By Cheryl Coleman
My daughter attends a private school in Washington DC. This year is a big deal because it’s my daughter’s first middle school report card. My daughter was crushed because she didn’t make the honor roll; she was one or two points away in a couple of subjects to earn the grades needed to make the honor roll cut. Below is the grading scale her private school uses.
F- 69 and below
When I attended a DC Public school, the grading scale was:
F- 64 and below
The percentages used at her private school makes earning top grades for honor roll a more difficult task than it was for me when I was attending school. I had to remind her that not making honor roll does not mean she is not intelligent. Understandably, she was having a hard time because this was a goal she wanted to accomplish, but didn’t reach.
As we talked over the weekend, I encouraged her. I told her we could work together to help her reach her goal. Even though she didn’t make honor roll, I saw improvement in her academics. I will continue to support her at home by ensuring she has a quiet place to complete homework and that she is not trying to multitask with the TV on while completing it. I always remind her to not procrastinate and study over time.
I also encourage her to ask for help and support while she is at school. I know my daughter’s biggest struggle is advocating for herself when she needs help. She is uncomfortable asking questions in front of peers. I told her if she doesn’t step out of her comfort zone, she might not reach her goal next term. I also advised her to show her teachers respect. I know this shouldn’t have any bearing on her grades, but I believe it does affect whether or not the teacher will go the extra mile to help. Remember, you are your child’s biggest cheerleader, so be sure to cheer him or her along!