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Tiger Talk Volume I Issue 4 September 16, 2011

When Requesting Letters of Recommendation...


Letters of Rec.


Spotlight Senior




Helping Teens Cope


Scholarship Info


Upcoming Events Sept. 17th-FREE Paying for College seminar t New Orleans Public Library call 1-800KAP Test or register online at college. Sept. 19th Boston College visit, 8:30-9:30 students may sign up at the clerk’s counter. Sept. 20th 6-9PM JPPS College Fair at Grace King High Sept. 20th 6:30-8:30 Country Day College Fair at Winmann Auditorium and dining room Sept. 22nd Florida State University visit, 8:30-9:30 students may sign up at the clerk’s counter.

Seniors, I’m so happy to learn that many of you have started applying to colleges. Please be sure to submit a copy of each acceptance letter to the counselor’s office. An announcement will be made in the newsletter to celebrate your achievement!! When applying for college admissions, students are often required to submit letters of recommendation in addition to their application. Sometimes the college emails the teacher or counselor directly indicating that you submitted their name to write a recommendation letter on your behalf. Please be aware, it’s courteous and proper to ask first. Below are a few helpful reminders for all seniors in need of recommendation letters from Taylor teachers/faculty members: Ask your principal, counselor or teacher in person

to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf Bring a resume with you when you visit Taylor faculty to make your request Make your request at least 2 weeks before the letter is due Respond promptly and politely to a faculty member’s request for more information about yourself Thank the faculty member and let him/her know the outcome of the letter being written on your behalf

Congrats Outstanding Seniors

Taylor Semifinalists Amy Olson Arlo Spear Dennis Tran and... Jona Fox’s acceptance into West Point

As a faculty we are very supportive of all our students. Your principal, counselor, and teachers would greatly appreciate your following these procedures when requesting letters of recommendation.

Sept. 23rd MIT visit, 8:30-9:30 students may sign up at the clerk’s counter. Sept. 24th FREE ACT Practice test 9:3012:30 at West Bank Regional library .Call 1-800-KAP Test or register online at Sept. 26th College Fair field trip for 11th & 12th grade students Sept. 29th 6:30-7:30 Ms. Woods from the Office of Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance will present information on TOPS & FAFSA-be sure to attend this important event!!

Spotlight Senior Goal for 2011-2012 year My Goal for the 2011-2012 is to become well prepared for college and hopefully gain acceptance to the college I would like to attend. Thoughts about Taylor Patrick F Taylor Science and Technology Academy is a wonderful school to attend. The school’s curriculum and wonderful teachers have, in my opinion, prepared me for the work I’ll have to do in college.

Tip for Success at Taylor One tip I have for success at Taylor, is to always give everything you do your best and never procrastinate or slack off. If you need help with any assignments or feel that you’re overwhelmed do not hesitate to talk to

Hobby: Studying French Post Senior Academic/ Career Goal After I graduate I hope to go on to college/military, and eventually become a fighter pilot or psychiatrist. Name this senior , take a Tigerrific photo with her and win a prize!!

Start Preparing for PSAT NOW On Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 9th-11th grade students will take the PSAT test. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures Critical Reading Skills Math Problem-Solving Skills Writing Skills Reasons to take the PSAT Receive feedback on strengths/weaknesses on skills needed for college Enter competition for scholarships from NMSC in 11th grade

courses and reading widely is the best way to get ready for the PSAT/NMSQT. Critical Reading Sentence Completion questions measure your knowledge of the meanings of words and ability to understand how the differMore PSAT Online Test Prep? ent parts of a senVisit: tence logihttp://www.onlinetestpr cally fit together. Practice now. Passage-Based Reading questions measure your ability to read and think carefully about a single reading passage or a pair of related passages. Practice now.

Help prepare you for the SAT Math

Receive info from colleges

Preparing Spending time taking challenging academic

The math section of the PSAT/NMSQT requires a basic knowledge of number and operation; alge-

Grid-ins, or student-produced response questions, require you to solve a problem and enter your answer. Practice now. Writing Skills The multiple-choice questions on writing skills measure your ability to express ideas effectively in standard-written English, to recognize faults in usage and structure, and to use language with sensitivity to meaning. Identifying Sentence Errors questions test your knowledge of grammar, usage, word choice, and idiom. You are required to find errors in sentences or indicate that there is no error. Practice now. Improving Sentences questions ask you to choose the best, most effective form of an underlined portion of a given sentence. Practice now. Improving Paragraphs questions require you to make choices about improving the logic, coherence, or organization in a flawed passage. Practice now. Source: /prep.html

Helping Teens Cope with Stress (con’d) It is very important for teens to learn to handle stress, as long-term build-up of stress may lead to problems, including physical illness, anxiety or depression. Teenage "Stress Overload" Signs increased physical illness (headaches, stomachaches, muscle pains, chronic fatigue) “shutting down" and withdrawal from people and activities increased anger or irritable lashing out at others increased tearfulness and feelings of hopelessness chronic feelings of worry and nervousness difficulty sleeping and eating

difficulty concentrating Our body reacts to stressful events, whci can trigger responses such as a fast heart rate, increased blood flow, shallow breathing, a sense of dread and a desire to escape. However, teens can teach themselves to perceive life challenges as being within their control and can even change their body's reactions to such events. Below are a few stress management skills that can help you relax./ Stress Management Skills for Teens Taking deep breaths accompanied by thoughts of being in control ("I can handle this") Progressive muscle relaxation, (repeatedly tensing and relaxing large muscles of the

body) Setting small goals and breaking tasks into smaller manageable chunks Exercising and eating regular meals, and avoiding excessive caffeine Focusing on things you can control and letting go of things you cannot control Rehearsing and practicing feared situations (e.g., practicing public speaking or asking someone out on a date) Talking about problems with others. Always consult with a physician or licensed clinician if you believe there are serious problems.

$tart Applying for $cholarships Now…... AES Engineers Scholarship AES Engineers scholarship will be awarding $500 to winners of an essay contest. Deadline-Oct. 7 Visit for more info. <http:// scholarships.htm>http://

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

larships to students whose artwork best commemorates the rich culture and heritage of LA. Visit site391.php for more information Scholarship Resource Information Available for Latino Minorities: Thanks Jeffrey Prado for sharing this amazing resource-any student that’s interested, please email me and I’ll forward the booklet!!

Students, Please forward me any interesting scholarship resources you find, Name that I’ll be sure to post in the newsletter.

GRFA will provide $45,000 in college scho-

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