Attitude Regarding Revilla
By Eileen Small
May 10, 2006
I just wanted to thank Karen Hollywood for her input. I am basically
out of this issue now, as my graduating senior---whom I discussed
in my letter to the editor---is my 5th and final child to leave
the nest. I therefore won't be dealing with it on a long term,
much less permanent, basis! Thank God for small favors!
I would, however, like to discuss the principal's reply. He is
the person who TOLD me about the promised funding that suddenly
was denied to Revilla when I called to complain about the Revilla
Seniors not being advised as to where the prom would be held!
I was a tad surprised at his failure to speak publically in his
letter about what we had spoken about privately in a phone conversation!
If I am wrong about funding promises that were denied to Revilla,
then I apologize for the mis-info which I received from HIM!
Of note, whatever the problem with "prom notification"
was---the Revilla students were NOT notified in advance. It is
that simple!! I also know for a FACT that the Kay-Hi students
DID know in advance--as that is how I learned of the changed
location, and that knowledge is what initiated my contact with
the Revilla principal and the Board in the first place!
I agree with Karen: I have had 5 kids who are all very different
people and who all graduated from different programs in different
parts of the country including Ketchikan. Two of my kids are
college educated, 1 of my kids is a master plumber back east,
and 2 are still "finding themselves"-including my youngest
who just graduated. Things like graduation ceremonies should
NOT be decided by a "kid vote". My daughter expressed
it eloquently: "Why would we want to march at graduation
with a group of people who refer to us as "The Revilla Retards"?
C'mon school board, principals, et al, don't pretend that you
are unaware of this attitude! EVERYONE is aware of this attitude!
I and my kids are out of it but don't pretend that it doesn't
I pulled my daughter from Schoenbar in junior high due to some
sincere issues with the schooling there. I home schooled her
for two years using an on line program through PACE (which by
the way is an awesome program!). She had all A's and B's. She
wanted to attend the high school and so we enrolled her. To say
it was problematic and a mistake for her is, in my opinion, an
understatement. I do blame a large portion of that on her as
well as the school. HOWEVER, after much thought, I enrolled her
in the Revilla night school program---she went in the afternoon.
She has made up classes she screwed up in at Kay High, learned
so much---just like in PACE---and will graduate this year and
go on to college! I am pleased and satisfied and I just think
that in a small town such as Ketchikan that Revilla needs to
be given the respect it deserves! My question is, in reference
to Karen's letter: What is the "easy way out" and how
dare any 17 year old try to make such a determination! Ideas
and attitudes such as this come from both parents and peers.
If our community goal is to raise healthy, well-educated, functioning
young people, then we need to consider and respect all options.
Revilla is an option---not for everyone but THE answer for some!
In any other community such as down south, there would be more
than one high school in a community. All would be treated with
respect. There is always more than one way to achieve a goal!
Again-remember this when the next election comes up involving
the Board of Education!!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Eileen Small is a resident of Ketchikan, AK and parent
of a Revilla student.
belongs to entire community By Karen Hollywood
By Doug Gregg - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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