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Checklist for this Week, June 10, 2013


For freshmen and sophomores

Summer leisure reading:

  • Check with your local librarian or book store for recommendations.
  • Set aside at least 30 minutes a day for your reading program.
  • As you read, keep a spiral notebook handy to record new words that you encounter.

For juniors and seniors

Visit the Web pages below to learn more about colleges, financial aid, and admissions testing:

  • ACT
    ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the areas of education and workforce development. On the website you will find information on the ACT Test, college searches, and financial aid.
    www.act.org
  • College Board
    The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. On the website you can locate other schools that have similar characteristics to colleges that you have already identified as desirable.
    www.collegeboard.com
  • NACAC
    The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is an organization of more than 9,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. On their website you can find lists of online college fairs and other helpful sites.
    www.nacacnet.org
  • AIE
    Don't forget to visit AIE, the site that brings you AIEmail, to access a wealth of information on college, financial aid, and admissions testing.
    www.AIE.org

For parents

Help your child improve his or her reading skills.

  • Pick up a list of reading suggestions from the local librarian or staff at a nearby bookstore.
  • Make yourself available for trips to the library or bookstore.
  • Schedule time every evening for a few days to turn off the television and read.
  • Keep a list of words unfamiliar to your teen on the refrigerator.
  • Read the same books your teen is reading.
  • Pack books for the summer vacation drive or plane ride.

To learn more about the importance of reading and the role of parental involvement in helping children learn to read, visit:
"Reading: Tips to Share with Parents" (www.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/readingtips/edlite-slide002.html) — an online presentation created by the U.S. Department of Education (www.ed.gov).