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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weeks 26 & 27

Registration Open for Advanced Placement Exams

Registration for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams is now open and will close on March 15.  Students planning to take one or more AP exams (scheduled during the first two weeks of May) should register in the Guidance Office.  A fee of $13 is charged for each test registration, with the balance of $74 paid on the day of each exam taken.  Checks should be made payable to E. O. Smith High School.  Cash is also accepted.

Hartford National College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is once again presenting its National College Fair at various sites and dates throughout the country.  The Hartford National College Fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 3 (9:00-11:30 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM) and Wednesday, April 4 (9:00-11:30 AM) at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Admission representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities will be available to speak with students one-on-one concerning the college admission process and college life in general.  This fair will will include a counseling and resource center comprised of skilled professionals and partners who can assist parents and students.  In addition, workshops will be offered to address testing, the college application process, and other topics of significance in the college search process.  More information, including a list of colleges in attendance, is available at Hartford National College Fair.


CT Dream It is a program that promotes manufacturing careers to high school students.  This program recently announced that several scholarships are available for students who plan to enter manufacturing.  CT Dream It reports that the manufacturing industry is "facing a severe shortage of skilled workers."  For more information, click on CT Dream It.  By the way, it was recently reported in the Wall Street Journal that about 600,000 job openings remained unfilled in 2011 because employers could not find workers with the appropriate skills.  Manufacturers say they now need workers who are trained in the use of computers, automation, and other technologies.

The United States Coast Guard Academy is offering a summer program called Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) to eligible high school students.  Application deadline is April 1.  More information is available at AIM.

The University of Connecticut announced that a program called UCPREP - University College Preparation, Rights & Responsibilities, Empowerment, Planning - is now open for admission.  UCPREP is a "six-day transition-focused summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities" that provides participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the college setting.  The program runs from July 30-August 4 at the Storrs Campus.  For more information, go to UCPREP.

Students Speak: What Adults Don't Know About Teens
  •   What they use the computer for …sometimes.
  •  We want freedom, but we will always return home.
  •  We enjoy the thrill of danger but are always aware and in control.
  •  We are trying to get hurt from something; can be love, friendship or family.
  •  We are totally different compared to how it was back in the 70’s or 80’s, and even still.
  •  They seem more angry and always want trouble with someone.  And parents don’t reallyunderstand how their kids don’t want to go to school because they’re having problems with someone else.
  • We stretch the truth when it comes to our friends/social life.
  • Because we’re quiet doesn’t mean we’re kids you should ‘look out for’ or be cautious of.
  • The teenagers who overachieve in school, who are head of sports teams, or who strive to be in the spotlight are usually the ones who hide the most.  The ‘bad kids’ are just lost, but the perfect, innocent ones often have the darkest secrets.
  • We take on and reflect our surroundings, but often not even the person closest to us knows who we truly are.
  • We know between right and wrong and always consider the consequences, but we act on wild instinct because it’s truly is mot important in the happiness of life, but when we are older, happiness often needs to be thought of last.  So why not live now!
  • When you are a teenager, we sometimes are jealous of other families and would rather be like them than your own.
  • When you’re mad and depressed about something you want to show that we are but somehow can’t.
  • We hate being told what to do when we already know what to do.
  • We live in a society where everyone hates each other and disliking everyone is the status quo.
  • That’s how we are taught to think growing up.  It’s disgusting.
  • Adults don’t realize when their kid isn’t even listening to them anymore.
  •  They don’t understand how little things can get teens so angry.
  • We want attention when we are sad/angry, we want you to keep asking “What’s wrong?”, but there’s a barrier that you have to knock down.
  • You have to reward us for the little things we do; at least take notice so we know it was appreciated.
  • We want an actual reason if the answer is “No”, not a “Because I said so!”
  • We want to be treated as adults.  When you don’t trust us, it makes us feel like we can’t handle it.
  •  We are in it for ourselves. If we want to do or have something, we will go for it and not let anyone stop us. We will often try it.
  • We like to be extreme. We find a thrill or a rush in over-reacting.
  • Our mood can change quickly, and to fit almost anything around us, whether it’s the climate or the tone of someone’s voice.
  • Males in particular, but, many teens have a pain inside them, yet they suppress the feeling.
  •  There is a world outside of what is discussed between parents and teens that we rarely reveal.
  • We would actually be able to live on our own if need be.
  • We learn to love people through harsh judgment.
  • Rebellion and strong will are the only kinds of power that we can voice.
  • We hate others for having better families but don’t hate our own for being bad.
  • We are fearless in the face of war and death.
  • Teenagers can see through an adult’s cover and lies nearly as easily as looking through a window.
  • Our social lives are very complicated.
  • We have big secrets.
  • Guys like physically demanding sports and contact sports to let our aggression out.
  •  I always feel like people expect me to do the right thing, which just makes me want to do the wrong thing more and more just to prove to them that I’m not who they think I am.
  • Parents don’t know how stressful school really is.  They are always telling us to do good and get good grades.  Learning all of this at the same time is a real drain on the brain.
  • When we say we want something, we really are either looking for attention or want something that might possibly increase other peoples’ awareness of us. Teens hate not being respected or looked up to in some way.
  • We listen to music to tune out the world around us and go into our own little world created in our heads. Our music sets the mood of that world and our mood in that world could affect everything which will happen in the real world.
  • Most teens don’t like to be restricted. We get a feeling that we are not good enough and we get upset about it.  We like to do things our own way, to have things run the way we see fit, sort of overlord or dictator-like.
  • When making a decision that may be risky, we thing about the consequences and play it back in our heads.
  • When all their anger is built up about previous incidents, they can let them out on the next person who talks to them.
  • We hate being told we’re “too young” for certain things.
  • Adults don’t get how teens think.  They may thing they do but they don’t because a lot of things have changed since they have been our age.
  • Teenagers always have that time when they feel like giving up.
  • We respect you, it’s just you do a lot of things that annoy us.
  • We are easily manipulated by food .No matter how rebellious a teen may seem, they are looking for approval.
  • A lot of teens know “who they are”, what they like/dislike, but a lot just don’t quite see where they fit in in society.
  • Teens aren’t trying to make mistakes or tick people off, they enjoy entertainment, not being miserable from repercussions of mistakes.
  • Most teens think things through to the point where they say “screw it” and just do it.
  • Many teens fear where they’re going after high school and even college and fear making mistakes.
  • They have no sense of time management.
  • Teens notice the little things in life that adults make mistakes on.
  • Teens need to be set free every now and then to show that they do care.
  • Teens do worry about money that their parents have more than you think.
  • We hate when you say “you did great” in a match when you lose.
  • We do many more stupid things than we get caught for.
  • While we reject much of what our parents tell us, some advice in particular sticks like glue.
  • The things we do don’t depend on who we’re with.  Once we’ve made a decision to do something, we’ll find a way to do it, regardless of which people we hang out with.
  • How much they annoy or embarrass us. 
  • How it feels to be bored, they are always busy and can drive.
  • Sometimes we may snap at you and be disrespectful and unappreciative but you should know that we don’t do it to be mean but because we forget sometimes that you are human too and expect you to see through our demeanor and somehow know that, in reality, we are grateful for everything you’ve done for us.
  • Our appreciation is not measured in the toys, clothes and games you may buy for us but the manner in which you give them, and everything, to us every day.
  • We may hide in our rooms all day and avoid you but it’s mostly because we want to see if you care enough to come after us once in a while.
  •  Many female teens are overly concerned about their weight, even if they are healthy.
  • Teens tend to have two different personalities (I guess teachers do too).
  • Technology seems to be a teenagers best friend.
  • Teens think that keeping quiet can be more effective than speaking out.
  • Role models are important to find out who you are and what you want.
  • Strong passion is critical.
  • I’m weaker than I seem; to your face, I act like a tough guy and deal with what’s presented to me, but when I’m alone, I crumble when something is wrong.
  • I disagree with how you parent my sibling.  You don’t realize how your parenting of him affects how I feel.  Whenever my sibling does something wrong, you expect me to be perfect because you can’t deal with a child that isn’t easy to control. That’s not fair.
  • Teens hate it when adults answer with “because I said so” or “because that’s what I did as a kid.”
  • Our favorite class may; the one we are doing the most poorly in.
  • We are capable of falling in love.
  • People aren’t always “just jealous”; there are times when people are just cruel, and honestly just hate us.
  • We hate boundaries and will constantly fight them.
  • For girls, and even a lot of boys, every day has a battle with the mirror.
  • Like a baby, it is still comforting to hear our mothers’ voices.
  • We want to grow up with the luxury of a safety net in case we fall.
  • Adults don’t know what time we go to bed and that just because the door is shut and the lights are off doesn’t mean we are asleep.
  • We can block what they can see on our Facebook walls compared to what our friends can see.
  • What we wear out to the bus is not what we wear around at school all day.
  • We don’t try to waste time; we know that it is valuable, and plan accordingly.
  • The social aspect of life is as important or more important than school on most occasions.
  • Most of the time our outside appearance is very different from our hidden feelings.
  • We resent being put into a box, or being labeled, and yet we cannot help but to label others.
  • We try with our whole selves when we truly want to accomplish something – body and mind.
  • We aren’t good at expressing our feelings, even though you think sometimes we are overly expressive.
  • Getting lost in our own thoughts and imagination is sometimes the only way to deal with reality.
  • Your teen may seem ungrateful, but really they appreciate everything you do for them. 
  • Teens like to argue about anything, right or wrong, so get over it.
  • Teens want to be alone but never lonely. They need space to deal with their issues and you need to be there when they ask for help.
  • Teens always forget information. They probably forget most thing they learn directly after semester exams; it’s what we do.
  • Even though teens insist on being independent, guidance is still necessary.
  • Sometimes our emotions move faster than our common sense, but it will come along, so wait a bit.
  • Just because a teenager may be quiet around adults, doesn’t mean they feel uncomfortable, but that they have trouble finding real connections.
  • We can tell when others are trying to manipulate us.
  • Our sports teams are our second family
  • We have been raised to hate and envy all of those around us.
  • We do try to find the inner feelings of people and not to judge based on appearances
  •  Adults don’t know that we can pick up on even the smallest things when it comes to their behavior.
  • Adults don’t know that even though to them our relationships seem unimportant that sometimes they are the most important things in our lives.
  • Adults don’t know just how much pressure some coaches can put on us.
  • They don’t know that I know many more things that they talk about than they think I do.
  • They don’t know that I love listening to music as much as I do.
  • They don’t know that it demotivates me to do something when the tell me or yell at me to do it.They don’t know how many different kinds of people I’m friends with.
  • We just need someone to complain to, someone to lash out at—don’t take it to heart.
  • You can’t treat each problem the same with us, at different times we have different emotions.
  • We hate liars but love to be lied to.
  • We are over-analyzed.
  • We hate analyzing ourselves or listening to someone analyze us.
  • We love to judge, analyze others.
  • That “grounding “ us doesn’t make a difference; we learn from our mistakes, not from getting grounded.
  • We lie because we don’t want to get in trouble not to be disrespectful.
  • We take fun over consequences because there is always a possibility to not get caught.
  • Most of the time we are listening even though it doesn’t seem like it.
  • They can’t feel when there is something  wrong.
  • They don’t know that sometimes they could hurt their children.
  • They want to impress you:  over the years people have come to the conclusion that teens don’t care about impressing their parents, but that’s not true. Sure their satisfaction of impressing you may not be enough motivation to get them to strive for straight A-s or honor role, or even make the best decisions, but all they want is you to be proud of them.
  • Their future scares them: when you’re faced with this blank future ahead of you, adults and teens handle it differently.  Some may embrace it and look as though they’re prepared, but that doesn’t mean they’re not scared. 
  • Sometimes, teens just have moments when they need to be alone. I don’t know why, but sometimes something kicks in that just causes us to have the need to be left alone.  I know this is the case with my parents.  Sometimes I’ll just be doing something – homework to relaxing, to reading – and my folks will come in asking me how I am.  I feel as though they invaded, so I snap at them, causing them to get their feelings hurt.  I feel bad, but sometimes I just need to be alone.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
A Poem - Anonymous

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my drawing on the refrigerator, and I wanted to draw another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and it wasn't even my birthday, and
 I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you become very angry and stay calm and "use your words", and I learned to do that, too.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give my clothes that didn't fit anymore to those less fortunate and I learned to reach out to others to help.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you read just for fun,
and I learned to love books and learning.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you fail and make mistakes, and I saw you keep doing your best and I learned perseverance.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked....and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

The times you impress are the times when you don't try. 

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