Interstellar Adventures

October 16, 2006

Something Doesn’t Add Up

Filed under: Elle & Zed — by InterstellarLass @ 11:51 pm

I got two of Zed’s progress reports today. Social Studies was very good. A 95 average. Excellent.

But what’s this? A 77 in Honors Math? Unacceptable. Math is Zed’s forte! He’s in Honors Math for a reason! He was on the Math Team for a reason! What is up with this???

Major grades count 75%. Daily work counts 25% toward the average. He has one 0 (zero) to make up from when he was sick last week, and his daily work average will be a 100. I’m fine with that. The problem is the major grades. A 45, a 50 and a 66 bring that average down fast. And the 66 was sent home last week for a signature. Except I didn’t get to see it. It was hidden from me. Grrr.

All three of these failing grades can be corrected to bring each grade to a 70. If he brings each of those to a 70, and brings his daily average to 100, he can bring his average to an 86 immediately. For now, I’ve taken all electronic apparatuses (computer and Gameboy) away from him. I’ve asked that he bring his grade to a minimum of a 90 on his report card two and a half weeks from now. I think that’s do-able from an 86. Otherwise, I hold on to said electronic apparatuses until the next set of progress reports.

And the thing that ticked me off the most? I finally saw the 66 test. The mistakes he made were careless and rushed. The biggest thing? He didn’t show his work. But that’s not why he was dinged. He just plain got the answer wrong. How can I tell where he made a mistake in his formula if I can’t see his work? And that’s where the majority of his errors were. Guesses. Bad logic thought out in his head. From now on I want to see it on paper. Thought process required!

And to think. I haven’t yet received the current Science and English/Literature progress reports.


  1. Maybe he’s getting a little too confident and not taking his time because math is his forte — maybe he feels like he doesn’t have to. Hopefully he realizes now that he does have to work for it.

    Comment by Gypsy — October 17, 2006 @ 7:50 am |Reply

  2. What grade is Zed in?

    He’s in sixth grade.


    Comment by Marie — October 17, 2006 @ 8:35 am |Reply

  3. I was thinking the same thing as Gypsy, because my oldest daughter did the same thing. She would think certain subjects were so easy that she didn’t have to bother with studying. We had to get on her case about it every time.

    My youngest daughter has to work to get the good grades. She’s good at math also, but every single time she spends more time on the computer than on studying, her grades drop. And she doesn’t always tell us when that happens either.

    Last year, she kept complaining about her math teacher, whom she felt was mean and too strict overall. She kept bringing home B’s and C’s, and was constantly stressed out about the class.

    This year, with a new teacher, she is much, MUCH more relaxed about math and she loves her teacher. Her course load is still difficult, it’s a high school level honors math course, but she’s bringing home A’s. Sometimes it really is the instructor.

    You’re smart to stay on top of this! Good luck…

    Comment by Laura — October 17, 2006 @ 8:45 am |Reply

  4. I forgot to add, there were quite a few D’s and F’s in there also….(in last year’s class). arrgh

    Comment by Laura — October 17, 2006 @ 8:48 am |Reply

  5. Kendell hides too, it’s frustrating because you can’t help them when they don’t show you

    Comment by KaraMia — October 17, 2006 @ 11:36 am |Reply

  6. Got the same thing going on here. My 7th grader brought home a science grade in the 70’s. What? That’s his favorite subject? It’s a lot of disorganization mixed in with laziness, plus I think there’s something to that whole kids-are-more-enthusiastic-when-taught-by-a-same-sex-teacher. He always does well in classes taught by men. His science teacher this year is a woman. Still, no excuse. No video games during the week this quarter. It hurts me more than it hurts him.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — October 17, 2006 @ 2:36 pm |Reply

  7. we had problems with our oldest daughter hiding her papers when she was in high school, we found out too late and she failed a course. there’s still time to turn it around, keep a close eye, he’s too young to fall into bad habits.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — October 17, 2006 @ 6:05 pm |Reply

  8. Rut roh…I always hated this time of the year. Because the teachers always had something to say about my bad behavior and thusly my bad grades. It’s all in the learning process for Zed. I’m sure he’ll make the necessary changes.

    Comment by carnealian — October 18, 2006 @ 5:22 am |Reply

  9. We got progress reports Monday. All good except for one. What do you mean DANGER OF FAILING? The teacher has her test down as a 60, but we all think it’s a 90. I remember the bad grades and not the good ones. Jenny has been doing great in Social Studie, so this was a shock. If we can find the test, he will change the grade. If we can’t find it, she can take it over. What do you think the chances of finding it are? Right, slim to none.

    My girls just started sixth grade, too.

    Comment by nancy — October 18, 2006 @ 8:41 am |Reply

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