it must have made her mother felt watching her little one leaving at six, I get teary eyed just imaging the whole thing. She promised she would never run away again, let's see how long that lasts.
So after a dismal API for the school on the first year, they jumped 70 points the second and now just need another 78 to reach it's charter goal, and I believe and am proud to say they might just get it. They hire a new principal whom is more receptive to parents and a hell of a lot happier looking than the last one, but she was a great educator and is very responsible to the 70 point jump. I got my nephew into the school using a little bit of relationship influence and will make my sister join at least one of the councils I belong to, it is time for her to step up to the minor leagues and show some leadership. Oh will not influence her at all in her decisions, but I will her inform her of any data I might have to both sides of any subject we might come across. In fact I think that she might disagree with some of my votes.
I plan to make better decisions, run a cleaner, faster meeting, help at the school and out of it, I already have and gave the principal an excel file that will track the classes progress in the proficiency of their benchmarks. I have never logged the hours I volunteered, thats my own business, but I will help the school design a program that will track the hours of all the parents hours and set up some type of awards for the top hours. Also I want to set up a carpool program, a phone tree, an e-mail list where all the info of the school can be e-mailed to every parent, build and donate a flag pole, and hell any other thing that might race through my head that I might think will help the school.
I just hope I don't go crazy like I almost did last year, or maybe I did and just don;t see it, "ignorance is bliss," too bad I don;t have it.