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Checklist for this Week, April 1, 2013


For freshmen

Read more than just the material that is assigned to you. Read outside of class, on your own.

  • Reading increases your vocabulary, which is important for a successful high school student.
  • The more you read, the better your reading comprehension skills become.
  • As you read, you gain new knowledge and information.
  • Reading enhances the ability to concentrate.
  • Your writing skills will improve as a result of your extended reading.
For sophomores

If you are a sophomore enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course, you are close to your AP exam dates. Here are a few reminders about preparing for these exams:

  • Follow all test preparation suggestions provided by your AP instructor.
  • Attend any additional test review sessions that your teacher may provide.
  • Start studying now. A small amount of preparation each day is more effective than last minute cramming.
  • You may want to consider purchasing commercially produced AP review books. To save money, check with used bookstores or your public library, or ask your older friends for a used book.
  • Organize a study group with your AP classmates.
For juniors

One great source of financial assistance to consider in college is a Reserve Officer's Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship:

  • ROTC is a program operated by the armed services at colleges to train students as potential officers.
  • The Army, Navy, and Air Force all offer ROTC scholarships.
  • ROTC scholarship candidates must meet certain physical and academic qualifications.
  • Some ROTC scholarships provide financial assistance for four years.
  • Sometimes students also receive a competitive scholarship in the form of a monthly stipend for living expenses.
  • In return for financial assistance, a student must fulfill a certain number of years in the military branch that funds the scholarship.
  • To find out more about the variety of ROTC opportunities, contact your school counselor, one of the military branch offices, or the ROTC office at your prospective colleges.
For seniors

Here are a few hints to help you sort out important financial aid award letter information:

  • Sit down with your parents to review the family's plan to finance your college education.
  • Read all enclosed information and explanations carefully.
  • If you or your parents are unclear about any part of an award letter, call the college financial aid office for clarification.
  • If your family feels the award letter does not adequately meet your demonstrated need, ask the financial aid officer to review your file.
  • If you are comparing financial aid award letters from several colleges, make sure you are comparing "apples to apples."
  • If one package is significantly different from the others, your parent may want to ask the financial aid officer about the reasons.
  • After reviewing all information, respond to the college(s) by the requested dates.
For parents

Here are a few hints to help you sort out important financial aid award letter information:

  • Sit down with your senior to review the family's plan to finance your child's college education.
  • Read all enclosed information and explanations carefully.
  • If you are unclear about any part of an award letter, call the college financial aid office for clarification.
  • If your family feels the award letter does not adequately meet your demonstrated need, ask the financial aid officer to review your file.
  • If you are comparing financial aid award letters from several colleges, make sure you are comparing "apples to apples."
  • If one package is significantly different from the others, you may want to ask the financial aid officer about the reasons.
  • Call the college's financial aid office to ask about any parent loan information that you need to begin the process.
  • Financing a college education is an important family commitment to your senior's future. Review all information carefully. Seek out any explanations that will help you and your child feel better informed about making these financial decisions.