Top Three Teaching Myths

Teaching is certainly rewarding work, but many people don’t realize that it is also time-intensive and can be emotionally exhausting. As the daughter of a public school teacher, I will often hear my mother’s non-teaching friends express envy over an “easy” work schedule, ending at 3pm every weekday, and annual summer vacations from “glorified babysitting.” These misinformed comments regarding the teaching profession can go a long way toward devaluing what teachers actually do on a…

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Best Young Adult Books of Summer 2017

September is upon us and the children have gone back to school, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy some of the best books of the summer! Check out these great young adult books released in summer 2017.  Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which…

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Best Children’s Books of Summer 2017

September is upon us and the children have gone back to school, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy some of the best books of the summer! Check out these great children’s books released in summer 2017.  Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Lisa Brown. In a quiet bedroom bowl, Goldfish Ghost came to be—just floating belly up above the water. As much as he liked his home, he longed for friends…

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What Every Student Needs When Starting School

The first day of school is the end result of a lot of preparation! After weeks of gathering lists, purchasing supplies, and scrambling to find that obscure scientific calculator that no one has ever heard of, you would think that the student would end up starting school with everything she needs to be successful. Of course, this isn’t always the case. While we tend to think of supplies in terms of tangible items (like backpacks,…

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Getting Organized for Back-to-School

The summer is nearly over and it’s time to go back to school! The transition will be easier for some students than for others. Does your child forget to bring the right books and supplies home or to school? Is her desk, locker, backpack, or notebook always in disarray? Does she often forget deadlines and scheduled activities? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may need some help with organization. Many…

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Last Minute Summer Reading Tips

Does your child continually put off starting their summer reading? Does she protest that there is plenty of time and that you are being ridiculous for suggesting getting started now? Some students hate to read and will always avoid it, but even those who enjoy books sometimes resist reading in the summer. Here are some strategies you can try to help your child finish up that last minute summer reading.  These first two strategies may…

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Program

We would like to take some time today to speak about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student of the Year program, an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. For motivated high school students, this program ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and/or future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS they will make…

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College Roommate 101

There are a few things you should keep in mind before contacting your roommate for the first time. First off, remember that both of you are likely nervous and excited about similar things: leaving home, starting college, having a roommate, figuring out your meal plans and where to buy books. This is a great place to start to connect.  Second, before contacting your roommate, try to think about what you know your living style to…

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7 Things You’ll Wish You Packed for College

It’s mid-August, and for recent high school graduates going off to college, that means it’s time to start packing. Deciding what to pack for college is undeniably a difficult process–what exactly will you need? How can you be sure that you brought enough of everything? This list doesn’t have everything you need by any means, but here are a few items that current college students have said they wish they’d packed for college.  Safety pins.…

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Boston Latin Exam for 2017

The Boston Latin Exam for 2017 will be held on Saturday, November 4th. Are you a Boston resident looking for better educational opportunities for your child? Boston Exam Schools provide a top notch education at no cost — the only trick is getting in. There are three exam schools – Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three accept new students for grades 7 and 9. The O’Bryant School also accepts…

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