After the introductory session, all the parents go into the cafeteria to talk to the teachers and see what each class and academy (they have five different academies - Engineering, Law, Finance, Health Services, and Technology) had to offer. Background - This school is one grade and is leading into a school with a combined attendance of about 2,400-2,600 students. So, they offer a lot and it is very confusing. (And just so you know, I graduated with about 98 other people.) So as I went from table to table I was asking what I could and trying to get a feel for the expectations.
When I finished talking to all I could, I happened upon one of the counselors that I knew had worked with my oldest when he went to this school last year. I don't know her, but I went up, introduced myself as BK's mom. She lit up and began to tell me how "He is a doll!" and "I love him." Maybe I will blog more about his legacy later. But, I believe in getting to the point and telling people what I need, so I began to ask her about bullying at the FC and how they handle it and if it gets better during high school, etc. So, this counselor was the perfect one for me to talk to because she had been through that with her own child last year!! It had affected him so greatly that he had to repeat his grade and was moved to a private school. So, she definitely knew what I was talking about. And, when I started telling her about how it had affected his motivation to do school and him wanting to give up, she had experienced this first hand. In addition, she knew exactly what to do about it. She had lots of ideas, such as him meeting with her after the student tour and her helping him in getting the right teachers who care and want to help kids, those teachers who look out for their kids and will be like the "mama hen" for those kids who need it. She also spoke of meeting with him during the summer and helping him to feel that he had an ally at the campus. She spoke of connecting him with other kids who needed friends. She will continue the one support that has worked for him this year (having a high school kid come - a peer helper - to see him once a week). Bottom line - she gave me HOPE!!!! Hope that my child can do better next year than this year. Hope that he can succeed and move on. Hope that there will be someone looking out for him.
I feel that this is a direct answer to prayer. I have prayed for God's wisdom that He show us if we are to continue with him in public school and God has given me hope. I thank God for this. Also, God "dumped my mom out of her recliner" (her words) this morning at 5:00 or so and told her to tell us to read this scripture with him. It is Isaiah 41: 11-13. I want to weep as I think about how God is using these little things to speak His great and awesome love for us. I tear up now, thinking of how He is reminding me that HE LOVES ME! He loves me and He loves my child. And He will be with him. If you go on, verse 14 says, "Despised though you are, O Israel, don't be afraid for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer. I am the Holy One of Israel." GREAT, AWESOME, WONDERFUL, LOVING GOD!!!!!