The Norman Transcript

September 20, 2013

Ask twins if they want to share classes


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Q: Our twins have recently started middle school. Until now, they have never had their classes together. This year, they have two classes together. They get along just fine, but my wife and I are wondering if this is something we should try to avoid in the future.

Thanks,

Jay and Steph, of Norman

A: This really is a question about what works best for your kids. We have seen it both ways, and each have been successful.

For you, it might be more of a convenience to at least have them with some of the same teachers, even if they are in different hours, because you’ll be running around like a chicken with your head cut off when it comes time for parent/teacher conferences.

Sometimes as children get older and claim their own identities, they don’t really like being in the same class with a sibling. Others get their strength from the comfort of being together. Have an ongoing conversation with your twins, because their feelings about this could change from year to year.

Q: I have a son who has just entered eighth grade. I kept your article on the Oklahoma Promise Scholarship from last year, knowing he would be eligible, but now I can’t find it. Could you please give me the information about that again?

Appreciate your column,

Gary, of Norman

Dear Gary,

Thanks for asking. We actually think this is so important, we will gladly give this information as many times as we can.

The Oklahoma Promise Scholarship was set up to help low- and middle-income families afford to send their children to college. Applications must be submitted when the student is in eighth, ninth or 10th grades, or for home schooled students, they must be age 13, 14 or 15.

The financial requirements for qualification are that the parents make $50,000 or less when applying and $100,000 or less when the student enters college. There are required classes that the student will have to take (most are part of the regular curriculum for all Oklahoma schools), and they must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in those classes and overall in high school.

There is a social responsibility aspect. While in high school, students are expected to prepare for college. Good attendance and behavior in school and no trouble with the law is also a requirement. Only legal U.S. residents are accepted.

We have listed the website, okhighered.org/

okpromise, because the application is online. It is also full of information. We hope you can take advantage of this wonderful program.

Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.