After covid, this must feel so different, the block schedule, getting off zoom & back in the classroom. He's so happy when he does his work once it's assigned. We expect that he'll have some late nights--but for school. Free period he plays chess in the locker room? I mean, his grades are strong, his attitude is good, and we're happy for him. He should be proud. In a few months, though, Joel, he needs to know that it's high gear time. Who will write his letter when all they see is him playing chess? Her mother & I are proud of her grades, but now is the time to find an office or club or something to show she took on a pinnacle experience somewhere. Find it quick, but make sure it's a thing you love ... robotics or service or an AP ... something you really love. It's time to step up. Colleges & universities are looking. When's your first college visit? I just don't know what we should be doing. There's no excuses anymore--you're not a freshman. You are a gift to us, Mr. Gar- za. Have a great day.