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Posted Aug. 17, 2017, 8 a.m. by Cate Coulacos Prato | View Comments
How Cosplay and Sewing Boost High School STEM Skills

When you hear about people with spatial, math and problem-solving skills, you probably assume they excel at STEM subjects. But did you know people who create fashion, accessories and cosplay rely on those same skills? In fact, sewing is a great way to hone STEM skills, and STEM skills help with sewing and other crafts. If you're into creating things out of fabric, you might be ready to try a STEM program. “There is more overlap than you think,” Jill Frechette of West Boylston, Mass., says. A sophomore at Vassar College, Frechette studies English and pre-med. She learned to sew ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2017, noon by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
8 Tips for Making Summer Prime Time for College Scholarships

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Kids are out of school. Families take vacations. The last thing anyone wants to think about is searching for college scholarships. But wait! Summer is prime time to search and apply for scholarships. While everyone is playing, your high school student can be hard at work figuring out how to win a scholarship for college. This makes for a productive and financially beneficial summer. Sacrificing a few hours a week could mean graduating college without debt. Here are eight summer scholarship search tips to help your high school student on the path to ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2017, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
 Learn the 6 Super Skills of the Best High School Interns

Congratulations: You’ve landed a an internship, and you’re ready to explore the real world. But landing a gap year or high school internship is just the beginning. You want to work hard and work smart so that you’ll leave this position with great habits, great contacts and great recommendations. You want to demonstrate that you’re ready and able to learn new skills and responsibilities – and we’re not talking about the location of the nearest Starbucks so you can pick up the coffee order. I mentored dozens of high school and college interns over a 40-year career in journalism, and ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 6 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
 8 Ways You Can Make This the Best High School Year Ever

You’ve got the new clothes, the new haircut, the latest sneakers. But what else do you need to make this year of high school the best yet? For starters, make this the year you figure out how to get organized and manage your time so you’re not super-stressed all the time. We can help with that. Second, if you’re thinking of college, find the best tool, whether it’s an app, a spreadsheet or a shoebox, to stay on top of college applications, visits and essays. We can help with that. Third, make academics a real priority this year. Figure out ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
9 Things Counselors Want Parents to Know About High School

A new school year is like the first page of a new notebook: fresh and ready for a great story. Your high school student is likely to be both excited and trepidatious about how this school year’s plot might turn out. But you and your student have at least one common goal - that this story has a happy ending no matter what obstacles lie ahead. To help you out, we’ve collected advice from high school counselors and independent educational advisors on what really helps a student to succeed. Talk about it with your high school student and work together ...

Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Publishes 2017 Guide to Therapeutic Programs and Services

If you know a teenager with mental health or addiction issues, then you know the meaning of heartbreak. One in five children ages 13 to 18 have or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost 12 percent of admissions to substance-abuse treatment programs were teens ages 12 to 19, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just at the age when the world is opening up to them, these teens hit an emotional wall. And their families and friends ...

Posted July 29, 2017, 7 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's August! Check Our College To-Do List for High School Seniors

Getting a head start on applying to college the summer before senior year can make the fall and spring less stressful for parents and high school seniors. High school seniors will need to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of college admissions activities once school begins. Tackling some of those college related tasks now can help ease some of the pressure in the fall. Get ahead of the game and prepare in advance by using this checklist. If you do, parents and seniors should be ready for senior year to begin. 1. Get ready for standardized tests. The fall standardized ...

Posted July 28, 2017, 8 a.m. by Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon | View Comments
Student leaving home for college.

Remember when you had your first child and, walking out of the hospital, you wondered how anyone could actually be entrusting you with this fragile bundle that did not even fit into that ridiculous car seat? Yes, you read the books, assembled the crib, bought the onesies. But, really, why did everyone think you knew what you were doing? For many students, that is how they feel when the last suitcase has been loaded into the SUV and Mom and Dad are driving them to the first days of college. Yes, they have filled in the college orientation forms, bought ...

Posted July 25, 2017, 5 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
The Most Important Questions to Ask About a Private School

It’s a big decision to send a high school student to private school. As a parent, you’ll have plenty of questions, not the least of which is how to pay for it. But even if money is no object, there are important questions to ask about a school, whether you are considering a private day school or a boarding school. You’re sure to think of the obvious ones: college acceptance rates; grading policies; sports rankings; AP classes. But to get to the heart of school culture, you’ll have to go deeper and consider the harder issues of high school, such ...

Posted July 21, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
 How High School Students Can Dodge Summer Brain Drain

Toss everything you need into a bag for a summer day at the beach or pool: a towel; some sunblock; and a nice, thick book about American history. Wait, what was that last one? Heavy-duty reading material might not make the top of a high school student’s list for a chill-out day under the sun, but it should. Research shows the importance of keeping the brain engaged during a long vacation – and of course, it might help with college admissions. “There’s 30 years of research on the idea of summer learning loss, tracking it over time. It’s been consistently ...

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