Twilight Absences

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  1. ValinFW

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    How many of your adolescent and teenaged students are absent today because their parents allowed them to go to the midnight premier of Twilight last night?
     
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    im in 9th grade. half of the high school i attend is out, due to the twilight movie! its insane!
    Its honestly the students free day, beacause theres not enough people to make a class. :/
     
  4. Alisha

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    Oh my goodness!!! I admit I love the book, but kids (and parents!) need to get a grip! lol! Go see it tonight if you have the need! Luckily, I live in a town that only has the capacity to play one movie at a time, we're still on Madagascar 2, it'll be a while for Twilight! :)
     
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    I wanted to get a sub b/c I went and saw it last night...haha...so tired
     
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    I teach ninth grade, and while I don't have absences, I do have a group of girls in hand-made shirts that say "Twilight 12:01 AM".
     
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    I'm going to see it tonight! I don't think if I had a teenage daughter that I would allow her to go to the 12:00 showing and miss school.
     
  8. ValinFW

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    One of my students who is absent has failed my class the first two grading periods. I think it's ridiculous that she has ANY privileges left!
     
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    I am going Sunday. Already bought the tickets. Can't wait.

    I was going to see it at midnight, but I decided not to take a day off school for a movie. I knew I would never be able to make it all day today if I got home at 3 in the morning.

    There are a few kids absent today, but most of them are proudly walking around like zombies just to say they were the first to see it.
     
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    I teach first grade so none of mine are out. However there is a teacher who took today off so she could go last night.
    I'm going tonight with a group of about 18 girls from around my district.
    Should be a good time! :)
     
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    Yeah, I would think they would WANT to show up and talk about it!! I would gladly allow my kids to go to a midnight showing of a movie like that-my friends and I always hit the midnight showing of Harry Potter, dressed up-but then you do have to still function the next day. The exhaustion is part of the event!
     
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    It wouldn't bother me if my students were out. I have enough to worry about without keeping track of why they are absent. They just have work to make up!
     
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    At work I heard someone say that they took their daughter to see it last night. They got home around 2am but she insisted her daughter go to school!
     
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    That's what would have happened in my house--sometimes it "sucks" to have a mother who's a teacher! :lol:
     
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    I took my daughter to see it at midnight, and she couldn't WAIT to go to school today to tell everyone about it.

    I like doing those "on the edge, but safely" kinds of things with my daughter. We had a blast!
     
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    Hmmmm...maybe THAT'S where they all were! Hadn't thought about it.

    Of course, some seniors think that Fridays are optional anyway.
     
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    The Senior "Big Sister" to my Freshman homeroom went.

    But she was in school today.

    I think it's cool that her parents let her go, as long as she understood that today was a school day. (And I think she had a Precalculus test today too.)
     
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    My God, I can see where some kids get their sense of entitlement these days.
     
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    From what I know just one of my sophomores was out due to this. But I did have 3-4 kids absent in each class and that is definitely not typical for me. It did snow in the morning though and we have a lot of walkers so I pretty much figured the desire to stay in bed and not walk in the snow was the main reason for the absence.

    As for me, I'll go see it in a few weeks when the hype has slowed down. I can't stand seeing movies in crowded theaters; I'm picky about where I sit :).
     
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    I had a lot of kids out but I think they were just starting Thanksgiving early.

    If my kids missed school because they actually read a book AND liked it, and wanted to see the movie, I would be ecstatic.
     
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    If my child went to see Twilight, he or she would likely have to go to school the next day. I would let my child do something like that, but it would be intelligent if the movie came out in theaters on a Friday evening instead of a school night, based on its audience.
     
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    Friday was the day it came out, but many theatres run special midnight showings if it is a movie with a lot of hype.
     
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    Good point! :)
     
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    I'd let my kids miss school because of this. Maybe I'm a bad mom...but once in a while, everyone needs to blow off "work" for a mental health day!

    I took them to see Miley Cyrus in concert last January and we all stayed home the next day. It was the only day they missed all year. And we had a blast, both at the concert and the next day...it was in a big city close by, and my mil got us a fancy hotel room...we ordered room service and had manicures.

    Anyway, I think missing school for a fun reason once in a while is ok if the kid's got good grades and generally responsible behavior.
    Kim
     
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    I remember when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King came out. I was a HUGE LOTR geek and mom took me and a couple of my friends to see it at midnight with school the next day (I was a HS senior). The deal was that we all had to go to school the next day, though. I think we got home around 3:45 a.m. and I couldn't fall asleep for an hour or more because I was so excited, haha!

    I agree that as long as you're a good student and this type of school skipping isn't a habit, then why not? It won't make or break you and you have a great memory for years to come.
     
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    I have two friends who love the series and it was discusses so much I finally bought Twilight last week and read it in three days. I went to work Friday and waited until that night to see it so I didn't miss anything, but I did take pictures of all the craziness.
    When Spiderman 3 came out a parent pulled their child out of school early to see the midnight showing. The child wasn't in school the next day and the parent was upset because the absence wasn't excused.
     
  27. Irishdave

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    OK I will say it
    I think it was foolish to go to a Movie at 12:01 AM on a school night
    this isn't your father's school days anymore
    My step daughter went I did not know until the last minute
    she was going but she is 18 and thinks she knows everything
    and if she had not bought the tickets before hand I would have said no

    All I know My dad would not have let me go
    School nights are not for socializing IMHO
    After all don't we need to maximize our time on task?
    Tired kids don't stay on task very well
     
  28. 3Sons

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    I'm flabbergasted that I find myself agreeing with IrishDave. Hope I'm not coming down with something.
     
  29. Irishdave

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
    No you are a dad
     

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