Zach is a busy kid. He (voluntarily--his idea, actually) goes to a before-school band practice session at 7:00 a.m. He plays on the soccer team most days until 4:30 p.m. That's a long day for a 12-year-old.
On Tuesday nights he has mutual/scouts, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays he plays basketball on a YMCA team. On Friday afternoon he delivers the paper. He looks forward to the afternoons when he only has math homework (generally his only homework).
Last week Zach went to High Trails, a four day, three night outdoor school just for sixth graders. He had a fantastic time with his buddy, Eli, and his other friends. They hiked a lot, played cooperative games, and did things like orienteering and rock climbing. What a great camp! He came home utterly exhausted. Then he went to an all-day merit badge clinic the next day.
Through it all, Zach has an awesome attitude. He is mostly getting good grades (still working on a better attitude in math) and enjoying school. We are proud of him.