I have almost given up on a couple of my students, and I don't give up easily. In spite of extensions, recess detentions (which they sometimes come to and sometimes ignore), parent phone calls and meetings, meetings with the vice-principal, endless reminders, cajoling and threats, they just won't complete work. It's always, "almost finished" and they'll "hand it in tomorrow". I told them today that I am finally getting the message they are sending--"Get off my back, MrsC." They'll pass this year--we don't retain--but will be in a lot of trouble next year in high school.