Taft Day | June 2017

Taft is an exceptional student. He is naturally very intelligent—got this from his Dad. But, he is also very studious. He works incredibly hard at school and I can honestly say, I have never had to prod or plead for him to do his homework. Not in 10 years of school! In fact, for the last six months-ish, Taft has been getting up between 4:00 and 5:00 AM (yes, in the morning 😜) so that he can have an hour or more of uninterrupted, QUIET time to read and/or finish up whatever homework he has. Taft is a natural project-manager. He is detail orientated, so that once he fully understands the parameters of an assignment or project, and the deadline, he will map out his schedule and work diligently to completed stuff AHEAD of time—this is a concept that is completely foreign to his mother! Taft is completing his sophomore year at Central Valley High School and he logs into the CV student portal EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. just to see which assignments and/or tests have been posted by his teachers and to check on his grades and percentages. Below is the screen shot I took yesterday when I sat down at the computer. It is for his Pre AP Language Arts class. 

Taft has 3 semesters of 4.0 and is currently barely shy of an A grade in his zero-hour weights class, which would prevent a 4.0 His percentage is currently at 92.something something ... which is NOT quite there. Taft does NOT like to draw attention to himself. He is an introvert first class and so this situation is a challenge for him. He must decide whether talking to his teacher is actually worth the discomfort of talking to his teacher! How bad does he want an A? We will see. We discussed at the dinner table the likelihood of this teacher supporting a request for extra work or simply being understanding of Taft's goal and working with him in some fashion. We think the likelihood is high, so Taft printed out his Home Access page that shows his grades in all of his classes. His plan is to go see this teacher today! 

I will report back. 
And, as a follow up to last month's post, Taft is now licensed to drive. Believe it or not, I'm doing my best to encourage him to take the car and go somewhere! He isn't my most independent, adventure-seeking boy. But, I sure LOVE  him ❤️