Student Planner or School Planner: What’s in a Name?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

At qualityplanners.com, we hear the terms “student planner” and “school planner” used interchangeably.

People searching for student planners for middle school students, high school students, college students, and special need students seem as likely to use one term as the other.

But you might have noticed we’ve tipped our hand. We use the term “student planner.”

Yet sometimes we wonder: is it “six of one, half a dozen of the other?” Is there any logic to why some use one term and some use the other?

From time to time, the media will publish a map of the US indicating that people refer to carbonated soft drinks as “Soda,” while others say “Pop,” and still others “Coke.”

If you’re interested in this phenomenon, check out the site for yourself — http://popvssoda.com

There seem to be definite and historical regional preferences when it comes to terms.

Unfortunately, we can’t determine the same for “student planner” and “school planner.”

So we asked ourselves, Is there a generational reference for “student planner” or “school planner?”

We thought of this when recalling a funny moment in an episode of Modern Family where young Manny laments that his step-dad, Jay, “still calls the remote the clicker.”

Alas, yet again, there seems to be no generational divide when it comes to “student planner” and “school planner.”

It seems that we have reached the point of “tomato to-mah-to.”

We’d love to hear from you on this subject so send us your thoughts.

 

 

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New Character Building Content in Student Planners

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 

Student planners are great tools for helping students learn the time management skills that are essential for academic success.

Success in School, on the Job, in Life

But student planners can also play a valuable role in supporting the personal and social values that support success in school, on the job and in life.

Middle school students, high school students, special need students and college students all benefit from messages that reinforce positive character traits.

That’s why we’re so excited about adding a new page specifically devoted to character building in our student planners.

It’s easy sometimes to forget that character is built.

Student Planners Reinforce Positive Character Traits

Younger people especially may not fully realize the power they possess to shape their characters.

It is a step by step process for students, one that needs support and reinforcement and practice — just as any academic subject.

Our new page is an ideal way to introduce and remind students about key character traits, such as fairness, confidence, respect, tolerance, self-discipline, caring, citizenship, integrity, responsibility and commitment.

Thought Provoking Questions, A Sound Reminder

Each character trait is presented with a brief series of thought provoking questions designed to encourage students to broaden their awareness of their actions and behaviors on others.

An example for the character trait Fairness are the following questions for students to think about:

    • How do I compromise with others?
    • Do I consider all points of view?
    • Do I always seek the facts before making a judgment?
    • Do I rely only on “first impressions” of others?

 

With an attractive new cover design, the page is seamlessly integrated into the school planner serving as a sound reminder of the student’s responsibility to self and others.

We also offer character words each week in our student planners. Some examples are:

    • Responsibility is being accountable and fulfilling tasks with reliability and commitment.
    • Caring is showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness and compassion.
    • Perseverance is applying yourself to worthy objectives with determination and patience.

 

Check out the new page. We think you’ll be excited about this latest addition to our student planners.

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Quality Planners Donates Planners

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Mr. Fischer,

Thank you for your generous donation of the Quality Planners for our 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference last week. We had over 100 attendees, representing over 70 grantees and more than 100 program sites, serving thousands of New York City public school youth in free afterschool programs. The planners were a huge hit—our participants snapped them up to take back to their programs to share with kids. The planners will help our program sites support their participants’ academic achievement by helping to teach them personal organizational habits.

Thank you, again, for your thoughtful donation.

Sincerely,
Sarah Jonas and the 21st CCLC NYC Resource Center Team

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Student Planner Updates for 2013-2014

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Quality Planners, Inc. continuously appreciates feedback from both educators and students. We make improvements based on these suggestions. Each comment is carefully reviewed by our Marketing and Educational staff.

This year we have incorporated customer feedback in creating our 2013-14 student planners. Our Middle School, Special Needs, High School, TRiO and College planners have all been redesigned to accommodate a larger writing area for students. This new design will enable students to stay on top of their assignments and become better at developing good organizational and time management skills.

In our College planner, we have added a new section on Creating A Resume and Cover Letter, Tips For Finding A Job and Preparing for a Job Interview. As college students embark into the job market, these guidelines will help give them an extra boost as they begin their journey into the workplace.

All our planners again feature numerous resource pages at no extra charge. Our Primary planner includes Character Building, Anti-Bullying, Math, Alphabet, Health & Nutrition and Colors & Shapes pages. Our Elementary planner includes Math & Science, Reading Strategies & Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines and Internet Safety Tips. Our Middle School, Special Needs, High School and TRiO planners include Grammar and Essay Writing, How To Do A Long Term Assignment, Math Measurements, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry, Science Measurements and Periodic Table, Anti-Bullying Awareness, Studying, Note Taking & Test Taking Methods, Health and Nutrition Guidelines and Internet Safety Resource Page.

We are also introducing a new Christian Planner. The Christian Student Planner has been designed to meet the specific needs of younger children. Core subjects are pre-printed making it easier for the elementary school student. To promote more effective parent-teacher communication, a section for parent and teacher comments and for parent and teacher initials is included.

Each week includes Biblical quotes and inspirational words, a section for 20 Spelling words and offers tips on Character Building, Studying and Health. Free Resource Pages include learning material on: Math & Science, Reading Strategies, Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines, Internet Safety Tips and much more.

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New Quality Planners Product for School Year 2013-2014

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Quality Planners is proud to announce our new Christian Student Planner.

The Christian Student Planner has been designed to meet the specific needs of younger children. Core subjects are pre-printed making it easier for the elementary school student. To promote more effective parent-teacher communication, a section for parent and teacher comments and for parent and teacher initials is included.

Each week includes Biblical quotes and inspirational words, a section for 20 Spelling words and offers tips on Character Building, Studying and Health. Free Resource Pages include learning material on: Math & Science, Reading Strategies, Essay Writing Methods, Character Building & Anti-Bullying, Health & Nutrition Guidelines, Internet Safety Tips and much more.

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Quality Planners Donates Student Planners

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

This month, Quality Planners was proud to donate hundreds of our High School student planners to The Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. Mentor is located at 150 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The mission of the Mentor is to bring caring adults together with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs. Since their founding, they have touched the lives of 60,000 youth, trained nearly 11,200 mentors, connected 11,000 children with mentors and assisted 220 programs with technical support.

Hundreds of planners were also donated to Pronto of Long Island located at 128 Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore. Pronto is a non-profit Community Outreach Center serving Brentwood, Bay Shore, Central Islip and neighboring communities. Pronto’s Mission Statement is “To feed the hungry, clothe the needy, welcome the stranger and provide healing and hope to everyone who walks through our doors.”

After donating our student planners, Dan Fischer, Publisher of Quality Planners, stated, “We are proud to continue our long tradition of community service to benefit those of need in our Long Island communities.”

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.”
T.S. Eliot

Quality Planners, Inc. would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all the teachers across our country. Through their commitment, our teachers are enabling a new generation of Americans to pursue their dreams. Only with the devotion and care of a teacher is a child able to grow to their fullest potential. We proudly salute our teachers and join in with numerous organizations, schools, parents and students in recognizing how essential teachers are to our community.

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Quality Planners Adds New Resources to the 2012/2013 Student Planners

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Each year Quality Planners, Inc. strives to introduce new and improved student planners. We take pride in adding features that assist teachers in educating their students more effectively.

This year, Character Building resources are included in our Primary and Elementary School Planners to assist in helping young people become responsible, and caring citizens. As Dr. Thomas Lickona, author of Educating for Character, stated, “Moral education is not a new idea. It is, in fact, as old as education itself. Down through history, in countries all over the world, education has had two great goals: to help young people become smart and to help them become good.” In our Middle School, Special Needs and High School planners character building words are presented weekly for active reinforcement.

For the higher grade students, we have included guidelines for college preparation. As the economy of the 21st century veers toward a knowledge-based economy, it becomes more important to enable students to prepare for a college education. Our planners detail the necessary steps – grade by grade – to make students active participants in their college planning.

This year our Elementary Student Planner has a new design that allows more writing room for the younger child. We have streamlined the weekly layout to accommodate the larger printing style of elementary school age children. Visit our Elementary School Planner web page to view the new layout.

At Quality Planners, we always appreciate feedback from both educators and students. We make improvements based on your suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with your comments.

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Quality Planners Looks Back

Monday, January 9th, 2012

It’s been ten years since Quality Planners created a ground breaking student planner for the New York City School District. 550,000 middle school and high school students received a student planner with 30 pages of national advertising. The advertising was carefully selected to be school and age appropriate. Having advertising in the planners enabled the students to obtain the planners for free.

“We are very active in trying to go after alternative revenues,” said Michael Coneys, chairperson of the Chancellor’s Committee for Approval of School Advertising, formed in 1996 to regulate in-school marketing to New York’s 1.1 million students. “There are still groups that are very sensitive to it, but if we are responsible, then we really get much fewer complaints.”

In-school marketing through student planners was revolutionary and caught the attention of Adweek. An article detailing this endeavor, “Advertising Part of NYC Schools’ Student Planners” By Jack Feuer appeared November 18, 2002. (Founded in 1978, Adweek is a magazine that appeals to consumers and advertising professionals.)

As we begin 2012, Quality Planners looks forward to breaking ground again with our newest product Plannee. Plannee is an online student planner that will simplify and organize a student’s life.

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Quality Planners Donates Student Planners

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

In September, Quality Planners was proud to donate hundreds of our Middle School student planners to Pronto of Long Island. Pronto of Long Island is located at 128 Pine Aire Drive in Bayshore and began in 1969 out of the basement of St. Anne’s Church in Brentwood. Their mission is “To feed the hungry, clothe the needy, welcome the stranger and provide healing and hope to everyone who walks through our doors.”

Hundred of planners were also donated to The Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. Mentor is located at 150 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The mission of the Mentor is to bring caring adults together with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs. Since their founding, they have touched the lives of 60,000 youth, trained nearly 11,200 mentors, connected 11,000 children with mentors and assisted 220 programs with technical support.

After donating our student planners, Dan Fischer, Publisher of Quality Planners, stated, “We are proud to continue our long tradition of community service to benefit those of need in our Long Island communities.”

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