Barren County Graduation

Barren County Graduation

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not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#1 Jun 3, 2011
Our son graduated tonight and out of over 250 graduates there was 2 people who had 13 years perfect attendance! Never missing one day of school since starting kindergarten! So needless to say he was excited to see what award they would present them, first of all when they announced the perfect attendance awards for the 2, they did not even say for 13 years, just said for perfect attendance and called them up and gave them each a white sealed envelope.wanna know what you get for 13 years perfect attendance?? Notebook papper and a calculater in a leather bound folder!! didnt even take the damn security tag off of it!!!! No plaque no certificate, notebook paper and calculater! Ya im mad!! Our son worked hard to achieve this, and they think very little about dedicated students! BARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HAS LET MY SON DOWN!!Its like they almost forgot about the 2 perfect attendance students and ran to walmart to grab something quick! Way to encourage the next round to achieve that goal. Dont miss any school and you earn paper and calculater! And thats why im not a happy mom!
errrr

Glasgow, KY

#2 Jun 4, 2011
I thought making sure you were in school was more about the education which far outweighs any sort of plaque or medal! They don't have to give you anything.
opie

Glasgow, KY

#3 Jun 4, 2011
What on earth do you expect? A certificate or plaque is just a piece of junk that ends up thrown away or in a drawer. I believe a young person would be likely to use a calculator as they go about life, so that doesn't seem like a bad gift. Do you actually think that showing up for school every day outweighs academic achievement that must be worked for? I hope in the 13 years the student actually learned something and will put it to good use. All being said, does it really take much effort to get yourself dressed and just show up for school everyday? No, it's what he/she will do everyday in life. Some people drank at the fountain of education, others just gargled.
errrr

Glasgow, KY

#4 Jun 4, 2011
Not to mention, there are lots of other children who would have had perfect attendance - myself included - had I been lucky enough to never get sick. But unfortunately, vomiting, chicken pox, strep throat, flu, and other "can't go anywhere" illnesses kept me home at one time or another. Perfect attendance just seems more like a luck award. And I don't mean that offensively - it is a neat achievement...but actually pulling academic accolades is more impressive IMO.
not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#5 Jun 4, 2011
he also worked his butt off, earning a scholarship to university of kentucky! Not that he just showed up everyday,he loved going to school,when you work that hard to achieve that goal, out of 281 students you would think they would recognize that student with a little more than notebook paper.and its not a luck award, plenty of time he wasnt feeling well but kept trucking right along.
Be Thankful

Glasgow, KY

#6 Jun 4, 2011
not a happy mom wrote:
he also worked his butt off, earning a scholarship to university of kentucky! Not that he just showed up everyday,he loved going to school,when you work that hard to achieve that goal, out of 281 students you would think they would recognize that student with a little more than notebook paper.and its not a luck award, plenty of time he wasnt feeling well but kept trucking right along.
I know of one set of parents at GHS who didn't get to see their son walk the line for graduation because he was killed last year in a car accident. You are being so childish over this attendance award when you should be thankful to your Lord that your son was able to just be there and was not one of the kids that end up passing away because of a bad wreck or something.
not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#7 Jun 4, 2011
I thank the Lord everyday for my family.And I am very proud of them.
Leroy Jenkins

Glasgow, KY

#8 Jun 4, 2011
Would it make you feel better if the school made a bronze staute of your son and put it out front or maybe build a new wing of the school and name it after him, you are the type of parent that thinks my kids better than your kid, you are probably the parent that has the "my kid's on the honer roll" bumper sticker on your car too. What did you expect we live in a society of people who don't give a damn, as long as your son feels a sense of accomplishment for something he has done then that is all that matters. Maybe in the coming years when your son gets married and has children of his own you will think those are a little more important than 13 years perfect attendance. Oh and by the way he did get a certificate its called a "Diploma".
Fact is

Glasgow, KY

#9 Jun 4, 2011
not a happy mom wrote:
Our son graduated tonight and out of over 250 graduates there was 2 people who had 13 years perfect attendance! Never missing one day of school since starting kindergarten! So needless to say he was excited to see what award they would present them, first of all when they announced the perfect attendance awards for the 2, they did not even say for 13 years, just said for perfect attendance and called them up and gave them each a white sealed envelope.wanna know what you get for 13 years perfect attendance?? Notebook papper and a calculater in a leather bound folder!! didnt even take the damn security tag off of it!!!! No plaque no certificate, notebook paper and calculater! Ya im mad!! Our son worked hard to achieve this, and they think very little about dedicated students! BARREN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL HAS LET MY SON DOWN!!Its like they almost forgot about the 2 perfect attendance students and ran to walmart to grab something quick! Way to encourage the next round to achieve that goal. Dont miss any school and you earn paper and calculater! And thats why im not a happy mom!
Well my opinion of a kid with 13 yrs of perfect attendance, means to me the parents found a good babysitter for 13 yrs they could pawn them off on. So they could do whatever and not be hindered by the kids. In 13 yrs most parents take vacation thats during school and takes their kids with them. Schools are good for babysitting services thats about it though. I went to school with a guy that missed 75 percent of school yrs that he went thru till he quit altogether in 7th grade. The person is probably worth more today than most college graduates and he ccouldnt spell dog if you asked him. Just worked hard all his life. School is nothing more than a waste of time or just free babysitters. Ought to enact a law that a person can drop out after 5th grade casue any school after that is just a waste. Self taught and hard work determines a person. Oh got to have that high school diploma to work at mcdonalds. Don't for get the college education that you pay on for 10 yrs. While you are working on mcdonalds salary to pay the college off.
OH MY

Glasgow, KY

#10 Jun 4, 2011
This country is becoming "The Land of the COMPLETE Idiots". Award for something you are supposed to do anyway? No one cares that poor little Johnny did exactly what he was supposed to do and went to school? School is nothing but a babysitter? I bet those of you with these ideas, also think because you were born that you are entitled to something. LMAO! FREE EVERYTHING, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, PAYCHECK! AWARDS FOR FREAKING WAKING UP IN THE MORNING! "GET JOHNNY A STICKER, HE GOT OUT OF BED THIS MORNING." Get a clue, before those of us who work hard and believe in EARNING a living and yes PAYING FOR OUR OWN EDUCATION (because it does matter), have to endure life sharing a country with lazy, undeserving IDIOTS with their hand out!
not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#11 Jun 4, 2011
OH MY wrote:
This country is becoming "The Land of the COMPLETE Idiots". Award for something you are supposed to do anyway? No one cares that poor little Johnny did exactly what he was supposed to do and went to school? School is nothing but a babysitter? I bet those of you with these ideas, also think because you were born that you are entitled to something. LMAO! FREE EVERYTHING, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, PAYCHECK! AWARDS FOR FREAKING WAKING UP IN THE MORNING! "GET JOHNNY A STICKER, HE GOT OUT OF BED THIS MORNING." Get a clue, before those of us who work hard and believe in EARNING a living and yes PAYING FOR OUR OWN EDUCATION (because it does matter), have to endure life sharing a country with lazy, undeserving IDIOTS with their hand out!
Really he was just disapointed that he didnt get something he could display with his diploma that he achieved that goal, HES A VERY DRIVEN YOUNG MAN, and he is determined to make something of hisself, hes not gonna sit around and waste his life away moaning and groaning about what he doesnt have, he plans to now start college in a few months and work even harder.No im not whinning, no bumper stickers on my car, hes not better than anyone else...just a young man who has goals, worked hard for the first one and now moving on to the next ones. Just would have been nice to be able to show his future children way down the road what daddy acomplished when he was going to school. Not nice for people to be mean about this subject. It was his choice to not miss school, not mine, i would have kept him home different times when I knew he didnt feel well, but ultimatly left it up to him.
OH MY

Glasgow, KY

#12 Jun 4, 2011
I apologize, I know what it is like to have goals and I also know what it is like to meet goals and the outcome not be what I had expected. I recently worked as hard as I ever had to meet a goal, the outcome, a huge disappointment (to say the least). It's part of life, you just have to be proud of yourself for the accomplishment, and move on to your next endeavor. I did not mean to belittle your son's goal.(However, it is what is expected of students, just doesn't usually happen.)I am truly sorry. But he must understand that when you meet your goal, no matter how hard you worked, no matter what you sacrificed, in the end sometimes the only award is knowing that you did it, you reached your goal (no one else may care) but you worked your butt off and you accomplished what you set out to do! If you always expect something grand you maybe setting yourself up for disappointment. Anyway, I am truly sorry for coming across so harsh and stereo-typing. I did not have perfect attendance in school (would not have went at all, had my mother not made me lol) your son is one of the FEW who can say "I had perfect attendance for my first thirteen years of school". He should be proud of himself!!! I hope he moves on to college and continues the same goal, and sets many more (even larger goals) for himself. I just hope that he learns to see the prize in the end is not about a certificate, a plaque or even something you can see. The prize is knowing YOU DID IT! The feeling of accomplishment! Your son should TRULY be proud of himself thirteen years of perfect attendance is quite an accomplishment! I wish him the BEST!
OH MY

Glasgow, KY

#13 Jun 4, 2011
By the way, you can also let him know, many years from now there will be students who will remember him as the student who had perfect attendance. I know it's not much, but people do remember those things. I have been out of high school for many years (double digits) and I remember our class only had one student (out of about 120)who had perfect attendance and I also can tell you who it was. Haven't seen them since graduation, but I remember. Like I said it's not much, but he will be remembered for his accomplishment!
not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#14 Jun 4, 2011
OH MY wrote:
By the way, you can also let him know, many years from now there will be students who will remember him as the student who had perfect attendance. I know it's not much, but people do remember those things. I have been out of high school for many years (double digits) and I remember our class only had one student (out of about 120)who had perfect attendance and I also can tell you who it was. Haven't seen them since graduation, but I remember. Like I said it's not much, but he will be remembered for his accomplishment!
Thank you that means alot.
Retired and Love It

Horse Cave, KY

#15 Jun 4, 2011
During my years as a teacher I had students who also had perfect attendance. You know how they did it? They came to school sick, passing their germs to every student/staff that they came in contact with. These sick students had fevers, horrible coughs, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. The school called the parents to come and take the sick kids home, but the parents refused. Why? Because they wanted their child to win the perfect attendance award! IMO the schools should stop giving perfect attendance awards because there are parents who don't have the good sense to keep a sick child home just so they can win an award that really means nothing in the long run. There's no telling how many students got sick because of parents who refused to keep THEIR sick kid home so they could win a perfect attendance award. I think it's great that students enjoy school and don't want to miss a day but if you're sick STAY HOME!! NOBODY ELSE WANTS YOUR GERMS!!
Teacher too

Munfordville, KY

#16 Jun 4, 2011
I have to agree with retired and loving it. I have a hard time believing that your son never had a contagious illness during the school year. Did he live in a plastic bubble? I too push myself to go when I don't feel the best. But, when it comes to something I could possibly infect some student or other staff member with, that's why there are sick days. I'm much more impressed with a kid who goes through cancer treatments, can't go to school but does the work from home with homebound instruction than with a kid who showed up at school on days he should have stayed home.
not a happy mom

Glasgow, KY

#17 Jun 4, 2011
Teacher too wrote:
I have to agree with retired and loving it. I have a hard time believing that your son never had a contagious illness during the school year. Did he live in a plastic bubble? I too push myself to go when I don't feel the best. But, when it comes to something I could possibly infect some student or other staff member with, that's why there are sick days. I'm much more impressed with a kid who goes through cancer treatments, can't go to school but does the work from home with homebound instruction than with a kid who showed up at school on days he should have stayed home.
I did not force my son to go to school, he is one of those rare kids you couldnt pay to be sick, allergies at times but thats it, he got the flu once and it happened during a christmas vacation, he did this on his own.His younger brother unfortunatly ended up with the flu just about every year it seems, of course he stayed home. Why do you have to be negative? Doesnt mean we are awful parents,just have a son who really likes school and it added up before we realized it.
hello

Glasgow, KY

#18 Jun 4, 2011
why in the hell do you post this on topix? If there are only 2 students out of 281 that had perfect attendance chances are that everyone knows who you are and you are probably being laughed at right about now.
backdraft

Glasgow, KY

#19 Jun 4, 2011
hello wrote:
why in the hell do you post this on topix? If there are only 2 students out of 281 that had perfect attendance chances are that everyone knows who you are and you are probably being laughed at right about now.
now he is really gonna feel like a dork.
silly people

Elizabethtown, KY

#20 Jun 4, 2011
Well the school did get paid for every day he was there so u think they could have gotten him a certificate for it but don't be to unhappy about it. At least he got mentioned for perfect attendance and he reached his goal. Sounds like u have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. Maybe u could have him an award made or buy him some sort of memento. Don't let it bother u or your son, let this be a happy time and remember it as one.

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