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l,+ ~., I1.1 .,.,+&.aiL.~l ...... : ........ Thursday, May 6, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine + OVIATT ELEMENTARY ByDr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Five Key Skills For Academic Success limited distractions and interruptions. It's never too early or too late to help your child de- Tips to help your child concentrate: velop the skills for academic success Learn how to build Turn off access to email and games when your child these skills and stay on track all year long. works on the computer. By GreatSchools Staff Declare the phone and TV off-limits during home- It takes a combination of skills - organization, time work time. +management, prioritizatien, concentration and motiva- Find space that fits the assignment. If your child is tion - to achieve academic success. Here are some tips working on a science project, she may need lots of space; to help get your child on the right track, if she's studying for a Spanish test, she will need a well- Talk to your child, lit desk. - To find out which of these skills your child has and Help your child concentrate during homework time which he can develop further, start a simple conversa- , by separating her from her siblings. tion that focuses on his goals. Ask him about his favor- 5. Motivation ite subjects, classes he dreads and whether he's satisfied Most children say they want to do well in school, yet with his latest progress report, many still fail to complete the level of work necessary GreatSchools tip: to succeed academically. The reason is often motivation. Most children say they want to do well in school, yet Tapping into your child's interests is a great way to get many still fail to complete the level of work necessary him geared to do well in school. to succeed academically. The reason is often motivation. Tips to help motivate your child: Tapping into your child's interests is a great way to get Link school lessons to your child's life. If he's learn- himgeared to do well in school, ing percentages, ask him to figure out the price of a dis- Listen for clues, counted item next time you shop. Incorporate your own observations with your child's Link your child's interests to academics. If he's pas- self-assessment. Is your child overwhelmed by assign- sionate about music, give him books about musicians ments? She may have trouble organizing time. Does and show how music and foreign languages are con- your child have difficulty completing her work? She may nected. get distracted too easily. Is your child simply not inter- Give your child control and choices. With guidance, ested in school? She may need help getting motivated, let him determine his study hours, organizing system Identify problem areas, or School project topics. Start here to help your child identify which of the Encourage your child to share his expertise. Regu- five skill areas are trouble spots, larly ask him about what he's learning in school. 1. Organization Congratulate your child, encourage him and celebrate Whether it's keeping track of research materials or all his successes. remembering to bring home a lunch box, children need Often what holds children back from trying is the to be organized to succeed in school. For many students, fear of failure or the memory of a time they didn't do academic challenges are related more to a lack of orga- well. You can help break this cycle by celebrating your nization than to a lack of intellectual ability, child's successes, no matter how small and by giving him opportunities to succeed academically. Tips to help your child get organizedi Make a checklist of things your child needs to bring to and from school every day. Put a copy by the door at home and one in his backpack. Try to check with him each day to see if he remembers the items on the list. Find out how your child keeps track of his home- work and how he organizes his notebooks. Then work togetherto develop a system he will want to use. Shop with your child for tools that will help him stay organized, such as binders, folders or an assignment book. LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principa! Dave Oleson, Dean of Students 2. Time Management Learning to schedule enough time to complete an assignment may be difficult for your student. Even when students have a week to do a project, many won't start until the night before it's due. Learning to organize time into productive blocks takes practice and experience. Tips to help your child manage time: Track assignments on a monthly calendar. Work back- ward from the due date of larger assignments and break them into nightly tasks. Help your child record how much time she spends on homework each week so she can figure out how to divide this time into manageable chunks. Together, designate a time for nightly homework and help your child stick to this schedule. If evenings aren't enough, help your child find other times for schoolwork, such as early mornings, study halls or weekends. 3. Prioritization Sometimes children fall behind in school and fail to hand in assignments because they simply don't know where to begin. Prioritizing tasks is a skill your child will need throughout life, so Ws never too soon to get started. Tips to help your child prioritize: Ask your chikt to write down all the things he needs to do, including non-school-related activities. Ask him to label each task from I to 3, with I being Fifth Grade May Term: One of the emphases of our fifth grade teachers is on transitioning skills. May 10, we will start "May Term" which will be for ten school days. This changes the fifth grade area into a Mini Middle School which allows the students to have the skills necessary for success next year at Middle School. The reason for May Term is that research says the biggest fears of Middle School students are the ability of getting to class on time, working locker combinations, keeping up with materials and remembering dass sched- ules. Solutions that will be used by the students will be a bell system to move from class to class throughout the building, using locks" that have been attached to their locker, being required to transition materials to class with them and each student will have an individual schedule. Other benefits of May Term are that teachers will at- tack the deficit skills based on the ITBS before they at- tend the Middle School and work on transitioning skills and ease the perceptions of the students. This also keeps the students motivated during the month of May. There will also be other middle school transition ac- tivities for our fifth graders. Ken Foster, sixth grade prin- cipal will bring sixth graders to visit the classrooms to answer questions and explain the basics of attending Middle School. Brett Collins, Lakewood Counselor, has also been working with several fifth graders to help ease any transition concerns. most important. May 11 Ask about each task so that you understand your child's priorities. If he labels all his social activities as 1, May 12-14 then you know where his attention is focused. May 14 Help your child change some of the labels to better May 20 prioritize for academic success. Then suggest he rewrite May 21 the list so all the ls are at the top. May 26 Check in frequently to see how the list is evolving May 28 and how your child is prioritizing new tasks. May 31 4. Concentration June 1 Whether your child is practicing her second-grade June 4 spelling words or studying for a trigonometry test, it's important that she works on schoolwork in an area with June 7 June 8 Band Concert at Middle School at 7 p.m. Iowa History Play at Lakewood Last day to check out Library Books Honor Choir Field Trip Hershey Track Meet DARE graduation, 1:00 at FCC All Library Books Due No School, Memorial Day 5th grade Capitol trip Field Day Talent Show at High School Last Day of school NHS BLOOD DRIVE Alex Alberts, wearing the blood drop costume, is as- sisted by Ashley Nguyen as they recruit blood donors for the National Honor Society blood drive. rJ Tori Mateer helps Allie McCurnin adjust her mask as part of the blood drop costume for the National Honor Society blood drive. Photos submitted The April 14 Blood Drive, sponsored by Norwalk High School's National Honor Society, was a huge suc- cess. Once again, students, staff and community mere- ~, bers answered the call for blood donation. The volun- teer spirit was truly evident as preliminary results show that 88 people registered to donate. There were 40 first time donors. Ten double red cell units were part of the collection with 80 total units collected. All the junior members of the National Honor Soci- ety took part in helping to make the Blood Drive a suc- cess. Students helped with publicity, hanging signs, going to advisements to encourage students to donate and three students even dressed up in the blood drop costume. During the day of the drive students helped in the welcome and check-in area as well as in the can- teen. Comments by the blood center staff at the end of the blood drive were very complimentary toward the student body. National Honor Society members would like to ex- press their appreciation to all the donors who made a valuable contribution to the blood donor program. DALLY FAMILY VALUE After 4 p.m. Mon.- Pot Roast Tues.- Beef & Noodles Wed.- Chicken Fried Steak Thurs. - Chicken & Noodles Fri.-Hot Beef Sandwich sat.- Baby Back Ribs Family Value Meals Include Potato, Green Beans & Dinner Roll 1031 Sunset Dr., Norwalk 981-1031