Giving students “service hour” credit for coming in over one weekend to paint the classrooms. The students were supervised by parents while they painted, which meant that following Monday I walked into a classroom that looked like it’d been painted by a bunch of barely-supervised middle school students who didn’t really want to be there. Raising baby chicks in the new STEM lab. On paper, this was to teach the students about the life cycle or biology or something. In reality, this was to get pictures of the students holding chicks, for PR purposes. There were zero plans as to what to do with those chicks once they grew into chickens. A dozen cute little birdies turned into a dozen obnoxious, aggressive birds that pooped all over the new STEM lab within about six weeks.
Raising trout in the STEM lab, then releasing them into Lake Michigan. Raising trout, it turns out, takes a lot of time and effort and can also make the whole STEM lab smell bad. And the release date was in March. If you’re from the Chicago area, you may realize that having a bunch of students take a field trip to the Lake Michigan shoreline in March to wade into the water and release trout, one-by-one, is a bad, cold idea. Yout son must apply to a SEVP-approved school in the US. If the school accepts the enrollment, your child will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The school will issue a form I-20, with which your son can apply at a US embassy or consulate for a student (F or M) visa.