Class Reunion

Organizing a Class Reunion

Class Reunion – School reunions are usually fun but sometimes it can be a nightmare as well. Everyone is sad to see each other again, but there are a lot of problems that can come up, and it is essential that you prepare a list of possible problems yourself so that you can work out which are most likely and precisely what you need to do to solve them.

The most important thing to remember is that it is not a case of you having to get together and talk about how terribly awkward you felt when you graduated. Most people will be far more concerned about how well you are doing than how far away you are. All of the pursuals in school would already be aware of these hurdles, so as long as you are aware of them you can handle them.

It will be exceptional if you can garner some help from your classmates, but ultimately you will be responsible for juggling between your time, your resources, and your relationships. Be aware that other commitments may interfere with your time available to you, but if you can figure out a way to make it work you will be rewarded with the help you need to succeed.

Here are a few ideas to get you started. First, use the time you each have for studying to form cliques. Find out who is most likely to form their group. Talk to each of your friends and get their input. From there form a outline of how you want your group to look: what size it is, what activities are included, who is responsible for which activities, etc. Studying groups are made up of people who have similar interests, vision, and personalities. Therefore, your group will be most likely to include people who you already know and who have already done the things that you want to do.

Secondly, you need to draw up a list of resources. Read the newspaper and see what stories are relevant to your concerns, read the classifieds/advertisements, and talk to other parents. This is where your school spirit will be piqued.

Lastly, you need to make a viable plan of attack. Not every school has a program that is perfect for your situation. Therefore, you need to figure out how you are going to take control of this school year and make it something that is truly special to you. You cannot afford to just enroll your kids in whatever is at the top of the list for schools. The list you draw up, although verbal, should contain specific territories and concerns that you want your kids involved in. Therefore, schools that are on the pro’s and con’s of public school rankings would be good options. Public school rankings are not useless, but need to be taken with a grain of salt. They can be a good way to guide you and help you plan your move.

Rankings can be a meaningless process if you do not understand what it is you want out of the school in general. A lot of people look at the school and don’t really know the quality of education being offered. Rankings can also guide you to the best school for your money, but this should be taken into consideration before you finalize the move.

People move schools all the time. Whether you are trying to move an entire district or just move your child to a new school, there are lots of people that would be willing to help you out. Talk to the school’s principal or a guidance counselor. As a parent your role should be to listen to the advice of these people and try to use them when all else fails. I had a principal tell me not to get my child enrolled until he was taken through a grueling paper trail of tests, interviews, and paperwork. Believe me, he didn’t waste any time or money on that whim. Listen to what the schools are offering your children. Of course you can have a child’s advocate, a lawyer, or even a welfare enforcement officer to help you evaluate the school and weigh the pros and cons.

I moved my kids from district 19 to district 32 because our children were receiving a better education in the former district. We had several local families suggest to us that we consider going from one school to the next in order to evaluate them. Let me tell you, that’s a terrible idea. You’re putting a huge amount of children into potentially competitive environments. Even if they are all performing well, there is a good chance that someone will fall behind. I would rather they take a rigorous course and build up their skills and talents or spend time working with an after school program that will help them have a successful transition to the next grade level.