This progress report arrived in the email last Friday:
73.6%!? This boy of ours who has earned all A's this year was going to close the school year with a C. It's not that he has done poorly on assignments, but that there are assignments that are missing (which may well be due to his increasing extracurricular pursuits named Rianna, Julia, Rachel, and so on.). So we were disappointed in the grade drop. But knowing that one non-A in 6th grade is not the end of happiness, we put it aside.Our boy assured us that his socializing had shown more self-discipline and that he couldn't imagine how he had missing assignments.We smiled benignly and didn't believe a word he said.
Then, on Friday long after school was dismissed, the phone rang and "Middle School" came up in the caller id. Knowing that nothing good ever comes from a school call, I answered with my best practiced weary voice.