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  • Public schools reactions to absents due to shows?!?!?

    Hey,
    i was just wondering for those of you out there that have many absents due to shows, what reaction do you get from you school. do you have a difficult time with makeup work? is it worth home schooling in order to do the "a" circuit more competivily? all i know is when i miss school i get a lot of flack from ignorant teachers and other students, such as you shouldnt miss for a show. horses are stupid they do all the work. it is great to have a horse as a hobby but it cant interfere with school. you cant get ne where with horses like you can in basic athelics sports. do you all get these comments and flack? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]
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    Hey,
    i was just wondering for those of you out there that have many absents due to shows, what reaction do you get from you school. do you have a difficult time with makeup work? is it worth home schooling in order to do the "a" circuit more competivily? all i know is when i miss school i get a lot of flack from ignorant teachers and other students, such as you shouldnt miss for a show. horses are stupid they do all the work. it is great to have a horse as a hobby but it cant interfere with school. you cant get ne where with horses like you can in basic athelics sports. do you all get these comments and flack? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]

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    • #3
      I was always a good student so it didn't matter. You're probably getting flak because your grades are suffering. Believe me, teachers aren't out to make your life as miserable as possible. If they are getting angry, it's because they care.

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        #4
        i get the most flack because alot of my teachers dont want to put ne extra work into getting me my work before i leave or when i get back

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        • #5
          It depends how much school you miss. If you are talking about 2 - 8 weeks in Flordia, then my teachers would probably be concerned. I will miss a day or two in the spring, two days in a row at most for a couple of the big "A" shows up here: St. Clements and the Saratoga Classic. Sometimes I just leave early, the show grounds are 5 minutes from my house. My teachers generally don't mind too much, but I am very careful to make up all of my work on time and make sure it is done thoroughly. The rest of the year, however, I will drag myself into school, sick or not. I save my sick days for horse shows! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

          Also, are you at a grade level that is sastisfactory for you? Are you worrying about applying to colleges?

          And as for the comments like "Why skip school for horse shows?" Just reply "Why leave early/skip for basketball??"

          Always put an education before horses. You never know whats gonna happen later on in life.

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          • #6
            I didn't show but I love horses so much that I got a ton of crap from the peeps at school. Just ignore them. I had one teacher in class (I was in 7th grade)say, "are you in horsey land?" and the whole class and the teacher laughed at me. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]

            I once invented a halter with lights on it so you could find your horse in the pasture at night, well the science teacher gave me a "D" on it while the popular girls got "A's" inventing jewelry. (porcupine earrings?????????, which was the teacher's idea.) [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

            Ignore them. They are JEALOUS that you are having fun and doing something you love. Get home school if it bothers you. When you get into college, people tend to be more open minded (like your professors)

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            • #7
              I go to a private school, so not the same topic, but although they encourage students to have extra-curriculars, and support riders, etc., they are serious about school-work. As long as I am caught up in classes and don't have late homework, etc., (I am a very good student, and work really hard to be able to ride) as long as I do my part, and I have to WORK, most of the teachers and the school are very supportive, and allow me to miss school to show.

              Towards people (riders) who don't work to get their schoolwork and missed a ton of school, they aren't as accepting, and will get in trouble, talking to parents, etc.

              It all boils down to how hard you're willing to work to stay caught up. I've been found many a time in hotels with my dad's labtop, writing english papers, and driving to and from horse shows, doing history and biology homework in the car [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] because my parents feel the same way, as long as showing doesn't interfere with my schoolwork, it's acceptable, so I work pretty hard at schoolwork!

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              • #8
                My guidance counselor just gave me the okay today to leave for 6 weeks for wef. I didn't think they would be so nice about it but they were. Last year I had to miss school for st. clements for the first time and while some of my teachers got a little upset that I would miss their wonderful class just to go ride some smelly horses, others were fine with it and helped me with all my work.
                I guess it just depends on what kind of a student you are. If you are responsible and take care of all your work they should have no problem letting you go. However, if you aren't getting your work done in the first place and not getting good grades they will be stupid about it because you can't afford to miss much school when your a bad student, in their minds anyway [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

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                  i guess my school is just stupid. i generally make a's and b's and am in all pre-ap classes. although i dont consider myself a great student i dont turn in stuff late. at my school the teachers grumble about getting me my work then when i get back with the completed work i find out they changed what they did at school and i have a ton of makeup work ne way, and much of our tests are based on lectures that you cant possibly really take notes on so it is hard to catch up for tests and students are jealouse that you got to miss school and they didnt so they dont help all that much. the teachers are really disorganised and lose alot of stuff so you dont get all of your makeup work, and they all ask snydely "how was your vacation?, i had to come to school!" and in one class i am failing, i have never gotten below a b before and it is cause all of his tests are based on lectures and teenie details in them that you wouldnt care to write down and one quiz of busy work that had nothing to do with his subject that i got a 0 on cause i was absent! i dont know what to do!

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                  • #10
                    In California, schools are paid based on their daily attendance, so they are very difficult on this topic regardless of how good the student's grades are.

                    Unfortunately, the school gets paid if you're absent to play basketball on the school team, but not if you're showing.

                    I have heard that the US Eventing Assn has a letter they will send out for juniors who are competing at the FEI levels, pointing out that the student is competing in an Olympic discipline, yada yada.
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                    • #11
                      I can see both sides:

                      I was the kid in high school that missed days for horse shows. The majority of my teachers were great (especially the two that rode), as long as my grades did not suffer. I was always an A student so that wasn't that hard, however it would be difficult when I missed quizzes etc. I was not allowed to make them up. Some teachers did not count them in my and some gave me the opportunity to do bonus work to make up for it.

                      I also taught school: As a teacher I am NOT going to change my lesson plans around to suit the planned absense of ONE student.

                      Sorry, but it sounds like you think they should alter their teaching method or plans to make the choice you have made to miss school based on a horse show. That is not how it works. The school day goes on regardless of what students are missing. All students are expected to make up missed work.

                      And it is EXTRA work for teachers to get materials together in advance for ONE student. The majority to plans are not made more than a day or two in advance. That means that copies are not always ready.

                      Alot really depends on your grade in school, but remember that teachers are not out to get you. It sounds to me like some may be concerned that your grades are slipping based on the absenses.

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                      • #12
                        um, well.........

                        First, I'm an adult - I did not show as a child, I do not show rated now, so I"m sure you'll take what I say with that in mind.

                        However....I have also taught - at the college level as an adjunct professor, though - and when I WAS in school, a private one at that, I was heavily involved in dance and theater. And I can tell you this -- if you missed days when a quizz was given, you simply missed that mark unless you had an excused absence. Period.

                        Right now, your primary responsibility in the eyes of many adults, including your school, is, well, school. Like it or not, riding IS a hobby. It is not a school-sanctioned or supported activity, therefore it doesn't get the kind of consideration that football, say, does. That's life.

                        It is up to you and YOUR PARENTS to work with the school if you choose to take time off to ride. If you can't work satisfactorily with the school, your options are to change to a school that will work with you (public or private) or home school.

                        It is YOUR and your family's choice to ride and miss school. Therefore it is YOUR responsibility to make your educational commitments work around that choice. Think of it as good training, because I can assure you that IRL a job isn't going to support riding, either.

                        Good luck.

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                        • #13
                          Sorry that you're having problems! My only advise it go to a school that doesn't care but that's much easier said than done! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] I think riders just need to realize that most people are ignorent about what we do and you can't let it piss you off, it's just going to happen no matter what [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] I know that doesn't help much with getting out of school but if you do leave you shouldn't let other people's comments bother you [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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                          • #14
                            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by whalo:
                            i guess my school is just stupid. i generally make a's and b's and am in all pre-ap classes. although i dont consider myself a great student i dont turn in stuff late. at my school the teachers grumble about getting me my work then when i get back with the completed work i find out they changed what they did at school and i have a ton of makeup work ne way, and much of our tests are based on lectures that you cant possibly really take notes on so it is hard to catch up for tests and students are jealouse that you got to miss school and they didnt so they dont help all that much. the teachers are really disorganised and lose alot of stuff so you dont get all of your makeup work, and they all ask snydely "how was your vacation?, i had to come to school!" and in one class i am failing, i have never gotten below a b before and it is cause all of his tests are based on lectures and teenie details in them that you wouldnt care to write down and one quiz of busy work that had nothing to do with his subject that i got a 0 on cause i was absent! i dont know what to do!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                            Well, if I were a teacher, and I had a student hand in papers that looked like this post, I would give a zero as well. The grammatical, spelling and syntax errors that litter this post make me --want to scream very loudly. I hope you make a better effort with the quality of your school work than you do in expressing yourself coherently on this Bulletin Board.

                            Attendance in school is more important than your horse shows. You need to establish some priorities. Funny thing how teachers test on the materials they lecture on. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] It is their way of rewarding attendance and attention to what they are teaching. If you don't attend, you won't pass. Just like in the real world; if you don't work, you don't earn a paycheck. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

                            You can show horses for the rest of your life, but if you blow your education, you will PAY for it for the rest of your life, to include not being able to find a job that will pay enough for you to own a horse, much less show one.

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                              #15
                              i have fine grammer, i typed that very fast cause i am in the middle of writting an essay. and dude are you a horse person, hey at least im still in school. its not like i pay attention to my grammer on a message board i could probably out read, think, and write you any day so bug off!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]

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                              • #16
                                Mind you, I don't show every weekend, but I usually take any tests I know I'm going to miss in advance or make them up THE DAY I get back. The latest I'll have everything made up by is my second day back (Any later, I'd be screwed---5 Honors/AP Classes and 3rd Year Language aren't very forgiving),

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                                • #17
                                  Ok, here's my situation. I go to a huge public high school. I am now a senior, and have missed a TON of school due to horse shows. I first started flying back and forth in 8th grade (I was at a small private school then, until sophmore year), and my teachers were great about it, granted it was only every other weekend. Then my 9th grade year, i went down for all of palm beach (like the 3rd in jan to april, the last two of weeks of march were vacation), and i came home for 3 days in between there (basically for a ski trip). my school was very good about it. but... we basically presented it in a way that they couldn't say no. my parents wrote a letter in like oct./nov. just giving an overview of what our plans were, as well as my trainer writing a letter (sometime you have to write those, but then they sine it). but in the letter, we said that these were our plans, and no if's or but's based on what the school said, basically there was no room for protest. my parents also met with my headmaster. so that worked. and i had a great tutor (carolyn tribble) who worked things well (and also who wrote a letter). i mean some teachers were upset, but they dealt, my bio teacher was pissy, but i did fine, so she couldnt say anything.
                                  then my sophmore i was at a huge public school (in MA), and i went to school for the whole first semester (until christmas), and left and came back for a week. again, we had the same note, presented to my guidence counseler, not principal. if you can, deal only with your guidence counseler personally, its a lot better. a meeting with him, and a meeting with all my teachers, me, my guidence counseler and my parents. it worked out well, some of them did not have e-mail so it was annoying to get work, but i did well, and i was in all honors, and ahead when i came back. and i took mid-terms and exams away too. so basically i'm rattling and i should stop, b/c your not going to read this, but to hear about more, e-mail me (tats9@hotmail.com). and last i left b/4 christmas and never came back. i know i am lucky, but it is do-able. so e-mail me.
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                                  • #18
                                    Chill Whalo. Most of the posters on these boards are adults, and most adults are unnaccustomed to the complete lack of grammar/internet abbreviations that younger people use online. Heck, I'm 21 and I have trouble deciphering it. If you can use good grammar, appropriate syntax and spelling you should, you'll appear to be a lot smarter. If you appear to be smarter and older, you'll get better responses, especially when you're writing on a subject like school. It's hard to take you seriously when your posts lack punctuation and are misspelled--it makes it seem like maybe you would be better off in school than at a horse show.

                                    Teachers work very hard and get paid pretty poorly. If you're not in class, it's your job to get lecture notes from another student, not necessarily from the teacher. I know if I went to a professor and asked for his notes for a class I skipped, he'd be pretty angry with me. Now, if I got the notes from someone else, and after reviewing them I had intelligent, well thought out questions to ask, I'm sure that he would help. It's just not your teacher's fault that you are going to horse shows. They really shouldn't have to teach lessons again (or lecture privately) to you just so you can go ride (and nor should they do this for gymnasts, figure-skaters, or runners).

                                    It sounds like homeschooling may be a good option for you while at shows, if you are unwilling or unable to make up the work at your school.

                                    Finally, you're not going to get anywhere by telling people that you're smarter than them. Especially not here [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img].
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                                    • #19
                                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by whalo:
                                      i have fine grammer, i typed that very fast cause i am in the middle of writting an essay. and dude are you a horse person, hey at least im still in school. its not like i pay attention to my grammer on a message board i could probably out read, think, and write you any day so bug off!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                      Yup, that's the way to get sympathy [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Honestly, school is far more important than horse shows. Really. Go to school!

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                                      • #20
                                        Whalo, if you've made your argument to school administrators in the same way you've made it here, it's no wonder they're giving you a hard time.

                                        And I'd watch out before attacking other BB members. For all you know, ride2hounds could be judging you at your next show. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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