Today my oldest son, my only biological child "graduated" the 8th grade. His last year of being a "kid" and entering the big world of high school!!! The world of cars, girls, sports, curfews, friends....oh and school!!! :-) My son is growing up and moving on whether I am ready for him to or not. Wasn't it just yesterday that he was in Kindergarten? Maybe even 5th grade? Such big deals are made out of those 2 years. Pomp and circumstance....honors, awards, achievements, certificates of completion. Excitement as they enter a new stage in their lives.....ESPECIALLY 6th grade.
As these children work towards finishing middle school and heading to high school, you would think that there would be a little "Pomp and Circumstance" heard as they officially left the 8th grade. Moving towards growing up....becoming a young adult. Not at Aaron's school....not unless you had achieved "academic excellence" or were voted student of the semester/year. If you weren't getting an award you weren't recognized. Sad, huh? You got to sit and watch the same handful of kids receive award after award while you were..........AVERAGE. A regular kid with regular grades. Why isn't it ok to be average anymore????
As a result of my disappointment, I composed a letter/email that I emailed out to our principal, asst. principal and County Superintendent relaying my feelings of sadness that my child is not looked upon or recognized because he's a good kid, not a troublemaker, respectful and *gasp*.... AVERAGE!!! Hopefully that letter will make a difference in the years to come.
Maybe one less parent or student will feel slighted for being AVERAGE.......