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Happy Spring West High Panthers!
Spring fever hits students hard. Motivation to do homework or study diminishes to almost none. Students are distracted by the desire to be outside. However, there are ways to confront spring fever so that you can balance your studies and still enjoy the beautiful weather. Try the following tips to stay on top of your studies through the remainder of your spring semester:
1. Make a list of things that are due and when.
- Work on each assignment in bits. For example, if you have a research paper coming up, break it into finding sources, creating an outline, and typing the paper.
- After you finish each part, take a break to blow off some steam outside. You can even break each piece into separate days if the assignment allows.
- Try to get your assignments done early on or on rainy days so that you can enjoy the weather outside. The sooner you get things done and out of the way, the sooner you will be able to enjoy the spring weather.
Checking things off your list will empower and encourage you to keep getting assignments and studying done.
2. Do reading assignments outside.
- Print out the assigned article or grab your textbook and find a quiet place outside to get the reading done.
- Find a relaxing and comfortable place where you are sure to be free from distractions. Get your favorite beverage and snack to have with you. Put some headphones in and music on to block out any noise distractions.
- Taking your reading assignments outside will help you get your homework done while enjoying the weather.
3. Take a study break and go for a walk.
- While it is important to try to get everything done, doing it all at once is overwhelming and exhausting. Your brain becomes cloudy and you lose your train of thought of what you read or are writing.
- However, it is important to use breaks effectively and productively. For every hour you do homework or study, take a 15 minute walk. This allows you to clear your mind and focus. You’ll be more focused and your mind will be clearer.
- Also, you will get your exercise in for the day! Make sure you get back to your homework and studying though!
4. Stay ahead by scheduling tasks.
- If you know you have something due or an exam at the end of the week and you know the weather will be nice the day before it is due or before the exam, get it done early in the week so that you can enjoy the nice weather without worrying that you will have the urge to just relax outside.
- Break up your assignments over a couple days so that you do not have to worry about cramming everything in to one day. Not only will you be ahead of the game, you will have time to enjoy the weather and outdoor activities that you love!
Important dates for seniors:
May 4 Last day for Assisted Studies orientation for all seniors
May 5 Senior Fail List posted
May 22 Last day for initial test on Assisted Studies
May 25 Last day for all outside credits documentation
May 25 FINAL CLEARNANCE FOR GRADUATION
May 30 Graduation rehearsal 9:00am West High Auditorium (MANDATORY FOR ALL SENIORS
Senior Walk - 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Northwest and Bryant
Senior Sendoff/Yearbook Signing Party for seniors 2:00
June 1 Graduation Ceremony 7:00 PM. Report to Jon M. Huntsman Center at the University of Utah at 6:00 PM.
Clearance for graduation consists of three parts:
- Academic Clearance: See your Guidance Counselor.
- West High Financial Clearance: Check “MySchoolFees” online or see the Treasurer in room 217. Deadline is May 22.
- Jostens Clearance: Cap and gown deadline May 23.
Seniors, if you would like to earn a CTE medallion and CTE cord to wear at graduation, please stop by room 318 for information.
Need a summer job? See Connie or Gina in the CTE office, room 318.
Scholarships are still available if you look for them! See Vickie in the Guidance Center.
Earn some quick credits in summer school! Information and registration in the Guidance Office
There is help available for students who are experiencing grief and loss at https://grievingstudents.org
May is Mental Health Awareness month.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a very robust list of resources for addressing questions related to the series, “13 Reasons Why”. I wanted to provide the forwarded e-mail to all of you. May is Mental Health Awareness month.
From Suicide Prevention Organizations
• Tips for Parents for Talking with their Children about 13 Reasons Why and Suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
• Briefing in Connection with the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
From Other Mental Health/Professional Organizations
• 13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why (American Psychiatric Association)
• 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: How School Counselors Can Help (American School Counselor Association)
• 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
• 13 Ways to Continue the Conversation about 13 Reasons Why (Active Minds)
Other Related Resources
• The Trevor Lifeline (The Trevor Project)
• SPRC Web Page for Suicide Prevention in Schools (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)
• Information for Parents webpage (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)
• Not my Kid: What Parents Should Know about Teen Suicide (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) (Video)
Pro Tips: Searching and Applying for Scholarships - The first episode of "In a Nutshell: How to Pay For College" season two.
Parents and seniors: check out this informative article from the Deseret News on avoiding senioritis and preparing for college!!
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