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Mr. Dobson called me into his office near the end of the school year. I wondered and worried what it was about up to the time I was sitting across the desk from him. The career counselor was there too which I hadn't known would happen until the secretary had told me to go into the room.

"Mr. Tucker," Dobson said, "Academically we have no more to offer you here. But the state requires you to be here. I hate to see my students wasting their time. One possibility that has been put forward is that with your grades and the fact that you have taken AP classes is that you enroll in a local college while still here. With that in mind what classes would you like to take?"

I stared at Dobson for a moment before saying, "I thought the school wanted to hang onto the G&T students."

"We do," he said, "I however hate to see you spinning your wheels here for a year. So what classes do you want?"

"Calculus, Physics, Computer Science," I said.

"I'm going to suggest strongly that you take at least one class in english. Something that will teach you how the other classes expect their papers to be written," The counselor stuck in.
Re: Senior Year [message #7877] Sun, 19 May 2013 11:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think this would be better near the end of Tuck's junior year so he could spend his senior year in the local Junior College.
Re: Senior Year [message #7878] Sun, 19 May 2013 11:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Anne wrote on Sat, 18 May 2013 08:55

Mr. Dobson called me into his office near the end of the school year. I wondered and worried what it was about up to the time I was sitting across the desk from him. The career counselor was there too which I hadn't known would happen until the secretary had told me to go into the room.

"Mr. Tucker," Dobson said, "Academically we have no more to offer you here. But the state requires you to be here. I hate to see my students wasting their time. One possibility that has been put forward is that with your grades and the fact that you have taken AP classes is that you enroll in a local college while still here. With that in mind what classes would you like to take?"

I stared at Dobson for a moment before saying, "I thought the school wanted to hang onto the G&T students."

"We do," he said, "I however hate to see you spinning your wheels here for a year. So what classes do you want?"

"Calculus, Physics, Computer Science," I said.

"I'm going to suggest strongly that you take at least one class in english. Something that will teach you how the other classes expect their papers to be written," The counselor stuck in.


Perhaps I was a bit unclear about when this meeting takes place. Therefore: "Mr. Tucker," Dobson said, "You will be a senior here next year with no academic classes. I hate to see you waste a year trying to fill it with non credit classes. One option that you could explore is concurrent enrollment at the city college for your senior year."

Now does that seem better?
Re: Senior Year [message #7880] Sun, 19 May 2013 16:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Much. Maybe add,

"You'll still have to fulfill your cosmetology requirements." He gave me a quick smile. "Perhaps the college would allow you to do that at a more convenient hour." He became more serious. "They're still wrangling over the exact number of credit hours but under the terms of the concurrent enrollment arrangement that comes into effect next year McAllen would pay for about half of a full load."

Dobson stood up to indicate that the meeting was over. "Your parents will get a letter once the terms are finalized but I wanted you to start thinking about this as soon as possible." He looked at the career counselor. "Thank you, Sharon."

Both the counselor and I got up to leave. While her back was to him he motioned for me to stay. Once we were alone he motioned me close to him. He pitched his voice for my ears alone. "Valerie could dress more comfortably there than you can here. Let me know if you need me to have a word with a couple of people."
Re: Senior Year [message #7924] Sat, 01 June 2013 19:02 Go to previous message
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I expect that sometime soon Tuck is going to have another session with his mom dad and sheila with regard to how he wants to present himself to the world.

I can just about imagine it going something like this: "Eugene," my dad called me from his office as I came in from baby sitting, "I need to talk to you about something."

"What dad?" I asked as I dragged myself through the door. If I hadn't been tired before this would have sapped me.

"I was wondering, since you don't want to take the testosterone shots, what you are going to do about your next school year?"
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