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Morehead High School

March 2018 Al Royster Jr., Principal

Short Explain your math Successful note-taking

Clips to me
If a look at your high
schooler’s math homework has you
stumped, why not ask him to “tutor” Taking useful notes can
you? He might teach you how to add help your high schooler
polynomials, for example. Explaining learn more and get better
concepts will help him understand grades in every class.
them, and you’ll show him that math Share these tech-
matters to you, too. niques with her.

Practice assertiveness Be brief

Being assertive can make the differ- Suggest that
ence between getting what you need your teenager
and getting taken advantage of. Per- quickly summa-
haps your teen needs to take time rize, in her own
off work but feels nervous about words, what her
approaching her boss. Role-play teacher says or
together until she feels comfortable writes on the board.
asking politely and confidently. She might even use
her texting skills to help her write faster. doesn’t make sense, or write questions to
Movies as conversation starters She could jot down “Xndr GR8” instead look up or ask her teacher.
The next time you watch a movie of “Alexander the Great,” for instance.
with your teen, use it as a spring- Elaborate Your high schooler could use different
board to deeper conversations. Ask, Encourage your child to leave wide color pens and highlighters. She may
“What did you think about the way margins on her paper and to double-space discover that a particular color, or com-
the teenagers were portrayed?” Get a her notes. That gives her room to go back bination of colors, lets her visualize the
shrug in response? Say, “Let me share and fill in more information when she has material later. Also, some research shows
what I think.” It’s a safe way to talk time, perhaps in study hall or while wait- that writing notes by hand rather than
about big issues without lecturing. ing for after-school activities to start. She typing them helps people learn and
Worth quoting can add more detail, clarify anything that remember more.
“You get the best out of others when
you give the best of yourself.” Ready for test day
Harvey S. Firestone
To boost your teen’s performance on stan-
Just for fun dardized tests, consider this advice:
Q: What’s small, round, and ■ It’s important for your child to pay close
red and moves up attention during test review sessions in
and down? class. If his school offers sessions after
school or on weekends, too, have him
A: A tomato
attend one.
in an
elevator. ■ The night before the test, encourage your
high schooler to stock his backpack with supplies
(sharpened pencils, approved calculator, student ID). Then, he should go to bed a
little early. In the morning, he’ll have time to eat a healthy breakfast and get to
class before the bell rings—and he’ll feel alert during the test.
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March 2018 • Page 2 High School Years

Resilient teens
Learn coping strategies.
Suggest that he develop
“go-to” techniques he can
The ability to bounce back from
count on when he needs to
problems and disappointments will
blow off steam or relax. If
help your teen now and when he’s
he doesn’t land the part-
an adult. Try these ideas to build
time job he wanted or
his resilience.
gets a lower grade than he
Express emotions. When your high expected, he might go for
schooler is going through a tough time, a bike ride, listen to upbeat
encourage him to talk to someone. If he’s music, or tune in to his
not ready to open up to you, he might favorite podcast.
confide in his best friend or the school
Tip: During stressful times, it
counselor. Whether he’s dealing with ending
helps to have the comfort of habits. Encourage your teen to
a relationship or being cut from the team, it may be easier for
follow his regular routines, such as walking to school with his
him to move on if he doesn’t keep his feelings
neighbor or making a healthy smoothie after school.
bottled up inside.

Q Reducing Parent Make your home the “hangout spot”

& student loan to
A Parent likes
My son Brandon
debt to spend time with
his friends every weekend. And I like

Q With rising costs, how can our daugh- knowing that he’s in a safe place
ter afford college without carrying huge with adult supervision. I realized
debt afterward? that we could both get what we
■A This is a want if we created a fun hangout
spot in our house for him and
big concern for
families today, his friends.
but there So Brandon and I added a few
are ways to teen-friendly touches to our family
limit— or room. We hung a dartboard on the wall,
even avoid— student loans. found comfy pillows for the kids to sit on, and stocked a shelf with board games and
Start by filling out the Free Applica- card games.
tion for Federal Student Aid at fafsa Now when Brandon’s friends come over, I offer them a snack and then “disap- before this year’s June 30 dead- pear” to give them privacy. They have a safe, alcohol-free, and drug-free place to
line. Your teen may be eligible for grants hang out with a parent nearby — but not hovering over them.
or work-study programs.
Also, look for ways to reduce the costs
associated with college. Suggest that your
child apply to less-expensive schools or Tie science to the real world
colleges known to give more financial
aid. Or she could consider attending You can spark your high schooler’s Talk about news
community college the first two years interest in science and technology by When you read about a STEM devel-
and then transferring to a four-year uni- exploring the subjects together. Here’s how. opment that may affect teens, mention it
versity. Another idea is for her to go to to your child. For example, what does
See it in action
school nearby and live at home. she think of driver-
Visit a science center, a planetar-
less cars? What are
ium, a zoo, or an aquarium with
O U R P U R P O S E the pros and cons
To provide busy parents with practical ideas her. If she’s intrigued by what
of this technology?
that promote school success, parent involve- she sees, she could ask about
ment, and more effective parenting. Tip: Encourage
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