Going Well

All still seems to be going well. On Wednesday, I just went in late and read, like before. On Thursday, however, it was the Science MSL, and I decided to test it — so, I went in on time, and just sat down with everyone else, but didn’t touch the testing materials and pulled out a book instead. Eventually, the proctor came over and basically just said that she had to take my test papers if I was going to read. Friday, I just went in late again.

As far as I know, there aren’t any repercussions this year, grades or otherwise, and the next makeups are Monday and Tuesday (according to my guidance counselor). So, coming in late every testing day appears to be a (so far) foolproof way of getting out of testing if you don’t want to have pressure and refuse it. I will say, though, if you’re going to do this, it’s a really good idea to bring either a long book, or a couple extras. Because if you finish your book before testing is over, you’re probably not going to have much to do.

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Yesterday Again

Well, the same thing happened today as did yesterday. Tomorrow, I’ve heard that the Math makeups are at the same time, and so I’m just ding the same thing then. I also heard that the other EOG makeups are next Tuesday, so that’s another late day…the question is, are they going to try anything on Thursday, or any day after? I still have mixed answers on whether or not they actually will try to test me on a non-testing and non-makeup day, or even if they can.

I’ve also talked with some people and, apparently, the MSLs do not, in fact, count for a grade…if I hear anything that seems more decisive between now and Thursday, I might consider them, but it looks like no repercussions whatsoever.

Without a Hitch

So, today I walked into school at about 9:45. They notified me that I was late and that I couldn’t take the test with everyone else because of it, and then just said to head on down to the library. That’s all that happened-either there was a lesson learned from the huge fuss last year, being late is just a risk-free way to get out of them, or there is secret plan here I don’t know about.

Tomorrow, I have a dentist appointment in the morning, so I don’t even have to try to be late; on Wednesday, though, I don’t know what time the make-ups are, so I’ll just do the same thing but prepare to refuse the test in case I don’t miss them.

Well, things are going well, though I will admit that I prefer refusal; being late is getting out of them, but refusing to take them shows that I have reason.

Testing Comes Back Around

So…no news on the lunch petition. If something happens, I will let you know. But for now…end of year testing has come back. The big differences: 1. We’ve done this before now, and we have more research at our backs. And 2. MSLs are now being called ‘Final Exams’. It looks like they’re not part of your grade, but I can’t be certain; I’ve definitely heard it both ways. A lot. And as for the EOGs, they’re EOGs, but for seventh to eighth grade, my math EOG scores (opt-out-ers at my school have really low ‘1’s, if you would recall my school’s wonderful policy) will also dictate which math class you are in the next year.

I’ve heard that if you miss some of the testing days, including the make-up EOG day, then they can’t test you after that. And if they can in fact, then I’ll fall back on refusal to test (like last year). Can’t be sure how it’ll go, but it should be easier than last year.

Oh, and here’s the testing schedule for next week (at least, for my grade in my school): Monday-Math EOG. Tuesday-Language Arts EOG. Wednesday-EOG makeups. Thursday-Science Final Exam. And Friday-Social Studies Final Exam. Yeah, that’s right, testing all week.

Alright then…unless something happens between then and now, the earliest I’ll be able to write about how it went down is after school on Monday.

Everything according to plan, write to you then! Have a wonderful (and hopefully not stressful) weekend.

Lunch Petition, 3rd Report

So, one of my friends comes up to me a couple of days ago in the hallway. She hands me the petition back. I ask her, “Are they going to do anything about it?” And guess what her answer was:

No. We had a petition of students with 207 signatures on it, and (to their credit) it was the first thing that the committee talked about at their meeting, but they’re not going to change it at all.

So, what we figure right now is that either we run the petition through again and see if we get different results a second time, or we find something else to try.

What does everyone reading this think we can do here? Really, if you have an idea, please do comment.

Well, thanks for tuning in for this episode of “How Many Times Do We Have To Say This Before Someone Will Listen”! See you next time, on N.C. Ed. Network.

(The original petition post link, and the 2nd petition post link here!)

Petition on Lunch-2nd Report

So…I have been out sick from school pretty much the entire week, and today was my first day back. I had figured that, since it has been so long, there would be news of what was going on with our lunch petition.

But, no.

I asked around a bit, and turns out, the person who did say that she would contact us has not. At all. And it’s been almost two weeks since my last post about this.

So, I don’t know what’s going on with that, but I do know that when I get back to school after the weekend, I am going to go and fill out another form to request an appointment with her.

But for now, I’ll have to wait and see what is going to happen with that; and meanwhile, I learned some new things about data collection today. So while we’re waiting for news on the lunch petition, I suggest that you go and check this video by Pamela Smith that I found through the Utahns Against Common Core: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9OAYBu3qUo.

Well, don’t let the disturbing vibe of data collection as a whole get you down, and have a good weekend!

Lunch Petition

Ok, so, not much has been happening here at Blue Hat Movement for  while. One quick thing, something about these new tests, the PBAs, is that they are tied into our grades. Which means, if we don’t take them, we very well could end up failing the class.

But. What I really wanted to write about was this thing, a lunch petition at my school. I may have written about it before, but to refresh memories, we have at my school this weird lunch policy; the grade is divided into two teams, Voyagers and Skyhawks. What they do is, when lunch starts, send one team outside while the other eats their lunch, and then switch the teams halfway through the lunch period.

In the first half of the year, the Skyhawks went outside first, and then went in and could eat; they felt the full force of having to stay hungry through the first half of their lunch and  only then being able to eat. So, they were driven to start the petition to get rid of ‘Split Lunch’, and bring it back to the way the lunches used to be, everyone getting the full time to eat.

But that’s not the only problem…since we were already divided into Skyhawks and Voyagers, we never had any of our ‘core’ classes (math, language arts, science, and social studies) together. All we had were the two elective periods, physical education, and lunch to see our friends on the other team. Which was not that much, because gym and electives are still classes, meaning we still had to work, even if we could sometimes work with our friends. Lunch was really the only time in school when we could just talk freely with people from the other team.

Now, the people who came up with this idea of splitting us up for lunch did have a fair enough reason: it is a lot easier to manage one team at a time rather than all — what, 240? That, or so — of us at once.

The petition to change the lunch structure has 207 signatures from just students in our grade.

And now that we are in the second half of the school year, the Voyagers are now going outside first, which means that we have to wait for half the lunch period to go by before we eat now. That gave us more incentive to get the petition moving again, and just today at lunch we gave it to a member of the Safe Schools Committee.

Apparently, it was perfect timing; the lady said that they were having a meeting tomorrow, that is, Wednesday, and that she would bring it in.

So…I’m not entirely sure how long it will be before we have more definite news on this, but when we know what is going on with it, there will be a report.

This may not have anything to do with the Common Core or testing, but it is still a case of students trying to fix what we feel should be fixed in our school.

If you are reading this as a student or a parent, and there is something in your or your child’s school that you think should get changed, hey — start a petition. You never know where it might go.