Summertime and the living is easy! You are ready for a much needed break from school. Time to relax, hang out with friends, soak up the sun and have fun! You should enjoy your summer! Lauren Chambliss Hernandez.
Summertime and the living are easy! You are ready for a much needed break from school. Time to relax, hang out with friends, soak up the sun and have fun! You should enjoy your summer! However, know that smart students like you spend some of their summer break preparing for a strong school year, developing their personal growth and engaging in valuable experiences. .
Elementary & Middle School: Stay on Course! Read, read and read some more! Get a work activity book that will keep you on top of your reading, writing and math skills. 9th Grade: Don’t Blow Off Your Summer! Read all required reading material and then read some more! Math comprehension is extremely important, do math problems every day! Study for standardized testing… it’s never too early! If you find your grades in a certain subject are not where they should be, get help! Get it now! Enroll in a summer enrichment program that will help prepare you for the remainder of your high school years and college. 10th Grade: Have a Summer Plan! Prepare for the PSAT, SAT, ACT etc. The more quality time you put in now, the better off you will be when test time rolls around. Enroll in a test prep class and take time, each day, to answer practice questions. Read books all summer and write about them. There’s sure to be essays in your future! Seek employment and/or volunteer. If you can’t visit college campuses, take virtual tours via the internet! 11th Grade: Make the Most of Your Summer Spend time preparing for standardized testing. High scores on the test can result in scholarships. Ask your family to plan vacation around colleges you want to visit. Find a job or volunteer in an area that taps into your interests and passions. Attend summer enrichment camp and challenge yourself to try something new! Seniors: Finish Strong… Begin Strong Have your final transcripts sent to colleges. Send thank you letters to everyone who helped you in the application process. Let your mentors and recommenders know the results of your college search. Keep on top of procuring student loans. Notify your college if you receive any scholarships. Read all mailings from your college carefully - often impor- tant registration and housing material are sent in the summer. Register for your classes as soon as possible. Classes often fill up quickly, and registration is usually on a firstcome, first-served basis. Get organized and prepare yourself for an amazing college experience.
ALL AGES & GRADE LEVELS:
Volunteer: Give back to the community by helping others! There are countless organizations that are looking for volunteers to help them, help others. Pick a charity that is important to you and volunteer your services. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, food pantry, community center, nursing home, hospital, animal shelter, church, or park system… the list is endless! You will not only feel great, you will learn new skills and make new friends while building your community service profile! Learn Something New: During the summer you are free from day to day school work; you have extra time to try new things. So why not take time out to learn something new. Learn a second language, get certified in CPR, take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Keep your mind active, increase your skills and build your profile! It will all be worth it! Journal / Blog: Each day, write an account of what you’ve seen and done, and record your thoughts and observations on the cultural differences you’ve experienced. You’d be surprised at how much you forget if you don’t write it down. Also, the process of writing down your thoughts helps you think more deeply about your experiences. At the end of the summer, read what you wrote and reflect on your experiences. Have Fun: Build in time for rest, relaxation and fun!