Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time to do some bragging on Jonah. Yesterday, he was accepted into Gymnasium. It is the German equivalent to High School, but goes from 5th through 12th grade. It is college prep school. Only the best kids get into Gymnasium. The rest have to go into middle school, which then leads to trade school or a possible later jump into High School. There is a lot of pressure on kids and parents all during 3rd and 4th grade. And in the GErman mentality, it isn't even about trying hard to get in... some kids are cut out for education and some aren't.

Also, he was featured in a state wide magazine this quarter! His school newspaper, where he is the resident cartoonist, was the subject of an article in the Sächsische Zeitung's Family Magazine. Their newspaper won third place in a state competition of school journalism, but they were the one featured in the magazine. Jonah was the lead off part of the story, with a couple paragraphs describing the mascot character he created and then information about him.

It was pretty cool! Here are some scans of the story:

Sunday, May 03, 2009

So what is this all about? "Do not let your dog give the birds rides!" (Seen in Basel)