Doesn't seem right that we are parents of a Middle-Schooler and a High-Schooler. Weren't they little kids once? Didn't I used to actually carry little Yo around the block? Didn't Habtamu have a high voice? And why is he taller than me? (sigh)
Habtamu is doing very well in school. He has several ELL (English Language Learning) classes with the same teacher, in a small class room. This has really helped him get the attention and focus he needs. He got mostly A's and B's and one C this last semester. For being here only 4 and a half years, every one agrees that he is doing a fantastic job. We are so proud of him and how hard he works.
First day of 9th Grade:
Yordanos is also doing well in school. She recently tested out of her extra reading help, and is now in mostly regular classes. She is still in a special math program with a smaller class size and an EXCELLENT teacher who has made math her favorite class. We want to encourage her to do her best, but not well enough to test out of this class. :) Just kidding.... kind of.
First day of 6th Grade:
Both are playing indoor soccer this winter. Yo played soccer all fall. Habtamu played football, which is a post unto itself. Habtamu tried out for basketball this year, but got cut early on. He did not seem disappointed. I asked him how he felt about getting cut. "Ok." Really? Why is that? He shrugged, "I didn't know what I was doing. Can I still play soccer?"