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Checklist for this Week, July 16, 2012


For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
  • Take a day to clean out your room. Give the clothes you have outgrown or no longer wear to charity.
  • Organize your desk and drawers.
  • Attend any orientation programs your high school may offer.
  • Make a list of general school supplies, and be sure to include a daily planner.
  • As soon as you receive your locker number and combination, record that information and put it in a safe place. You may need to look it up if you forget it!
  • When you receive your class schedule, make a copy of the courses, room numbers, and teacher names for your parents.
  • Plan your schedule for the first few weeks of school.
For seniors
  • Take a day to clean out your room. Clear your desk and make sure you have a backpack.
  • Look to see if you have any school supplies that you can use again this year. Make a list of needed materials. Don't forget a daily planner to keep up with all your important dates for the year.
  • Visit websites of colleges you are considering attending. Note any special dates set for visitation, and the critical deadline dates for applications. Place these dates on your personal planner or calendar.
  • Upon receipt of your class schedule, make a copy of the courses, room numbers, and teacher names for your parents.
  • Plan your schedule for the first few weeks of school.
  • Check with your counselor to make sure you have all your credits for graduation.
For parents
  • If your child's school has a Web page, visit that site to review postings of critical dates and events. Record those dates on your family calendar.
  • Assist your teen with a "clean room" day. Remove clothes that they have outgrown or no longer wear, and dispose of other items that will no longer be used. Be certain that a proper study area is available.
  • If you have a teenager who will be a freshman this year, verify that all immunizations are current. A booster shot is sometimes required at this age. Check with the school nurse if you are uncertain.
  • Discuss your teenager's study plan for the new school year. Every student should spend 1-2 hours nightly from Monday-Thursday in a structured study time.
  • As soon as your teen brings home a schedule of classes, make a copy of the courses, room numbers, and teachers' names. Keep a copy at work as well as at home.
  • Assist your senior with any college entrance exam registration fees.
  • Join your school's parent/teacher organization. Show your support for education.
  • Attend any open house events held in August.