schools been great for both my kids so far. my daughter is in 5th grade & enjoying all the perks that entails. she's on the broadcast team & does the morning announcements, learning about being in front of & behind the camera. she had her first school dance last friday (they do a black & white dance for the 5th graders in the fall & luau for them in the spring). her grades are good as always & she loves her teachers. she's in chorus again & will be doing basketball again in the spring. the school has inter-mural after school basketball for 3-5thgraders in the spring, the gym teacher that does it is the high school basketball coach so he can't do it during "basketball season". they have a girls & boys team but the last few games in the spring my daughter played with the boys due to chorus conflicts so she asked the coach if she could play with the boys again this year. he told me last year she actually played better with the boys than she did with the girls. she'll be getting a kindergarten buddy soon which she can't wait for. the school will pair 5th graders up with a kindergartener that they will "hang out" with once a week; reading stories, helping them with class projects, playing with them at recess. when they have days like science day, artist day & field day the 5th graders stay with their kindergarten buddies & help them out. much to my chagrin she is very excited about jr high & keeps bugging me about where she'll go. (i work in the elementary school so she can go to either one of the middle schools our elementary school feeds to, it's right in the middle of both middle schools district)
my son's doing well so far in 1st. he's struggling with reading & writing which we knew he would. (we're still going through testing for learning disabilities) but he's in an eip class for reading now to get him extra help & both teachers in the eip class & his homeroom teacher all tell me how hard he works. which is good to hear because he gives up so easily at home when i try to work with him. like his sister he'll be doing basketball again in the spring. though the program is for 3rd-5th graders the coach invited my son to join last year when he was in k because "he has mad ball skills".
they both also have activities out of school which they are doing good in as well. my daughter started playing irish fiddle over the summer (she started violin in 3rd grade) & recently joined an irish ceili band. my son is in a progressive gymnastics class.