Gone are the days when school started the Tuesday after US Labor Day, meaning the first Tuesday in September. That's how it was when i was a kid.
Now, for some reason, we start back up in August! And they still go until the end of May, as we did. It doesn't make much sense to me, but it is what it is.
Thus yesterday was Little Girl's first day in 11th Grade. She still needs to do a couple of E2020 classes, as they are called, because they won't give her credit for what she did in the private school, but they did put her in 11th even without those.
When she came in yesterday, i asked how the first day had gone. (While i drive her to school, because it would be insane to make her catch a bus at 6am when i can drive her up there in about 6 minutes, she enjoys riding the bus home if it's not raining. She likes the bus driver, and a few of her friends on the bus.)
Her answer was, "Mom, they've moved me up to honors classes and I'm in Advanced Placement English! That's for some college credit!"
That's what happens, i told her, when you make all A's.
"But it's the same classes, just more work, like Festus said! I don't wanna do more work!"
You are good at it, honey, so you have to just dig in and do it. And you can do it, i told her.
She knows she can. And we are going to see about those E2020 classes, too, so that she can graduate on schedule.
Aloha Day -- unofficial celebration of the annexation of Hawai'i by the US
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Left Foot -- Fairy Calendar
Awa Odori Festival -- Tokushima, Japan (through the 15th; one of Japan's largest dance festivals, Awa-dance is said to be a "fool's dance", and the saying is "It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches, so if both are fools, you may as well dance!")
Carnival Tuesday -- Granada
Defense Forces Day -- Zimbabwe
Festival for Hercules Invictus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow; based on an even older Greek celebration of Heracles at the same time of year)
Festival for Venus Vitrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Victorius Venus)
Fox Hill Day -- Nassau, Bahamas (final day of their Emancipation celebrations)
Grouse Day/Glorious Twelfth -- England; Scotland (opening of grouse hunting season; because the 12th is a Sunday in 2012, it will actually be celebrated tomorrow)
Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday and National Mother's Day -- Thailand
International Sundance -- Manitoba, Canada (an extraordinary gathering of Elders from many Native traditions around the world, to perform the sacred Sundance of the Lakota people and sacred ceremonies of the other traditions represented; through Saturday)
International Youth Day -- UN
Julienne Fries Day
Lychnapsia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (celebration of the Birthday of Isis, instituted after the conquest of Egypt)
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival -- Machias, ME, US (blueberries and fun, in the place that has lobster, too; through Saturday)
Middle Children's Day -- on some sites, listed as Aug. 14; either way, Middle Children deserve a special day!
National Toasted Almond Bar Day
Osirian Mysteries; Feast of the Lights of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, but this is the date the Romans gave it, so who am i to quibble?)
PC Day -- no, not politically correct, personal computer; IBM introduced theirs this day in 1981
Put Peanuts in Your Coca Cola Day -- and no, i can't figure this one out, but they say don't shake it once you do it; if anyone else wants to experiment with why, let me know the results
Solar Alignment with Teotihuacan, City of the Gods -- ancient when the Aztecs found its ruins, this city's ritual cave aligns with the setting sun today and April 29, also the rising and setting dates of the Pleiades
South Mountain Fair -- Arendtsville, PA, US (celebrating agriculture, arts, crafts, and industry; through Saturday)
St. Gracilian's Day (Patron of Bassano Romano, Italy)
St. Murtagh's Day (Patron of Killaria, Ireland)
Vinyl Record Day -- celebrating the tremendous cultural influence of records, on the anniversary of the day in 1877 that Edison invented the phonograph
Casey Affleck, 1975 Pete Sampras, 1971 Peter Krause, 1964 Ann M. Martin, 1955 Pat Metheny, 1954 Sam J. Jones, 1954 Skip Caray, 1939 George Hamilton, 1939 William Goldman, 1931 George Soros, 1930 Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, 1929 John Derek, 1926 Michael Kidd, 1915 Jane Wyatt, 1912 Cantinflas, 1911 Joe Besser, 1907 Alfred Lunt, 1892 Cecil B. DeMille, 1881 Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, 1880 Edith Hamilton, 1867 Katharine Lee Bates, 1859 "Diamond Jim" Brady, 1856 Robert Mills, 1781 Thomas Bewick, 1753
Wings(Film, only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture), 1927
Today in History:
The last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty, Cleopatra VII Philopater, allegedly commits suicide by asp bite, BC30 A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs which may have been what the Bible calls the Star of Bethlehem, 3 Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon, 1099 Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico, 1508 Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip's War, 1676 Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine, the first one to be practical for home use, 1851 Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, 1877 The last quagga, a subspecies of zebra once plentiful in South Africa, dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, 1883 Hawai'i is annexed by the US, 1898 William Somerset Maugham published "Of Human Bondage", 1915 Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge, 1943 The Soviet Union detonates its first thermonuclear weapon, 1953 Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched, 1960 South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games because of its racist policies, 1964 The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, 1977 The IBM Personal Computer is released, 1981 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1992 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, 2000 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches, 2005 Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan, 2010 President Obama's health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011 The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2013