Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, August 20, 2012

For freshmen and sophomores

Before the school year gets underway, you should start practicing good time management skills. If you don't already, start using a daily planner to organize your schedule and keep track of homework and other activities. Also, if you are involved in extracurricular activities, you should plan ahead so you can balance your time successfully between these activities and your school work. There are only 24 hours in a day, and your most precious commodity is time.

For juniors

  • Academics are always your first responsibility in high school, but in-depth involvement in extracurricular activities provides another learning experience.
  • Volunteer to lead a project: Serve as a committee or project chair. Develop your problem-solving, organizational, and leadership abilities.
  • Know the sponsor: Interact more with the adult or faculty sponsor of the clubs or organizations you belong to. This person may prove to be a great advisor through high school.

For seniors

  • Check to see that you have completed all the courses necessary for graduation. If not, take them if they are in your course schedule this year.
  • Try to complete any correspondence courses.
  • Work to pass all sections of required tests.
  • Check to see whether you have taken the courses required for your graduation program.

For parents

In the next few weeks your teen will begin a new year with new courses and teachers. An important part of their success is your level of knowledge about their educational experience.

  • Course schedules — As soon as your teen gets a copy of his or her class schedule, make several copies. You will want to note the name of the course, the room number, and the teacher's name. Keep a copy at your home and at your work.
  • Locker information — Record the locker number and combination of your teen's locker. If your child becomes ill you may need to pick up textbooks. These numbers will be helpful.
  • Course descriptions — In high school, most teachers will provide a student with a course description or syllabus. Ask your teen for these sheets and review them.