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Goals for next year

For most students, it’s officially summer now!  Given how this year ended, it may be hard to think about school in the fall.  But now is a good time to reflect on this past year and set your goals for the upcoming school year.  

Look back at this past year: 

  • Are you happy with your grades?   
  • Did you enjoy your classes? 
  • Did you spend enough (or too much) time in extracurricular activities?  
  • Are there activities or classes you wish you could have taken? 
  • What one change will you make for school next year? 

Take Action 

Login to your GuidedPath account.  Do you have everything updated?  Update your profile.  Set a task with your goals for next year. 

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Building teacher/counselor relationships

Hoping to get a great recommendation letter for your college or scholarship applications?  It’s hard to write a recommendation for someone you don’t know.  It’s especially important to have strong relationships with your teachers and counselor but it might seem difficult to cultivate those relationships in the era of “home learning”.  How can you reach out to your teachers?  Here are 3 tips to building good relationships no matter what your school situation is.   

  1. Show Up!   Get to know your teachers/counselor and give them opportunities to get to know you.  Be sure to show up for required class meetings (online or in-person) and also take advantage of “office hours” or other chances to interact with your teachers.    
  2. Speak Up!  Make your voice heard by asking questions during class or after hours by email.  Share thoughts and ideas, ask for clarification if needed, and be an active participant.  Use your voice, even by email.  This lets the teacher know you are engaged and interested in their class.   
  3. Stand Out!  Make yourself known.  Let teachers know your interests and get to know theirs; you may find common ground.  Although many extracurriculars are currently suspended, stay connected with activity advisors and collaborate on new ways to be involved even when school is closed.  Teachers will take notice when you take initiative.      

Take Action 

  • Update your Activity Record in GuidedPath.  Be sure to list all your activities.  Who are the advisors for each activity?  Focus on getting to know your advisors better. 
  • Start adding teachers’ names to the Letters of Recommendation form in GuidedPath.   

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Mid-year Checklist

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Welcome back from winter break!  Now is the time to review your MID YEAR CHECKLIST.  January is a great time to get organized and jump start your college search.  

1. Meet with your high school counselor 

  • Review your PSAT scores with counselor and parents (if you took it in the fall) 
  • Ask for recommendations for summer programs 
  • Schedule next year’s courses 
  • Schedule your standardized tests for spring 
  • Discuss any school based standardized testing (AP, IB, other) 

2. Gear up for next year 

  • Explore summer programs 
  • Prepare for spring standardized tests using PSAT test scores as a guide 
  • Ask teachers about their recommendation policies (for summer programs, scholarships, or college applications) 
  • Job shadow or intern to learn more about potential careers 
  • Plan college visits

Take Action 

  • Take or review the Course Plan Survey to verify your next year course schedule will fulfill your graduation requirements 
  • Add your Spring testing schedule to GuidedPath in order to get registration and test reminders

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What’s your favorite song?

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It’s all about you! 

This summer start thinking about what you like, and what is important to you.  Summer is a good time to do as much preparing for next year as you can.  Here is an activity you can do with your friends.  It is fun to compare notes and learn about each other. 

Think about the following questions.  What are?… 

  • 2 things in your room important to you? 
  • 2 songs you like? 
  • 2 words your friends would use to describe you? 
  • 2 words you would use to describe yourself? 

Let’s take it a bit deeper.  What are?… 

  • 2 feelings you have about going to college? 
  • 2 things you want from a college? 
  • 2 colleges you know about and like? 

What did you learn about yourself? 

Did your friend’s answers surprise you?  What did you learn about your friends? What did you learn about yourself?  

Take Action 

Take the Getting To Know You survey in GuidedPath.  The top menu of GuidedPath maps to the overall college process and Surveys is the first stop. Select the “Getting 2 Know U” survey and record your thoughts about the questions above and more.

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Building teacher/counselor relationships

Hoping to get a great recommendation letter for college admission or a scholarship or even a summer program?  It’s hard to write a recommendation for someone you don’t know.  You need to have strong relationships with your teachers and counselor.  Here are 3 tips to building good relationships. 

  1. Face Time!  No – not that kind of FaceTime.  This face time is the time you spend in face-to-face contact with your teacher/counselor.  Make sure your counselor or teachers know you personally by being present and on time for class, appointments, or school activities.  Drop by the teacher’s room or your counselor’s office during lunch, breaks or after school.  Get to know your teachers/counselor and give them opportunities to get to know you. 
  2. Speak up!  Make your voice heard by asking questions in class.  Share thoughts and ideas.  Be an active participant in class or on campus.  Don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts or opinions. 
  3. Stand out!  Make yourself known.  Be involved in a club or student body activity.  Each activity has a faculty/staff advisor.  Get to know that person Pick 1-3 things that pique your interest and ba productive and committed member to those activities (rather than doing every activity available) Volunteer for leadership roles in those activities. 

Take Action 

  • Update your Activity Record in GuidedPath Be sure to list all your activities.  Who are the advisors for each activity?  Focus on getting to know your faculty advisors better. 
  • Start adding teachers’ names to the Letters of Recommendation form in GuidedPath.   

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