Thursday, June 30, 2011

And the Summer Begins!

Jared came along with me for my last day of working at a school.  He had a medical appointment in the middle of the morning and I thought it best to take him along with me so I wouldn't miss more work than I had to.....(though if I decided not to show up, what would they do?  Fire me?)

He was so helpful and polite to everyone.  At times he would talk too much, but for the most part he did very well.  It wasn't until we got home that I realized that he did not take his meds in the morning.

I really had to praise him for his self control and taking his time to assess his environment and then make appropriate decisions and actions.  I was amazed.

Big camp coming up for him next week.  Sean (Dad) is going with him to help him out, as are his two older brothers.  A scout camp of 2000 boys plus leaders for 6 days in the "wilderness" will be a new experience for him, but I am so excited for his adventure.

Pics and stories coming soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Transition Meeting

Is it okay to be totally happy that even though Jared did better than anyone thought he would and progressed so much, his observation data sheets from the psychologist indicated that some of his behaviors had escalated compared to 5th grade?

Because that data ensures that he gets the same level of assistance for next year, which is what I wanted.  If it had been the same, then he probably would have lost the very thing that has made  him successful this year.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

End of Year Tests

Standardized assessment tests are something I am not a fan of.  I don't like how the scores are used to rank schools.  I don't like the time it takes to prepare for them and the loss of opportunity to be learning other things, all in the name of, "we need to get the kids ready for this assessment test".

I seriously considered asking for an exemption for Jared and pulling him from the testing all together.  He'd never had the experience of writing one before and I worried it would be too much.  Four tests in a week.  It was stressful for certain "typically developing" kids I knew.

He took them.

I received a great email from his math/science teacher this morning.  It started with the word WOW.  Jared pulled out a 66% in a tough math test and an 82% in science.

WOW is right.  I think he knocked our socks off and he was thrilled.  I love it when it all comes together.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Typical June

I'm too busy to blog.  Jared is running around the school like a ninja.  He's writing notes to a girl and signing his name (to the horror of his brothers).  The patience of classmates is wearing thin and they tell him he belongs in the special ed room.

Just your typical end of the year stuff.

Transition meeting next week.

Fun.  Fun.  Fun.