Thursday, May 29, 2008

Possumgirls graduate

Today, P1 and P3 had their graduation ceremonies.


P1 graduated from primary school and is moving onto High School (more specifically, "the Academy").























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P3 graduated from Kindergarten (in the United States that's the year before Grade 1...mostly five year olds). We're so proud of our girls.

24 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Congratulations.

I can only remember my Junior high graduation. But then not as much emphasis is place on that sort of thing here.

Kristin Wenzel said...

Yay! Congratulations!

And P1 looks so pretty! :)

Aerik said...

Hooray! Much love, possums!

Half rabbit said...

Congratulations to them both. Is it just called "The academy" as a name or is it different than a regular high school?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Re: The Academy
P1, and 30 other students out of 35,000, were admitted into a Science, Math, and Engineering Academy on the campus of a brand new highschool. These kids actually start school Monday (as opposed to the others who have until August). It's being referred to as "the Academy". I admit it's kind of creepy. :) By the end of their high school run, they will have completed enough AP and college courses to enter universities as second or third year students.

Mephitis said...

Congratulations. :)

Um, format quibble: when you put up photos do you think you could put them centred and have your text underneath or above, as it's all squished up and hard to read on the side?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Oh man. I'm sorry. It looks okay on my page, but I went to see how it looked on the laptop and you're right - it's all screwy. Thanks for letting me know, Mephitis! :) I'll fix it right now.

Berlzebub said...

Congrats to P1 and P3, and an extra "Hoorah!" to P1 for getting into "The Academy". I wish my hometown had something like that when I was growing up.

spurge said...

Congratulations to the possums!

I never had a graduation until high school.

Is this uncommon now?

Poodles said...

Congrats to the Ladies!

arana-suteshi said...

Congratulations to the girls!

The Academy sounds pretty cool.

Alankrita said...

Awesome, congratulations...

Becca said...

Oh My goodness your girls are pretty

Joe said...

Congrats to the possums. I guess I'm old because we didn't have graduation except from high school. That was back in the days before electricity.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Where I grew up, in So. California, they didn't do eighth grade graduation, either. We had a dance and stuff, but there was no formal commencement. I *think* the reason they do them here, in Central Cal, is because the area was heavily populated by migrants in the thirties (Grapes of Wrath is about the area we live in) and eighth grade, back then, was a pretty decent education. I'm all for them not doing the 8th grade grad. But, mention that around here and they look at you like you're a misanthropic twit. Like I told P1, in our estimation, she still has, at LEAST, two more graduations before she's done. :)

I had to chuckle at the student rep speaker who started talking about how "challenging" life was in middle school. Yeeeeeeah. Ok. Somehow I don't think school is truly challenging when you still get happy faces on your work.

Maggie Rosethorn said...

First, I have to go with the crowd and say your girls are beautiful.

Second: I agree with you re: all the graduations. Growing up in the midwest, we didn't have them either. We had a party at the end of 6th grade, a dance/party at the end of 8th grade and then graduation at the end of HS.

My kids had preschool, kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade and high school graduations!!! They are sick of the ceremonies by HS, which is sad to me. But my East Coast family thinks they are wonderful. East Coast (at least NY area) has alway had 8th grade and HS (and maybe others...I may be blocking out). I wish we could eliminate them.

What is the the specialness of HS graduation if it becomes "just another one"?

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Oh. and meant to say congrats to P1 getting in the the Academy. We have something like that here. The son of a good friend of mine attended it, and entered college as a sophmore in credit standing.

Katie said...

Congrats to the girls! Good luck to p1 who starts school on Monday. I know this school will make her college experience much later in life more enjoyable.

I went through 4 graduations throughout school with K, 6th, 8th, and 12th grades. Each graduation required certain fees and since we didn't caps and gowns rented we were forced into buying a specific type of outfit and shoes to wear or face ridicule and not being allowed to walk in our graduation. I have no idea how I'm going to deal with it with my own kids.

aimee said...

Congrats to both girls. The Academy sounds like a great opportunity. That would take a great deal off a regular college experience, especially money wise.

We had kindergarten graduation, a fifth grade farewell, and then high school graduation.

maxi said...

In the UK, we only graduate from university. I think I've been robbed!

Well done possums, I wish them many more graduations to come!

spajadigit said...

Wow. Congrats, although I have to agree with Maggie about the specialness being gone when there are too many.

One question I have, as the proud daddy of a one year old, how does one find out about a school like "The Academy?"

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Spajadigit - it's a bit early, but get to know the area you live in, especially the schools. Our special programs weren't advertised, but the school counselors knew about them. Ask friends who have kids in school 3-4 years ahead of your child, once in school, what they know. Our Acadamys are affiliated with one of the local community colleges and Vocational schools, so they are also areas to consult.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Spajadavit says...One question I have, as the proud daddy of a one year old, how does one find out about a school like "The Academy?"

They don't like to advertise them. I think that it's one of those things where you keep it on the QT because it would take far more time and energy to weed through, like, 200 applications. Right now, for the program P1 is entering, they collected the highest GPAs for eighth graders at the semester point. Then, they sent out letters to the teachers of those students. The teachers had to give recommendations or approval and the child had to be registered in the honors/AP cohort. THEN, they decided which kids would make the academy. Because this is a brand new school and brand new program, we didn't hear about it until late April. BUT, as far as other programs, there was another academy at another high school that I found out about threw making friends with the counsellors and principals at the middle school. Just keep asking and bugging them. Maggie gave you a great piece of advice as far as talking to people with kids in the high school your child will attend or even in the same district. I've heard of some parents who would go to the county library and look at the yearbooks from prior years to see if there were special programs (because, generally there's a picture of the kids in that program). Also, keep your ears up in the community. Aera Energy is funding this Academy. It will operate within the Kern High School District, but Aera cut the school (not the state or the district) a seven figure check. The Gubenator can't touch the money that way. We'd heard rumblings about Aera needing a pool of mathmeticians, scientists, and engineers. This is a tax deductible way for the company to broaden the pool. So, just keep your eyes and ears open. Don't be afraid to call and ask, specifically, for programs in your area.

Lev P. said...

From Thing 1 a.k.a. The Big Donkey (14) and Thing 2 a.k.a. Le Petit Cochon (9) - to Possums: "Well Done!"

Re Academy: The Big Donkey at one point wrote nothing on Specialized High Schools Admission Test in order NOT to get into one of those (too much work in them). Now you know why he got that nickname. It's a good thing that I don't condone violence...
I so envy you! :)