Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
RAIN p197 - Distraction by JocelynSamara RAIN p197 - Distraction by JocelynSamara
First - [link]
Prev - [link]
Next - [link]

Okay, just because other peoples’ school experiences have been different from mine in the past, I’d like to clarify this a little.

The “report card”, for me, always came at the end of semesters a couple times over the course of the school year (usually, just before Christmas break, Spring break and Summer vacation, if I remember correctly). But in between those, there’d be an additional pseudo-report card known as a “progress report”, which does just what it sounds like; it reports the students’ current progress. It’s not terribly reliable in most cases and is usually subject to change, but my schools always sent them out. Anyway, I just wanted to include share this, in case other peoples’ schools do not do progress reports. This school does.

And yeah, Rain’s a pretty awful student. I was too, actually (she is largely based off me, after all). I bet you didn’t think that math thing was going to be relevant, did you? ^_^

©2004-2012
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Also, if you enjoy the comic, please vote for "Rain" on TopWebComics!
Add a Comment:
 
:icondrengicopter:
DrEngicopter Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
The more I read this comic the more I realise how different 'school' is in a lot of countries.
Reply
:iconthundercat287:
thundercat287 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I had decent grades but my mom wouldn't believe me until she saw it officially.  What is there for me to lie about?  If I said I had straight A's in college, that'd be a lie.  High school A- student, College B- student.
Reply
:iconminneal:
minneal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the American school's grades from A to F? I'm just curious, since in my school the grades go from 4 to 10.
Reply
:iconbkworm5:
bkworm5 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what grading system this school does, but in mine, a D is a fail as well.
Anyway, loving this comic so far! Much...read..more... :retarded-drool: 
Reply
:iconstevekobbs:
Stevekobbs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
D was enough to pass for us, but it was considered failing socially. If it was an actual fail I'd have repeated my senior year since I only passed AP Government with a D- 2 points away from an F. My teacher was totes a bitch.

This gal ain't a good student (meaning me)
Reply
:iconliahansen:
LiaHansen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
Ha! Rain's just like me! Except... y'know... pretty and popular... but she's stupid, just like me!

Wait. Hrm.
Reply
:iconradicaldanny:
RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I'm all average except for PE. I have no stamina, no endurance and barely any muscles...

So basically an average dork, which as a male got me bullied... :(
Reply
:iconstevekobbs:
Stevekobbs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I think I was relatively decent in PE couldn't run for shit or do anything like that but my teachers liked me a lot (probably wouldn't if i'd been out as trans though >.<)
Reply
:iconabidrew:
AbiDrew Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Uh...  Having come from pretty much the same place that Rain is...  Though also significantly different...

She's not stupid.  And neither probably are you for that matter, but...

Rain is just suuuuuuuper distracted.  Think about it.  How much is on her mind at any given time.

Me, my problem was that a very significant part of my brain power was constantly going towards maintaining my self-hypnosis.

I don't know your own story, obviously, but seriously.  You're probably not stupid.  Stupid actually takes more effort than you might think.
Reply
:iconliahansen:
LiaHansen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Artist
I know that a few bad grades don't make someone stupid, I was just being silly. :)
Reply
:icontrichter43:
trichter43 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I'd still like to know, how rain makes her boobs look so real as asked by Rudy & Maria at the beginning of this all.
Reply
:icondolphin64575:
dolphin64575 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
my high school did progress reports. 5-week grades, they were called. Mom never saw them, my brother and I would throw them in the garbage without opening them.
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Heh. I used to chuck 'em too.
Reply
:iconlexiiie:
Lexiiie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Poor Rain... And I see some of my grades there too... OTL
Reply
:iconladyserena:
LadySerena Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
WOW! Such a LOADED question, one that as such, should not be asked. Something in her life impairing her ability to focus on classwork? Um yea, its called HER LIFE! Geez, how to answer this one?
Reply
:iconryu890:
Ryu890 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
No...I'm caught uuuuup! Nuuuuu! No more Rain till....what, Wedsday?
Reply
:iconsuki-chan36:
Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Why do I have the horrible, sinking feeling that Emily is going to get assigned as a tutor to Rain?


On a side note, I thought I'd toss in my two cents about how my high school does the whole grades thing:

Any given high school year is divided into two semesters. First Semester lasts from September until January, and Second Semester lasts from February until June. Each semester is made up of four courses, most of which are compulsory. (The exception arises in grade 12. The system is done in such a way that, by the time a student reaches their grade 12 year, they only need six more credits to graduate. This means that they only have to take three classes per semester, and have one class as a spare. They can take other classes to fill those gaps if they want to, but it isn't very commonly done.) Around mid-November is when First Semester midterm marks go out - and these marks count, for although your final mark is what decides whether or not you pass your course, midterm marks still show up on all report cards. (Happily, though, only final marks show up on your high school transcripts.) Anything below a 50 is a failing grade. The 50's are equivalent to a D, the 60's are equivalent to a C, the 70's are equivalent to a B, and the 80's and above are equivalent to an A. (Pluses and minuses exist, of course, but I'm sure you can figure out where they'd go in the ranges.) Final First Semester report cards go out in early to mid-February, after exam marks and final projects have been factored in. Midterm Second Semester report cards go out around mid-April, and final Second Semester report cards are released at the beginning of July.

Hope I didn't miss anything. xD
Reply
:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, and i find it interesting that she is taking French.
Reply
:iconmusicallover1234:
Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Writer
Poor Rain getting bad grades, i usually get really good grades i am good a focusing on school thou. It funny that she is failing math. As for what's going on in her life, i think that it is her life. And a lot of other things as well.
Reply
:iconagona-d:
Agona-d Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
at my school we have this website called Progress Book where we can log in and check our current grade scores, then we get the actual report cards at the end of each quarter.
Reply
:iconmaka00:
Maka00 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Same here! Except we do also get progress reports as well.
Reply
:icontheamazingkaren:
TheAmazingKaren Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I actually went to a private religious school for years, Dropped out when my grades were mostly in the 20s. @.@ I feel your pain, Rain!
Reply
:iconlordsoulsicarious:
LordSoulSicarious Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Argh... Must... resist... elitist... tendencies...
Reply
:iconsurlybitch:
surlybitch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At my school, we have mid and end of term report cards, then every month we get those "progress reports" you mentioned.
Reply
:iconvenathil-matura:
Venathil-Matura Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Funny thing... my best grade this year was a B- in English and I'm failing at math too o.o
Reply
:iconchitttick1:
chitttick1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Please tell me you didn't get a D in P.E. too! Cause that's like the easiest class ever!!!...... Well actually it might depend on what you did at your school. At mine right now all you actually have to do to get an A is change into sweatpants/shorts and sneakers, check in for attendance, then if you don't want to play a game you just walk around the gym the whole class. As long as you don't sit down.
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
No. I usually got an A in P.E.. It really only requires participation to ace it. And while I'm such a non-athlete, I just dealt with it most of the time and did what I could. I was so easily recognized as someone who couldn't play to save my life, that I could be out on the field and not have to worry about anyone ever passing to me or whatever.

Rain though, probably doesn't participate in class very often (this is going way back, but I did cover this indirectly at one point - [link]).
Reply
:iconchitttick1:
chitttick1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
oh ok
Reply
:iconadmrlwashinton:
AdmrlWashinton Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, I mean that is really bad I mean how does someone... nope not even gonna think about it.
Reply
:iconslicex1:
slicex1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Perhaps her rabbit... i mean what could ruin your grades...
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
"My bunny ate my homework."

Not only is it original, it's entirely plausible. My rabbits LOVE eating paper. ^_^
Reply
:iconc-silas-b:
c-silas-b Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
HOW ON EARTH DO YOU MAKE LESS THAN AN A IN HISTORY GOSH
Reply
:iconxallamax:
Xallamax Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've been a pretty great student myself up until recently, and that's because of... well... coming out, or rather, anxiety about coming out.

My GPA is still lower than I'd like, but it's above average... and if nothing else, I'm secure in my intellect.
Reply
:iconavistew:
Avistew Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
All my schools (French system, mind you) had the year divided in trimesters, three of them (the last one being made up of all the vacation time and weekends, etc, so they weren't really chronological) that each was three months worth of classes.
The grades (out of 20, 10 is passing, below is failing) were usually more complex than just one result. There would be the big result, but also how it was divided (for instance in languages you got a grade for papers and one for participation in class. In French class you go one for grammar, one for creative writing and one for essays, etc).

But then everyone always insisted that the most important part was the section intended for comments. A 9, barely failing grade, with a comment of "trying hard" was worth more than an 11 or 12 (or possibly more) with "stubborn, doesn't follow directions).

the grades themselves didn't decide if you failed the year. Every end of trimester the teachers, two elected parent and two elected students (who were elected at the beginning of the year) would meet for every class (a class was about 40 students. There were typically between 5 and 10 classes per year.)
Then they would talk about each student in alphabetical order and decide how to deal with them in the next trimester, or if they should pass or not if the next trimester was the following year.

However, teachers would ask to meet parents and talk about various issues regularly. Depending on the teacher it could happen after a single test that got a lower grade than the student had led them to expect. (Depending on the subject, we had between one paper a week and one paper a month, not including homework or presentations. Some languages classes also had a test before each class for vocabulary, etc).

Sorry if I went on and on for too long. I like talking about the different systems and seeing how they all work.
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Not at all. It's pretty interesting actually how different it is from our system (in all honesty, it's probably a lot better than our system). The breakdown of different grades for different aspects of classes, I think, would be a much better way of pinpointing a student's strengths and weaknesses, as opposed to our way of simply giving a student a "C" in one class and saying "they're average in this class". At least, I think so.
Reply
:iconavistew:
Avistew Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Yes, and it was very useful for instance to see that in French class, the foreign student had a lower grade in grammar and spelling, which made sense and therefore didn't count against them as much.

Also, having 1-10 being failed grades allowed for progress even for failed students. Rather than getting F after F, if you got from 5 to 8 you had something to be happy about and you knew it was going in the right direction. The only thing I ever failed was history/geography, but going from 3 to 9 was a very satisfying feeling.

Also, at the end of the year all the classes were added up and divided into a new grade out of 20, with coefficients. So for instance if your major was sciences, then Math, Physics and Biology would account for more than French, English and History. Also, Art, Music and Sports always accounted for little and never caused you to pass or fail a year, because they were considered classes you just took because everyone had to for health and culture, not real "learning" classes. That's very different from what I've heard of the American system, in which sports is important.
Reply
:iconirateresearchers:
IrateResearchers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hate progress reports. I always looked horrible on them.

BUT I PASS WITH A, B, AND C's.

in college.
Reply
:iconon2xsecretprobation:
On2XSecretProbation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No way would my parents let me have grades like those...
Reply
:iconcomedygangster:
ComedyGangster Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I love Rain(c) and the direction you're intending on going with this, but studies have actually shown that relationships (if Rudy is even "distracting" Rain at all) actually help improve student's grades. I don't mean to denigrate anything. I love the comic. This was just a word for the wise. Keep up the good work :D
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Writer
I did not know that actually. Learn something new every day, I guess. ^_^

That said, they just got together Friday afternoon at lunchtime. Realistically, he never had time to distract her from her schoolwork. She was likely already a pretty bad student. But some schools may to "get involved" when they see something like this. It doesn't have to make sense; it's something to blame.
Reply
:iconmordomacar:
Mordomacar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Religious schools especially tend to sniff around in their students private life and even place restrictions on it - and in (east) asia even public schools do that. It can get somewhat disgusting, although here Brother Arthur actually seems to fit into the still benevolent area...
Reply
:iconseeker-of-revelation:
seeker-of-revelation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Merde. I hope your grades weren't that bad, JCD.
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Not THAT bad, no. I was usually at the top of my English class actually, despite my otherwise lacking grades. I have failed classes though. I like to think I'm a pretty smart person, but I wasn't a good student. I was lazy about homework, too shy for class participation, and had pretty bad test anxiety.

So, no, not THAT bad, but not much better. :(
Reply
:iconseeker-of-revelation:
seeker-of-revelation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Speaking from experience, the children that are "pretty smart" often have trouble in a traditional school setting.

Now that I think of it, you've known that you were transgendered since you were a wee nipper, eh? Did that have any impact on your education or relations with other kids?
Reply
:iconjocelynsamara:
JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
This is true too. Honestly, I was secretly facing a lot of anxiety and depression over it growing up (so it was never treated in any form), so it's very realistic that my grades suffered as a result. I hesitate to put it all on my condition (I've actually heard of many transyouths who use school as escapism and end up being excellent students), but realistically, it probably played a major role in my grading woes.
Reply
:iconlittlewolfdreamer:
LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Gunpowder treason and plot!
Reply
:iconchihuahua0:
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Writer
I see what you did with the English grade...
Reply
:icongeibenchan:
geibenchan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
insert sound of sh%t missing the fan by an inch.
Reply
:iconcoffinstufferd:
coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
my cards looked very similar. i never applied myself in school mostly due to learning disabilities being misunderstood as laziness by my mom and teachers.:/
Reply
:iconkinginyellowtatters:
KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
When I was in high school I failed Home Economics...

Everyone else treated that class like a gimmie. But me... :(
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
April 1, 2012
Image Size
262 KB
Resolution
650×975
Submitted with
Sta.sh
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
9,613
Favourites
52 (who?)
Comments
66
Downloads
49
×