From Mrs. Pancham's Desk

Week of April 27th-May 1st, 2015

Hello Families:We're Kicking it Up a Notch!

Thank you for continued support and efforts from the home-front. Here at school, we are busily reviewing important skills in all content areas, preparing for the upcoming SOL tests. Students are working hard in small groups, and during independent time on areas that have been proven to be difficult for them throughout the school year.

Each night in reading, they should be completing their assigned homework packet, that contains more practice on the particular reading skills that students are still having trouble with: identifying main idea and supporting details in non-fiction and fictional texts, vocabulary and word analysis (synonyms, antonyms, dictionary guide words/ABC order, prefixes/suffixes/root words, and words with multiple meanings), and comprehension of fictional questions on character development and conflict resolution. Please, please, please, make sure your child is taking the necessary time each night to complete their reading homework, as well as their math, history, and science assignments.

If you are interested in some websites for your child to visit to review more skills, please see the below:

Reading: Study, (all can be found on the k12louisa site)

History/Science:, SOLPass (all can be found on the k12louisa site)

Math: StraightAce

Please, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Preparing for the SOLs

Helping Your Child with the SOL Test-Taking

You can be a great help to your child during this testing season!

  • Do talk to your child about testing. It's helpful for children to understand why schools give tests and to know the different kinds of tests they will take.
  • Do encourage your child. Praise him/her for the things he/she does well. If your child feels good about himself/herself, he/she will do his/her best on a test. Children who are afraid of failing are more likely to become anxious when taking tests and more likely to make mistakes.
  • Do make sure that your child attends school regularly (especially on SOL days). Remember, tests reflect children's overall achievement. The more effort and energy your child puts into learning, the more likely it is that he/she will do well on tests.
  • Do provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially on the day of an SOL test. Children who are tire are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
  • Do help your child avoid test anxiety. It's good for your child to be concerned about taking a test. It's not good for him/her to develop "test anxiety". Test anxiety is worrying too much about doing well on a test. If your child is worried, encourage him/her to do the following:
  1. Eat a good breakfast and arrive at school on time the days of testing. No need to RUSH!
  2. When they test, read the directions carefully before they begin working.
  3. If they don't know an answer, skip it and go on. Don't waste time worrying about one question. Mark it for review, and come back to it later.
  4. Don't "cram" the night before. This will likely increase anxiety, which will interfere with clear thinking. Get a good night's sleep!

Remind them they have worked hard, you love them, I love them, and for them to do their very best, using all of their strategies they've learned from the year!