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Teens in Summer School: The Challenge

by Jane Wangersky August 14th, 2015| School, Teens
Summer school doesn’t exactly mean school in summer -- fortunately. High school students need a break from their nearly year-round routine, and even if they have academic goals for summer break, the ground rules are different. Here are a few things our family’s learned from taking part in summer

Teens Need Sleep!

by Jennifer S. Rowe October 24th, 2014| School, Teens
Teens have very busy schedules starting very early in the morning, so sleep is a very important component when it comes to their success or failure. I know that if my teenage son doesn't get enough sleep, it is a recipe for disaster! Sleep deprivation effects everything from your

Dress Code Dilemma

by Sam P. September 19th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
As the first few weeks of school have zoomed by at my school, the only thing the girls can seem to focus on is the new dress code.  Some are infuriated, some simply a little peeved, and some actually understand the new dress code like I do.  About a
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Helping Your Teen Transition Back to School Year Mode

by Jennifer S. Rowe August 29th, 2014| School, Teens
So here it is folks, it’s that time of the year again! Summer is coming to an end, and those words that your kids just love to hear “back to school” are weighing heavily on their minds. As a parent, I have to try and remember how I felt


by Jacob P. April 25th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is here.  I am in the final quarter of my high school career and honestly I could not care less.  At this point, it seems like there is nothing driving me forward anymore.  I currently have all A's, I have secured my position in the

Homework: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. February 28th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
Let's be honest, nobody has ever enjoyed doing homework.  No matter how much you may enjoy school, learning, or doing work, homework is the devil's invention.  Thus, as a high school senior, I find myself unsure about the actual value of it.  I know this may partially be due

Grades are Rigged: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. January 10th, 2014| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
No, I'm not here to profess some conspiracy theory about how the educational system is rigged to help some students more than others.  Rather, I'm saying that the system is rigged for all students.  Grade inflation is rampant throughout the school systems in the U.S.

A "C" is supposed to
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Competencies and Finals

by Sam P. November 21st, 2013| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
If you were to go back 10 or 20 years, every school gave finals.  And then a few years ago, the idea of competencies was proposed.  Many schools dropped finals and switched over completely to competencies.  Not my school.  We are just about the only school that has both

Parental Standards: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. November 11th, 2013| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
I have a simple question to ask you: is it reasonable to place your child under house arrest if they aren't meeting their parents' standards?  What if they can't meet these standards?

You see, some of my fellow teenagers have been placed under house arrest this year because of various
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College Applications: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. August 7th, 2013| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
On last Thursday, the newest edition of the Common Application was released. With this release, the unofficial beginning of college application season has begun. Students are now clambering away to begin their work, so that they can reach that four-year pinnacle of education known as college. With this also
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Teen’s Perspective on Finals

by Sam P. June 7th, 2013| School, Teen Perspective, Teens
I am so glad that the school year is over, but the one bad thing about the end of the school year is finals. I understand that they have to make sure that we have retained all of the information we have learned over the past year, but at