DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 284
November 21, 2008
Patricia I. Wright
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Distribution of Free Student Guides to r u ready?: Life After High School (2009 Edition)
are pleased to notify you that the new, updated r u ready? (2009
Edition) magazine will be sent in late-November to school counseling
specialists in all
publication emphasizes the importance of preparing now for pathways to success
and is designed to provide information for students with a variety of post-high
school goals, whether the choices are to enter the job market following high
school or to continue formal education. Regardless
of their career goal, all students will benefit from resources available in
This edition of r u ready?, which should appeal to teenagers, will provide sound, up-to-date information about the importance of making wise decisions about careers and continuing education. The publication includes a letter of endorsement from Governor Kaine emphasizing the need to plan now for life after high school. The primary message the guide provides to students is that the next stage of life happens whether you are ready or not. The publication was developed by Virginia Business Magazine, an affiliate of Media General, in cooperation with the Department of Education.
We are requesting that r u ready? be presented formally to students rather than just distributing copies to them. This could be accomplished through an academic or career and technical education course or by offering instruction as an extracurricular activity in cooperation with business/industry and continuing education partners. Both the student and teacher guides reinforce selected Standards of Learning.
As you may know, r u ready? is part of a series, including the teacher's guide, ready or not, and a parent's brochure. The updated parent's brochure will be delivered to 8th grade parents by January. School personnel will be notified how to obtain additional copies of all these resources, including requested copies for students other than high school juniors.
If you have questions concerning any of the products in the series or need additional information, please contact Elizabeth Russell, director for career and technical education, via e-mail at Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804)225-2051. We hope this information will help you and your staff prepare your students for life after high school.