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Surviving the School Year

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This is the time of year when students are stricken with spring fever and teachers are experiencing the pressures of the end of the year. High stakes testing is imminent, and everyone’s pushing to meet goals and complete the curriculum. So how do we all survive? How do we make sure grades don’t drop, graduation requirements are met, students keep up? •Stick to your routine – at home and in school. Continue to adhere to bedtimes, study times, and reading times. Don’t fall for “It’s the end of the year so we don’t have homework.” Chances are there is more, not less, to do as teachers are under pressure to reach a specific goal in all subject areas. •Help your kids by providing a healthful diet. All students in grades 3-8 will be taking the MSP (Measurement of Student Progress) in May. They need to do their best, and a healthy diet and exercise plan and appropriate rest will help them. All sophomores will be taking End of Course tests, and passing these tests is a graduation requirement. •Remind them that their priority remains making their best effort in school. Summer will arrive soon enough, and that’s the time to stay up a little later, sleep in, play most of the day. •If you think they aren’t bringing home as much work or exerting as much effort, you’re probably right. Ask to see all work and encourage them to bring home all books. •If you aren’t already, check their grades every week, before there is a chance of dramatic losses. Contact the teachers if you have any questions or concerns. The end of the year is typically a time when large projects are due. Make sure your student is working toward completion. There is a lot of learning going on this time of year. Make sure your students are actively participating. Then the summer will be better appreciated and the Fall will be an easier transition.