This year at Laburnum, the School Counseling Program has initiated Neck Tie Tuesday’s for fourth and fifth-grade boys. This career development initiative is designed to train our young boys to dress for success. Our Young Men of Achievement are encouraged to dress professionally every Tuesday and to wear a neck tie or bow tie of their choice. Our fourth-grade kickoff was a success!
Welcome back Spring Breakers! With the close of the year in sight, we know that the season for testing his here. Below are a list helpful strategies to be used in preparation for testing.
1. Have a Positive Attitude
Approach the big test as you’d approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
2. Make a Plan
The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you’ve been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.
3. The Night Before
Cramming doesn’t work. If you’ve followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don’t stay up late!
4. The Morning of the Test
Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don’t skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.
5. Test Time
Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you’ll need – scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you’re allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you’re not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.
6. Manage Your Time
Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.
7. I’m Stuck!
Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don’t get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you’re still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don’t lose points for wrong answers.
8. Multiple-Choice Questions
The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
9. Neatness Counts
If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.
10. I’m Done!
Not so fast – when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.
I’m pleased to announce we had over 150 students participate in Mix It Up Day! These students chose to wear different shoes on each food to celebrate DIVERSITY. Our students understand that being different is cool and it creates a colorful, more interesting world. We wore different shoes to showcase that, while our shoes are DIFFERENT, our feet work TOGETHER to move us FORWARD!
Check In/ Check Out
Check In/Out is a Tier II intervention through the Response To Intervention (R.T.I.) process. This process targets student who need to set and establish individual goals to assist with academic and or behavioral needs. The Check In/Out mentors can be any assigned staff member in the school. The student participating in the process, visits the staff member every morning, reviewing goals set by the student and number of times the student will meet their goal throughout the day. When the goal is met, the student will earn an incentive agreed upon by the staff member and the student. Student’s are enrolled in the Check In/Out process through data collection reviewed by the R.T.I. team. Student nominations for the Check In/Out process can be made through the R.T.I. chair or the School Counselor.
Students That would Benefit from CICO:
- Exhibits frequent office referrals for repeated minor incidents
- Exhibits difficulty staying on task (talking, sleeping, doodling)
- Is disruptive in class making it difficult for them and others to learn.
- Needs motivation and support in completing work.
- Can be redirected to task, but has to be redirected often
- Respond well to “positive” reinforcement.
- Craves adult attention/support.
Students Who Need More Support Than CICO:
- Exhibits extreme or sever problem behavior (physical fights, extreme non-compliance involving safety).
- Problem behavior occurs during only one academic period or lunch.
- Extremely indifferent to adult support or attention ):”Whatever” and “I don’t care–you can’t do anything to me/for me!”).
Please see the video link below to review the Check In/Out process!
What is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
In surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day—October 27 this school year—we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
Lets Get excited about Mix It Up at Lunch Day here at Laburnum Elementary!
We are uber excited about the start a new academic year for you and your child, here at Laburnum Elementary. This year, our school theme is, One Laburnum! Our theme promotes unity and community among the students, parents, and staff here at Laburnum. The school counseling program aims to support our theme this year by facilitating a UNITY step team. The step team will learn the importance of teamwork, community service, and leadership.
While you prepare for September 6, 2016, please check out the video clips below to assist you and your child with school preparation. Be mindful that school begins promptly at 7:40am and ends at 2:10pm daily. Attendance is vital to our students academic success.
Click the link below that relates to your childs grade level.