So, Thing One rocked his first marking period of middle school. Straight As, all 9 subjects! This with minimal academic supervision from me AND while playing on two soccer teams at once. Kid is on a roll in middle school and I couldn't be happier for him. He's still feeling his way through a lot of the social stuff, especially everything that relates to girls, but he has academics, sports and a good posse of buddies going for him and he'll eventually figure the rest of it out. One step at a time!