Next week begins Advanced Placement testing. I am sure that each student is well prepared and I hope that they are as confident in their abilities as I am. Teachers and students have been working hard all year in preparation for these exams. At times, I am sure, the workload and the pace of the classes have seemed to be bordering on the insane and have created a moderately heightened level of stress for your child. That, of course, is the downfall of any convergent curriculum that has a defined ending point resulting in a standardized assessment especially when all of that is being weighed against the busy social and extra-curricular lives of adolescents which include such things as jobs, school activities like concerts or games to prepare for, prom, and any number of family obligations.
I hope, however, that teachers, students, and parents can look beyond the test scores. We are here to teach and to learn lessons that are greater than the scores on a standardized test. While the results of the exams may be beneficial in helping students gain college credit for course work, I would hope that the bigger advantage gained is a love and appreciation for the discipline they have so intently studied.
Over the next two weeks our kids might need a little extra support. As parents, let’s try to help them keep perspective. These tests cannot measure their love for learning, their character, their faithfulness, or their capacity to love and serve one another. No test, no grade, is the summation of who we are or of who God is calling us to become.
Choir Concert Time Correction:
There is a correction on the start time of the Choir Concert. Middle School Choir will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the High School Choir will begin at 8:00 p.m.
One final Prom Reminder:
I don’t think it hurts to double down on my message from last week.
Prom is quickly approaching. Saturday, May 4 will bring about a flurry of activity in many of your homes. Lots of questions will be asked leading up to that night: Who will I ask? What color and style of dress to buy? Bow tie or necktie? What is a cummerbund for? Where will we eat dinner? At whose house will we take pictures? Didn’t you buy the tickets? What are we doing after Prom?
Most of the answers to these questions will have little significance in the weeks following Prom except maybe the last one. The answer to that question could have profound consequences. They are, after all, kids. Kids without fully developed pre-frontal cortexes.
I hope that our kids won’t make bad choices when answering the question about what to do after Prom. I hope that we, as parents and teachers, can help them navigate that choice.
Let’s all take a few extra minutes before next Saturday night to remind our kids about our expectations and encourage them to make good choices. To make valiant choices.