well guys, dumbing down America just got a bit dumber. We were told today that this year we're adopting the following grading standards. An F is 59% or below, however no grade lower than 49% can be recorded. That means any work attempted receives 50% and a zero will be recorded as 49% no lower. yes, that means even if they skip more than half the questions, or miss more than half on a quiz, etc.... you get the picture.
We teachers just sort of question it, discuss, and comply. :P
in other exciting news, yes it's first working Monday of the month, and I had stock meeting after school today. We talked a while about F squared! using alpha sector strategies......requiring a minimum of $100,000 investment but after ten years will way way beat out the S&P. For those investing way less, they have other markets, symbol VAPCX. They are not about gains so much as avoiding losses with a history chart showing the last big dips in the market with their graph just making a straight line at those moments. otherwise they rise and gain same as the market. well hopefully that made sense. I just sit and listen at most meetings. Tonight we were considering purchasing these stocks: Canadian oil EWC, IBM, MSFT, Utility AEP, and ABT - all which pay dividends blah blah
I was more interested by the car story of the banker who runs our meetings. He had his car converted to natural gas for about $6,400 at a local garage. He says the garage has 4 cars getting converted at a time with jobs waiting 2.5 months lined up. He's saving tons on gas and at the end of the year will get half back from the state, $3,200. Engine runs so clean without the carbon gunking stuff up and he said it will pay for itself within 11 months. How cool, I wish i could get one, but not on my 2000 Ranger. but my next car I'd consider. There are enough places here in the metro to keep him gassed up, plus the car retains its gasoline tank as a back up, and actually it's needed to start the enging. man! I'm telling ya $3.65 today to fill up my pick up. ugh!
Other wise I'm ready to get this week moving on, class tomorrow night and then work up to the weekend. fall is coming, ho ho. :)