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2020 PALS 9

End-of-Program Survey

PALS 9 Students, thanks to those who answered questions about the PALS Summer experience this July and ideas for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you did not have a chance to complete the survey before it closed, and would like to, please email PALS@andover.edu.


PALS 9 Families
, thanks to those who shared their observations of their students working through PALS in July and ideas for supporting them in the 2020-2021 school year.

If you did not have a chance to complete the survey before it closed, and would like to, please email PALS@andover.edu.

We appreciate your feedback!

Advice for 9th graders!

Watch the video and click the button below for some wonderful advice from current high school students and graduates.

Advice for Ninth Graders

High School Transition and Vocabulary

What is a GPA? How is rank determined? What's on your high school transcript?

Watch the video below for answers to these questions as well as tips for making a smooth transition to 9th grade!

PALS 9 Video: High School Transition and Vocabulary

Weekly Email Updates from the PALS Summer Program

Getting Started with PALS 9 Summer 2020
  • Read through the welcome letter and this proposed schedule
  • Put on your PALS t-shirt and get excited!
  • Send an email to PALS@andover.edu to confirm that you have received your package in the mail!

Week 1: July 6-10

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens, by Jennie Marie Battistin:

  • Introduction (p. viii-ix) & How to Use This Journal (p. x)
  • Chapter 1 - Here and Now (p. 1-40)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens & A Self-Guided Workbook for Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey:

  • Text: Who Am I? & Introduction (p. xv-xvii)
  • Text: Part I - The Set-up (p. 3-28)
  • Workbook: Part I - The Set-up (p. 4-19)
  • Read the weekly email update from PALS Summer
  • Send a picture of yourself reading, listening along, or journaling to PALS@andover.edu (extra credit: wear your PALS t-shirt!)

Week 2: July 13-17

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens, by Jennie Marie Battistin:

  • Chapter 2 - The Story I Tell Myself (p. 43-73)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens & A Self-Guided Workbook for Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey:

  • Text: Part II - The Private Victory (p. 29-128)
  • Workbook: Part II - The Private Victory (p. 20-49)
  • Read the weekly email update from PALS Summer
  • Send an email to PALS@andover.edu answering the following questions:
    • What is one thing you have learned so far in PALS 9?
    • What do you still want to learn more about?

Week 3: July 20-24

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens, by Jennie Marie Battistin:

  • Chapter 3 - Dealing with Difficulties (p. 75-103)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens & A Self-Guided Workbook for Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey:

  • Text: Part III - The Public Victory (p. 129-202)
  • Workbook: Part III - The Public Victory (p. 50-73)
  • Read the weekly email update from PALS Summer
  • What's on your mind? Send any questions or thoughts about the work you are doing to PALS@andover.edu

Week 4: July 27-31

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens, by Jennie Marie Battistin:

  • Chapter 4 - Letting in the Light (p. 105-132)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens & A Self-Guided Workbook for Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey:

  • Text: Part IV - Renewal (p. 203-245)
  • Workbook: Part IV - Renewal (p. 74-87)
  • Read the weekly email update from PALS Summer
  • Take the online end-of PALS Summer survey (to be emailed to you this week)
  • Send a video or written response to PALS@andover.edu answering the following questions:
    • How has PALS 9 enriched your summer break?
    • In what ways do you feel better prepared to succeed in Grade 9 and beyond?
    • What was your favorite part about PALS 9 and why?