Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday that the final school bell rang and students eagerly raced for the door to begin their much awaited break. Fast forward a couple of months and it’s time to begin another school year? Just walk through any major retail store and advertisements, school clothes and other back-to-school essentials line the shelves reminding us that 2013-14 is awaiting its debut. Sure – the newness a school year brings is fun, but other than material items, what things does a teen need to have a successful term? To answer that question I turned to some “experts” – a middle school student, a high school student, a parent, and an educator. I asked all of them the same simple question: “What advice would you give to a teen about how to have a successful school year?”

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