Three of our five children are reaching milestones in their education, moving on up to new schools. And one will be moving on out too!
#4 is finishing elementary school and will be entering junior high next year...unless I can talk her into online schooling. I've never before thought about homeschooling in any capacity, but I would love to be #4's education coach in her difficult subjects. More importantly, she would have extra hours to develop her filming and video-editing skills. She has become a sixth-grade celebrity, always bringing comedy and creativity to the classroom. Any advice on how I counter the pull of peers who want to see her at school every day next year?
|Pictured with Mrs. Ruiz, |
art teacher extraordinaire,
and big-time sucker for #3.
Two days later, #3 received an envelope letting her know that she made the team...at the school she won't be attending. Mrs. Ruiz said it was my chat with her that sealed the deal, because knowing that I am committed to helping the team lets her know that #3 will show up. So even when I try to thwart #3's wheedling, it ends up helping her! It must be nice for her to live a charmed life.
#5 doesn't have a huge milestone for him, but I'm ticking off milestones as he gets older. Last night was my fifth and final 4th-Grade Utah program. The songs and choreography are catchy, but not catchy enough that I want to hear them ever again! #5 is a cheerful student, which may be what earned him the honor of showcasing Utah County in the program.
It's a little strange to see my youngest growing up and discovering his own talents, because he needs me less. He started the year wanting to learn martial arts, probably to round out his super-spy abilities. He continues to build his Nerf weapon arsenal each birthday, and used his own money last week for a manly watch with lots of features. But jiujitsu lessons were pricey, so he relented to my wishes and gave the elementary ballroom team a chance...now he won't think of trying a different extracurricular activity next year. I feel like I'm raising a mini, non-womanizing, James Bond!
#2 is halfway through her high school years, and is already ready to be done. She's been at PHS for four years now, since she started attending with the gifted program in 7th grade--and it's getting kind of old. Her sophomore year has mirrored that of many seniors as she sang for the second year with the school's audition ladies choir, Bella Voce, and danced on the audition D-Fusion team. She completed a UVU concurrent enrollment math class and continues to thrive in every subject thrown at her. School does hold some allure for her next year, though, as she just found out that she made the top audition choir at the high school. Next year will be a good year to be in Chamber Singers because the choirs will be traveling to New York City next spring to sing at Carnegie Hall. Our agreement is that #2 will have the full cost of the tour saved up by mid-September if she wants me to sign the commitment for the trip. Accordingly, she wisely chose to take a job at Mooyah's (the same week that #1 quit there), and hopes to save up lots of money this summer.
|PHS senior class photo in front of the university #1 will be attending.|
In the meantime, #1 is also working for Dream Dinners. She makes reminder calls to customers and follows up with those who have shown interest at expos. Her sunny attitude and cheerful voice make her perfect for the job. And the flexible, work-from-home job is perfect for her and her schedule. In addition to a renewable, full-tuition scholarship from the university, the UVU Honors Program was kind enough to extend a housing scholarship to #1. That means she can continue to make work calls from her private room in a condo that she'll share with three other honors students. It's a perfect setup. The Honors Program also showers her with other perks, including field trips, tickets to all school events, and a free bus pass. That will come in helpful...since she still doesn't have a driver's license!!! (Did I mention she is also a great moocher when it comes to friends with cars?) To give her some credit, she did recently renew her learner's permit--for the third time.
Most importantly though, #1 got a lot out of her education. The three schools she attended through the last 13 years have served her well, and she has served them well. She led service efforts as a student body officer in elementary school. She rocked digital media and mock trial in middle school. She found a love for performing in drama and choirs in high school. She has worked, studied, and played--and found a great balance for all of it, which will serve her well in years to come. Tonight, as her family watched her cap-and-gown procession, we heard her name and cheer to celebrate the educational milestone she has completed and the doors she has opened for her future.
Congratulations to #1 and the class of 2016!