Counselor's Corner

Middle School (Volume 1, Edition 7)

State assessments are going to be starting soon. Within this newsletter you will find information about the state assessments as well as some ways to help your child succeed not only on the state assessments but with regular test taking as well.

Mark Your Calendars

The following are the dates set for each grade level to take the state assessment.

6th Grade:

ELA - March 11th & 12th

Math - April 22nd & 23rd

7th Grade:

ELA- March 12th & 13th

Math - April 1st & 2nd

Science - April 15th & 16th

8th Grade:

ELA - March 12th & 13th

Math - April 10th & 11th

Test Taking Tips For Parents

1. Talk about the test at home. - Encourage your child to do his or her best, but not to stress about them.

2. Give words of encouragement. - Remind your child that he or she has been preparing for this all year. They are ready!

3. Have your child get a good nights sleep. - Rest is important in having people feel their best.

4. Eat a good breakfast. - Students who are full can focus easier and longer than students who feel hungry.

5. Get to school on time. - Students who feel rushed to get to school, start their day with anxiety and anxiety leads to frustration and poorer test performance.

6. Make sure student have everything they need. - They should be prepared with pencils and erasers.

Reducing Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is when a student excessively worries about doing well on a test. This can become a major hindrance on test performance and cause extreme nervousness and memory lapses among other symptoms. The following are tips on reducing test taking anxiety.

  • Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test taking anxiety.
  • Space out your studying over a few days or weeks and continually review class material.
  • Don't try to learn everything the night before.
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude while preparing for the test and during the test.
  • Exercising for a few days before the test will help reduce stress.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the test.
  • Show up to class early so you won't have to worry about being late.
  • Chew gum (if allowed) during the test to help relieve test anxiety.
  • Stay relaxed, if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work.
  • Read the directions slowly and carefully.
  • If you don't understand the directions on the test, ask the teacher to explain it to you.
  • Skim through the test so that you have a good idea how to pace yourself.
  • Write down important formulas, facts, definitions and/or keywords in the margin first so you won't worry about forgetting them.
  • Do the simple questions first to help build up your confidence for the harder questions.
  • Don't worry about how fast other people finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.
  • If you don't know an answer to a question skip it for the time being (come back to it later if you have time), and remember that you don't have to always get every question right to do well on the test.
  • Focus on the question at hand. Don't let your mind wander on other things.
  • If you're still experiencing extreme test anxiety after following these tips, seek help from your school counselor.

Reference: Reducing Test Taking Anxiety. (n.d.).Reducing Test Taking Anxiety. Retrieved March 3, 2014, from

Things to Remember:

  • Make sure your child attends school on the dates of the tests.

  • If your child is ill, please call the office to inform the school of the absence.

  • Please check doctor visits and other appointments and make changed necessary to ensure your child is in school during testing.


If you have any questions or comments please let me know. My contact information is located below.