Saturday, January 9, 2010
That "Dreaded" Report Card
Ran across this little reminder we got every few weeks that showed how we were progressing in school. This card format stayed the same for many years. This is an example of what we received to take and show our parents and get signed and return the next day.
It was a testimony to how we did after of the feared 6-week test cycles at BHS. This one is from a beginner with good grades, although we blurred out the names (not because of any reflection on shame or anything). Notice that the teacher was Mrs. Hallie, a matron of the Vandiver family of teaching and coaching careers at BHS.
The day the cards were given out was dreaded by some, and relished by others. I made a few "D"s myself and even a failing grade a couple of times. I was really ashamed to take it home for my parents to see with those marks.
I heard many excuses from some boys why it wasn't returned (got wet and fell apart, dog chewed it up, baby sister drooled on it, etc.) and that became very comical to everyone including the teachers. Of course those guys got a replacement to retake home for signature, or a phone call from the teacher to their parents.
Some of you who started in the mid 1940s may recall the beginner and first grades used the North end of the surplus hut near the football field. Also in the same building was the lunchroom with good food smells coming through the walls every morning. We usually got to eat first and afterward the high schoolers came flying by and getting in line for their lunch.
Posted by Carl Houston at 5:03 PM