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Monthly Update for May 2017

Checklist for the Month

  • Advertise the last college exam test date and registration deadline of this school year.
  • Encourage seniors to send in college housing contracts and summer orientation registration materials in a timely fashion. Advise seniors to attend the earliest orientation session available.
  • Post a reminder to seniors to order a final transcript for the college they plan to attend.
  • Assist with the administration of end-of-course exams.
  • Assist with the administration of AP and/or IB exams.
  • Distribute a summer checklist to juniors and seniors to help them prepare for the senior year.
  • Distribute a senior survey to gather information regarding their plans for after graduation.
  • Distribute summer school information.
  • Assist with graduation.

Easy Ideas for May

  • Junior Class Essay Writing
    To help juniors get a jump start on the college application process, provide essay topics for a range of colleges to junior teachers. Some teachers may be willing to set aside a class period so that students can begin rough drafts of college essays. This activity helps juniors to see the virtue of completing their essays over the summer. Teachers may also provide time for peer editing.
  • Senior Testimonials
    Seniors typically become "experts" on the college application process. Ask several seniors to serve on a panel to discuss their college application experience with juniors. This panel may be conducted before school, at lunch, or after school. Some junior teachers might invite panels to come to their classes.
  • Summer Reading Lists
    Provide suggested summer reading lists to all students. Your English department will probably be happy to provide age-appropriate book titles. Enlist the support of parent volunteers or student office assistants to type the lists. Make these lists available at any parent gathering this month, or post the lists in the last parent newsletter.


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