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November 14th, 2012

[sticky post] Header Post @ 11:50 am

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Sara Lov - Why Can't I Be? | Powered by Last.fm

ALSO A NOTE for 2014: I'm finding it harder and harder to want to make time to actually "post" here -- I really just don't have that much to go on about -- but I still read my Flist (or at least some pared down chunk of it) daily. I am also still trying to post daily but I am doing it via photos with the prompts at Fat Mum Slim photo-a-day and with a daily gratitude picture a la the 365Grateful Project. I do always have commentary with the pictures; sometimes more, sometimes less. In the efforts of fostering more "LJ conversation", this year I've resolved to reply to all comments (which is the first baby step to then actually commenting more myself elsewhere) although I've not always been managing it in a timely fashion (but i've resolved "better late than never")
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LiveJournal won't let you post a playlist, but you can launch it as a stand alone player, if you ever want to listen to what I am listening to (more or less; sometimes I'm not listening to this playlist at all, but frequently I am.). I update it fairly frequently and am adjusting the date of this entry so that it stays at the lead of my page -- that way you can update right along with me!

ETA: I'm just linking to my last.fm which I am now using since they broke playlist. :(
ETA: except now i don't ever use last.fm since i am all about spotify...
ETA: except now last.fm scrobbles spotify so this should be back up to date again, assuming it works.
ETA: well now it appears last.fm no longer supports porting to LJ so here's my constantly evolving "best of [current year]" playlist on spotify


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August 15th, 2016

AP Scholar Awards @ 03:25 pm

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The award we thought he would get is now official.

Jet has been awarded a National AP Scholar award, which is an amazing thing to have earned after only 10th grade. It's an amazing thing to have earned in general since it entails having a score of 4 or better ON AT LEAST EIGHT EXAMS!

He was also awarded another AP Scholar With Distinction award. He was awarded that last year as well, one of less than 100 students in the whole country to have earned it as a freshman.

And lest you think "oh, that poor kid, must be pushed like anything to win these awards" (although, someone is clearly missing something if they think "that poor kid" with respect to Jet...) I'll have you know that last night he was running a Call of Duty tournament on Battlefy and since it ended up having 24 teams and like three matches per round or something it went way longer than he had thought it would considering he had started it at 6pm. So, he was up until midnight, on a school night, moderating a CoD tournament and CoDCasting a "feature match" from each round, live on twitch.

So, I think he's got a pretty good balance.
 

July 28th, 2016

10th Grade Report Card (and 11th Grade Schedule) @ 05:17 pm

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We had registration day today since school starts next week and so we now have his official report card. I would have of course been happier with an A in Honors Chem but a B is Spanish is fantastic. And the B in Honors Chem isn't anything to sniff about, given the AP class load he was carrying last year!

Cumulative GPA and credits earned count those classes in 6th, 7th, and 8th because they are high school level classes and so count toward state requirements (which is why most BASIS kids are already done with academics after 11th grade).

Cumulative GPA needs to be a little higher if he wants a better chance of getting in to some of the more elite tech schools, but since most of those schools look at weighted GPAs -- even if they do so "unofficially" -- I think he's good with a 4.41!

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July 5th, 2016

AP Exam Scores! @ 09:06 am

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Amazing child is amazing:



And this gives him an average of 4 on the 11 AP exams he has taken, which should earn him the National AP Scholar award** - which is a ridiculous thing to earn in 10th grade.

Here are the score distributions for the tests he took:

Calculus BC (he got 5)
5: 48.4%
4: 15.5%
3: 17.6%
2: 5.9%
1: 12.6%

English Literature and Composition (he got 4)
5: 7.4%
4: 17.7%
3: 29.5%
2: 33.4%
1: 12%

European History (he got 4)
5: 7.9%
4: 16.2%
3: 29.5%
2: 34.2%
1: 12.2%

Macroeconomics (he got 4)
5: 16.1%
4: 23.4%
3: 16.2%
2: 17.5%
1: 26.8%

Microeconomics (he got 5)
5: 15.3%
4: 27.3%
3: 23%
2: 14.4%
1: 20%

Physics 2 (he got 4)
5: 8.5%
4: 16.7%
3: 34.3%
2: 32.3%
1: 8.2%

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The head of AP for the college board has been tweeting teasers about the different exams for the past month. Nerve wracking things like

"More than 40% of AP Macro students found FRQ2 on loans/demand deposits extremely difficult, earning 0 pts:"

and

"On the AP European History Bismarck DBQ, ~3% of students earned all 7/7 points possible; most frequent score: 1/7."

:/

He's compiled them all on storify, so I'm including that link as well for anyone who would like those interesting statistical nuggets for the various exams.


**Granted to students in the US who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, *and* scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
 

February 12th, 2016

AP Prep Books Arrived @ 04:05 pm

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Just a li'l bit of AP prep....

#notyourmamas10thgrade



Report card day, today, for all those classes (plus Honors Chemistry and Spanish 3) for trimester 2.

Not as good as I would have liked, because I ask for more As than Bs** but at least they WERE all As and Bs. With the exception of a solid C in Euro which I pretty much knew was coming because he flat out failed (as in 50%) two tests toward the end of the trimester.

**And I expect more As than Bs because he is a pretty big slacker as far as academics go. If I knew he was working full out, and getting Bs, that'd be one thing. But he's not, and the Bs he got could have been As with a little more effort. (So what happens when he gets less As than Bs is that I start policing the effort, with homework/study requirements that generally are his to govern on his own. More Bs than As and he gets ME as his government!)