Apparently Miss Stephanie had a tough semester. She realized Friday that the quarter was coming to an end on the following Tuesday, and Little Bit’s six A’s from last semester were appearing to turn into one A and five B’s.
Thankfully, it is not her fault.
“This quarter was not a full nine weeks. It was shorter,” she argued.
“Stephanie, I assure you that the third quarter is exactly ¼ of the school year. It is the same length as the first and second ones.”
“No dad. It isn’t. This one was like four weeks!”
“So it was an eighth? I see. The school calendar has two quarters and then an eighth, probably followed by another quarter, and then possibly another eighth. Makes perfectly good sense to me.”
“Besides, the teachers didn’t give us enough graded assignments this time. We had like two grades in each class!”
“Two? Only two graded assignments in each class the entire semester?”
“I don’t know exactly. But it wasn’t a lot.”
“Probably ‘cause they only had half the time as the last quarter.”
“Yea. Oh, and like the math tests had like 50 questions on them, and I could hardly finish.”
“That does seem like a lot of questions.”
“Yea. And for every one you miss the teacher marks off 5 points from your grade!”
“Humm. So if my math is correct, you could score as much as 250 points on that test?”
“Well, if there are 50 questions and each one counts 5 points, it seems to me you could get a grade of 250. If you did well on a test like that, it is bound to bring your grade up. That’s a lot of points.”
“Whatever…” she was getting ticked.
“Baby, four things:
1) It’s not that big of a deal
2) You need to keep up with your grades and figure out mid quarter where you’re struggling so that you’ll have time to pull them up – two days just won’t do it
3) You’re tired, you need to go to bed
4) and I love you.”
Lisa would have checked her grades on a weekly basis. This is partially my fault. I guess we both learned a lesson this eighth, err, I mean quarter.
(Since writing this post, I think we may have actually pulled in a couple more A’s, like maybe four! She probably got a 239 on her last math test.)