Today was a great win!
I had to do parent calls to get everyone back on track. Not only did I have supportive parents... there was a special one. Some kids are in a sewing unit and struggling.
Parent: "yeah so I do take them to tutoring in the afternoons, never ask which one"
Me: "Oh probably state testing tutorials. Math and science are important!"
Parent, without missing a beat and sounding incredibly sincere: "Well, sewing is important too! They'll be at your tutorial tomorrow."
I never get my class called important by parents... it was really nice.