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Got referred to court for excessive absence?

  1. May 9, 2004 #1
    Lol,

    Today I got a mail from City Hall that says my school turned in something say I have excessive absence. Says I have to goto court. :rofl:

    I'm going to take this letter to my principle, or should I take it to someone else?

    Btw, I am honor student, no excessive absence whatever the bs is.
     
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  3. May 9, 2004 #2

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    Prudens, are you in high school?
     
  4. May 10, 2004 #3
    hahaha
    I was a "perpetual truant" my senior year. Nothing happened - I was an IB student.
     
  5. May 10, 2004 #4
    I was in the high math/sciences track in my two last years. We were above the law :smile:
     
  6. May 10, 2004 #5
    I would hand in the note if I were you. Better get it sorted out in case anything bad comes out of it.

    Joining the list of truants, I'm another one that hardly attends classes. And I also have a very bad homework record to go along with it. While I'm not that smart, I AM above the school system.

    Sadly, there are no "advanced placement" classes here. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
     
  7. May 10, 2004 #6

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    The irony of the situation: I bet you have to miss your classes to go to court! I would get a kick out of going to the court proceedings, passively, and see how far it goes before the judge finds out that you are an honors student without a truancy problem. Bring your grades with you.
     
  8. May 10, 2004 #7

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    Prudens, you're just like me :wink:.
    Schools should really stop taking attendance since it has become obvious that attendance has absolutely no affect on grades. For example, look at my highschool grades

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    If it looks photoshopped, that's because it is. I removed the semester grade breakdown, the teacher names, the code for each course, and teacher comments.
    Those aren't even the complete grades. I scored a lot better on the finals (50% of the course mark) than I did in each course.
     
  9. May 10, 2004 #8

    Chi Meson

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    Hmm. For you maybe, but I have plenty of data that suggests otherwise. It could be that your class wasn't as challenging as it should have been. In my honors class (not even AP), I have never had a student miss more than 10 days of school and still get an A.
     
  10. May 10, 2004 #9

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    The classes were hard enough, trust me. One of the members on this board gave me a link to an AP Physics test he was studying for, and the questions were just like the ones my physics class was doing.

    The grade also depends on whether your classes do assignments or not. Since my chem and physics classes were honors classes, they assumed we knew what we were doing so they didn't give us assignments. The math 30 was packed with smart kids so the teachers assumed we knew what we were doing; again, no assignments. Math 31 is a calculus class not needed for graduation; only students genuinely wanting to go to university are in that class. Very few assignments in that class (most of the class was just having fun with the teacher).

    Yeah so give fewer assignments and give people like me a break :biggrin:.
     
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  11. May 10, 2004 #10

    Chi Meson

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    Sounds like you're a "natural." Still...
    I don't recommend it to most people.
     
  12. May 10, 2004 #11

    Evo

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    My daughter is in honors and AP classes and she is swamped with assignments.
     
  13. May 10, 2004 #12

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    It's called busy work. I find myself doing a lot less assignments in college than high school but i'm learning 100x more. Doing 30 problems in math over the same material in high school just for the sake of turning it in was a waste of my time. Now I do as many as I feel confortable until I understand the material.
     
  14. May 10, 2004 #13

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    Teachers at her school are notorius for dumping so much work on these poor kids that they have no free time.

    The rule for math is that if you have a single outstanding assignment, you are not allowed to take any tests. I hate her school, so does she.
     
  15. May 10, 2004 #14
    I've called them and told them I received this letter late due to my change of address. Nobody was there, so I left msg, I hope they hear it.

    What are some possible perdicts? I am still a little worried because you don't know how bad people are these days... One of the lady in the attendence office is not very friendly... Though I believe love and respect would show my attitude toward people... she reported me to the truancy court without even notifying me beforehand... sigh. (I didn't know anything about these rules, too busy for finals and AP exams.)

    Now I am somewhat depressed. Mother's day just passed, finally made my mother happy for one time... now this thing comes in. and it's final week of school. The only thing that keeps me alive now is my faith in Christ.
     
  16. May 10, 2004 #15
    and yes, i'm still in highschool.
     
  17. May 10, 2004 #16

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    Don't worry, your grades will pull you through. I just hope you don't have any past criminal offenses like stealing or B&E; those will really bring you down.
     
  18. May 10, 2004 #17

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    I thought prudens was a guy...
     
  20. May 10, 2004 #19

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    Prudens, if your school actually sent notice to the District Attorney's office, you need to take this very seriously, your parents, not you, can be jailed and/or fined. It should only be a warning, though you wouldn't have a court date for a warning. Getting good grades does not matter when it comes to truancy. My daughter is an honor student. Your parents should consult an attorney that handles truancy, the attorney can look at the letter and advise them on what to do.

    I don't know what the truancy laws are in the state in which you live. Here if a student has 6 absences in a semester, they can be found truant. An absence is per class period, not per day. If you are late more than 9 minutes to a class, it is counted as an absence. You can get 6 -7 absences in a single day.

    I found all this out because when my daughter turned 16 last October and got her own car, she started picking up her best friend in the morning on the way to school, and then they would drive somewhere for lunch. So, she was late almost every morning and late returning from lunch. That was 2 absences a day. I got a letter from the school telling me she had over 50 absences and if she had one more absence, they would consider filing truancy. Of course I called them to tell them they were nuts, she didn't have any absences, and that's when I found out about the crazy rules. What's even crazier is that if you miss the last 20 minutes of a class, it's not counted as an absence, it's an absence if you miss the first 9 minutes, go figure.

    Google "truancy" along with the name of your state and you should find a link to truancy laws for your state.
     
  21. May 10, 2004 #20

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    I know, I was just making a reference to that new movie with the Olsen Twins.
     
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