Our school (maybe this is normal, I don't know) has these events once per semester called pep rallies. Basically, it's to raise school spirit and release energy. They crowd 1800 kids into a gymnasium, they bring out the marching band and play similar school spirit related games. Then, they scream. They encourage everybody to scream and chant and have the grades compete.
Hmm.... Just the kind of thing I absolutely hate! I went once in Freshmen year, I had a head ache and felt the need for ear plugs. I learned.
So, since then, I have always made it a point to have an 'orthodontist appointment' and abandon the school an hour early.
Here is something I always found amusing:
About 5 minutes before the pep rally begins, teachers literally start patrolling the hallways and the school perimeter to check for students trying to leave. If you have students trying to pull a great escape, so much so that you have about 50 teachers assigned patrol duty, perhaps it is indicative of the quality of these biannual events.
Anyways, my parents never have any issue excusing me that period, so I am off the hook. I told them I was going to be leaving early on Thursday (the latest pep rally), they were fine with that. So Thursday rolls around, I leave shortly before the pep rally (last period of hte day) and get into my getaway vehicle. I then realize, I completely forgot to have my parents call in and excuse this
So today comes about, and my history teacher asks me where I was on thursday. I have history during the period we would have had a pep rally. My teacher does not like me, he has plainly admitted this infront of the class and to myself in private. So he tells me to see him after class. He asks me where I was, informs me that my absence is not excused. I tell him I had to leave early. He tells me "you cut my class, this is a cut". I tell him I didn't cut his class, I cut a pep rally. We don't learn about history during a pep rally....
He tells me that the last period of the day actually met for five minutes before the pep rally. I tell him I am sorry and did not know, and he says quote "I am writing you up, I don't appreciate the extra work". I tell him I can have my parents call it in and he tells me that won't work. I don't think he even really cares, I think he's bored. So I tell him okay, have a great afternoon, and leave. Politely, but candidly.
ANyways, typically a cut for one period means an A.S.I., which is when you stay after for 1.5 hours in some room with a teacher frowning at you. I don't really want to do this. But I was just thinking, might the school bargain with me? I feel that I made up this "cut" the very next day. THe very next day was a teachers workshop, basically a day off for all students. THe school had requested that I come in that day and represent the school in front of the chamber of commerce. So, at 7:15 on my day off I come into the school for 2 hours and speak to the Chamber of Commerce about how a certain program has been beneficial, and answered questions. I feel that this makes up for any wrong doing prior. Do you think this might work?
The funny thing is, people who went to the pep rally tell me they had only 40-50 seniors actually attend. My senior class is 397....