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NORTH TAMA Counselor's Corner - September

September 13, 2012
Juliana Reisner - North Tama Counselor , Traer Star-Clipper

Fall is an exciting time of year at school. Students are attending classes, and are actively involved in sporting events, music practices, play tryouts, and club and organization meetings. It becomes very clear that organization is the key to staying on top of all the projects, tests, assignments, and activities.

How does a student keep it all together? Two main areas of organization include time management and space management, and in junior high and high school, this means planners and lockers.

Planners are suggested in high school, but are required (and provided) in junior high. For high school students the planner can take many forms. It can be an official daily planner, a monthly calendar, or even simply a small notebook. Whatever you choose, make sure it is one you will use.

Time management is all about being in the right place at the right time as well as knowing when certain things need to be done. Use your planner to help you keep track of those items and you won't miss an important deadline or meeting.

Lockers need to be kept tidy. Color-coding helped in elementary, and it still can! Color-code folders and notebooks with your book cover in each class. Be sure to clean out individual papers floating in your locker at the end of the day. Find the right folder for it or recycle it if you are done with it. Give your locker a good "tidying-up" once a week. This helps keep the chaos away.

Speaking of organization, do you need to add any of the following information to YOUR calendar?

Senior Scholar STUDENT meetings 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (for students to receive scholarship materials)

Senior Scholar PARENT meeting, Monday, September 24, 7:00 pm (to get information about the scholarship process)

ACT Prep PARENT meeting, Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm (to get information about registering and preparing students for the ACT tests.)

The 22nd Annual Golden Circle College Fair at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines; September 30, 12:30-3:00.



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