Mamas, we’re so excited to launch “High School Happenings” a monthly check-in with local educator, Brian Heffernan. Each month Brian will be your guide to high school parenting. We hope you enjoy!
The month of December is in full swing, and there is a lot of excitement about having a vacation later on in the month! However, there is much work to be done before the vacation hits. The time period between the Thanksgiving break and the Winter break is typically a four week time period, filled with lots of work, combined with all of the extracurricular activities that the holidays bring. It is a very busy time that goes by quickly so remind your high schoolers to try and stay focused.
The winter sport season has also begun, causing some students to have to adjust their routines in order to adapt to their new schedules. Holiday concerts and chorus performances are scheduled as well. Term one report cards have gone out, allowing students to know where they stand academically. Have students keep in mind that the second term tends to be more difficult than the first term, as classes begin to get deeper into the curriculum.
The good news is that by now students have adjusted to their classes and to their teachers, and understand what to do, as well as what not to do, in order to be successful. Many high schools have also hit the 60th overall day of the school year by now, indicating that one-third of the school year is completed. Overall, expect at least two sets of grades in all academic classes during this time period. Have students pay particular attention to the week of December 18 -22, as there will be many tests, quizzes, papers and projects due before the vacation. It is important for students to stay on top of their work and to stay focused for the full four weeks before the vacation. Don’t go on vacation too early is good advice to your high school student! When everyone gets back from the break, it’s about a three week push to the end of the term two, then into mid year exams and right into term three. Rest up!
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday! Have a peaceful break. See you in the New Year.
Author of Big Bri’s Survival Guide to High School
Local South Shore Educator