Softening the blow for parents of bad grades at report card time


November 19, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BEFORE YOU LOOK at this, you need to realize my teacher and I have reached an understanding," my oldest son said earnestly.

Firmly disengaging the report card from his hand, I gasped at the grade -- a "D" in desktop publishing.

"It looks worse than it actually is because this semester I am doing so much better," he continued. "And a 'D' isn't failing, it's more of a wake-up call to my support people that I'm struggling."

Actually it's more of a wake-up call to the people who do the hiring at the local gas-'n-go.

"I'm open to suggestions on how to improve on what could incorrectly be interpreted as a punishable situation," he said.

I had visited this class at open house. I left believing it was perfect for a generation raised on television ads, who teethed on a computer mouse and possessed an attention span challenged by such commitments of time as a two-part miniseries.

"It's a high 'D,' " he said hopefully.

Well, now I felt so much better.

"And you know, one of the guys in my group got an 'E,' " he said, shaking his head. "That's pretty bad. An 'E' in desktop publishing."

Swell. In relation to the rest of his group, my son is a role model.

Just then, my youngest son entered, waving his report card.

"Before you look at this, you need to realize my English teacher doesn't like me."

It's another wake-up call, Glen Burnie.

Root for the Gophertrotters

Tickets are still available to watch the Glen Burnie High School Gophertrotters take on the Harlem Wizards basketball team at 7 p.m. Saturday in the main gym, 8550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $4 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the Glen Burnie High Parent-Teacher-Student Organization's various school projects.

The Wizards are renowned for combining comic antics and athletic prowess for an entertaining show.

Coached by teacher Brian Ranck, the Gophertrotters' team roster boasts the following players: faculty members Juan Brown, Rob Harris, Allison Early, Sam Hytovitz and Tim Clark; parents Rick Rewers, Brad Davies and Stu Burgoon Sr.; and students Jong Lee, Deon Brown, Adam Bednar, Jason Gilliam and George Schneider.

Tickets are being sold in school at lunchtime and will be available at the door.

Band Boosters fund-raiser

It will be going, going, gone when the Glen Burnie High School Band Boosters hosts their annual auction at 7 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m., with opening bids for the live auction set for 8: 30 p.m. More than 100 items and services have been donated by area businesses, said boosters president Larry Vandervort.

Items of note include four tickets for any regular-season Orioles game except opening day, two round-trip airline tickets, a microwave oven, a CD boom box and -- for that soon-to-be teen driver in your life -- a driver-education course.

Other items include opera and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tickets, and a Harbor Cruises dinner trip.

Glen Burnie High's band includes an 85-member marching unit, a flag and pompom squad, and a twirler.

Last year's auction raised $3,000, Vandervort said. Proceeds will be used for new uniforms and instruments.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served throughout the evenings.

Information: 410-761-6554.

Pub Date: 11/19/97

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