A New Location for the Parent Resource Center
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Parent information and Video explaining Georgia Milestones:
The Counseling Department will provide career guidance to your student this school year using Georgia Career Information System (GCIS). Please see specific grade level career guidance in this linked document.
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Helpful Quick-Tip Articles to Help Your Teen Succeed:
College Preparation Timeline:
No matter what grade your high schooler is in, it's never too early to start planning for college. Even ninth graders can get a head start on this process. Keep you and your teenager on tract by following the College Preparation Timeline.
Today's high school students must learn critical thinking:
There's a big shift going on in schools today. Compared to the days when many of us were in school, schools are shifting to a focus on deeper learning and even more critical thinking. this means students will mot only have to call up a fact, but also understand how that fact relates to other ideas.
It's one of the ways schools are preparing students for college and careers. It will also mean a change in the way your teen studies. Here are some tips to help your teen move beyond memorization:
- Challenge your teen to form opinions, and defend them. If she says the town should put up a stop sign in front of the school, ask her why she feels that way. Then encourage her to write a letter to local authorities outlining her ideas.
- Help your teen see other sides of an issue. Say, "I understand why you feel that way, but there are other people who might say..."
- Give your teen the reasons behind the limits you have set for her. For example, studies show that more teens are injured in cars after midnight. What a great reason to establish a curfew before then!
- Talk about the advertisements when you're watching TV. How are they trying to persuade viewers? Are they effective?
(Reprinted with permission from the March 2013 issue of Parents Still Make the Difference! (High School Edition) Newsletter. Copyright 2013 The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc. Source C. Gearon, "High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize," US News High School Blog, http://tinyurl.com/9ddngp2)