A Letter To My Future Students

A Letter To My Future Students

I already love you.
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Dear future students:

Hello, it's your teacher, Ms. Rasch. I cannot wait to meet all of you on the first day of my teaching career. I am so excited to see where the journey of literature and your education will take you. Hopefully, you find some things that really stick along the way.

I know that you may have some nerves about me as a teacher, and I have the same feelings about you. You are some of the brightest young minds I have ever met. Trust me, I haven't even met you yet and I know that you guys are capable of so much more than you think.

Along the way, there will be some occasional road blocks. However, it is my job as a teacher to show you that while those road bumps may be scary, through the power of teamwork, we will get through it together. I also want you to know that it is not just my job, it's my passion to teach. I hope to instill a great deal of passion in you all, and know that you have the potential to discover your passion.

I know that it is high school and you are involved. I totally understand wanting an extension on a paper or an extra day to do your homework. But please respect my concern when I as your teacher have to implement certain rules. I promise you, it is only to better your educational career.

Sometimes, there will be work that will seem pointless. I know that things may not g your way in terms of academics. You can conquer anything that you put your mind to.

Occasionally you may find yourself wondering why you are doing. Know that I am a constant resource and have your back one hundred percent. If you ever need things, like someone to go to for advice, I am always here. Even if my hearing is only out of one ear, I can hear you out. (I'm punny, I know.)

There will be times when you think that I give you "too much work." It's not that it's too much, it's that I know what you are capable of. Each and every one of you has the potential to be great, and as your teacher, I only hope to help you discover that potential.

I want you to know that I want the lessons you learn from me to apply to your everyday life. In my time as a student, the best teachers were the ones that taught me lessons that applied out of the classroom.

I hope that I am the teacher that many of you fondly remember as you grow up and out of high school. Who knows, one day you too could follow in my footsteps and impact a future generation on a daily basis.

At times, it may seem like we won't get through it, but after a thunderstorm, there is a rainbow. Keep your eye on the rainbow and the ultimate prize and you will make it through.

I can't wait to impact your life,

Ms. Rasch

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Hardships Boosting Chances At College

The conditions of where you live, poverty rate, and rent versus home can determine if you get accepted into colleges and universities, alongside SAT scores and other factors.

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Starting next year, another factor will be in consideration for high school graduating students when it comes to that college acceptance letter.

The Environmental Context Dashboard is a new scoring system where colleges and universities will have the option to consider a students living situation when determining their acceptance. According to Q13 Fox News, their segment on the issue done at the University of Washington Tacoma campus reveled the scoring system will be on a scale of one to 100 where the higher the number, the more difficulties that environment is for that student to live in.

College Board, a non-profit organization that "connects students to college success and opportunity" that was founded in 1900 to "expand access to higher education" has created the Environmental Context Dashboard as "a new admissions tool that allows colleges to incorporate context into their admissions process in a data-driven, consistent way".

This will not only include SAT scores in the context of 25th, 50th and 75th percentile from the high school, but it will also look into the context of the student's neighborhood and high school. In this context it will look at "typical family income, family structure, educational attainment, housing stability, and crime."

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It will also look into the information of the high school, "Including AP opportunity at the high school" which will show the "number of AP Exams taken" and "average AP score" along with "percentage of students who meet federal eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price lunch; rurality/urbanicity; and senior class size."


However, even though all this information is going to be gathered, according to Q13 Fox News, College Wise Counselor Tom Barry said "The reality is no admissions decision is open to the public; I've sat in those committee rooms. There is a lot of debate, there is a lot of crying, there is a lot of yelling; it is a contentious time...Colleges will get to do what they want with this number, including ignore it."

Q13 Fox News also stated that "students and schools were not able to see the numbers they were assigned in the dashboard, only college admissions officers saw that data. But the College Board says they are looking into ways to possibly make it available for families."

Showing the data of a student's neighborhood, crime rates, poverty levels and family structures will being giving colleges and universities intimate knowledge of not just the students academic standing such as graduating GPA, honors received, etc., but will allow the school to make assumptions based on the data. For example, if it is a lower-income neighborhood, they can assume the student will have less money and therefore need more financial aid than other students.

While this is intended for colleges and universities to have more information to give kids who have "environmental struggles" a better chance at gaining admission, it could also allow colleges and universities to discriminate against those in certain types of environments by seeing which areas have higher income and less crime activity and allowing them to choose selectively. It can also take away opportunities from those who come from families who have a high enough income to where they don't receive financial aid but can't afford to pay for college out of pocket.

It shouldn't matter where a student comes from or what their neighborhoods are like. The determination of admission to a college or university should be based on academic merit, just like it has been. But with 50 colleges already using the data in a pilot program, including the University of Washington Seattle campus, it looks like where you come from will become just as important as you academic standing.

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