End of School Year Blues
By Nayah Boucaud, Grade 8

How do we feel when we are done with our classes? Angry that it is over or ecstatic that it is done? FLVS students are said to have a bigger attachment to teachers and classes.

To get an opinion, I interviewed FLVS student Priscilla G., who has taken many FLVS classes.

Q: Do you remember the first class you enrolled in with FLVS?
A: Yes, the first class I ever enrolled in was Math 2. After that I enrolled in many other courses. I believe Math 2 was the first, though.

Q: When you finished the class, how did you feel? Were you angry or happy?
A: When I finished the class I had mixed emotions. I was really happy about graduating and moving up. But, then I was a little angry that I would have to leave my amazing teacher, and I was nervous about getting more difficult work in my next math course.

Q: And your teacher? Was she sad to see you go?
A: I had a very close relationship with my Math 2 teacher. We would Instant Message all the time, she would work past hours to help me understand the material. She would act the same among other students - she was just great. I believe she was sad to see me go.

Q: You don't see your teacher and classmates like in public or private school. Does this mean anything to how you feel?
A: Well, I’ve personally never experienced the Public/Private Schools, so I wouldn’t know if I was missing out on something or not. I do think it’s easier to leave a teacher in a Public school than it would be at FLVS.

Students enjoy having FLVS to use. They want to have fun but still learn. With FLVS, we get to do that. This is why it is so hard to see a class go. Sadly, we still have to move on.

Summer Vacation Plans
By Nayah Boucaud, Grade 8

Summer vacation is just around the corner! So have you decided what you are going to do for the next couple of months?

Most of us are finished with our work and just want to kick back, grab some popcorn and watch TV. Does this sound good to you? Or are you planning to do something slightly more creative and fun? Visit Greece! Dig to China! There are so many things you can do and so little time to do them. Summer vacation will be over before you know it. So think about what you should do. You can write a book and then publish it. 

Here are 3 tips that can help you decide what to do.

Write it! - Get a paper and pen out and write some ideas. Fill the page with anything you would like to do that summer. The possibilities are endless! Go camping with friends, summer school, summer camp, a job or even some contests. Write it all down on your paper. Now downsize it to 10 choices. Look at what you have written and get a little serious. Can you do these things? For example, if one of your choices was to build a rocket to the stars, can you do this and what would you need? Take a look at the 7 Decision making tips. These will help you decide. Also make sure your choices are SMART. (S = Specific, M = Measurable, A = Attainable, R = Realistic, T = Timely) 
  1. Define your problem.
  2. Gather information and resources.
  3. List options.
  4. Weigh, compare options.
  5. Make a decision.
  6. Make a plan of action.
  7. Evaluate the decision.

Prepare it! – Now that you have your ten choices, start to prepare them. If you chose a job, look in your local newspaper for openings and start to prepare yourself for the responsibility of a job. If it is to go camping, get your tent out and call some friends. Plan a date for the event during the summer. If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail. Summer is long and if you plan it right, you may be able to do all 10 choices.

Do It! – Now it is time to put your awesome ideas to action! You have decided what you are going to do so do it! You have a long summer and watching TV all day is not always that good. This can be a very important time for you. You can discover something amazing...or just go shopping with your friends. It all depends on you, because it is your summer. Summer belongs to you.

"SMART" and 7 Decision Making Tips: Career Education FLVS Class

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