Our motto this month is “We Can FOCUS on the Tests!”

To get our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students motivated for the SOLS, we are going to FOCUS on the test.

F-ace it (Face the teacher, face the computer)

O-rganize it (organize your speed; not too fast OR too slow)

C-onquer it (conquer negative thought and feelings)

U-nderstand it (Understand what you are reading, highlight and underline key words, see the words in your mind)

S-can it (scan over your answers, double check your test, be sure you’ve answered all questions)

Some of our 5th graders in Mrs. Nowicki’s class have been helping us out with a Test, Test Baby rap on the morning announcements to motivate our students to do his/her best on the SOL tests.

Rap video posted a little bit later.

About Jennifer D. Woody

Hello! I am the part-time school counselor at Echo Lake this year along with full-time counselor, Julie Williams. I am from East Tennesse. I have my undergraduate degree in psychology from Mars Hill University (near Asheville, NC) and my graduate degree in counseling education from VCU. I have been in Richmond since 1999 and I have seven years experience as a school counselor. I spent one year at Longan Elementary and six years at Johnson Elementary both in Henrico County. I have three children and have been a stay-at-home mom for the past five years. My children are all elementary age; 3rd grade, 1st grade and Kindergarten and now is the time to return to what I love doing by easing in as a part-time counselor. I look forward to getting to know staff, students, and Echo Lake families. This is a wonderful school and community! I am at Echo Lake part-time. I am here full day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and half day on Fridays. I have started classroom guidance lessons in Kindergarten and Ist grade classes. We are learning how to be good students by listening carefully, always working hard and paying attention. I am the contact person for the International Baccalaureate Program at Moody Middle School for rising 5th graders. I am here for all students. I can see individual students from parent and teacher referral. I am happy to work with your child(ren).

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