First, thank you for reading. My son is almost done with Honors Geometry and still has a 95+ average. I just feel bad for him because he really had no summer break.
His former high school still continues to lose enrollment due to lack of discipline and poor education. I am not sure of the fate of the teacher that screamed at him, except we found out he was reported for throwing a desk towards a student to make a point (not in my son’s class). The public school just down the road is an excellent school. They have the funds to have the teachers tutor kids. Most teachers at my son’s former high school left right after the kids, and the Honor Society students would do the tutoring.
The teachers did not get their contract at the end of the school year, so there is still negotiations ongoing.
My son made 4 really good friends. One was a girl that found an Instagram account trashing him, and she had the account closed down (my son does not have any social media accounts). She was a mutual friend of one of my son’s friends, and they also became friends. She was really “in the loop” with social media because she was bullied in public school. So, he really had people on the lookout for him. It’s heartbreaking to me that he feels he is destined to be isolated and bullied so long as he is in school. The one short trip we made by airplane had him mortified because the one obsessed girl told everyone he was a member of ISIS and a sexual predator. And we live in PA, so you can only imagine the stress it caused him. He thought he was on an FBI watch list.
So, we are seeking a Catholic therapist (the first one we tried specialized in pornography recovery) and was a poor fit. Slowly he’s getting his self confidence back, but we learned that he lost some of his trumpet skills because the band leader (she’s really the drama teacher and has no experience in conducting a band) gave him simple parts below his level. She has a pretty big reputation for playing favorites. DS was not one of her favorites.
So, we convinced our son to keep playing trumpet. He’s been accepted into the gifted scholars program for nuclear physics, and the teachers are so eager to help! It’s been a rough summer, but he’s managed to stay positive. He’s done a ton of altar serving, and he’ll participate in the youth group once it starts up. Overall, he’s so much happier. I no longer worry about his grades, as he’s back to wowing his teacher this summer.