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Checklist for this Week, May 21, 2012


For freshmen, sophomores and juniors

  • File all report cards and standardized test score reports from the school year in a secure place.
  • Be sure any class notes that you want to save are also filed.
  • Go by the library or bookstore and pick up some books to start reading.
  • Read daily from different types of books to build your college readiness skills.
  • Review the family summer vacation schedule with your parents so that you can let your employer or volunteer service supervisor know of any days that you will not be able to work.
  • Start a savings account with your summer earnings.
  • Use your extra free time to visit college and career websites, such as www.AIE.org.

For seniors

  • File all report cards and standardized test score reports from the school year in a secure place.
  • Sort through class notes and tests (particularly those of AP courses) and save and file those that might be helpful later.
  • Visit the library or bookstore and pick up some books to start reading.
  • Read daily from different types of books to build your college readiness skills.
  • Review the family summer vacation schedule with your parents so that you can let your employer or volunteer service supervisor know of any days that you will not be able to work.
  • Plan the dates of any summer college campus visits.
  • Start a savings account with your summer earnings.
  • Use your extra free time to visit college and career websites, such as www.AIE.org.

For parents

  • Assist your teen in filing school report cards and standardized test scores from the year.
  • Encourage your teen to start a regular reading program. Reading comprehension skills are critical to college readiness.
  • Post a family calendar where your teenager can record work schedules or volunteer service schedules. Keeping the calendar helps everyone to be aware of family member obligations.
  • Have a discussion with your teen regarding summer job earnings. Assist him or her in planning a savings program. If you have a senior, now is a good time to talk about the upcoming years' expenses and the cost of college.
  • Arrange household chores so that your teen has regular responsibilities.
  • Summer is a good time to start teaching your teenagers self-sufficiency skills such as ironing, laundry, car care, etc.
  • Tour college campuses with your senior.