Countdown to Christmas Vacation

James simply cannot wait till Christmas vacation and is counting down the days till it arrive. As each day passes, Christmas gets closer and closer so James changes the countdown each day to make sure its accurate.

We do not know if this is an official course or if you get any extra credit for counting down the days till Christmas accurately, but at least we are sure that James is having a good time doing it.

Edited: December 17th, 2018

Congrats on a Great Track Season

Annapolis’s Track Season officially ended today with a pizza party and awards. We were very proud of James who participated throughout the season and finished what he began, improving at the shot put the entire time. James made it to practices and events despite the weather (which seemed more unpredictable this year than most) which says much about his attitude and worth ethic.
James came home with a letter, a certificate, and a plaque with the entire team photo on it, kudos to James and Annapolis for rewarding participants like this. We have uploaded pics of all three here.

James has gotten his own shot put and plans on working out with the shot put ball and his workout bench this summer to become better in his sophomore year and continuing through his high school career at Annapolis. We have the back yard set up for him so he can measure his throws and also have those solar lights so he can throw a little after the sun sets on those exceptionally hot days. (more…)

Edited: May 31st, 2018

James On Track Team

We are all proud of James as he performs for Annapolis JV Track Team. He is currently on the JV squad but did throw a little for the Varsity at certain events. James does the shot put and each time he throws the ball he gets a little better and better. He also is working on the Discus throw. James and Dad hope to work on this over the summer months which his coach says means he needs to strengthen his upper body as best as possible. James has gotten several exercises to do from his coach and has been very attentive and diligent in his practices both at Annapolis and the back yard. So far James’s biggest nemesis has been all the rainfall we received this spring.

Edited: April 24th, 2018

James Gold Honor Roll

James did great his second trimester and was rewarded with the gold honor roll

Edited: April 1st, 2018

James Makes Silver Honor Roll

We are very proud of James and his work at Annapolis High School.

Edited: February 1st, 2018

O.W. Best Awards Night

It was a special night for James as he attended the O.W. Best awards night and came away with two awards, one for character and the other for extra effort. The ceremony lasted about an hour and afterwards refreshments were served for everyone. Mom and Dad were in attendance and could not have been more proud of James, especially since he transferred to O.W. Best from Lincoln Park in the middle of the school year which could not have been easy, but he did a great job of it. James last day of Middle School was a half day tomorrow, so for all intensive purposes this was his graduation ceremony. Video’s of the event are below the pictures.

Edited: June 13th, 2017

O.W. Best Dance

This was James first dance at O.W. Best and he had a great time. The dance was a little bit more formal than the ones he had at Lincoln Park since it was 8th graders only and was sort of a graduation dance as these kids will be heading into Annapolis next year. James said the music was good, but it was not live as they had a DJ (which is cool).

Edited: June 2nd, 2017

O.W. Best Honor Roll

We are pleased to announce that James has made the honor roll at O.W. Best Middle School in Dearborn Heights. His classes include Math, US History, Mastering Common Core, Science, Language Arts, and Life Skills.

James is running track this quarter and will have to keep the grades high if he wants to continue running track so this quarter will be an even bigger challenge for him.

Congratulations James, we are all very proud of you.

Edited: May 2nd, 2017

OW Best Track Team

James is on the OW Best track team and does a couple events. This is really the first organized sports that James had ever participated in while in school and James is making the best of it. We had to take James in for a sports physical and instead of picking him up at school we pick him up at the track (unless it rains) so its been a good experience for Mom and Dad as well, sitting in the stands and watching all the events. The average track meet takes over two hours so by the time James gets finished its well past 6pm and he is hungry and thirsty as one might imagine.

Edited: April 26th, 2017

Annapolis Orientation

James got a post card letting him know that he would be going from OW Best Middle School to Annapolis High School and that he was invited to an orientation. This night was very exciting for James as he was about to walk into his school for the next four years. Mom, Dad, and James all went and watched the slide show and lectures in the auditorium. This was Dads first time at Annapolis since he graduated there in 1979 (38 years ago) and the place looked pretty much the same. The pool was still there, but the senior drinking fountain was gone, probably politically incorrect in this age. James had a blast and afterwards everyone was invited to the cafeteria for cookies and drinks and to meet the staff of Annapolis High School. (more…)

Edited: April 12th, 2017