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posted 1/6/2008 8:42:59 PM |
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About a month ago my 11 year old fell on the playground at school and broke his left collar bone.
The doctor put him in a sling and said no upper body activity for four weeks.
We go back to see him on Christmas Eve and an x-ray was taken- my son is healing nicely. However, the doc says no upper body activity for another five weeks.
When the doctor first gave us this advice, I wrote a note to my son's gym teacher asking that he be excused from gym due to the injury (and doctor's orders). No problem.
I wrote a note to the school excusing my son's one and a half day absence from school. No problem.
Our school district has a system that allows parents and students to log in and see and monitor grades. Yesterday I logged in and checked all my son's subjects...all As and Bs....I'm so proud........BUT...............
Then I get to his music grade. "49.2% F". F?
My son took up the trombone this year. And guess what? He can't play it right now because of his injury. He's in a sling for Christ's sake! He's been faithfully going to his band classes every week, sitting there bored because he can't play his instrument, yet understanding that he needs to be there to learn the new notes, etc.
So the music teacher rewards him with an F. This just really pisses me off. I've emailed the music teacher several times, trying to find a source for private trombone lessons (prior to my son's injury), and the man could never be bothered to answer me.
Now I'm HOT about this grade he's given my boy! However, I write a nice, positive email to the guy, asking why he's giving my son an F for a problem that isn't my son's fault.
I'm anxious to see if he will respond to me. If I don't hear back from him in a couple of days, I'll just have to climb up the old school foodchain....right up to the Principal.
Wish me luck! I hate shit like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jan 6 @ 8:46PM  
Good Luck!

Jan 6 @ 8:50PM  
Good luck and be careful...

Jan 6 @ 8:52PM  
Don't mess with a momma's cub...that band teacher is going to be one sorry man...

And, good luck. Don't be afraid to take it to the district superintendent if you have to (like I need to tell you that)...

Jan 6 @ 8:55PM  
Yeah good luck on that. I remember when I was in highschool freshman year I got sick and under doctors orders I was out of school for 6 months. I got two weeks to make up all my lab classes, tests, and homework. Then I failed because of attendance points, which was PS so my grandma jerked me out and put me in private school. Then get this the old school wouldn't transfer the records, so I had to go back to my 8th grade year and start from there. Needless to say I was able to skip a few grades and graduated the same year with my initial class, but still it was a pain in the ass. Most school districts suck, so yeah good luck with that hope you get results.

Jan 6 @ 8:55PM  
Good luck. It's not exactly fair since he is attending the class. Be careful, the Food Chain can be very hungry at times.


Jan 6 @ 8:57PM  
Oh I know the daughter sliced her elbow open and wasn't allowed to do gym or outside recess......until the stitches came out. Her teacher made her go outside, stating that there wasn't anyone to watch inside!! I said she could have sat in the office or in the cafeteria until it was over!!

Jan 6 @ 9:29PM  
Good luck with it girl! When my son was in concert choir a few years ago he had a major concert coming up one weekend, unfortunately his grandfather back home in Tx passed away. He had been ill for some time and his wishes were no lavish funeral, graveside services only! He died on Thursday evening and the burial was set for Saturday morning. Obviously no time to have pretty little brochures printed. Well living just over 8 hrs away we pulled out early Friday morning for the drive. Needless to say my son missed the concert Friday night here. The director was going to fail him for the semester because we didn't have "proof" (brochure) that his grandfather passed and we had to drive out of state for the funeral!! I said are you fucking kidding me???!!!! I finally pulled it up online and printed an obituary from the local paper there and they grudgingly accepted it!! But not without it being a long drawn out ordeal!

Jan 6 @ 10:40PM  
Good luck. I broke my collar bone in 5th grade, and rebroke it again after it almost healed. Not a fun way to spend one's summer :-(.

Jan 7 @ 3:41AM  
I do hope you suceed when you take this teacher to task. A good teacher would have found another way for your son to earn a better grade in class while he was limited due to his injury. She could have had him do a research project on the history of the trombone or a paper on famous trombonists. He would have been learning rather then being a idle participant in class. Teachers are responsible for invidualizing education to adapt to the needs of each child. Do not hold your breath on an Email response. My daughter who is in college is extremely frustrated at the lack of courtesy professors have protrayed. They rarely respond to emails. Good luck and go out there and be an advocate for your child.

Jan 8 @ 1:32AM  
I hope you get it all straightened out

Jan 8 @ 4:08PM  
I hope you have this all straightened out...if not, then as a parent who has had many similar problrms, let me pass along this advice.....Get loud, angry, and mean.....your son was medically excused from any activity which involved upper body movement( I presume you provided the office with a note from his doctor...just a note from you is not "legal tender", so to speak). This being student may receive a failing grade for any class from which he has been medically excused...

Good luck.....

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