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Calculating Your GPA

AVID students are constantly asked to calculate their GPA since it is so important as a college entrance requirement.  Use this site if you are in middle school and this site if you are in high school to check your GPA and be sure to do it at least once a week.

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Skills Needed for Future Job

As you go through school, the question, “Am I learning the skills necessary for my future job?” should be floating somewhere in your mind.

Examples of skills you may need are:

adaptability
collaboration
communication
constant learning
creativity
critical thinking
grit
resiliency

These skills are predicted to being crucial to a successful 21st-century entrepreneur.

The above skills will allow you to become a problem solver, creative thinker and will help you be able to quickly change with unpredictable times ahead.

Which of the skills above are you learning in your classes?  Do you think there are skills you will need that are missing from the above list?  Comment below.

 

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Write Here, Write Now!

Learning to be a good writer is one of the skills taught in AVID.  But why exactly do we practice writing skills?  The answer is writing will be used more than any other subject we learn in school no matter what profession we decide to have.

According to a study from CollegeBoard, businesses are spending as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training–annually. That’s because students completed school and did not learn how to write.

 

We need to practice writing and we need to practice it often not just to get good grades in school but also for our future jobs.  Lucky for Sussman Middle School,  our motto is “Write Here, Write Now”.

 

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Be Ready to Have a Great School Year!

Want your child to have a great school year?  Then start with the basics.  The following items are needed EVERY DAY for a student to do his/her best at school:

  • Sleep. Check out this article on sleep.  Sleep is incredibly important for a kid to be successful in school.  I have seen students many times too tired to concentrate.  It is crucial students and parents create a sleep schedule and STICK to it!
  • A regular time and place to do homework.  Homework is serious business.  In some classes, homework can account for as much as 50% of a student’s grade.  Be sure your student creates a routine to get homework done, EVERY DAY.  And where ever that homework spot is, make sure it is a quiet, TV and radio free zone.
  • Help.  Sussman offers so many different programs to help students who need it.  Comment below or call me for all the places your student can get help before, during, or after the school day.
  • A full stomach.  Healthy Breakfasts and lunches are served at Sussman.  Be sure your student does not skip meals.  School is a lot of work and kids need all of the energy they can get.
  • Three-way Communication with a parent, student, and teacher. Working together we can achieve a lot.

Please feel free to email me for help or more ideas and suggestions! at cespeseth@dusd.net

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