Advice for Middle Years Senior Honors Students:
"IB or AP, What's In It For Me?"
What It Takes To Go Ivy League
Stellar Grades and Test Scores
It Stellar grades and test scores both needed and required. These are the two most important admissions factors according to The National Association for College Admission Counseling. It is important for ambitious young students to partake in rigorous courses. But, that is only part of the story, they still have to be capable of doing well.
“Grades are still the most important factor in admissions,” Kat Cohen, the founder of admissions consulting firm IvyWise, told USA TODAY College. “Course rigor is also extremely important. Schools look to see if students are challenging themselves and still succeeding.”
Follow Your Passion
Students who are challenges by their test scores who still want to go Ivy League will need to stay in line with Ivy standards or else “will be sent right to the ‘no’ pile unless they have some other achievement(s) that really help them stand out or fill an institutional need for the school," according to Kat Cohen, the founder of admissions consulting firm IvyWise.
Logan Powell, Dean of Admissions at Brown University, shares that it doesn’t matter if a student is doing athletics, community service or academic clubs, what is truly important is why the student is choosing those activities and how they are growing from the experience.
Parents can help to create a scholastic superstar by just encouraging their student to be the best productive versions of themselves. Never settle for less than your personal best.
Be nice to your fellow custodian?? Yes, believe it or not, this and other random acts of kindness in practice can help solidify your place in an Ivy League Institution. Bullies Beware, however, the real key to success is to be genuine in your deeds, as well as in thought and words.
Case in point: A letter of recommendation from a high school custodian helped one student get into Dartmouth, according to an exposé in the New York Times. The letter was poignant to the fact that the applicant was the only student who knew the names of every custodial staff member and was willing to help custodians with minuscule tasks, like turning lights off in empty rooms and cleaning up after other students.
Don’t just do nice things to get into an Ivy League school, however — you should do them because it’s the right thing to do.
Graduate "8th grade" with HONOR, and without REGRET ...
“There are no rules, only procedures! “
1. Positivity: Graduate each day with honor, and without regret.
2. Be on time and prepared
3. Collect handouts from the door; Be seated and wait quietly
4. Choice: Make the right choices throughout the period
-Begin work on Quiz or Activity immediately (first 10 minutes)
-Raise hand to ask/answer questions
5. Reflection: Periodic mental review of Impulse Control
6. Bathroom Breaks first 5-7 minutes ONLY
7. Teacher dismisses class
Life Lessons from "With Honors": "He ( Simon) saw the world out of the porthole of a leaky freighter, was a collector of memories, and interrupted a lecture at Harvard. In 50 years on earth he did only one thing he regretted ... He is survived by his family: Jeff Hawks, who always remembers to flush; Everett Calloway, who knows how to use words; Courtney Blumenthal, who is strong, and also knows how to love; and by Montgomery Kessler, who will graduate life with honor, and without regret."
Daily Reflection: What have I learned?
"Tell me and I forget ... Teach me and I remember...
Involve me and I learn."
If your answer is "no", then, click on the download below and print out a blank copy of the homework template. Then, fill in the Homework Log Number and the other blank assignment spaces provided.
Curriculum Units of Study
First Half: September through January
I. Modern Time: Challenges of A New Century:Year 2000 and Beyond
II. The Civil War and Reconstruction
III. The Rise of Industry: Big Business in the United States
IV. New America: Immigration and Progressivism
V. A Fight for Democracy: Expanding Overseas
& A First World War I
Second Half: February through May
VI. America In Good Times and Bad:
The Roaring 20’s and Great Depression
VII. A Sign of the Times: A New Deal
and A Second World War
VIII. Times of Transition: The 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
IX. The Cold War
X. Decades of Turbulence: The 80's and 90's and Today
Review for 8th Grade Assessment