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  • Seven Reasons to Study History

    When I was in school, we learned about the world in seemingly unrelated snippets. My teachers called the subject Social Studies .

    • We might start the year studying Chinese culture.
    • Then we'd study the Pilgrims because it was getting close to Thanksgiving.
    • Then we'd take a break to study the Plains Indians and build miniature teepees.

    Social Studies remains a core

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  • Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

    I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades.

    Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades


    For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0
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  • Essential Questions for Your College Visits

    Visiting colleges is an important step in determining where your child will apply. It shows colleges that you are interested in coming to their school. With college visits, you'll want to have prepared some questions in advance that will give you information you can't find online or in their view-books. Ask open-ended questions to, hopefully, engage in meaningful conversation.

    Gaining college
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  • 5 Tips for a Balanced Summer

    Want to learn how to remain sane AND retain skills? When my kids were in middle school and high school, we did just a bit of structured school each day during the summer months. We did a little math, a little writing, a little independent unit study of some sort. No, I'm not crazy – hear me out.  A balanced summer makes

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