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(Some Guy)   Not news: Geek who never missed a day of school since kindergarten is graduating soon, valedictorian, and wants to study engineering. Fark: She's also captain of the cheerleading team, and yes, there's a photo   (westhawaiitoday.com) divider line 240
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2012-05-01 01:15:49 AM  
Even when I was a straight A student through Elementary school and Junior High, my attendance was always crap. I usually had like 25 missed days a year. Any excuse I could make - sickness or whatever, I milked for all it was worth. I could never fathom the idea that some of these perfect attendance kids would want to go to school when they had an excuse not to. Did they actually enjoy the mind-numbing boredom of sitting in one place for 6 hours?

One of my brothers is a more extreme example of smart but non-conformist: He figured out early that if you pass the State tests at the end of the year, then you got to go on to the next grade no matter what. So, he skipped classes all year, then showed up for the test at the end and got a 90 or so without a problem, and didn't have to do summer school. Teachers thought he was cheating more than once, but to my knowledge never did.

untaken_name: At least she's good at obeying nonsensical dictates from arbitrary authority figures. I'm sure that will help her office-chair-bound paper-shuffling career immensely. Who cares if you can do your job well? Just show up; that's what matters.


Actually, I think she's got a good chance to do quite well for herself. Society rewards conformity. For every non-conformist who dropped out of school and became highly successful on their own terms, there are a dozen who are in crap jobs, in prison, or the like. She might never revolutionize the world, but a strong work ethic will climb you up the ranks inside the system.
 
2012-05-01 01:16:04 AM  
Escaping from high school was one of the happiest moments of my life. Haven't looked back since then.
 
2012-05-01 01:17:39 AM  

butt-nuggets: Slam1263: whenever I see a backend, I want to fiddle around with it.

so, you're a fiddler of back ends then?


Hey, I'm polite about it, there is always the offer of a reach around.
 
2012-05-01 01:17:54 AM  

Saiga410: Graduating high school...?.. TOO OLD


Too old, eh? Arthritis must be bothering you again. The girl reminds you of your lost youth.

/I know. You're just being a pedo.
 
2012-05-01 01:18:10 AM  

MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".



Wow. That mom is an a-hole. 15 minutes after you graduate no one will give a flying fark about perfect attendance, but thanks for getting other kids sick, endangering your own child and making him needlessly miserable mom.
 
2012-05-01 01:18:23 AM  

Gyrfalcon: The_Sponge: MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".


Bingo!

Ever since I was a kid, I never understood why perfect attendance was often celebrated with awards.....it's all based on luck. Hell, I had to take multiple sick days back in Kindergarten because I had chicken pox and pneumonia at the same time.

/Cool story bro.

Likewise. I managed to get scarlet fever twice with strep throat between times. I think they kept me out of Kindergarten an extra week after that just to be sure I wouldn't die.

Nowadays, I stay home when I get sick, having learned that nobody really cares if you've got perfect attendance except yourself and the people who have private offices so they can't share whatever germs you bring in.


How the hell did you get that, and twice. I thought they eradicated that shiat in the in the first half of the 20th century.
 
2012-05-01 01:20:22 AM  
Then again, there's nothing to do in Hawaii other than going to the beach. After the 10th trip to the beach, you'll be tired of it
 
2012-05-01 01:20:35 AM  
I went 3 straight years of perfect attendance. All I got was a piece of paper for it for three straight years.

Then I started to take about 10 days off every year after that. I was never sick, I just used mental health days.

I remember what I did on my off days those years. It exceeds the value of an IBM printed page with my name in calligraphy.

/luckily I was in gifted and talented and always made the honor roll, so missing school was easy. Always felt bad for kids who had to study for tests

//Yes, I am bragging .
 
2012-05-01 01:21:55 AM  

Virtuoso80: untaken_name: At least she's good at obeying nonsensical dictates from arbitrary authority figures. I'm sure that will help her office-chair-bound paper-shuffling career immensely. Who cares if you can do your job well? Just show up; that's what matters.

Actually, I think she's got a good chance to do quite well for herself. Society rewards conformity.


untaken_name had it right. she will advance no higher than middle management specifically because she is NOT conforming to society. Society as a whole gets sick, they goof off, they are not perfect. She will wind up pissing people off.
 
2012-05-01 01:22:08 AM  
Never missed a day of school through high school graduation. Not valedictorian. Other students who had other honors only had the accomplishments named, like a perfect SAT score. For some reason, they named me and gave me a plaque.

/just went to school every day like I was supposed to, didn't think it was that special
//except for the time in 4th grade when I needed to use crutches so my "hw" one night was learning how to go up and down stairs bc my school had two huge flights and I wasn't about to miss a day that far in
///csb
 
2012-05-01 01:24:05 AM  
Geez. I rarely ever missed school, thanks to a strong immune system. But I'm pretty sure I missed some time in elementary school to the flu. I know I missed a day or two in high school, after getting my wisdom teeth removed. (The swelling lasted a bit longer than expected.)

Of course, there was also the French class trip to France my senior year. Missed about a week of classes for that. It was very much worth it.

Didn't have perfect attendance, and didn't even end up in the top ten of my class, but I graduated with honors and regret nothing.
 
2012-05-01 01:24:37 AM  

BojanglesPaladin: TWX: I hope that she learns the easy way that what's celebrated in K12 education and possibly even in post-secondary education is usually a recipe for being underappreciated and unacknowledged with a mediocre career, regardless of achievement.

It's been my experience that when one is too attentive, too good, too consistent, one is also not appreciated in one's work, not acknowledged for one's achievements and generally ignored. As sad as it is, a certain amount of dysfunction seems necessary in order for others to acknowledge when one achieves, and those who do an imperfect job seem to advance faster than those who do such a perfect job.

Dude. I'm sorry your job sucks and you keep getting passed over for promotion. Bet we'll get that red swingline stapler for you, jus don't burn the place down, OK?


Swingline staplers are overrated. If continually passed up for promotion, I would suggest upgrading to a Max:

images.officeship.com
 
2012-05-01 01:26:45 AM  
The only grade school I missed were days I faked sick to get out of turning in homework. Actually, I'm not sure I've ever been sick enough to miss time off from work or school, but I've taken a few days here and there.
 
2012-05-01 01:32:14 AM  
Not missing any days of school is nothing to really be proud of. Hell I missed more school than almost everyone and still got fairly good grades. I took time off to work, hang out, you name it. Hell I even stared at the sun for an hour through a pair of binoculars once. Just curious I guess.
 
2012-05-01 01:34:21 AM  
cute, smart and healthy... but not quite legal. I'll wait.
 
2012-05-01 01:34:58 AM  
Never missed a day of school, huh? Well I'm sure that gets a few people to feign interest.
 
2012-05-01 01:36:23 AM  

ongbok: Gyrfalcon: The_Sponge: MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".


Bingo!

Ever since I was a kid, I never understood why perfect attendance was often celebrated with awards.....it's all based on luck. Hell, I had to take multiple sick days back in Kindergarten because I had chicken pox and pneumonia at the same time.

/Cool story bro.

Likewise. I managed to get scarlet fever twice with strep throat between times. I think they kept me out of Kindergarten an extra week after that just to be sure I wouldn't die.

Nowadays, I stay home when I get sick, having learned that nobody really cares if you've got perfect attendance except yourself and the people who have private offices so they can't share whatever germs you bring in.

How the hell did you get that, and twice. I thought they eradicated that shiat in the in the first half of the 20th century.


[notsureifserious.jpg]

Maybe you're thinking of YELLOW fever. Totally different animal. Kids get scarlet fever even today.

How I got it twice is a mystery beyond the ken of mortal man, but how I didn't get meningitis out of it is a mystery explained only by superior genes.
 
2012-05-01 01:39:18 AM  

browntimmy: Never missed a day of school, huh? Well I'm sure that gets a few people to feign interest.


Yeah, what we really need is more retards skipping school, dropping out and knocking each other up.

Kids these days suck. At least pretend to be happy about one who isn't farking everything up.
 
2012-05-01 01:40:05 AM  
...packed like lemmings into tiny metal boxes...
 
2012-05-01 01:40:55 AM  
I am at home with a sick kid right now, so I am not getting a kick.

You can add me to the list of people who don't understand why perfect attendance matters at all. In high school I used to take regular mental health days to go sit by the river or just to read a good book, yet still managed to graduate from Uni and join the workforce as a productive member of society.
Seriously, people might whine about teachers and all their holidays but having to put up with sick nerds hacking up a lung at you in pursuit of some stupid imaginary perfection means they deserve as many holidays as they like.
 
2012-05-01 01:41:00 AM  

TWX: propasaurus: Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.

I'm actually more impressed by a Hawaiian doing this (accounting the dubiousness of the impression I get) because of the lackadaisical attitude that has historically hurt Hawaiian educational achievement.


Eh!? Boddah u?
 
2012-05-01 01:44:18 AM  
I missed a few days of school ... those where good ones
 
2012-05-01 01:45:47 AM  
My family was pretty strict about two things. No missing school for vacations and no going to school sick. One time, it was agreed that I could take a week off to go to some big event (I don't even remember what it was anymore) if my grades were good and I worked ahead to get that week's assignments done in advance. Guess who was diagnosed with "walking pneumonia" the Friday before he was supposed to leave. This guy! So I got my week off. Oh, did I mention the medication the doctor prescribed gave me hives? Good times.
 
2012-05-01 01:46:52 AM  

buckler: ...packed like lemmings into tiny metal boxes...


the secretaries prout and preen
like king tarts in a red light street
and all he ever thinks to do is watch
 
2012-05-01 01:50:52 AM  
My high school had an interesting policy to discourage skipping school. Basically, if you missed 2 days or less in the semester (and this was counted on a per class basis, so you could miss multiple days of one class and not have it count for another), you didn't have to take the semester exams. If you did take the exams, the score could only help your grade, not drop it.
 
2012-05-01 01:51:24 AM  

propasaurus: Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.


Because Hawaii is a possession or province of Kenya. Or something.
 
2012-05-01 01:53:02 AM  
Hawaii has an age of consent of 16, as does canada, so.......

horsegoeswest.com
 
2012-05-01 01:53:44 AM  
B*itch is gonna go to college, get some dick up in those guts, and then fail a few classes.
 
2012-05-01 01:54:05 AM  

hbk72777: I went 3 straight years of perfect attendance. All I got was a piece of paper for it for three straight years.

Then I started to take about 10 days off every year after that. I was never sick, I just used mental health days.

I remember what I did on my off days those years. It exceeds the value of an IBM printed page with my name in calligraphy.

/luckily I was in gifted and talented and always made the honor roll, so missing school was easy. Always felt bad for kids who had to study for tests

//Yes, I am bragging .


you have nothing to brag about. it is an accident of birth that gave you the ability to quickly and easily comprehend lessons and parrot the answers on tests. you did nothing to earn or deserve this. you could just as easily been born a moran who was thick as a brick. get over yourself.
 
2012-05-01 01:55:57 AM  
My daughter is about to graduate 8th grade, and so far has perfect attendance K-8.

I know this right now because she was on a school trip this weekend and instead of getting back home around 8ish last night, there was a bus delay and it was closer to 10:30ish.

She is amazingly responsible for her age and was a little manic about getting up in time to be at school in time to maintain her perfect attendance.

She often times is the grown up in the house, especially during football season, or Friday and Saturday night. But I had to talk her down and remind her that she had an exhausting weekend and there is nothing wrong with getting the rest she needed. I told her that we would both sleep in and get to where we needed to be by 9:30; no crime committed. But she was so worried about her perfect attendance, which she still has by me bringing her there and signing her in.

It's one of those funny things that no one prepares you for; your child being stressed out for being too responsible.



/No, we're not Jewish
 
2012-05-01 01:58:11 AM  
From what I've heard, the schools around here don't mess around, sick or not sick, if you miss too many days of school, they won't let you move onto the next grade. I've heard a lot of sob stories from people I know who find out the school isn't letting them graduate because they were out a few too many days. I'm not certain if doctors notes count or not, but I don't think they do. When I was in school, if you were sick you were sick, it was a free day off to lay in bed and watch daytime TV, back when it was Game Shows instead of crappy Talk Shows. Now they make the parents come to school and collect all the school work that the kid probably won't do anyways.
 
2012-05-01 01:58:22 AM  

ongbok: Gyrfalcon: The_Sponge: MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".


Bingo!

Ever since I was a kid, I never understood why perfect attendance was often celebrated with awards.....it's all based on luck. Hell, I had to take multiple sick days back in Kindergarten because I had chicken pox and pneumonia at the same time.

/Cool story bro.

Likewise. I managed to get scarlet fever twice with strep throat between times. I think they kept me out of Kindergarten an extra week after that just to be sure I wouldn't die.

Nowadays, I stay home when I get sick, having learned that nobody really cares if you've got perfect attendance except yourself and the people who have private offices so they can't share whatever germs you bring in.

How the hell did you get that, and twice. I thought they eradicated that shiat in the in the first half of the 20th century.


Meh, I died of dysentery multiple times in high school.
 
2012-05-01 01:58:31 AM  

butt-nuggets: buckler: ...packed like lemmings into tiny metal boxes...

the secretaries prout and preen
like king tarts in a red light street
and all he ever thinks to do is watch


Oh, sorry...mine was "shiny metal boxes", and yours was "like cheap tarts on a red light street".

My apologies.
 
2012-05-01 01:58:39 AM  

KrispyKritter: you have nothing to brag about. it is an accident of birth that gave you the ability to quickly and easily comprehend lessons and parrot the answers on tests. you did nothing to earn or deserve this. you could just as easily been born a moran who was thick as a brick. get over yourself.


oh my ... LOL ... accident of birth?
 
2012-05-01 01:59:24 AM  

John_Denver_Lives: B*itch is gonna go to college, get some dick up in those guts, and then fail a few classes.


It always seems to happen like that doesn't it.

But call me when some kid from Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin or someplace where it gets ass cold and rainy for half of the year accomplishes this. Now that is way more impressive.
 
2012-05-01 02:01:03 AM  

fusillade762: Meh, I died of dysentery multiple times in high school.



While playing "Oregon Trail"?
 
2012-05-01 02:01:13 AM  
I missed about 20 days in my final year of high school. I was bored, honestly. I still graduated with good marks and got into a good engineering school. Turned out reasonably ok.

Perfect attendance is meaningless IMHO, even if you aren't a slacker like me. Life is short. Live a little.
 
2012-05-01 02:02:18 AM  

buckler: butt-nuggets: buckler: ...packed like lemmings into tiny metal boxes...

the secretaries prout and preen
like king tarts in a red light street
and all he ever thinks to do is watch

Oh, sorry...mine was "shiny metal boxes", and yours was "like cheap tarts on a red light street".

My apologies.


indeed, cheap tarts work better than king tarts
 
2012-05-01 02:03:57 AM  
I feel sorry for any guy who ever dates her. That's all he'll ever hear about.
 
2012-05-01 02:05:47 AM  
Aside from illness, the only absences I had were in high school, when I skipped an elective crafts class to re-attend my Gifted English class in case I'd missed anything. They weren't quite sure what to make of that.
 
2012-05-01 02:08:06 AM  

Fark Me Runnin: I feel sorry for any guy who ever dates her. That's all he'll ever hear about.


How do you know? Have you ever farked a valedictorian, non-missing school Hawaiian girl?
 
2012-05-01 02:09:48 AM  

propasaurus: Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.


She's obviously a Kenyan.
 
2012-05-01 02:10:32 AM  

tarheel07: I never missed a day of school from kindergarten through 12th grade. All I got at senior awards day was recognition.

/not valedictorian
//6th out of 360
///CSB


Slacker
 
2012-05-01 02:11:11 AM  

SandMann: Don't even think about it. Your not worthy.


Fistofgod.jpg
 
2012-05-01 02:14:39 AM  
I'd cheat from her test, if you know what I mean...
 
2012-05-01 02:15:35 AM  
and by that I mean have sex with her, if it wasn't clear for everyone...
 
2012-05-01 02:16:00 AM  
I hardly ever missed school. My mom was a teacher and she would pull the "well get up and get going and if you still feel bad when you get to school go ahead and call your father and he will come pick you up." That meant I couldnt fake being sick because the nurse would never agree to send me home if I didnt have a fever or anything.

The time I had the stomach flu and slept on the floor of the bathroom I didnt have to get up and go to school the next day, which was nice.
 
2012-05-01 02:17:42 AM  
so, I have had perfect attendance or close enough to it for 16 years at my job as a public worker in Wisconsin, I have like 140 sick days built up. soon enough I will lose them all, with nothing to show for it, some times kid you gotta stop and smell the roses............
 
2012-05-01 02:19:20 AM  

SandMann: Don't even think about it. Your not worthy.
Your not worthy.
Your


You obviously missed your fair share of school days.
 
2012-05-01 02:21:59 AM  
One kid I graduated with had perfect attendance for all of grade school, junior high school, and high school. He got an award for it. That was it. I personally think perfect attendance is overrated. I would much rather have a few sick days here and there. And, my mom was cool about attendance. Starting in 7th grade she gave me and my brothers one free day off of school each year. We could not use it to get out of tests, but other than that it did not matter what day it was. Pick one day and she would call us in sick. So, yeah, perfect attendance is overrated.
 
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