Superintendent's Memo #302-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 10, 2010

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 (2011 Edition)

We are pleased to notify you that the 2011 edition of the r u ready? 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 sophomore 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, R U "College and Career" Ready? will provide sound and 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 McDonnell 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 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 and a parent's brochure. Both the student and teacher guides reinforce selected Standards of Learning. The updated parent's brochure will be delivered to 7th grade parents in January 2011.

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 Technology, Career and Adult Education, via telephone at (804) 225-3370 or via e-mail at