Seventh grade at St. Pius X was a tough year. I went from A- in arithmetic to D. In the final quarter I had all C’s and D’s. It’s pretty obvious I’d stopped trying.
My problems must have been because of the mean girls. I went to summer session at Thomas A. Edison School, where I was free of preexisting social constraints, and did well.
I was even on summer safety patrol (not much traffic to worry about on 97th Street) and went to swim lessons besides.
Whatever my problem was, it cleared up when I went back to St. Pius X. I remember eighth grade being a good year, although no report card seems to have survived.