Superintendent's Memo #327-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 4, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Distribution of Free Student Guides to r u ready? - Life After High School (2010 Edition)

We are pleased to notify you that the 2010 edition of the r u ready?: Life After High School magazine will be distributed to school counseling departments in all Virginia public high schools in December. We are asking school counselors to distribute the magazine to all students enrolled in the eleventh grade class.

This publication emphasizes the importance of preparing now for the future and is designed to provide information for students with a variety of post-secondary 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 Virginia’s high schools to prepare for the journey ahead. The magazine, r u ready?, can help students identify those resources.

This edition of r u ready?, entitled Passport to your Future, 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 Publications LLC, in cooperation with the Virginia 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.

As you may know, r u ready? is part of a series, including the teacher’s guide ready or not, a parent’s brochure, and the Virginia Career Resource Network ( website. Both the student and teacher guides reinforce selected Standards of Learning. The updated parent’s brochure will be delivered to 8th grade parents in December. Principals and school counseling personnel are being notified about how to obtain additional copies of all of these resources, including requesting 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 Joseph Wharff, school counseling connections specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education, via e-mail at or telephone at (804)225-3370.