Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

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When I saw ‘alphabet’ as today’s photo challenge, I immediately thought of report cards. My eyes couldn’t move down the column fast enough to check all the letters and see how much trouble I was in or how much money I was going to get.

They probably send it via the internet today, but in my day the nun handed it to you and you made the long walk home with it. It had to be signed on the back by a parent and returned the next day so there was no saying the dog ate it.

I love the simplicity of the classes – no complicated titles, just the basics. I would like to  ask Sister Marie James what exactly the criteria was for ‘hygiene’ and ‘deportment.’  😃

Yes, I picked the one with the best grades because there was no way I wanted my blogging friend, Joyce, to know that I got a 73/D in Religion in 7th grade.

So did you hand carry the grade cards with the all important letters home for viewing or did they pass through the internet? Now, we’ll see what age brackets we’re all in. 😃

Hope you had a chuckle and that you have a great weekend.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

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61 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

  1. Thank looks an awful lot like the cards I brought home from school for my parents to sign! You got awesome grades! Mine often had a note from the teacher about me talking in class. Deportment was not my best subject. Yes, I carried mine home all the way through high school. Thanks for the memories!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I carried mine home Judy but they never looked as good as yours. Mine often included a comment like “Dan could no better if he applied himself”

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    My mom kept all of mine. Our A wasn’t “excellent”, it was called “Commendable” – I didn’t get too many of those 😉

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  4. nivs24 says:

    Aaaah, the ABC that tell us how we are faring in life 🙂

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  5. Like you, I suffered the Long Walk. While in first grade, I earned sterling grades, except for Conduct. My problem, as described by Mrs. Ambruster, was that I “talked too much.” Mrs. A. was right; I still gab on. One period she gave me a D. Fountain pen back then. I took ink eradicator to that offending letter. Burned a hole right through the paper.

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  6. quilt32 says:

    I started school in 1938 and my mother kept all of my report cards, which I now have. I loved school and also did well.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    What a report card and what a fun blast from the past! I carried my home, too. Could be a failure of memory, but I don’t remember either “Deportment” or “Application” on mine.

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  8. joey says:

    Mine were consistently good in the humanities and sciences and poor in math, like Jekyll & Hyde learning. My grade school cards look similar to yours, but my high school cards were printed via dot matrix, and with a light touch and a good drafting pencil, D’s could be B’s 😉 I had to make sure to be the one who opened it. If the cards came on Saturday, I was screwed.
    They don’t make you sign past grade school anymore — not mine, not any of my kids.
    We can see Sassy’s grades any time. All of them, each assignment or test. I think The Mister obsesses about it, I never look. lol

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  9. Leave it to you to figure out how to change it. LOL What’s your opinion about all of the grades being online to be viewed by parents? Does it take the stress out of the end of term grade or is it more stressful for the student?

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  10. Murphy's Law says:

    Yowzer! What a blast from the past. I too did the Walk of Shame in elementary school, junior high and high school. I couldn’t come close to your A’s and B’s, but I was pretty consistent with the comment, “Talks too much in class”!

    My grade in gym was always good though! That must account for something, don’cha think? That being said, I HATE EXERCISE TODAY!!!

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  11. Joyce says:

    LOL! Well, well! Since one of my few “As” was in Reading, I now know that MY friend Judy was not paying attention in 7th grade Religion! This report card could have been my own, too, in the 50s! Except I would not have received an A in Arithmetic! I was so bad at that! Always have been! But reading, writing, vocabulary? Teacher’s pet in those areas alone! Our nun graded us for Music on whether or not we sang loudly and lustily at daily Mass. I think I got a C! What memories! Congratulations on those gold stars though! And did you ever know a nun who didn’t handwrite “so perfectly!”??

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, my, you still have your report cards? I’m amazed! Of course, mine were hand carried. Computers were only in sci-fi movies back then. 😉

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  13. macmsue says:

    Thanks for the laugh. I still have my funny little Report Books with my name written carefully by me on the front. I have pondered on the amount of information parents received in those days compared with what teachers have to write now.

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  15. Oh, Judy, what a great choice! I would never have thought of this. I don’t know if I have any report cards left, but although I didn’t go to Catholic school (so no nuns), I did go to Lutheran school. I don’t remember any deportment marks, though.

    janet

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  16. reocochran says:

    Judy, I love posts about the “good old days.” 🙂 You had excellent grades!
    I didn’t run into “trouble” with grades until I chose to take a second year of algebra (trigonometry) in high school. Boy, did I make my father mad in college by taking astronomy. I could not memorize distances and this professor was a detail oriented tracher. No paragraphs nor essay answers could bail me out of a “D.” (You may remember my Dad worked for NASA and it did not help me one little bit!)

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  17. Ah, the benefits of having parents who didn’t speak English or understood what the grading meant 🙂

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  19. Bright Girl! Some things never change 🙂 My reports were all handwritten, although no one was interested in commenting on my deportment, which is a pity as I am sure it would have been excellent 😉 I am now on day 9 of the ‘bug’. When you said yours lasted 11 days I though mine could not possibly go on so long. How wrong I was!!!

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  20. Mine were sent by post, and then discussed at parents evenings at the school😵

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  21. What a lovely take on the Challenge! I love your report card – didn’t you do well?! I shall have to seek mine out. They are here somewhere but didn’t have quite the impact this one has. 🙂

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  22. KerryCan says:

    I’m definitely in the carry-it-home-and-hand-it-over age bracket. My worst grade was always something about talking too much out of turn . . .

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  23. pagedogs says:

    Maybe those who “talked too much” in school became bloggers!

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  24. Sammy D. says:

    OMG good thing I wasn’t Catholic; I would have definitely flunked deportment!

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  25. pbodwell says:

    Love that you thought of a report card for the alphabet. When I was in 4th grade I had a college reading level. We had SRA (anyone remember that? – I would like to find an old SRA set). I loved to read but wouldn’t do the work that went with it so I got an F. After a paddling the next quarter I got an A!

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    • If you can read, you can travel anywhere and learn anything. 🙂 I was not familiar with SRA set but looked it up so thanks for the teaching moment. Paddling – now there is a whole other post. Kids today would be amazed at the paddlings, hand slapping, and mouth washing out some of us endured. 🙂

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  26. Here, these days the students still carry their reports home and parents sign and can add comments, if they choose. There is space for the student to add his/her comments as well. Unfortunately the language of these reports is so vague and edu-speak driven, very few people know what the are really commenting on.

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  27. aekshots says:

    Good grades Judy. I remember those cards and also remember the girls with very good penmanship became very popular around report card time if you know what I mean…lol. Nice post.

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  28. treadway says:

    Oh, yes, I did hand carry my card home, and my mom looked at it, but if I remember correctly she had my sign her name. I don’t know why.

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  29. Grandma Kc says:

    Nuns are the things that nightmares are made of! We had to hand carry our home, too. Amara’s report card is mailed to her parents although they can log on to the school site and see her grades. Which I have to say is very motivating to students. Parents can also see what grades the students are getting on daily assignments or see what hasn’t been turned in! There is certainly no excuse in not knowing how your kid is doing in school! I love that you got a D!

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  30. A D in religion, huh? I suspected you were a bit heretical.

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  31. This was way more fun than contemplating why I never want to go to a hospital LOL!

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  32. Believe it or not, my kids (age 14 and 17) still get their reports card sent home with them! They are computer generated, but they aren’t e-mailed 🙂 however, we do have a cool app called Powerschool which also has grades in it for us to see. EVERY grade on every homework assignment, quiz and test all quarter long. So if I see a bad grade I can question the kids, although to be honest I don’t like to micromanage like that. Unless it’s really bad and out of character. When they were in elementary school the report cards were still filled out by hand in triplicate.

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  33. Nancy says:

    That was an excellent post for the challenge! Outstanding then and now!

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