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Guidance Corner with Mrs. McAllister – Feb. 2012

February 1, 2012

Often by the beginning of February we’ve forgotten about New Year’s resolutions, but in school, February marks the halfway point of the year. For Senior High students, semester two means new courses and new teachers. In Junior High, students will switch their option classes and be writing midterm exams. Parents can help their children prepare for the second semester by helping them think about their goals. If their first semester was a success, celebrate that with your child. Discuss the successful strategies and encourage them to stay focused. If the first semester was not as successful as your child hoped, now is a chance to make some changes.

Students in Junior High are now familiar with their teachers, classmates, and routines. Remind your child to capitalize on that familiarity and use the confidence to approach teachers for help or work on relationships with their peers. They can reflect on questions like: Are my study approaches working? Do I need to be more intentional about scheduling homework time? Should I get involved in upcoming extra-curricular activities? Are my friendship choices working?

Students in Senior High can approach this as a new beginning. They may have opportunity to get to know a teacher or peers they haven’t shared a class with before. It’s a time to consider their academic goals and assess if they have stayed on track. It’s also a good time to look at their balance of academics with extra-curricular commitments.

For Grade 12 students, this last semester brings both excitement and anxiety. They are wrapping up university applications, looking for scholarships, and preparing to graduate. Encourage them to enjoy this last semester, to finish well academically, and to make it memorable!


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