Mid term Grades In the Mail Today

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  1. bz22mom

    bz22mom Member

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    So excited and happy to get grades. What an amazing thing to come home too....so proud of him and the whole class. They sure are working hard! if you want to see a neat video that will give you goose bumps....see UTube and search Service Academy Life.....:cool:
     
  2. Mindy G

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    We got the grades also I am wondering if it is an error, thee grades always went directly to my daughter when she was in school
     
  3. bz22mom

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    Not sure I understand what you mean...sorry?
     
  4. KPMum2012

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    Mindy G, enjoy the fact that KP actually sends you copies of your kid's grades. Don't worry, your mid will have already accessed these online. But KP is one school where you don't have to pry the grade information out of the student. Our son's school won't even let him authorize us to receive copies of his grades. Funny, it seems so backwards. The SA where the students are responsible for themselves keeps parents in the loop. The public university where we are paying the bill cuts us out completely.
     
  5. zonker

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    Enjoy it while it lasts.
    Sooner or later, they will figure out which form needs to be signed to block that from happening.
    At that point, they decide whether to keep you in the loop or not ;)
     
  6. KPMarineopsdad

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    Like Zonker said, if you got grades it is because your kids signed a form releasing them to you.
     
  7. Is2day4him

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    i know that my grades not only go to my parents, but my nominating official as well. the release is one of the first papers you sign during the entrance process.
     
  8. ParkerMom

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    Ah, yes. I remember that form. I did wonder how we got the grade information.

    On a related topic, I heard some scuttlebutt that a high percentage of the plebe class was already on academic alert (i.e., in danger of failing one or more courses). Anybody else hear about this? I'm amazed that so many would be in trouble so soon.
     
  9. KPMarineopsdad

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    Nothing at all unusual about this. It happens every year. The only difference is that the new Superintendent is on record as saying that he does not believe in academic setbacks except in extreme circumstances (sickness, injury etc.) If he makes good on this we will be looking at a lot of disenrollments. BTW, next trimester is just as bad if not worse.
     
  10. 2013Parent

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    It's a real shame that a compromise cannot be brokered.

    We know one student, now a third classman and wearing a gold star for Academic Excellence, that was setback due to his Calculus. He came home, went to a community college and came back a much better and focused student doing his Plebe year over and now doing quite well in his current year.

    However, our Plebe tell us, he knows of two setbacks that came in to his company this year and have already left. They did not come back prepared or equipped to get the job done. That confuses me.

    Maybe a real "contract" could be entered in to with a prospective setback. Whereas, if they elect to come back and try again, they have some sort of payback to the academy if they fail again. May not work, but it might.
     
  11. UtahMom2013

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    I heard that too.
     
  12. Is2day4him

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    there is some form of "contract" if i remember correctly. a lot of setbacks do come back and mean business, but the contract states (depending on the situation) that if you fail another class, you're gone. that's what happened to my roommate from 2/C year. failed a rather difficult class and was sent packing.

    unfortunately those involved with the class of 2013 will become all too familiar with the attrition rate at this school.
    the class of 2010 started with 270ish people. i believe we're now down to around 150-160 original members of the class. it comes quickly and mercilessly. tis a sad thing to see your friends go home, it really is. it's the nature of the beast sometimes though. from what RADM Worley told us at the start of the year, even if you're trying--but can't make it work, you're not fit for this place and will be sent home. it's a tough pill to swallow, but at the same time, i'm living proof that if you want to be here, you can make it through! i'm not the smartest or the most devoted student, and i'll be the first to admit it, but i made up my mind to make it or die trying. if i can make it, anyone can make it. just don't give up and most importantly, GET HELP!!!

    i've talked with several plebes that are scared to ask upperclassmen for help. talk to your kids about this! NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR KIDS FAIL. i get a ton of help from other mids and have since plebe year. we're all in this together and we all had to take calc and physics. we will do whatever we can to help your kids. if it's something that we can't help you with, we'll point you to someone who can.

    encourage the plebes to ask questions and get help from upperclassmen. trying to be tough and work through your own problems quietly won't get you through this place. biggest step towards maturity to be learned here: know when you don't know something and don't be too proud to ask for help.

    best of luck
     
  13. kpmom2011

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    Good Point Is2day.

    It takes the ability to know your weakness and the maturity to ask for help to get you through KP.

    All parents need to stress this to their Plebes.
     
  14. 2013Parent

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    what is the criteria for being placed on "Academic Alert" ????
     
  15. proudmomcolorado

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    5 weeks to get grades up

    From what we saw at parents weekend, the plebes put on probation have the time and determination to change their academic status. Lets face it, they are most likely 18 yr old's, first time away from home, first time taking care of all their own needs, and taking college classes at one of the most prestigious and difficult colleges in the country. They have had to assume, rightly so, their own destiny and become responsible for themselves, their time, their study habits, their desire to succeed at college.

    They all made it through the many hoops to be admitted into the USMMA, made it through indoc, some playing sports and attending club events, adapting to a new life style and with determination and hard work they can bring their grades up.

    I would like to personally thank the USMMA administration for sharing mid term grades with the parents so that we can encourage our students to pull up the bootstraps and succeed. I have to admit I was surprised to get the grades and we actually emailed ds for his permission to open the envelope (the part saying parent or guardian was hidden under the envelope).

    Encourage, encourage, encourage your plebe as that is truly all we can as parents do. They are adults and have to do this by themselves. :shake:
     
  16. 2013Parent

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    Sorry, probably unclear....try again..."What is the cutoff, for a low grade, in one class that qualfies a student to be placed on Academic Alert?"

    An F seems to be a lock. What about a D? (risk of failing was mentioned previously) ...... I would think if your MidTerm was a D, then there was a risk of failing?
     
  17. Dave'sMom

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    They have a saying "2.0 and go...." so the minimum in any class is 2.0. My son hasn't had that worry but was kept up late at night by his 2 roomies plebe year trying to help them through calc, physics and navigation classes. One roomie made it and the other had a set-back, came back last year and is at sea now.
     
  18. KPMarineopsdad

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    There is a saying at KP, "D means done!" As long as you are passing all of your courses and have a GPA of at least 2.0 you were, as they say, "good to go." However I think we are all in uncharted waters (please pardon the nautical pun.)
    because new administration often means new policies. Hang on folks, this roller coaster is just starting down the first hill.
     
  19. jamzmom

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    There is a KP saying that was passed down during my kid's 4 years there & probably is even used now: "D is Done". Midterms are scary as Hell sometimes -all four years in some cases. You'll see the good, bad & the ugly.

    To those who aren't looking at good grades this time, hang tough. Things change from day to day through wake-up calls, ambitions, dedications, inspirations, ect. Try not to let second-hand information scare you to complete death & always remember that there are two sides to every setback story even if you get it first hand.

    I admire the heck out of is2day because he's such a rock & always has been. Listen to him. He's so on the money it's crazy. And I really gotta say, I can't wait to watch him ring that freaking bell this year. Could ya try not do it in "code" or a kilt? LOL

    Anyone need their yard mowed? I have an AF 2nd LT until 10/1.
     
  20. jamzmom

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    LOLZ! You beat me KPMarineopsDad. Dang.I need to be quicker on the draw. :biggrin: One point can mean a sink or swim in some cases. Trust me on this.

    Take Dramamine like vitamins KP parents!
     

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