Thursday, December 11, 2008

I Hate High School

It all started with an email that I received from the Algebra teacher which said that my daughter is a joy to teach BUT she can't seem to make it to class on time ... as in late 3 out of the last 4 classes, and she's having a problem turning in her homework. The teacher gave her a detention and my child skipped it. Why? I wasn't sure when it was.

I asked the teacher to please notify me if she ever has to give my child a detention and I'll make sure she gets there.

So the teacher sent a referral down to the vice principal who issued her an administrative detention. He called to let me know and he sounded all somber and apologetic. I thanked him for the call.

The administrative detention had to be rescheduled because the detention monitor (or whatever you call her) couldn't be there. My child had to serve the detention a week later.

After the detention was served I come home to find out that my child's phone has been confiscated by the detention monitor because she was using it during detention to arrange for a ride with her brother. She plead her case with me saying that "We're not allowed to use the phone during the instructional day. The rules don't say anything about using the phone during detention!"

She had a point.

I went to the school the next day (yesterday) and picked up the phone because of course it will not be returned to the student. So I had to take time out of my work day to travel to the high school to pick up the phone ... which I'm not so sure should have been taken in the first place.

First thing this morning, I get a call from the vice principal because he received another referral because my child was using her phone during detention. I asked him about the rule regarding the instructional day blah blah blah and he says that the detention monitor gave each student an opportunity at the beginning of detention to take out their phones to make pick up arrangements. He asked my child why she didn't do it then. You know what she said to the vice principal?

"Oh ... well ... I wasn't really listening in the beginning ..."

So the vice principal has given her an ISS (in school suspension) for one day. Usually the penalty for the first offense of displaying a cell phone during the instructional day is a 3-4 day ISS. So I guess she got off easy.

I am pissed. Beyond pissed. Couple all of this with what I saw on Monday's progress report and she is hanging by a very thin thread. Her only saving grace is that he called me first thing in the damn morning because by the time I see her narrow behind I won't feel like choking her.

I hate high school.


Hawa Bond said...

Oh good lawdy. My son is a junior in high school and I relate to this post on all levels.

Not paying attention. Poor memory/selective amnesia. Thinking some rules of the world will bend at his request.

The list never ends.

My son is awesome. I am genuinely proud of him. And it appears your daughter also has some good home training. (LOL) So let me ask you this: What are the parents going thru who actually have one of the BAD seeds?? hehe

Sidenote: My son just got his working papers and starts his first weekend job this Saturday. He has to pay me out of each paycheck, and he's already cryin' like a baby about it. He has no idea how generous my offer is. LOL

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Icey said...

I have not even started reading your post...I hated high school...back to reading

TJ said...


LB said...

I'm glad that he called you in the morning too!

lyre said...

Welcome, Chele, to 14. It ain't got nothing to do with high school. She played on what she knew you would buy, leaving out her culpability. Forget highschool, I hate teenaged girls with brains that they try to outslick the slicker with. Redirecting that intelligence is a chore. Lockdown sometimes is the only tool they understand.
She was acting like a princess, a very spoiled one. Not many have the luxury of a cell phone. ARRRGH! I am having a flashback!

chele said...

@ lyre: had the luxury of a cell phone.

Rose said...

This is the time they get bored easily. My daughter constantly said during this age that I'm bored. I say help her find something to do like volunteering or something or working with a lot of screaming babies in a child care center in the evening. She will want to go back to school, stay out of trouble and do well so she won't have to work in child care. That's what I did. My daughter is working hard to get out of college. She said I can't keep all these kids every single day as a career. Oh my the teen years...

Blah Blah Blah said...

Your daughter sounds EXACTLY like my tenth grader.
Why can't you ge tto class on time?
There is only a few minutes between classes...I can't walk that fast, I'd have to run!!

Well run dammit!

Saturday day detention school is not foreign to me at all.