My Action Plan for College

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“Important Priorities: School Libraries, Community Partnerships and College Planning” by Ernest Minelli 

The citizens of Hull entrust our school leadership team to provide excellent educational opportunities for all of our students.  I am seeking a position on the Hull School Committee to advocate for essential educational priorities: school library staffing, college and career planning, parent and community involvement, safe and sustainable fields for our student-athletes, and the successful implementation of our "Hull Public Schools’ Strategic Plan: 2019-2025."

Hull's dedicated educators facilitate positive gains in our students' literacy development. Integrating professional library services district-wide would help to solidify these important learning connections.  Specifically, I envision the restoration of a school librarian position to serve the needs of the Jacobs School and the Memorial Middle School, based on input from our school principals regarding the best implementation of such an educational position.  Having professional library services for all three of our schools would enhance the positive literacy framework at each stage of child and adolescent development.  I would also promote an even closer working relationship with our Hull Public Library to offer enhanced programs and services to facilitate an even stronger confluence of library and literacy programs.

Community partnerships and outreach to our students' families represent excellent avenues for collaboration.  For example, I aim to raise awareness of "blue light" exposure, especially as our students navigate their learning via increasingly digitally-driven platforms.  I am currently organizing a future workshop that would feature a local eye-care doctor and a local pediatrician to educate students and parents about reasonable "screen time" usage, coupled with the promotion of consistent circadian rhythms for healthy child and adolescent sleep patterns.

Our schools have made positive advances in their college and career planning services.  Specifically, I support the continued implementation of enrichment opportunities at the Memorial Middle School, and of the Freshman Seminar program and related guidance support services at Hull High School.  Working in conjunction with fellow educators and town leaders, I would also make an active effort to attract even more college representatives to visit with our high school students and families through college-planning workshops and information sessions.  We could also utilize the school district's "mini-bus" to access important college and career planning events on the South Shore and in the Greater Boston area.

Congratulations are in order for the student-athletes of our community, as the new athletic playing surface at Finlayson Field will represent a renewed sense of stability regarding our program planning for high school and youth sports.  All of Hull's co-curricular activities serve to enrich the lives and the educational experiences of our students, and I enthusiastically support the wide variety of clubs and organizations that thrive in our public schools.

As a prospective Hull School Committee member, I would work in conjunction with our educational leadership team to set a positive tone, and to advocate for the needs of our students, families and educators.  We have an excellent opportunity to ensure a quality education for all of Hull's students.  I welcome your ideas:  ernie@post.harvard.edu 
“Important Priorities: School Libraries, Community Partnerships and College Planning” by Ernest Minelli 

The citizens of Hull entrust our school leadership team to provide excellent educational opportunities for all of our students.  I am seeking a position on the Hull School Committee to advocate for essential educational priorities: school library staffing, college and career planning, parent and community involvement, safe and sustainable fields for our student-athletes, and the successful implementation of our "Hull Public Schools’ Strategic Plan: 2019-2025."

Hull's dedicated educators facilitate positive gains in our students' literacy development. Integrating professional library services district-wide would help to solidify these important learning connections.  Specifically, I envision the restoration of a school librarian position to serve the needs of the Jacobs School and the Memorial Middle School, based on input from our school principals regarding the best implementation of such an educational position.  Having professional library services for all three of our schools would enhance the positive literacy framework at each stage of child and adolescent development.  I would also promote an even closer working relationship with our Hull Public Library to offer enhanced programs and services to facilitate an even stronger confluence of library and literacy programs.

Community partnerships and outreach to our students' families represent excellent avenues for collaboration.  For example, I aim to raise awareness of "blue light" exposure, especially as our students navigate their learning via increasingly digitally-driven platforms.  I am currently organizing a future workshop that would feature a local eye-care doctor and a local pediatrician to educate students and parents about reasonable "screen time" usage, coupled with the promotion of consistent circadian rhythms for healthy child and adolescent sleep patterns.

Our schools have made positive advances in their college and career planning services.  Specifically, I support the continued implementation of enrichment opportunities at the Memorial Middle School, and of the Freshman Seminar program and related guidance support services at Hull High School.  Working in conjunction with fellow educators and town leaders, I would also make an active effort to attract even more college representatives to visit with our high school students and families through college-planning workshops and information sessions.  We could also utilize the school district's "mini-bus" to access important college and career planning events on the South Shore and in the Greater Boston area.

Congratulations are in order for the student-athletes of our community, as the new athletic playing surface at Finlayson Field will represent a renewed sense of stability regarding our program planning for high school and youth sports.  All of Hull's co-curricular activities serve to enrich the lives and the educational experiences of our students, and I enthusiastically support the wide variety of clubs and organizations that thrive in our public schools.

As a prospective Hull School Committee member, I would work in conjunction with our educational leadership team to set a positive tone, and to advocate for the needs of our students, families and educators.  We have an excellent opportunity to ensure a quality education for all of Hull's students.  I welcome your ideas:  ernie@post.harvard.edu 
“Important Priorities: School Libraries, Community Partnerships and College Planning” by Ernest Minelli 

The citizens of Hull entrust our school leadership team to provide excellent educational opportunities for all of our students.  I am seeking a position on the Hull School Committee to advocate for essential educational priorities: school library staffing, college and career planning, parent and community involvement, safe and sustainable fields for our student-athletes, and the successful implementation of our "Hull Public Schools’ Strategic Plan: 2019-2025."

Hull's dedicated educators facilitate positive gains in our students' literacy development. Integrating professional library services district-wide would help to solidify these important learning connections.  Specifically, I envision the restoration of a school librarian position to serve the needs of the Jacobs School and the Memorial Middle School, based on input from our school principals regarding the best implementation of such an educational position.  Having professional library services for all three of our schools would enhance the positive literacy framework at each stage of child and adolescent development.  I would also promote an even closer working relationship with our Hull Public Library to offer enhanced programs and services to facilitate an even stronger confluence of library and literacy programs.

Community partnerships and outreach to our students' families represent excellent avenues for collaboration.  For example, I aim to raise awareness of "blue light" exposure, especially as our students navigate their learning via increasingly digitally-driven platforms.  I am currently organizing a future workshop that would feature a local eye-care doctor and a local pediatrician to educate students and parents about reasonable "screen time" usage, coupled with the promotion of consistent circadian rhythms for healthy child and adolescent sleep patterns.

Our schools have made positive advances in their college and career planning services.  Specifically, I support the continued implementation of enrichment opportunities at the Memorial Middle School, and of the Freshman Seminar program and related guidance support services at Hull High School.  Working in conjunction with fellow educators and town leaders, I would also make an active effort to attract even more college representatives to visit with our high school students and families through college-planning workshops and information sessions.  We could also utilize the school district's "mini-bus" to access important college and career planning events on the South Shore and in the Greater Boston area.

Congratulations are in order for the student-athletes of our community, as the new athletic playing surface at Finlayson Field will represent a renewed sense of stability regarding our program planning for high school and youth sports.  All of Hull's co-curricular activities serve to enrich the lives and the educational experiences of our students, and I enthusiastically support the wide variety of clubs and organizations that thrive in our public schools.

As a prospective Hull School Committee member, I would work in conjunction with our educational leadership team to set a positive tone, and to advocate for the needs of our students, families and educators.  We have an excellent opportunity to ensure a quality education for all of Hull's students.  I welcome your ideas:  ernie@postSeniors: essay drafts sent by October 26th @ 12 noon will read/reviewed by Oc

My Action Plan for College

 

Preparing for a Successful School Transition, September 2019

1.     Establish consistent daily times for your wake up and sleep schedules.

 

2.     Ensure that you have proper nutritional balance throughout the day.

 

3.     Utilize “optimal” times of day to do homework and long-term projects.

 

4.     Schedule academic milestones well in advance to ensure success.

 

5.     Read and perform all academic activities with proper lighting/seating.

 

6.     Limit time on phone & social media to a prescribed time of the day.

 

7.     In an open-seating classroom, try to sit as “front-and-center” as possible.

 

8.     Practice effective note-taking skills; review subject notes weekly.

 

9.     Read “professional” literature of interest to you each month.

 

Ernest Minelli, Founder, My Action Plan for College (508) 631-0936

 

ernest@mapforcollege.com     www.mapforcollege.com

Students,

 

Thank you once again for participating in our student support program!  Please let me know how your coursework is progressing, because “maintaining your academic house in good order” = priority number one for your near-term goals, so that you may then approach your long-term goals with confidence!

 

Thank you,

 

Ernest Minelli

ernest@mapforcollege.com

 

Important ideas for the 2019-2020 academic year include:

Our most current schedule may be found online:

 

www.mapforcollege.com

 

·        Please RSVP for class sessions, workshops, and events 5 days in advance.

·        Once an appointment is confirmed, you will receive a “calendar invite.”

·        Saturday test-prep classes = 2.5 hours (“peak” times) or 2 hours (otherwise)

·        Weekday test-preparation classes = 1.5 hours

·        Test-prep sessions consist of: practice section, analysis, skills, and strategies.

·        *Students: please take the initiative to schedule your own appointments! 

*The reason is that we are trying to develop the habit of pro-activity.  Parents are always included on the “cc” of each communication.  Parents also receive “calendar invites” for each appointment, so that they know what’s been confirmed.

My Action Plan for College, March 2020 Newsletter:


“Gimme 5” (529 Plans & College Savings)


Five years ago during his State of the Union Address to Congress, President Barack Obama proposed rolling back the tax exemption on earnings for 529 educational savings plans. The resulting grass-roots outcry against such a proposal caused a swift reversal from the Obama Administration. Lawmakers from both major political parties and educational advocacy groups united to protect an influential tax break with the potential for long-term social benefits.


Families that save systematically for their children’s long-range educational expenses should be applauded for their foresight. I fully acknowledge that my own pathway to higher education was paved with generous amounts of both merit-based and need-based financial aid, as well as low-interest student loans subsidized by the federal government. Thankfully, when college admissions decisions arrived, I advantageously compared offers from my top-choice schools without having to compromise based on financial aid concerns. This was both a reward for my academic performance in high school, as well as a commitment from the federal government to expand college access to a broader range of students across the socio-economic spectrum.


Now that I am an educated professional, my two children have their own 529 educational savings plans, to which I contribute regularly. By investing in their future educational goals, I hope to gain the benefits of tax-exempt interest that will be advantageous in terms of providing my daughters with more flexibility when they start their respective college careers. I am grateful that my children will likely qualify for a lower percentage of need-based financial aid than I did. Contributing to my children’s 529 educational savings plans represents an affirmative effort to advance their educational opportunities. Millions of families nationwide make the same long-term, small sacrifices with each paycheck to “pay it forward” and help their children. Every dollar that I save for my own children represents another dollar that the federal government will have available to fund a student who truly needs assistance; that dollar could then be used to help qualified students to expand their own pathways to college through federal aid & student loans.


According to the College Savings Foundation, approximately 10 percent of 529 accounts are held by families earning less than $50,000 per year; more than 70 percent of 529 accounts are held by families earning less than $150,000 annually. Thus, a great cross-section of families fund such educational savings plans for their children. Such a “rising tide” of family-funded monies will allow those students who truly deserve federal financial aid to receive appropriate funding that will open the doors for their own college experiences, thus “lifting all boats.”


  • We are happy to discuss beneficial strategies for financing your children’s educational goals; such dialogue represents an essential element of the college application process.


Ernest Minelli                     ernest@mapforcollege.com           (508) 631-0936 and (781) 925-0121