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24 August 2016 @ 10:35 pm
wrapping up summer  
Last week we went to NYC for a short vacation. We stayed just off Times Square, saw the main sights - well, mostly we saw big buildings because that's the boy's interest. So I went to the top of both the One World Trade center and the Empire State Building. Spent more money at the Disney store on Times Square getting dumb t-shirts, and a Black WIdow POTATO HEAD, because I collect Black Widow toys and that's the most dumb, amazing Black Widow thing I've ever seen. like, there is no where else to go after you get a Potato Head, right?   (ah, remember when Darth Tater was the first combo potato head? How far we've come). There was also a Hawkeye one which I didn't get because it was hideous, but kinda warms the Clintasha part of my heart that they came out at the same time.

Anyway, so New York. Not counting changing planes, I've never actually been there before, and neither had the kiddo, so that was fun. I don't think he's in a hurry to go back, so I suspect the NYC schools aren't going to be on his college list, but that's okay. We met an old friend of my husband's, who now lives in CT (he was one of our groomsmen at the wedding), and had dinner with him, his wife, and their daughter who's a clerk for the Circuit Court of Appeals there, which you may not know about law, but that is pretty impressive. she's going to have pretty much her choice of jobs afterward.

School starts for the boy next week. We got the word that he's going to be taking what's practically his own math class- he's a seventh grader, but they're designing a class for him and one other (girl) to use the curriculum of the eighth grade algebra class, and then just fill in what they don't already have, since they're both advanced. Part of this is, we know, because two of kiddo's close friends (also math brains) left our school to go elsewhere, so I suspect the school realized it might be getting a reputation of not being able or willing to offer more challenge to kids who need it. So I'm glad about this change, since I think he'll do well in it. And well, this is the world we live in, being a bit advanced now will look good on his high school applications or getting into the science magnet high school. 

So that's the news for now! ;) 

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Mayhem Parva: Hera bad day (own_the_sky)raincitygirl on August 27th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
Woo hoo for kiddo getting his own math class (and I'm very glad the other student in it is a girl, because I read so much about talented girls being steered away from STEM subjects at a young age).

Also, I am sooper-jellus of your trip to NYC. It's a place I've never been, but it's on my list of places I desperately want to go someday. Along with Florence, Hawaii and South Africa.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on August 28th, 2016 04:56 am (UTC)
yeah Im glad there's a girl too. Our school definitely tries to keep girls involved (we're a k-8). But y'know, it's tough. Despite everyone's best efforts, the robotics team had only one girl last year, and none from 7th and 8th grae. And this is with the (female, well-liked) science teacher being a coach! partly it's just there are more choices for them to do other things, but that's equally true of the boys. And not to make robotics be the end-all, be-all of STEM or anything, since it's not, but it's just kinda disheartening that even when the school TRIES, it's not enough.

good luck on the job front, sounds like you've still got a chance, so hang in there! :D
Mayhem Parva: Hera bad day (own_the_sky)raincitygirl on August 29th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, if the school didn't try so hard, I imagine there would be even fewer girls involved.

Thanks very much for the good wishes re: the job interview. It's tomorrow. Eeeek!
Ray: Earth Raptorrirenec on September 4th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Wotcha! Yeah I liked New York when I went but was satisfied that it would be a while before I came back. I think all big cities are kind of like that. Often, sharing mostly the same attractions too!

That's excellent news about his maths progress!