Monday, February 11, 2008

Middle School Already?

How did that happen? I can so clearly remember Jordan's first day of 3 year old preschool when we moved here to Kingwood. Can she really be headed to Middle School already? I better embrace it because it's coming whether I want it to or not.

Last week, we had parent orientation night at Riverwood Middle School. I have to say that I was extremely impressed with everything about the place. The band, the orchestra and the choir each did two songs and the orchestra, in particular, was really good. At the orientation, the principal told us that the orchestra director was named "Best String Educator" in the Houston area which is pretty impressive. Jordan has decided that she wants to take orchestra as her elective and to give the violin a try. She's even asked to start taking violin lessons this do you say no to that?

As for the classes, we're in a bit of a dilemma. We have the choice of taking the 4 major courses either "on level" or "honors." I'm sure she'll qualify for honors for all 4 but I've heard some parents say that the homework level is pretty crazy...4 hours per night...for a 6th grader! She's already said she definitely wants to take honors math and science and I think she should take honors reading/language arts. That leaves social studies as perhaps an on level class. I'm worried she won't have time for any sports (gymnastics or otherwise) if she takes all 4 honors classes. I guess we'll see. We still have a little time to decide. Any way you look at it, it's pretty exciting...especially for her. I'm nervous, but excited for her at the same time. It's really a great school and she's going to have the opportunity to explore a lot of different things before she gets to high school. And if she stays on the honors track she'll even have a few high school classes out of the way before she even gets there.

I just keep wondering...where did the time go?


Heather said...

I'm not ready!!!!

My Name is Kaity. said...

I was Jordan's age when she was born! That is crazy to me!

Brandy said...

crazy crazy. you know what's crazier? you thinking i would talk heather out of a nose ring!! that was a laugher!

Anonymous said...

Nah, not crazy--Just enjoy each age as it comes along. They are all just as memorable, simply different! It's fun to be able to watch her become a young lady! For what it's worth--KT and Ben took advantage of all the middle school honors classes and came out none the worse (and believe me, they had social lives too). Talk to both her teachers now and the middle school folks to explain what you've heard about the load vs what they perceive to be the reality--and what they think Jordan should take. Cindi

Anonymous said...

Make sure she still has time to play kickball and tackle football in the street, with or without shoes. She is still just a kid at heart!!