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Embrace the Journey: Navigating Transitions as the School Year Ends

Hey there, awesome parents and students!

As the school year draws to a close at Cold Lake High School, it's natural to feel a mix of excitement and anxiety about the changes ahead. Whether you're a graduating senior preparing for the next chapter, a grade 11 student gearing up for your final year, or a grade 10 student reflecting on the past months, navigating these transitions can be challenging.

Here are some tips to help you manage the end-of-year transitions smoothly and confidently.

For Graduating Seniors

Celebrate Your Achievements:
Take time to acknowledge your hard work and the milestones you've reached. Whether it's through a small gathering with friends, a reflective journal entry, or a simple moment of self-recognition, celebrating your accomplishments is crucial.

Plan for the Future:
Ensure you have a clear plan for what comes next. Whether you're heading to college, entering the workforce, or taking a gap year, outline your goals and steps. Reach out to school counselors for any last-minute advice or resources.

Stay Connected:
Graduation doesn't mean saying goodbye forever. Keep in touch with friends, teachers, and mentors. These connections can provide support and networking opportunities in the future.

For Grade 11's entering their Senior Year

Reflect and Recharge:
Use the summer to reflect on your year. Identify what worked well and what didn't, both academically and personally. Recharge and prepare for the challenges of your senior year.

Get Ahead:
Consider starting your college applications, preparing for Provincial Diploma tests, or exploring career options. A head start can alleviate some of the stress that comes with senior year responsibilities.

Balance Work and Play:
While it's important to get ahead, don't forget to enjoy your summer. Balance your time between preparation and relaxation to return to school refreshed and motivated.

For Grade 10's entering Grade 11

Set Goals for Next Year:
Reflect on your experiences this year and set specific goals for the upcoming school year. Whether it's improving your grades, joining a new club, or developing better study habits, having clear objectives can guide your efforts.

Build Good Habits:
Use the summer to develop habits that will benefit you in the long run, such as reading regularly, staying organized, and managing your time effectively.

Explore Interests:
Summer is a great time to explore new hobbies or deepen existing interests. Whether it's through a summer camp, a new sport, or a creative project, pursuing your passions can be fulfilling and enriching.

Welcoming Our New Grade 10 Students

A special shoutout to our incoming Grade 10 students—welcome to Cold Lake High School! Transitioning to high school is an exciting time filled with new opportunities, challenges, and experiences. Here are some tips to help you start strong:

Get Involved:
Join clubs, sports teams, or other extracurricular activities. It's a fantastic way to meet new friends, explore interests, and feel more connected to the school community.

Stay Organized:
High school brings a new level of academic responsibility. Use a planner or digital calendar to keep track of assignments, tests, and important dates.

Seek Support:
Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Your teachers, school counselors, and older students are here to support you. Building a network of support early on can make a big difference.

Embrace the Experience:
Approach your high school years with an open mind and a positive attitude. Each year is an opportunity to learn, grow, and make lasting memories.

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General Tips for All Students

Stay Organized:
Keep track of important dates, deadlines, and tasks. A planner or digital calendar can help you stay on top of things and reduce stress.

Take Care of Yourself:
Mental and physical well-being are crucial during transitions. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and sufficient sleep. Don't hesitate to seek support if you need it.

Embrace Change:
Change is a natural part of life. Embrace it with an open mind and a positive attitude. Each transition brings new opportunities for growth and learning.

As we wrap up another school year at Cold Lake High School, remember that transitions, while challenging, are also times of growth and opportunity. Whether you're moving on to new adventures or preparing for another year at CLHS, take these tips to heart and make the most of this transition period. Have a fantastic summer, and we look forward to seeing many of you back in the fall!

Go Royals!


For more resources, check out the Preparing for Change page on the NLPS website.


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In May, we explored the wonders of self-care. Share your thoughts: How did the theme of *Self-Care* impact your family? We'd love to hear your feedback and ideas.

Connect with Our Student Advocacy Counsellors: We're Here to Help

Have questions or seeking guidance? Our Student Advocacy Counsellors are ready to assist. Contact Erin MacDonald or Kim Turchyn or call 780-639-0039. Let's navigate these transitions hand in hand!

June marks a new chapter filled with exciting opportunities. Let's embrace the journey with enthusiasm, and remember, we're here to support you every step of the way.

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