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Prevent Summer Slide with these Tips

Prevent Summer Slide with these Tips

Resources for Parents June 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

School’s out but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop; summer is an opportunity. Students who allow their brains to idle over summer risk a knowledge loss that leads to cumulative deficits year over year. Conversely, students who continue learning over the summer earn higher test scores and place intoRead More

Cheap Flights to Europe for Thanksgiving and Spring Break

Cheap Flights to Europe for Thanksgiving and Spring Break

Travel & Culture June 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

Attention parents, Europe is on sale from the mid $400s for travel between September 2016 and March 2017. Valid travel periods include Thanksgiving vacation (11/21 – 11/25) and Spring Break (March 13 – 17). Example fares from Houston for travel during Thanksgiving include: Berlin for $512 Frankfurt for $470 Munich forRead More

No Singing at 9/11 Memorial – Lesson is to Respect Authority?

No Singing at 9/11 Memorial – Lesson is to Respect Authority?

Education News April 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Middle School students from western North Carolina weren’t allowed to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan last week. Security guards told them that they weren’t allowed to but were not able to explain the reasoning. The memorial’s policy is that any public performersRead More

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Test Prep Website Launches with 10 Free Tests for SAT, ACT, and Upper Level ISEE

Best of the Web, Education News, ISEE & HSPT, SAT & ACT April 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

More than three million American students stress over the SAT and ACT college admissions tests every year. Tens of millions more take annual accountability tests in their public schools as required by federal law. These students now have a new tool in their arsenal to take on standardized tests. Piqosity,Read More

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these Monkey Questions for the New SAT

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these Monkey Questions for the New SAT

Standardized Tests February 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebration, also referred to as Spring Festival. This year, the two-week holiday to mark the year of the Monkey lasts from February 8 through February 22 with the celebration of the Lantern Festival. If you want to wish someone a happyRead More

Tips for Texas College Application Essays and Beyond

Tips for Texas College Application Essays and Beyond

Applying to Colleges, College August 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

It’s back to school! But for entering seniors, it’s an even more (exciting?) time as college applications are looming on the horizon. There are two, primary “common applications” which your Texas resident child should be concerned with – ApplyTexas for most Texas colleges and the Common Application for most every otherRead More

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Serenity-Focused Summer Assignment from an Italian Schoolteacher

Best of the Web June 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

If your child is in high school, he or she may have summer assignments in one or more classes. These can be a major source of stress, casting a gloomy cloud over students’ cherished annual time of relaxation. This year, Italian high school teacher Cesare Catà gave out a summerRead More

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Fee Waived for Retesting after June 6 SAT Marred by Printing Error

SAT & ACT June 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Did your teen take the SAT on June 6? If so, he or she may want to take it again. The version of the standardized exam proctored on June 6 contained a printing error regarding time allotment which impacted the administration of multiple sections of the test. When this came toRead More

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Deciding Which Schools to Apply To: Applying to College Series Part 1

Applying to Colleges, College June 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

Nearly 2/3rds of high school graduates continue on to higher education. They know that there are many benefits of a college education, and even students who did poorly in high school are likely to do well in college. But when they consider the transition from high school to higher education,Read More

Poll Finds Half of Parents View College Application Process Unfavorably

Poll Finds Half of Parents View College Application Process Unfavorably

Applying to Colleges, College June 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

If your child is a rising junior or senior, odds are good that you’ve started thinking about college applications. And according to a recent poll released by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute, if you’re not happy with the college application process, you’re not alone. The poll, which focused onRead More

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Technology in the Classroom: Does it Help or Hurt?

Policy, Research, & Analysis, Technology June 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

A recent study by scholars at the London School of Economics has revived the argument over using mobile technology in schools, and whether students should be allowed to use their own devices. The study found that schools that banned cell phones had a 6% stronger test score improvement than schoolsRead More

Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Chavez High School Wins National Vocabulary Competition

Community Events, HISD June 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

Tis the season for championship academic competitions. And while not as well known as UIL or quiz bowl, the inaugural Vocabulary.com  Vocabulary Bowl was notable this year for crowning a champion from Houston. Chavez High School students won the national championship with a collective total of 303, 387 points amassedRead More

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Houston Students Perform Well at 2015 UIL State Academic Meet

Community Events, Houston Schools June 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

May 27th – High school students from all over the state converged in Austin, TX for the 2015 University Interscholastic League Texas Academic meet. The meet, which was held on campus at the University of Austin, lasted for three days and held over a dozen competitions in subjects such asRead More

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Best of the Web, Goods for Teens June 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

When I was little, my mother would sometimes pre-read books before allowing me to have them. If she was concerned that content or themes might be too adult, she’d look for herself and see. She meant well; she wanted to protect me from growing up too fast and learning thingsRead More

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Gender Biases in Choosing Tech for Kids

In this day and age, children start using digital devices early on and grow up with technology. But how do we decide which devices our children will use? A recent study from PlayScience asked that very question, and some of the answers it found were unsettling. In addition to devices’Read More

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Why Do Teens Always Seem So Angry?

Health & Science, Resources for Parents May 28, 2015 at 7:30 am

Apart from anecdotal evidence and a cornucopia of movies, books, and songs written on the subject of teenage angst, we can learn from scientific research that negative emotions become more common as people age from age 10 to age 15. Then, from age 15 to age 18, the ratio ofRead More