Happy December, scholars and families! We are halfway through the second quarter of the school year. For seniors, your counselors will send your first semester transcripts to your colleges and universities. For my remaining scholars in grades 6-11, you have a chance to reflect on successes and challenges. Before we move into 2019, I want to share four tips to help you finish 2018 strong.

Every Assignment Counts

Teachers assess what you learned in class by what you submit every day. This includes warm-ups/do now activities, classwork, and homework. Some teachers give grades for class participation! This is not the time to take a break, skip an assignment, or forget to change out for gym. Zeros can destroy your grades.

Let’s say you have a 100 average in class. If you forget to turn in one assignment, it brings your 100 A to a 50 F.

100+ 0=100; 100÷2=50 F (average)

Turning in something for a grade is better than turning in nothing. Earning a B on an assignment is okay. An occasional C will not hurt your final grade.

100+80=180; 180÷2=90 A (average)

Turn in every assignment. Scholars, talk with your teacher if you have missing work. Parents, schedule a conference if you notice major grade issues.

Utilize Your Resources

Your teachers are here to help you. Talk with your teachers about extra opportunities for help. Here are some possible times teachers can provide extra help:

  • Before school
  • During lunch
  • After school
  • During advisory period

Your teacher will help you as long as you take the initiative to ask for help. Another helpful resource in your building is the school counselor. Your counselor can help you with the following skills:

  • Studying effectively
  • Goal setting
  • Taking better notes in class
  • Building relationships

Your counselor is here to help you! They want to work with you, your families, and teachers to help you succeed.

Develop Your Plan

Scholars, you are responsible for your learning. You have the opportunity to go to college, learn a vocational trade, join the military, or own a business. You are accountable for every action and choice you make in school. Here are some great questions to consider while you set goals for this semester:

  • What do I want to learn in class?
  • How can I take advantage of my talents and skills to grow?
  • How can I manage my free time effectively?
  • How can I balance my school/ home/extracurricular activities and still have fun?
  • What am I willing to change to achieve my goals?

Remember, plans are flexible. You can always make adjustments and revisions to thrive in school. I believe in your success. Let’s finish 2018 strong!

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