We are a small private K-8 Christian school, and the class in question is our 8th grade which is VERY bright, and they all get along extremely well. There are only 12 students, and my daughter is in this class. I've taught them all in some form or fashion for 3 years (I teach 6-7-8). Initials used for privacy. Today in my class (science) JC says "RW is a wizard! She made the highest grade in the class and didn't even read the book!" I knew exactly what he meant because my kid's in the same class, and they had just taken their test yesterday on a novel they read in Lit class. The book was The Hiding Place. RW says, "Yeah, I just went to thebestnotes.com and read the chapter summaries." Several kids joined in with "that's not fair" and "what's that website again?" etc. etc. I was standing there incredulous that she admitted it so openly, but I faked her out by not going nuts because I wanted her to keep talking so I could know more. I said, "And you made the highest grade in the class?" to which she replied, "Yeah. It's a really great website, and I didn't have to read the book." I said, "Well, cheaters never win and winners never cheat" to which she replied, "Well, I guess they do win because I got the highest grade!" I went on with my lesson and talked to the lit teacher during lunch. We can't come up with a perfect punishment, so I told her I would post the situation here to see if you guys can give her some ideas on how to handle this child's blatant "cheating." Then we had a long discussion on what defines cheating. What she really did was not complete the assignment which was to read the book. She will be calling mom who will go ballistic. The parents are very successful immigrants from a poor Carribean country who take their kids' educatin VERY seriously. Other than that, she's talked about taking points off her test grade (how many? how to substantiate?), having her do punitive busy work (like copying a whole chapter from the book by hand), or giving her a 0 for class participation (which was 75 pts; however, she DID participate, and according to the lit teacher, answered most of the questions during class discussion...probably because the others were not keeping up with the reading and she was reading a sysnopsis online!) IDEAS WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!