High School

A Teacher Pays It Forward and Tells Us the Inspirational Story Through His TikTok – Parents Article

For everyone who knows that teachers are unsung heroes, even in normal times, this is a story for you. And, for everyone who has resisted jumping feet first into the endless world of TikTok, this is also a story for you. Earlier this week, Tim, a teacher who goes by the handle @milkisoda, posted a video in the app thanking Mr. Chase, his high school English teacher for not only inspiring him, but for teaching him the ultimate life lesson of…

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4 Things You Can Do This Summer to Impact Your Child’s Education – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

In the past few weeks, it’s become clear that parents are no longer a stopgap until schools open again – schooling from home will be the new normal for almost every child in North America. We have officially moved from crisis teaching at home, to…long-term crisis teaching at home. It sounds (and probably feels) ominous, but it doesn’t have to be. Parents who are concerned about keeping their child’s education afloat can preserve some hope and sanity by teaming up…

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5 Things Your Teen Can Do Now to Prepare for College – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

1. Virtual Tour While you can’t physically tour college or university campuses now – you can virtually tour them. Many college/university websites already have virtual tours, and quite a few are bulking up that tour with opportunities to speak with admissions representatives, talk to students, etc. And if you are a senior who is still trying to figure which school you want to attend from your accepted list you should commit to, you should be hearing from all of your…

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Learning at Home – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

Most schools are sending home homework packets, doing online learning, or assigning work at home that would have normally done in the classrooms – or a combination of everything. Emily Levitt, Sylvan’s VP of Education, shares some advice for parents who are helping their children learn at home in this short video. Plus, check out the tips below!     Here are a few tips on how you can help navigate the “new normal” of keeping up with school work…

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The Final Report Card: How to Finish Strong – Parents Article

It’s easy for kids to get into a “school slump” when the weather warms, state tests wrap up and the final weeks of school start to fly by. The final report card period can be a tough time for students to remain focused, but with our easy tips, you can help your child finish strong! Here are five tips to beat the end-of-year fatigue:   1. Make a Plan: Use a calendar to map out all of the big assignments coming…

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Benefits of Being in the School Play – Parents Article

March is the traditional month for middle and high schoolers to stage their school plays and musicals.   Parents should support these important extracurricular activities if your child show interest in them, as they have many of the same advantages afforded by joining sports teams. Take a look at these skills and benefits!     Skills. Organization. If you tried to put on a play or musical without being organized, it probably would not go very well! This is a great…

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I’m Teaching My Teens to Self-Advocate by Asking Them These 5 Questions – Parents Article

“Having the courage to stand up for yourself is like bringing swords to a stick fight.” —Kyle SchmalenbergMy sons both have invisible special needs. While individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans are fantastic, support teachers rock, and this mama bear is always poised to help, I’m finding it’s more and more important for my children to advocate for themselves. Especially as they get older and prepare to fly the nest.Invisible challenges aside, anyone can benefit from smart, effective strategies…

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5 Tips for Acing the Entrance Exam – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

I recently learned that even just discussing the SAT or ACT can bring forth a tidal wave of feelings. My daughter cried while talking about taking the test during a meeting with her high school guidance counselor. More tears were shed after her first test score showed she needed to study a lot before the next exam sitting. She was calm yet determined as she asked for a tutor to help her get a handle on the prep work. Finally,…

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Four Ways to Help Your Teen Avoid Senioritis – Parents Article

Senioritis is a word that frequently comes up as teens begin their transition out of high school to college. While the gradual emergence of sloppy dressing and skipped homework is often laughed off by teachers or parents, the consequences of a poor senior year can affect students beyond high school.Inconsistent attendance and homework habits can stretch into college, and poor performance the final semester of senior year sometimes leads to colleges rescinding their offers.Some seniors may be tempted to relax…

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My Mother Continues to Teach Me Things Long After Her Death – Parents Article

My mother liked to give away jewelry that she didn’t wear anymore but that was meaningful to her. She got great pleasure giving these gifts and seeing them joyfully received and worn. She had cancer for twelve years, but had an eight-year remission before she got sick and died. She contemplated downsizing from the house she and my father lived in for 30-plus years but ultimately decided to stay. I supported their decision “as long as you clean it out,”…

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