The Counseling Office will be closed from 3 pm on December 2oth, 2019 and re-open at 7:15 a.m. on January 6tth, 2020.
COMPLETING THE PLAN
Parents please take time to talk with your son or daughter about his/her classroom presentation as well as review the Programs of Study your son/daughter received freshman year. This is an opportunity for you and your student to review class options and prepare for the scheduling of 2020-21 classes which will begin in February.
To access the Stevenson High School Programs of Study online click on the link below.
** SCHEDULING 2020-21 CLASSES STARTS IN FEBRUARY **
FINAL EXAM WEEK
First semester final exams will be the week of January 21, 2019. The last day of first semester will be Thursday, January 23 and students will not be in school on Friday, January 24.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020: First and second hour exams
Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Third and fourth hour exams
Thursday, January 23, 2020: Fifth and sixth hour exams
Second semester classes begin on Monday, January 27.
HERE's A TIP
Whether a student is a freshman or senior; a high school student or a college student, final exam week can be daunting. Fastweb.com a leading online source for college planning promotes 20 study tips to help students prepare for final exams. Proven tips such as creating your own review packet or exam questions. Check out the complete list of study tips at https://goo.gl/TnyQw8
LEARN IN STYLE
Finals week for any student, whether in high school or in college, can be frustrating. Did you study the right material? Will the questions on the test be the same as the ones in the review packet? Fastweb.com a leading online resource for college planning offers students information on how to use his/her individual learning style to prepare for final exams. https://goo.gl/8zCAZ1
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You have organized, studied, made flash cards and then studied some more. Now the day of the big test is upon you. What things can you do that day to relieve some of the anxiety you have or the stress your are feeling? Fastweb.com a leading online resource for college planning offers students of all ages and levels four simple tips to help him/her manage final exam test day. https://goo.gl/kD9tU1
HERE's A TIP
LEARN IN STYLE
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SAVE THE DATE FOR COOKIES
National Honor Society students, student mentors and staff will be available to help students study for final exams, complete review packets and talk study strategies. More information including registration instructions for Cookies & Cram will be distributed the week students return from the Holiday Break.
Often times a student will work hard in class and achieve learning; however the final grade may not meet parent or family expectations. Research has shown that encouraging a child to try for excellence and learning as opposed to just getting a specific grade can be a huge motivator.
A recent University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Family Psychology noted that a punitive approach to "unacceptable" grades can actually result in lower achievement. Research done by the university noted that punitive strategies do not address the underlying issues when a student is not learning, nor does it provide the student with concrete skills or strategies for improving.
What are your expectations for your Stevenson student? As we near the end of the first semester you might consider sitting down with your child to discuss your expectations as well your child's expectations regarding grades. Take time to talk about learning and how your son/daughter can seek help when needed and where to find the resources that can support his/her learning. Be sure that each of you understand what expectations are realistic and achievable.
GIVE THE GIFT of FAILURE. Wait! What?
Dr. Charles Fay of Love and Logic Institute asks the question, "Who are the most successful people you personally know? Have they always been successful, or have they experienced a good degree of failure? Do these adults demonstrate high levels of perseverance when the going gets tough, or do they avoid challenges like the plague?"
Fay notes that at the heart of all science and great innovation are risk and resulting failure. "Failure is not final." explains Fay, "It's informative."
So the next time your son/daughter comments on a failed assignment or a project that did not go well, maybe it is a good time to talk with him/her about success that grows from the seeds of failure. Then consider offering some thoughts on how he/she can talk with the teacher about improving. Or when your son/daughter speaks anxiously about a specific class or voices concern about having a specific teacher consider using this opportunity to highlight the importance of persevering through the uncomfortable to master success.
To read Dr. Charles Fay's article in it's entirety along with his list of ways to help your child reach success visit: https://goo.gl/yMfNPW
The Livonia Career Technical Center Open House
Tuesday, Feb. 11th 2020 at 7pm
8589 Newburgh Road
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Many colleges and post-secondary institutions require that a senior submit a seventh-semester transcript. Seventh semester transcripts can be requested through Parchment
(www.parchment.com) and should contain first semester grades from senior year.
First semester grades should be posted to a senior's transcript by the week of February 11, 2019. However, students do not need to wait until February to request his/her seventh semester transcript. Seniors can request his/her seventh-semester transcript prior to February 11 by selecting the HOLD for GRADES option in Parchment. Seniors that complete a request for his/her seventh-semester transcript after February 11, 2019 should select CURRENT TRANSCRIPT.
YES! YOU SHOULD FILL IT OUT
To read Kim Clarke's article visit: https://goo.gl/ujhVcv
-The Stevenson Website
Scholarships & Financial Aid
- The Counseling office
- Facebook Stevenson Scholarships and Financial Aid
Different scholarships have different deadlines so check back often for updates.
TO LOAN OR NOT TO LOAN? That's a tough question.
Most Michigan colleges/universities will begin sending admitted students Financial Aid Award Letters in the coming months provided the student completed the FAFSA. These Financial Aid Award Letters will highlight what type of financial aid the student qualifies to receive at that particular school.
The U.S. Department of Education offers resources to help families understand the different types of financial aid including the different types of loans. Visit https://goo.gl/7ESbrU for more information about accepting loans as a part of a financial aid package.
If a student has questions about the information received in a financial aid award letter the student should contact the Financial Aid Office of that particular college/university for clarification.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
Click here for more info on careers: http://stevenson.livoniapublicschools.org/guidance/career_information
6 Little Things
The frantic pace of the holiday season can sometimes make it easy to forget that some individuals are struggling with the holidays and all that the holiday season represents. People who have experienced the recent death of a loved one could be experiencing dread, sadness, anxiety or even panic as they face the holidays without that loved one.
Olecia Christie, owner of Optix Communications stresses consistency when letting someone that is grieving know that you care. Interested in learning more about what you can do this holiday season to support someone who is grieving? Stephanie Barnes' HuffPost article 6 Little Things You Can Do for Someone Who Is Grieving at The Holidays may be helpful.
OVER THE BREAK
Transcripts will not be processed over the Holiday Break which runs from December 21st, 2019 through January 6, 2020. Seniors that may need a transcript during these dates should plan accordingly. Seniors can make transcript requests through Parchment during the holiday break however all transcript requests made during the Holiday Break will not be approved/completed until school reconvenes on Monday, January 6, 2020.
The Counseling Offices will be closed for the Holiday Break. All emails and voicemails left during the Holiday Break will be addressed upon our return to the building on Monday, January 6, 2020.