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Good advice

Don't lose skills this summer!

Don't let the student in your family backslide this summer. Any reading comprehension, vocabulary skills, reading speed and writing skills they lose this summer will be an anchor around their academic achievement in the fall. This applies to students at all levels of education.

Students lose skills in the summer if they do not continue to read. Many students who have required summer reading wait until the end of summer to do it. That strategy keeps them from getting the most out of what they read if the have not been reading all summer.

100 Days Away

One Hundred

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Just under one hundred days from now...this year's high school seniors will leave for college. Talking to them now, they often lament that high school went by so fast. I like to tell them that college will be like that too. One day they will be sitting in orientation and- in what seems like a short time later- they will be interviewing for jobs.

If you have a high school sophomore or junior at home, help them see that they are on the diving board to college and that every thing they do or do not do will affect their college admission outcomes as high school seniors.

Your future freshman is more than his GPA or Test Score

While there is a great deal of emphasis on grade point average (GPA) and test scores, there are other factors that are important to most colleges. One of those important factors is character. Colleges would like to know what kind of campus citizen they are inviting to live on their campus.

This year in particular, I have seen character weigh more heavily in admission decisions. Character is expressed in the extracurricular resume of a student and in what they write about in college admission applications.

Nobody's heard of that school

Whenever I find a few colleges to add to the colleges a student and his parents are considering, I often hear "nobody's heard of THAT school". By that they mean,if I have not heard of that school and my friends are not dying to get in to that one, it can't be much of a college.The parent corollary is "none of my friends are hoping to get their kids into that one, so it can't be much of a college".

One problem that occurs when families are college shopping is that they can fall into the same trap that awaits car shoppers; a brand that they do not know much about is suspect.

Hazed and Confused


Is your kid at risk?

National Hazing Week begins September 21 this year. Hazing is typically a demeaning initiation practice in some sororities and fraternities but also in marching bands, athletic teams and other groups. 

Hazing awareness is the first step in avoiding being hazed. Hazing is a problem because it is disruptive to student success, demeans students and hurts their self esteem. Beyond the psychological harm of hazing, incidents have been blamed for suicides, accidental deaths and serious injuries.