High School Weekly Update
The holiday season is getting into full swing and you know what that means?
Yep, exam time is almost here. I know…Ugh, right? Well, if you have a bit of a sense of dread about midterm exams, today’s Counselor’s Corner may be able to help. Exams can be a bit of a stressor in the life of a student for sure. You have a lot of information that you have incorporated over the past few months and yet you are unsure of what you will be asked to recall or use. Even a study guide may not be enough to help you focus on what you need to know. If you find yourself a bit tense about upcoming exams, give these tips a try.
Start reviewing now. Review in small chunks over an extended period. It has been proven that you will be able to remember more by studying small amounts repeatedly than if you try to study a large amount the night before the test.
Practice unpacking. Unpacking is a concept that involves packaging a large amount of something into a single container and then using the container as the trigger for your memory. Consider it like packing a suitcase for a trip. Once you do this, then you can remember almost everything inside by simply looking at the suitcase. You can do a similar process with information you have learned.
Get plenty of sleep the night before your tests. When you are well rested, you will be more relaxed and in a better position to process the questions on your exams.
Eat a sound meal before you come to school. Protein, fruits, and vegetables will be better options than a carb heavy breakfast. Your body will regulate better and you will do better on the test.
Finally, breathe! During the exam, we tend to tense up and hold our breath. When that happens, blood flow is restricted and oxygenation is reduced. Deep, purposeful breaths will increase oxygen in your blood and improve blood flow to your brain. The result of this is that your recall will improve and your results should also improve.
Any and all of these tips will help you when exam time arrives. Pick one or more and begin to practice them today. I am excited to hear how they help you. If you would like more tips to help you do your best on your exams, stop by my office or send me an e-mail. I have more that can help. So, do your best and remember that one test does not define you or how much you have learned so far. It is simply a spot check of a larger process. Keep it in perspective. And, above all, never forget that no matter your score…
Until next time…
HOLIDAY CHEER WEEK!
Monday, 12/5... Christmas Lights Day
Dress with your grade level to make the hallways bright!
6th/9th grades: White
7th/10th grades: Green
8th/11th grades: Silver and Gold
Tuesday, 12/6... BLING day
Break out all your Holiday BLING...socks, jewelry, headwear, etc.
Wednesday, 12/7... Ugly Sweater Day
You've waited all year for this! Pull your ugliest sweater out of the back of your closet and rock it!
Thursday, 12/8... Throwback Thursday: Ghosts of Decades Past
Choose any decade you want and represent. Extra props if you accomplish it in Christmas style!
Friday, 12/9... Santa's "Hoopers" Day
Wear your GSDS Spirit wear and your holiday helper headwear for a great combo to support our basketball team's home game while spreading some holiday cheer! Santa hats, elves hats, reindeer ears...so many choices!
Monday 12/12... Christmas Vacation Wear
Dress as though you're headed out to your favorite vacation spot.
Tuesday, 12/13... Christmas PJ Day
Do we really need to explain this one? Nah! Just keep it school appropriate.
Upcoming Safety Drill
2nd Semester Schedule Change
Knight Time will be a time for the following activities to occur: clubs, tutoring, quiz and test make-ups, etc. Students who drive are permitted to leave if they do not have anything scheduled. However, if a student leaves campus but needs to return to retrieve a sibling or attend a practice, they should not return back to campus until after dismissal at 3:25 to accommodate middle school dismissal. Students who will remain on campus but do not need to meet with a teacher must wait in the Commons for their ride.
Knight of the Week
"Olivia is one of those kids I would trust to work with just about anyone and treat them well, she always does her best to do the right thing, and she’s one of the most responsible students I’ve ever encountered."
We are proud of you, Olivia!
Upcoming Athletic Events
Mid-term Exam Schedule
1st Period Exam, 8:25-9:55
2nd Period Exam, 10:15-11:45
Thursday, December 15
3rd Period Exam, 8:25-9:55
4th Period Exam, 10:15-11:45
Friday, December 16
5th Period Exam, 8:25-9:55
6th Period Exam, 10:15-11:45
Please note that students must remain in their testing room the full time and check-outs are not permitted during exams.
Together in Education
The Spirit Shack is full of new GSDS wear! Check out our online store at https://gray-stone-store.square.site. Select your items and pay online. We will have your order ready for pickup the following Friday at the Shack. The Spirit Shack is also open during all lunches on Fridays.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Senior Ads are also available for purchase and need to be sent in online by February 9th (2/9/2023). Please send an email (email@example.com) to the yearbook staff if you are interested in buying an ad, starting at $90.00.
Let's have a great school year!