Hello, and thanks for your question.
I'm sorry your daughter was having this seemingly 'catch 22' problem at school. I think you should express to the Principal, teacher and counselor, just what you said here, and tell them that the school chose to schedule these two classes at the same time, causing your daughter to miss some of her Latin classes/info and while her teacher has now
offered her the opportunity to come to a later class(?), get the missed info and arranged a time to hand in her completed (make-up?) work, knowing the scheduling problem she was experiencing in the past, he should have offered her this alternative at the beginning of the school year (or semester?), when if first became apparent.
While overextending themselves and/or having scheduling conflcts may be common for gifted students, the school/teachers who should be made aware of the problem from the beginning (by the students and/or parents), are there to help them not
miss classes and/or info from a specific class. Yes, it is the responsibility of the student to find out the work missed, either from the teacher, personally, or from classmates, but if this has been an ongoing problem and the teacher never volunteered the help which is being offered now, the teacher and the school were lacking in their responsibility to the student.
If your daughter feels she can keep up Seminar class AND Latin, without either one of them suffering, grade-wise, that's fine. If she feels it's too much, she'll need to modify her schedule.
I would ask that the Latin teacher please accept some past, missing and/or incomplete assignments within a reasonable period of time, and raise her grade on the most recent report, so she doesn't miss out on Honor Roll for this period.
Your daughter needs to speak up on her own, if she hasn't been doing this, to her teachers and counselor, when there's a problem, so they are aware of it, and can offer (or be asked) to help. If the Latin teacher WAS made aware of this problem in the past, and just now decided to step up and offer assistance, thank him very much and ask for that grade revision so your daughter can maintain her standing on the Honor Roll.
Be nice, yet firm, in your statement of the facts and requests, thank the Latin teacher for his current offer of help, when you have your meeting, and I hope everything works out well!
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