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Life Lessons from a 2nd Grade Classroom
Mindy Popp and her 2nd grade teacher
The new school year is just days away, and I often think about the possibilities ahead for our clients' personal, social and academic growth. I am reminded of how rich school communities are with opportunities to develop meaningful connections with peers and teachers.

Earlier in August, I visited Pittsburgh, my hometown. As a child, I attended a small private day school for kindergarten-5th grade. From 2nd grade on, there were just 6 students in my class. Teachers and students developed close bonds, and many of us are still in touch today. In the last year, I found my 2nd grade teacher on Facebook and we reconnected. Just a few weeks ago when I was in Pittsburgh, we saw each other for the 1st time since my last day of 2nd grade. Among other stories, Helene shared her memories of my 1st entrepreneurial venture, starting the Where's The Beef Club where we impersonated Clara Peller (famous for her Wendy's ads) and drew hamburgers of all shapes and sizes.

We laughed and caught each other up on where life has taken us since my days of drawing hamburgers in the Where's The Beef Club. The best part of all- it felt like a day had not passed since we last saw each other over 30 years ago.

Before I left for Pittsburgh, I told many of my rising seniors about my plans to reunite with my 2nd grade teacher. My wish for them, and for all my students, is that they too can one day write a story like I am writing now.

As the school year starts, be open to the possibility of friendships developing at any time and place. Make time to work hard at school and to work hard at developing connections in your school community.

Good luck and warm wishes to all of our families as we begin a new school year in the days ahead!

Mindy Popp
Founder and Principal Consultant
Popp & Associates
Fall College Fairs
Fall college fairs will be starting soon! Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to explore numerous schools
and learn more about the admission process firsthand from college representatives.

In addition, seniors should also make an effort to connect with admission officers who visit high schools in the fall. For more information about college visits at your high school, please see your school counselor.   
NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts college fairs throughout New England. Visit this website for the Fall 2017 schedule. Please note that college fairs begin in September.       

on October 3 at Waltham High School. Many colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.

Campus Pride will host a college fair on October 13 for LGBTQ and ally students and families at the State House in Boston.
All fairs are free and open to the public.
Please visit P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.  
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As we embark on a new school year, P&A encourages students to set personal and academic goals for the months ahead. Many clients aspire for a higher GPA and stronger SAT scores. Whether or not they attain their goals has less to do with IQ and more to do with grit. Angela Lee Duckworth defines grit as "passion and perseverance for very long-term goals." All students are capable of succeeding when they exemplify the qualities of grit. To learn more, check out this video and Angela Lee Duckworth's book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
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