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Mrs. Willow's Report Cards

For Ladyhawk: Frodo's end of year Report Card...

Middle-Earth Class: A+

Frodo had an exceptional year and should be proud of his achievements in Middle-Earth class. He excelled in linguistics, making a strong effort to use his basic elvish, especially in times of adversity. His timely call of "Elbereth Gilthoniel" was instrumental in lessening the effects of the negative forces facing him and also showed his quick comprehension in reading situations facing him, an area in which Frodo showed significant strength this year, both in class and in non structured situations. He has a strong ability to create and generate strong ideas. Although a quiet student who would benefit from more regular participation in discussions, Frodo contributed significant and insightful comments to discussions, often adding details that others had missed. He also made steady gains in his ability to utilize his inherent leadership skills and, although Frodo at first showed some reluctance to make difficult decisions, he made significant progress in this area through the course of the year. By the end of term, Frodo's dogged perseverance brought him the results he desired. Frodo needs to practise his spelling and editing skills when writing in his Red Book. It has been a pleasure to teach Frodo this year.

Mrs. Willow

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Peregrin Took Middle-Earth Geography D-

Peregrin is a charming but irresponsible students who finds it challenging to remain focussed on his lessons. He is easily distracted and sometimes disrupts other students by socializing at inappropriate times. In his written work, Peregrin is a minimalist who seldom fully supports his ideas with relevant or sufficient evidence. In addition, he jumps to conclusions and frequently blurts out incorrect answers. Peregrin lost significant marks by coming to class with assignments not completed as he was 'up to mischief' instead. Although he is well liked by his fellow students, Peregrin does not fully participate in group assignments, tending to let others do the bulk of the work. Marks cannot be assigned for entertaining his other group members, however much they enjoy it. He would benefit from studying his map lessons more thoroughly as he failed his recent test on Middle-Earth Geography. He has made excellent progress in fencing and surviving without second breakfast recently; however, as these are not part of the Geography curriculum, they did not significantly affect his mark. I look forward to a more concerted effort from Peregrin next term.

Mrs. Willow

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Ring Wraiths' Report Card: F

Ring did not successfully complete the expectations for his grade this year. Although he made acceptable progress in slinking and horseriding, he often showed a lack of understanding of issues. He was unable to grasp the ring on several occasions and regularly showed his frustration with inappropriate behaviour, both in the classroom and in the schoolyard. It became a concern later in the year that he was involved in a number of incidents involving bullying, trying to take others' possessions without permission, terrorizing hobbits and Breemen and in damaging property. As well, Ring became part of an undesirable gang which advocates screaming when not getting their own way. We recommend psychological counselling and anger management training for Ring, as well as a throat specialist and speech therapist for his voice problems. Ring will be required to repeat his year until he is able to show more favourable behaviour.

Note: playing with sharp implements is against school rules.

Mrs. Willow

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Aragorn, Son of Arathorn: Ranger Training A-

Overall, Aragorn had an excellent year in Ranger Skill Development. He did very well in woodsmanship class, showing that he is able to identify and use the required plants for both sustenance and healing, and successfully living off the land on several field trips. He developed a fine ability to do without food or sleep for days at a time, especially when tracking enemies. He also showed his strength at tracking by finding the creature who had been released for his test. Although Aragorn demonstrated outstanding ability in weaponry in the use of sword and knife, he is less steady when holding a bow and would benefit from further stillness training. In conflict resolution, Aragorn is at his best when challenged by an unrealistic number of opponents, though he would do well to control his look of pleasure when faced with battle. Aragorn has a strong sense of his own abilities, and this sometimes leads him to be less patient than is desirable with those he considers less capable than he. He also occasionally makes hasty decisions that lead to unexpected outcomes. However, he is honest and faces up to his mistakes, willingly learning from them. In leadership class, Aragorn at first showed a lack of understanding of the needs of his followers. Over the course of the year, however, he became more willing to listen to others and improved his leadership skills significantly. However, he still shows some reluctance to take on a kingship role and has been known to be taken by surprise by elves bearing swords. We are somewhat disappointed that Aragorn should take for himself a nickname which does not match his status. His graduating class voted Aragorn "Most Likely to be King". I am very pleased with Aragorn's achievements this year.

Mrs. Willow

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For Primula: A letter to King Denethor from Mrs. Willow........

Dear King Denethor,

I regret to inform you that your son Boromir has been suspended for two days for being involved in an incident in the playground. Boromir has strong leadership qualities; unfortunately, he uses inappropriate techniques of persuasion if others do not wish to follow him. In this particular incident, one of the smaller boys had an article of jewellery that the boys were pretending had magical powers. Boromir isolated the small boy and attempted to take the item by force because, in his words, 'I want to be king; it should be mine.' His subsequent remorse and attempts to apologize to the frightened boy in no way ameliorate the situation. Boromir may return to school next week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Willow

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Final Report Card of Samwise Gamgee: B

Samwise is a quiet, thoughtful young man who made steady progress in all areas of the curriculum this year. While Sam does not easily draw conclusions or make inferences, he listens carefully to class discussions and uses them effectively to increase his own understanding. He seldom participates, however, unless called upon. Sam needs to do extra work in order to improve the quality of his spoken grammar. Sam's academic strength is in history and geography, where he shows a particular interest in events and where they took place. He also shone in cooking class and horticulture this term. Although he tends to prefer plain cooking, especially sausages, he mastered fire making and the correct use of pans easily and often cooked up treats for fellow class mates. He also has a good knowledge of the indigenous Shire flora and seems to have a natural affinity for gardening. Sam started off the term very self conscious but has grown into himself somewhat and is showing signs of leadership abilities. However, although Sam is usually quiet, he does tend to whisper in corners to his particular friend Frodo Baggins and has upon occasion become involved in verbal confrontations when he feels Frodo is being challenged. I recommend that Sam and Frodo be separated next year. I also feel Sam would benefit from swimming lessons as he has a fear of the water. I have enjoyed having Samwise in my class.

Mrs. Willow

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Samwise Gamgee's Kindergarten Report Card.....

With the understanding that we learn everything we need to know at Kindergarten, and that Mrs. Willow is too caught up with academics, curriculum and going by the book.....

Five Year Old Kindergarten...Samwise Gamgee: A+

Sammy Gamgee is a delightful, happy boy who excelled in all the key lessons taught in kindergarten this year. He is a very honest, polite and thoughtful little hobbit who always thinks of others before himself. He is always punctual to class, works diligently on any task given him and completes the task to the best of his ability. He deals well with frustration, usually just shrugging or scratching his head if things do not go well, and then putting forth an even greater effort. He is very persistent. Sammy also has a good influence on his peers. He has taken young Frodo Baggins under his wing, helping him overcome his shyness and defending him if he thinks it necessary. He never becomes involved in playground squabbles, however, and deals most maturely with any conflicts. He is also very patient with Pippin Took, often exerting a calming influence on him, and always sharing his toys. Sammy has a strong sense of right and wrong, will not willfully hurt another living creature and believes in always doing what he believes is the right thing. I am very proud of Sammy and am sure he has all the skills he needs to have a full and successful life. It has been a privilege to teach Sammy.

Miss Lilly

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Gollum's Report Card, for those who asked!

Final report Card of Smeagol: D

I have been very disappointed with Smeagol's progress this year. Smeagol showed a lot of promise at the beginning of the year and began the first term at his new school as a very bright articulate young man who was quick to learn his lessons and has a special skill in riddling, winning the gold medal in the Riddle Bee. Smeagol was always polite and well spoken and shared well with his class mates early in the term, but lately he has become more secretive and unsociable. He seems to prefer dark places to the sun and hangs about in the shade at the edge of the playground at recess, shunning his peers and muttering words that are unclear to us but which seem to include a lot of sibilants. Recently his classmates have become somewhat reluctant to partner with Smeagol in group activities as he mutters and seems unable or unwilling to focus on the task at hand. He does not eat much at lunch time, occasionally bringing fish which he eats raw. The staff feels that Smeagol is becoming thinner and his posture is deteriorating. We are concerned about his well being, and we feel that Smeagol should seek guidance, perhaps first through Doctor Gamgee, who might then recommend further steps to take in order to help Smeagol.

Mrs. Willow