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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Highschool Yearbook Memories


Do you remember how exciting it was to get your yearbook towards the end of the school year?  I sure do.  It was always fun passing the yearbook around to my friends and having them sign my yearbook.  Now, my little girl is experiencing the same thing.  The fun.  The memories.  The friends.  The sports.  The football games. 


I homeschooled Sarah from preschool through 8th grade.  So, when 9th grade rolled around, we had to make a decision for her high school years.  It was a tough decision, but after Bob and I discussed it at length, we decided she should have the same high school experience and memories that we shared with our friends. 


My goodness, that braces smile.  How sweet is that!!!  I had the same problem in my 9th grade picture - braces.  I wasn't as brave as Sarah, though, with that big grin.  I clamped my lips shut and I looked absolutely ridiculous.  Sarah just looks beautiful if you ask me. 


This was Sarah's first year at public school and she has loved it - well, most of it anyway.  She is the social butterfly of her school.  I don't know if that is a good thing, but she is doing well.  She comes home all excited about her friends and classmates signing her first yearbook.  These are memories that she will look back on fondly.


She did have one bad experience with a boy in her school, but after we got that situation under control, everything has been fairly smooth going.  Put it this way, as smooth going as you can expect with a 15 year old.  There have been a few tests with less than stellar grades, and then there have been tests with 100%.  Some in the same class!  What's with that anyway?


Her grades have been good - A's and B's.  This semester, though, she may be getting a C in Geometry.  She has had a tough time in that class, but she is otherwise doing well.  We are very proud of her.  She makes every effort to stay after school for Geometry tutoring and it has been very helpful.  A lot of kids stay after for the tutoring sessions - so many in fact, that they have special buses that bring the children home so that we don't have to pick her up. 


We thought she might have a difficult time making new friends, but nope - Sarah seems to be friends with everyone.  Even Louie, the County Deputy who patrols the school is friends with Sarah and tells us that she is always surrounded by friends - in the halls, in the cafeteria, outside - everywhere.  He can hear her laughing in the next hallway. 


Sarah has made some wonderful memories this year.  From Powderpuff football to the Talent Show where she played her composition "Waterfall," she has been active in her school, and she hasn't been shy about it either.  I was shy in high school.  I was a worrier.  I had lots of friends, but I was very self-conscious, until I reached 16 and that's when I blossomed and had boys hangin' all over me. 


Of course, that's not what I want for Sarah.  I don't want the boys hangin' all over her.  I want her to get a great education, make friends, make memories, have fun, and enjoy the experience.


And, isn't that what high school is all about?

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