Quality Planners donates to Hempstead School District

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Dear Mr. Fischer,

On behalf of the Hempstead Union Free School District, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your donation of 11oo Student Planners for our AGS Middle School students.

The donation of the planners will promote students’ academic success by facilitating time management and promote character building.  Once again, thank you for your willingness and efforts to support our school district and our students’ academic accomplishments.


Susan Johnson

Superintendent of Schools

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Quality Planners Donates Planners to LI Mentoring

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Dear Dan,

Thank you very much for the generous donation of 600 planners.

Some mentoring programs have mentors and mentees use them together to begin to be better focused on school.  Other programs use them for the students who had not a great progress report as an encouragement to drill down and focus.

And there are many other uses!  Please know that every planner will be put to good use.

We’ll give you a brief report about where they ended up once we see who takes them.

Thank you again for your support.

Best regards –

Jean Lahage Cohen
Executive Director
Mentoring Partnership of New York and Long Island
150 Motor Parkway, Suite 90, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Change YOUR life.  Be a mentor!

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Completing a Long-term Assignment

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

It takes a long time to learn how to think “long-term”!

At QualityPlanners.com all of our student planners, from primary through college, start from a foundation that planning is vital – and that planning can be learned.  All of the student planners include generous organizational and calendar features, from day to day to monthly.

In our High School student planner, we have also included a useful guide to help high school students with the type of lengthy assignment that they’ll face in high school, college and the workplace.  This guide outlines nine essential steps in the process for successfully completing a long-term assignment.  The steps encompass outline, research, note taking, information gathering, writing a rough draft, proofreading, final draft, bibliography and preparation of visual aids.

More than a checklist, a guide to completing a long-term assignment

It’s more than a checklist, however. A grid accompanies the steps with room to note start date, estimated time needed and completion of steps.  At-a-glance, a high school finding this feature in his or her high school student planner has a comprehensive framework for planning and completing a long-term assignment in a thorough fashion.Seeing the steps laid out, with time and dates, a student can slowly gain an appreciation for the necessity (and rewards) or thinking “long term.”  With so many voices urging immediate gratification, this guide for handling a long-term assignment provides a healthy alternative to pressures to surrender to impulse and see school in terms of short-term horizons.

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Cyber Insecurity

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A day doesn’t go by without some news of cyber “insecurity.”   Either data (or an identity) has been stolen or there’s a predator preying on the unsuspecting. While everyone is vulnerable to such attacks, children are the most susceptible. Some become unwitting accomplices in their own victimization.

At QualityPlanners.com we believe that all of our student planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, and high school student planners provide more than tools students need for academic success. In the name of online safety, we have begun adding features to our student planners that help students navigate the potentially hazardous realm of the internet.  Our student planners, for example, offer concise and practical steps to avoid the most common pitfalls of using the internet.

Basic online safety and helpful reminders

There are reminders about General Safety Rules, such as protecting user names and passwords, refusing to provide personal information and taking care not to download or install possibly harmful software.  We also provide guidance on proper – and safe – email use and care when using social media.  There are even basic reminders to “back up” documents and work online – a habit that can never be reinforced enough!

Our online experience is only going to grow and become more complex.  The sooner students learn the rules to be safe, the better protected they’ll be. Our guides are there to help.

Be sure to check out our new fact filled videos on our home page, QualityPlanners.com.

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Anti-Bullying Video

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

All of our planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, and high school student planners provide a feature  on bullying – an issue that dramatically affects the lives of many students.

Now, in addition to our regular text, we’re proud to release a new video on the subject of bullying via our brand Plannee.  We know that some students (as well as parents and teachers) appreciate receiving information in video form, so we’re turning to that medium in an effort to increase outreach. If we can communicate to more students about bullying via a video, we’ll feel we have made a contribution to this ongoing discussion about this critical issue.

You can view all of our brief, fact filled videos on our home page, QualityPlanners.com

A starting point for discussion on bullying and anti-bullying strategies

Our anti-bullying video is designed to provide a quick introduction to the subject of bullying in less than 1 minute. The theme is a simple one: the world should be a “bully free” place and a “bully free” environment is a great place to be. In short, we want to stress the message that bullying is not normal and should never be accepted or tolerated.  While the issue of bullying (and being bullied) is very complex, we decided to emphasize one key aspect of bullying, pointing out that, in whatever form, bullies are those who abuse power over others.  It’s important that power, in itself, isn’t the issue or the problem: it is abuse of power, and most often in school situations that means size and physical strength.

Offering one recommendation

The literature on bullying is very complex, so we decided to offer one simple recommendation to everyone about bullying, whether as the target of a bully or a witness. That simple recommendation: be a friend and stick together. Many experts note that bullies are far more likely to isolate their targets. Being a friend, sticking together, can discourage a bully from picking on an individual. The video offers a very straight forward perspective, and we hope its very simplicity can prompt thought and discussion among al those involved.

We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to your feedback and comments.

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Healthy Eating Video

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

At QualityPlanners.com, we believe in a well rounded education, and we’re proud to provide information and tools that help students live healthy lives.

All of our planners, primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners and high school student planners provide features that address healthy eating and nutrition.

Now, we’re happy to begin launching a new series of videos under our Plannee brand that introduce various lifestyle topics to students.

We’re producing this series because we know that many students (as well as adults) prefer to receive information in video form.

These brief, fact filled videos can be accessed on our home page, QualityPlanners.com or directly on You Tube.

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

One of the first subjects we’re dealing with is healthy eating and nutrition.

In under 2 minutes, our video is designed to provide a concise overview of nutrition with a simple to understand main theme: “Food as Fuel.”

To help students understand the effect of food on the body, the video highlights practical and actionable facts about which foods contribute most to the health of vital organs, such as heart, liver and brain.

We offer examples so that students can immediately begin using that information to select foods appropriate to each organ.

Because we recognize that there’s still considerable confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet, our video provides a quick, easy to understand overview of recommended servings of various food groups, including:

– Fruits and Vegetables
– Grains
– Protein
– Sweets

The text is accompanied by a plate that roughly shows the recommended proportions of each group in a healthy diet, with fruits, vegetables and whole grains occupying the largest areas.

Finally, we do recognize that students being students, there will be an appetite for sweets or sugary foods. That’s why we offer a closing segment on choosing healthy snack alternatives.

We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to your feedback and comments.

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American Education Week

Monday, November 10th, 2014

In honor of American Education Week, which runs from November 16 – 22, 2014, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the crucial role played by educators in our society.

Educators at all levels have increasingly taken on greater responsibilities, and curricula have expanded to reflect new and far reaching roles.

Student planners, like education, extend beyond the purely academic

It’s one reason why our primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, high school student planners and college planners include features that touch upon subjects beyond what were once purely academic topics.

For example, in addition to helpful student resources on numerous subject areas and calendars with generous space for tracking assignments and events, our middle school student planner includes features on subjects such as bullying and health and nutrition.

There is an anti-bullying resource guide to help students recognize and respond to bullying, including cyberbullying.

There’s also sections that provide students with solid information about food choices and nutritional guidelines.

Student planners reinforce efforts by educators

These features in our middle school student planner are intended to reinforce efforts by educators by offering information students can access in the context of their schoolwork.

At QualityPlanners.com, we know we know that students who are safe and healthy are more receptive to instruction and more likely to succeed academically.

And our middle school student planner, like all of our student planners, have been designed to assist educators, from teachers through administrators, who have been tasked, as never before, with guiding students to safe choices and healthy behaviors.

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American Education Week

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

With American Education Week running this November 16 – 22, 2014, we at QualityPlanners.com go to thinking about calendars and schedules.

Devoting one week a year to celebrating education is a start, but it doesn’t reflect the nature of the enterprise.

As anyone in education knows, despite the often repeated (and mistaken) comment that educators “have summers off,” education is a year round activity for teachers and administrators.

Every one of our student planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, high school student planners and college planners is built on the foundation of a calendar for a very specific and important reason.

Using a student planner, students develop a sense of time

Time is a curious resource. To students, especially young ones, it can’t move fast enough, and it seems to stretch to infinity.

As students grow older, their sense of time doesn’t necessarily improve. Without the development of good habits, students become prone to procrastination and last minute cramming. Many become adept enough to “slide by” for a long time.

Our planners feature calendars. Just as importantly, they provide direction for getting the most out of the planners.

Students are encouraged to use the planner everyday, writing down assignments as soon as they’re given and noting when they’re due.

The entire format is designed to provide students with a sense of time as a resource to be managed – not squandered. The planner encompasses a full school year.

A planner provides the first “big picture” view for a student

This comprehensive framework may be the first “big picture” view that a student ever encounters, with room to see every important assignment, event, test and project ordered and ready to be categorized by priority.

In using one of our student planners, a student can come to see education as an ongoing process, something that fills a lifetime – and enriches a life – as well as it fills the lined spaces on consecutive pages.

That’s one of the great gifts of education provided by dedicated educators across the USA.

American Education Week, which runs from November 16 – 22, 2014, might be the only thing that a student wouldn’t write into on the calendar – but it should be!

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First Day of School

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The first day of school isn’t the “First Day of School” anymore

With Kindergarten and Pre-K and structured day care, that once common rite of passage, the “First Day of School,” doesn’t loom so large to primary school students anymore. While there’s far less separation anxiety these days, the first time children enter a classroom to begin their education, they do embark on a new journey – one that may be all the more dramatic after a summer break.

A primary school student planner designed to introduce organizational skills

At qualityplanners.com, all of our planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school students planners, high school student planners to college student planners empower a student by supporting efforts to develop time management and organizational skills.

Obviously, a seasoned student and a student just starting out need different levels of support.

It is one thing to reinforce organizational skills, and something else to “introduce” them!

Our primary school student planner excels at introducing organizational skills. It is an ideal tool to be used in conjunction with a “study hour” in which parent and child can begin the routine of setting aside a designated time for school work.

Our primary school planner has been carefully designed to appeal to a youngster’s tastes. There is a simple and colorful “week at a glance” calendars to start primary school students on good time management habits.

A primary school student planner as tangible reminder of concepts encountered for the first time

Because it is never too early to introduce the concept of time management, our primary school planner offers a section for goal setting to reinforce classroom and study habits.

The primary school planner serves then as a physical and tangible reminder for concepts that are as yet very abstract to a young mind. They can hold in their hands solid reminders of the habits they are just learning to grasp.

Finally, our primary school planner acknowledges that the primary school student is just beginning to notice milestones in his or her short life. To help reinforce the habit of organizing one’s experiences, the primary school planner includes a section for the student to add “class memories.”

It all ads up to an exceptional introduction to the skill sets that will serve a student through his or her entire academic career!

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MIddle School Essays

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Middle school: Grammar and essay writing

Don’t be fooled by those who suggest that electronic media will make writing well less valuable in the future.

The ability to express an idea, summarize a finding, deliver a report remains an asset.

A good writer can distinguish him or herself as a clear thinker and a thought leader.

And on a purely pragmatic basis, writing well can dramatically distinguish one student from another by conveying a mastery of language.

Writing well emerges as a necessary skill in middle school

Learning to write well is a lifelong task, and at every level of education, students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills; but it’s especially critical in middle school.

That’s why we pack all of our planners, starting with primary school student planner, to elementary school student planner, middle school student planner and high school student planner with tips and techniques to enhance a student’s writing skills.

Our middle school student planner offers an exceptionally thorough section on writing.

It includes a Grammar and Punctuation Guide as well as a valuable 5 stage “Guide to Better Writing” process for better writing

Our middle school student planner teaches process and provides structure

First, there’s the Grammar and Punctuation Guide.

This Guide neatly summarizes proper use of punctuation, explaining each punctuation mark in clear detail.

More importantly, our 5 step “Guide to Better Writing” provides students with a mean to  structure the writing process, which is fundamental to any form of expression, whether an argument or position or a creative endeavor.

The guide take students through the complete writing process, from generating the thesis to editing.

Just as our student planners help students understand and internalize general and big picture skills such as planning and organization, our writing guide assists students in mastering very specific skills in composition.

This combination of large and small scale structure provides the ideal foundation for lasting academic success.

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