Halstrom Blog

  • 6 Effective College Application Essay Tips

    6 Effective College Application Essay Tips

    Date
    10/3/17

    At Halstrom Academy, we work on preparing our middle and high school students both academically and socially. We also believe in preparing our students for their lives beyond Halstrom so we offer college prep.

  • Growth mindset: Introducing Mindshift

    Growth mindset: Introducing Mindshift

    Date
    9/7/17

    Have you ever thought of trying something new but then changed your mind because you were afraid that you would not be good at it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

  • Relieve Anxiety to Beat Back-to-School Blues

    Relieve Anxiety to Beat Back-to-School Blues

    Date
    9/5/17

    Going back to school does not have to be a dreaded ordeal. Many times, a student feels apprehensive towards a new school year because it is an "unknown." By relieving some common anxieties, your student can look forward to another school year with confidence.

  • NEliminating Bullying Concerns for Parents

    Eliminating Bullying Concerns for Parents

    Date
    8/29/17

    Bullying can have a lasting effect on an adolescent’s life. People who were bullied during their childhood or adolescence often report carrying the effects with them into their adulthood.

  • Developing Great Homework and Study Habits

    Developing Great Homework and Study Habits

    Date
    8/21/17

    This year, your schedule is going to be different. You'll spend less time fighting with your child over homework and more time actually getting it done. Your child won't miss homework assignments anymore, and if they have a test coming up, they'll study. Sound familiar?

  • Back to School: Do's and Don'ts

    Back to School: Do's and Don'ts

    Date
    8/18/17

    It's time to sharpen those pencils and hit the books for another school year. As students are getting new clothes, backpacks and supplies, it can be such a busy time of year that we forget what we need to be focused on to start the new school year off right!

  • A Positive Change: Two Reasons To Change Schools

    A Positive Change: Two Reasons To Change Schools

    Date
    8/14/17

    Often, we tell ourselves to “stick it out” during difficult situations. We silently hope it will get better. However, a parent should not take this attitude toward their child’s education. If your child is not doing well academically, it may be time to consider changing schools.

  • BULLYING AND CYBER-BULLYING

    BULLYING AND CYBER-BULLYING

    Date
    8/14/17

    Some people think that bullying is a “rite of passage” or just don’t take it seriously. It’s not! Bullying affects many kids and its consequences last a lifetime for both the bully and the bullied.

  • Benefits of Alternative Schools

    Benefits of Alternative Schools

    Date
    8/10/17

    For those who are unfamiliar with its definition, the term “alternative school” can be a confusing one. It does not specifically explain what kind of institution a school is, but seemingly only what it is not. It may help to know that the term “alternative schools” covers a broad range rather than one specific category.

  • Helping Students with ADD/ADHD

    Helping Students with ADD/ADHD

    Date
    8/07/17

    With ADD and ADHD on the rise in school-aged children, many parents find themselves at a loss. Students with ADD or ADHD often have difficulties remembering homework or school rules, which can result in a student of otherwise great skill and intelligence unnecessarily falling behind in a class of 20 or 30 students.

  • A Growth Mindset Helps Close the Gender Gap

    A Growth Mindset Helps Close the Gender Gap

    Date
    8/02/17

    In math and science, female students trail behind their male peers. It starts as early as Kindergarten and proliferates through elementary school, according to a study published by AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

  • How to Teach Your Teen Time Management

    How to Teach Your Teen Time Management

    Date
    7/31/17

    Transitioning to high school is an exciting and somewhat intimidating experience for teens. Not only will they be in a new school, but they will also meet new people, have more work assigned, and experience more social pressures from their peer group.

  • Tutoring--What's Right for Your Child?

    Tutoring--What's Right for Your Child?

    Date
    7/26/17

    Tutoring is unique to each individual. All students learn differently, however, textbooks and teachers alike are usually using the same method to teach classrooms full of students year after year.

  • Flexible Scheduling: It Works All The Way Around!

    Flexible Scheduling: It Works All The Way Around!

    Date
    7/24/17

    The plan? For things to run like the proverbial finely oiled machine, of course! And it's completely possible, if you are constantly on top of everyone's schedules. All. The. Time.

  • Tips to Help Teens Transition to High School

    Tips to Help Teens Transition to High School

    Date
    7/20/17

    It's only one year, but it's an important one. The year that teens transition from middle school to high school feels momentous. As they face an unknown future, teens find that even small worries keep them up at night.

  • A Fresh Start for Teens Struggling with Confidence

    A Fresh Start for Teens Struggling with Confidence

    Date
    7/17/17

    It is not at all uncommon for teenagers to experience some blows to their confidence and self-assurance while growing up, but if your child's academic performance is suffering, it could be time to help them reset their outlook.

  • About That Homework - Is It Making The Grade?

    About That Homework - Is It Making The Grade?

    Date
    7/13/17

    Numerous studies state that homework (other than completing tasks not finished at school) has no benefit for elementary aged children. But what about for your older child? Does it serve a purpose for your child in middle school? The prognosis is doubtful, at best.

  • Benefits of 1:1 Education for Students with Tourette's

    Benefits of 1:1 Education for Students with Tourette's

    Date
    7/11/17

    If your child has recently been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome (TS), you might be feeling overwhelmed. You're likely still learning about your child's symptoms and possible steps you might take to minimize stress and triggers for your child.

  • Navigating the Tricky Transition to Middle School

    Navigating the Tricky Transition to Middle School

    Date
    7/06/17

    The difference between elementary and middle school is immense. For many preteens, it marks the departure from small, learner-focused classrooms and the introduction of busy hallways, piles of homework, and amplified social pressure.

  • Growth Mindset: We Start the Trend

    Growth Mindset: We Start the Trend

    Date
    6/27/17

    All of us approach our life and work from a perspective that we call mindset. Whether we demonstrate a fixed mindset or growth mindset will go a long way toward shaping how we handle life's challenges.

  • Why Learn Digital Media Skills?

    Why Learn Digital Media Skills?

    Date
    6/15/17

    The world is changing faster than ever. Students graduating today are embarking on careers that didn't exist a few years ago. At Halstrom Academy, we know we are preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet.

  • Bully Free Zone: Finding the Right School

    Bully Free Zone: Finding the Right School

    Date
    6/13/17

    School can become difficult as the years go on, with the curriculum advancing every year, as well as the additional school work and homework. And on top of those challenges, sometimes the social environment changes and bullying can arise.

  • Why You Should Take A Contemporary Photography Class This Summer

    Ordinary into extraordinary

    Date
    5/22/17

    We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.

  • Why You Should Take A Contemporary Photography Class This Summer

    College Compass: Making the Most of Summer

    Date
    5/19/17

    Summer is often a much-needed break from all things academic. But as students get closer to applying to college, the school year, as well as the summer, can become a very confusing and stressful time.

  • Teaching To The Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

    Exploratory Science - Take Your Summer to the Next Level

    Date
    5/9/17

    No one necessarily wants to be inside a classroom during the summer. But how about a summer course that adventures outside the classroom so your kids can learn something new, build their portfolio for college, earn some credits, and have lots of fun doing it?

  • Teaching To The Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

    How Robotics Courses Cover All Aspects of STEM

    Date
    5/4/17

    One of the most prominent education initiatives today is that of STEM. STEM seeks to emphasize the increasingly important subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

  • How To Spread Optimism at School

    How To Spread Optimism at School

    Date
    5/2/17

    Negativity is a common problem in middle and high school and it is one that can be hard to combat. Many students get burned out, don't enjoy school, become disengaged, or just plain discouraged.

  • Teaching To The Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

    Teaching To The Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

    Date
    5/2/17

    “Teaching to the middle” is a widely used characterization of a teacher’s efforts in a classroom environment. Sadly, this notion has taken on a negative connotation rather than a positive one.

  • Tips to Help Stay Organized in School

    Tips to Help Stay Organized in School

    Date
    4/27/17

    Sometimes, children struggle in school because of one of the most challenging aspects of schoolwork: organization. After only a few weeks of school students' backpacks can become stuffed full of random papers and assignments from all the different classes taken.

  • Benefits of Summer School

    Benefits of Summer School

    Date
    4/17/17

    You might be ready for some fun in the sun this summer, but make sure you don’t fall victim to summer learning loss!

  • Bullying: When Is It Time to Change Schools?

    Bullying: When Is It Time to Change Schools?

    Date
    4/11/17

    If your child is a victim of bullying, you may feel at a loss for what to do. Should you wait it out or take more aggressive action? Many kids experience bullying at...

  • Benefits of Schoolwork

    Benefits of Schoolwork

    Date
    4/10/17

    School is mandatory. With school, comes a lot of homework, right? In most cases, that is correct. However, there is another way. Could a student...

  • Preparing for College

    Preparing for College

    Date
    3/16/17

    Preparing, for college can be very stressful and Halstrom Academy is here to prepare you as well as support you through this process. You must take...

  • Choosing Your Classes

    Choosing Your Classes

    Date
    3/15/17

    Picking classes is an important part of going to high school. Those classes will influence which path a student will take in academia. Students need to...

  • Picking a College

    Picking a College

    Date
    3/3/17

    Picking a college is an exciting and scary experience. There are many questions going through every student’s head. That is the case...

  • Learning Differences

    Learning Differences

    Date
    2/27/17

    Learning Differences affect millions of children in the United States. Fortunately, with the right understanding and...

  • The Story of Billy

    The Story of Billy

    Date
    2/9/17

    The most hated thing about school is homework. But one must live with it, right? Maybe not. The debate on how much homework....

  • The 4 Best Practices for Getting Into College

    The 4 Best Practices for Getting Into College

    Date
    1/31/17

    You want your child to be as successful as possible in life--and in their teen years, that means successfully getting into a great college. Figuring out how to make....

  • Small Campus Community

    Small Campus Community

    Date
    1/19/17

    One of the most frequently expressed concerns I hear from incoming families is fear for their student’s social life....

  • This New Year, Resolve to Give Your Teen a Fresh Start

    This New Year, Resolve to Give Your Teen a Fresh Start

    Date
    1/5/17

    Is your teen struggling academically? Or is he having difficulty maintaining positive relationships with peers and teachers? Many teens feel alone in their school challenges but research shows that the majority of high school students...

  • The Benefits of Alternative Schools Vs. Traditional Schools

    The Benefits of Alternative Schools Vs. Traditional Schools

    Date
    1/3/17

    Making the decision to place your child into an alternative school can be stressful. Will it be too hard on your child? Will the new school meet your child's needs? What will the long-term effects of an education provided...

  • 3 Tips for Helping Struggling Students

    3 Tips for Helping Struggling Students

    Date
    12/20/2016

    When a child starts struggling in school, it can be a blow to more than just their academic performance. Many students also take a substantial hit to their self-esteem--and it can lead to a vicious cycle that makes it difficult for them to get back on top again.

  • 3 Ways to Help Your Student Cope with School Stress and the Holidays

    3 Ways to Help Your Student Cope with School Stress and the Holidays

    Date
    12/15/2016

    We know how stressed students are this time of year, between studying for finals, music recitals, sports, holiday parties, and more. To add to this stress, the excitement and anxiety of the holidays, can cause students to panic. The good news is there are several ways for students to cope...

  • 4 Study Techniques and Skills to Help Your Child Succeed at School

    4 Study Techniques and Skills to Help Your Child Succeed at School

    Date
    12/13/2016

    According to a study by the International Center for Academic Integrity, 68% of college students confess to cheating on written assignments or tests. While the report may not address why these students cheat, one can only guess that some of it stems from poor planning and a lack of good study skills.

  • Tips to Identify the Holiday Blues and Help your Teen Get Through it

    Tips to Identify the Holiday Blues and Help your Teen Get Through it

    Date
    12/8/2016

    It's the most wonderful time of the year.. or is it? Unfortunately, not for everyone. With the corporate mainstream pushing the holidays on us starting in October nowadays, enormous expectations loom for those picture perfect family gatherings bursting with holiday cheer. For some, the hype only makes them feel worse.

  • Three Advantages of Keeping School at School

    Three Advantages of Keeping School at School

    Date
    12/6/2016

    The war on homework has been slowly making its way across the country. While many parents and teachers are fighting for the enormous workload put on our children in hopes of improving test scores and preparing children for the future, many more are noticing the negative mental and physical effects these hours upon hours of homework have had on their students and children.

  • Calling All Homeschoolers! Homeschool Help, Finding a Partner in Education

    Calling All Homeschoolers! Homeschool Help, Finding a Partner in Education

    Date
    12/1/2016

    According to the Washington Post, "approximately 1.8 million U.S. children were home-schooled in 2012." That's twice the number of children homeschooled in 1999. A study by the National Center for Education Statistics reports that 91% of parents cite worries about their school's environment as their reason for homeschooling.

  • Benefits of 1:1 Education: Learn the Way You Learn Best

    Benefits of 1:1 Education: Learn the Way You Learn Best

    Date
    11/29/2016

    You have probably encountered a situation where a friend grasps a concept right away, and it just does not make sense to you. Then someone explains it to you in a different way, and things suddenly click. The reason for this is that people learn in different ways.

  • Positive Engagement and Other Benefits of 1:1 Education

    Positive Engagement and Other Benefits of 1:1 Education

    Date
    11/21/2016

    The traditional school model has failed too many of our children. Classrooms chock full of students attempting to learn from a single instructor cultivate an environment where limited engagement and infinite distractions are ubiquitous.

  • Stress in Today’s World: Implications for Students and Families

    Stress in Today’s World: Implications for Students and Families

    Date
    3/14/2016

    By: Dr. Brentar
    In today’s fast-paced, achievement-oriented world, many researchers have focused on the deleterious effects of stress. Whether we like to admit it or not, stress is a part of all of our daily lives and we have grown to understand the direct relationship between stress and...

  • Transitioning to College Successfully

    Transitioning to College Successfully

    Date
    1/7/2016

    By: Dr. Crystal Lee
    Transitioning from high school to college can sometimes feel like a precarious leap, instead of the manageable next step in the journey to independence. Oftentimes, students who are successful in high school find the transition to college to be a challenge because.....

  • Athletic Performance, A Holistic Approach

    You just got your PSAT scores, so now what?

    Date
    1/5/2016

    By: Colleen Boucher
    Starting in sophomore year, high school students will typically begin the process of preparing for and taking standardized college admissions tests, like the SAT and ACT. Many schools offer 10th graders the opportunity to take the PSAT which can be a great, low-pressure way for students to start.....

  • Athletic Performance, A Holistic Approach

    Athletic Performance, A Holistic Approach

    Date
    11/18/2015

    By: Mary Paulson
    Mary Paulson is a LPGA Class A Coaching Professional privately coaching competitive amateur and professional golfers since 2008. She is a certified AFPA Personal Trainer & Sports Conditioning Specialist; a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Expert Lev 3; and…

  • BULLIES: THE UGLY TRUTH

    Bullies: The Ugly Truth

    Date
    10/27/2015

    By: Adam Grindlinger
    The end of summer and the beginning of fall has several meanings to children and their parents. This time of year may mean back to school shopping, homework, the anticipation of new teachers and friends, transitioning into new…

  • HOW STRESS AFFECTS LEARNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    How Stress Affects Learning for High School Students

    Date
    10/13/2015

    By: Kristine Tye, M.A. License Marriage and Family Therapist
    High school brings many opportunities to feel both joy and frustration. Stress affects learning for high school students and can have both an immediate and long-term negative impact. Not all stress is clearly…

  • TEEN SELF-ESTEEM AND RESILIENCE

    Teen Self-Esteem and Resilience

    Date
    10/2/2015

    By: Bette Levy Alkazian, LMFT, BCPC
    The teen years are so complicated these days. Our kids’ heads are spinning from all that they do and all that they have to monitor on social media and we parents have no idea about…

  • HALSTROM ACADEMY: “BE DIFFERENT” WITH DEVIN C. HUGHES

    Halstrom Academy: “Be Different” with Devin C. Hughes

    Date
    2/17/2015

    Halstrom Academy is leading the way in education and is thrilled to welcome renowned speaker and author Devin C. Hughes to our campuses. Devin will be speaking on tough subjects such as learning differences, bullying and much more. Both parents…

  • SMALLER CLASS SIZES MATTER

    Smaller Class Sizes Matter

    Date
    2/4/2015

    It takes a special type of person to be a teacher. The majority of teachers are passionate, committed and genuinely care about the well-being of your student. Distracted, frazzled and overwhelmed are a few words that can also describe the…