Honor Society

Claire was recently admitted into the National Junior Honor Society.  She worked hard and got her grades up to make this happen!

Congrats, Claire!

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Ze, Susie, and Claire accepting their honor society membership.

Fun with Math

Molly has a surprising new form of entertainment while I drive her around in the car.  She is doing a math self-assessment.  For fun!  Her idea, I swear!   And this from a girl who was doing extra math tutoring just last year!  You have no idea how happy this makes a dad.

Specifically, Molly is doing the official State of Texas 3rd grade math assessment practice workbook. ¬†It’s an old copy that she inherited from Claire.

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Occasionally as we drive around, Molly will ask me to check her math.

Molly: “Dad, what’s 18 plus 7?”

Me: “I think you probably know that one. ¬†Do you have a guess?”

Molly: “Mmmmm… 25?”

Me: “Yep. ¬†Well played!”

I asked Molly what she enjoys about doing math for fun, and she just says, “I dunno. ¬†I just like it.” ¬†She did tell me me she does sometimes get frustrated by multi-step questions. ¬†I told her a little challenge can be a good thing. ¬†She nodded and kept plugging away at the workbook.

How this happened, I do not know. ¬†I guess the math tutoring worked! ūü§∑ūüŹĽ‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ

Molly: Scientist of the week

Molly showed a cool magic trick — oops, I mean science experiment — to her class for “Scientist of the Week” today. ¬†Molly got to choose her own experiment. ¬†She didn’t like any of the experiments from the standard class books because they “don’t have useful conclusion”. ¬†She found an experiment she liked roughly relating to air pressure in a random kid’s science book that I had.

As you can see in the picture, she turns a cup of water upside down, and a playing card miraculously holds the water in the cup.

The class was pretty impressed and had lots of questions. ¬†“es this work with orange juice?”, ¬†“Does it work with sparkling water?”, ¬†“Do you have to use a card, or can I use my iPad?”, “Does it work on a lower value card?” ¬†To test the last question, we tried the experiment on a second card of lower value (2 of spades) to make sure it still worked. ¬†What do you know, it worked!? ūüėČ

You got a love those curious third grade minds!  And way to go Molly for a great presentation.

Goats!

We discovered some goats at the school down the street. ¬†They’re so friendly and cute! ¬†They’re basically vegetarian dogs. ¬†Now we walk over and visit them form time to time.

Claire the Flapper

Claire had a major role in the 5th grade musical play the year.

She was a flapper and got a brief solo singing part! ¬†She sounded amazing and looked great in her flapper outfit. ¬†She’s a natural flapper. ¬†Way to go, Claire!

Here’s Claire with her friends Susie, Wolfie, and another girl whose name I forgot. (oops!)

First Grade Guide to Austin Restaurants

Molly’s first grade class did the cutest assignment to hand out to the parents as a Christmas present. ¬†Each kid in the class wrote a review of a restaurant¬†they were familiar with. ¬†Molly choose Chi’lantro, a regular favorite of ours. ¬†Molly’s review followed the same¬†format followed by most of the other kids. ¬†“Chi’lantro is good. ¬†The parking is okay…” etc. ¬†But it was support sweet, and Molly had some good observations about Chi’lantro. ¬†Way to go, first graders! ¬†BTW, the most popular restaurant was P. Terry’s, which got several independent reviews.

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Last Day of School ’15

The girls head out for their last day of school for this academic year. ¬†This was Molly’s last day in Pre-K and Claire’s last day in 3rd grade. ¬†It is a pajamas day for Molly, and both girls get to bring games, stuffed animals, etc. for their last day with their classes.

 

STAAR Wars

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A relieved Claire enjoys a post-STAAR dessert at Kerby Lane Cafe

Claire finished her first major standardized test today, the dreaded¬†STAAR test. ¬†It is a two-day test, fours hours each day, mandated by the state of Texas. ¬†Claire and her fellow third graders have spent most of third grade preparing for this test. ¬†Parents brought snacks and drinks to keep the kids sharp and refreshed. ¬†But once the doors close, it is fully locked down, with no visitors of any kind. ¬†It is pretty serious. ¬†A sign in Claire’s classroom says:

STAAR Wars — May the Scores Be With You!

We don’t know Claire’s test¬†results yet, but to celebrate just finishing this monster test, we took her out to dinner and let her pick a dessert, a rare and substantial treat for our sugar-starved Claire.