SO VERY much going on right now, my friends.... much of which I can't talk about yet because it would spoil the surprise. But I'm working on a couple of things together with some newly discovered allies and... well, just you wait!!! You will be pleasantly surprised!
In the meantime, that kid of mine, The Pyrate, is doing thangs too! This semester, which should have been his second semester of 8th grade, has been challenging for him because, he's been advanced to 9th grade after completing 8th grade in ONE SEMESTER! 9th grade has been more demanding of him in terms of organization, and we've had to go through some real exercises in self discipline and independance and learn some lessons in making decisions for the big picture instead of the little one. He's doing really well. Grades are great and he's chugging along. For more on his fantastic school, check out K12 now!
We went to a college fair a month or so back and that alerted me to the fact that since he is accelerating through two years of school in one, I might want to ummmm.... perhaps facilitate the beginning motions of planning for college. We started researching and have the beginnings of a solid list of schools that have solidly funded marine biology programs. It's been fun and very exciting to start exploring each school and it's different pros and cons. On his list are schools of every size and ranking... some state funded and some private, and a couple of the Ivy Leagues even. He's been really gaining perspective about the big picture since we started that exploration.
During this exploring we looked at requirements and admissions strategies for both the state-run colleges and the Ivy Leagues so that we would be prepared with a well-rounded resume to be not only eligible for admission, but that the next 3 years represent him appropriately as a rockstar and what that means to the admissions officers at the different schools. You can read about what I'm finding out on my notes tab on facebook. It's interesting stuff. Especially when it comes to the Ivies and their admissions process. These days, you have many options... You can go straight down the middle or shoot for the stars and save the middle for your backup and, armed with the right information set out on a master plan to make your aims pay off.
One of the things the Pyrate is doing is applying to volunteer in his field of interest. He will hopefully be accepted this summer to work as a volunteer docent at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's aquatic nursery and as a youth counselor at the Long Beach Marine Institute's summer camp. He's also applied to begin the L.A. Zoo's youth docent program in the fall. All of these are pretty exciting tidbits.
In the fall, he starts 10th grade with honors and ap courses and will take two courses at a local community college as well. If this sounds like a lot, you don't know the Pyrate. Today he finished his entire day's worth of school work by 11am. This kid has the opposite problem from my own... he has TOO many hours in the day. We are attempting to fill some of them with things he will enjoy, learn from, and build confidence socially. His summer will be full with these adventures!
Can you believe we are already planning for next summer? There are two summer programs he wants to apply to. One is the Summer Institute for Gifted Learners... an academic program that takes place on the campuses of the countries top universities, and the kids stay for three weeks (!!) on campus, and attend academic classes in their subjects of interest and fun supplement classes to help them with different sorts of study and learning practices. He is aiming to attend the program at UC Berkley next summer.
The second of the two programs is the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab in Rhode Island. This two week program is right up the Pyrate's alley, as attendees will stay in tents right on the shores of a beautiful bay, and study issues related to the environment, shoreline ecosystems, and more! It looks like a wonderful program. We hope to send him to that one too!
These two camps are extremely expensive so we are establishing a fund to raise the tuition and airfare to send the Pyrate to them. If we get 50 people to donate $200 each (you could do a lump sum, or that's $20 a month...), we would be able to send him off on this voyage! We invite you to participate via the link to the right in the column or visit the website we've set up for the purpose of raising funds. All donors will receive a monthly newsletter directly from the Pyrate with updates on his fundraising progress, school work, summer volunteer adventures, and more. And the best part is that you'll receive a personal and exclusive invitation to a donor appreciation/bon voyage party in May 2012. Whatever amount you are able to donate is appreciated!
Well, I've got to get back to this secret stuff I'm cooking up over here.... My news is coming soon!!!!
Til then love and light... xoxoxo