Albert Einstein Academy

School Counseling March Newsletter

Hello & Welcome!

Hello AEA Parents and Students!


Around the first week of every month I will be sending out a monthly counseling newsletter filled with information to aid in academic, career/college and social emotional wellbeing. Please read below to learn more!

Your AEA Strongsville Counselor

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Hi there!

Hello AEA Rocket families! For those of you who may not know me, my name is Carly Willis and I am the School Counselor here at AEA Strongsville. As your students school counselor, I will be meeting with them via different avenues that include: classroom lessons, small group skill building and individually as needed.

New Weekend Food Assistance Programs

I am so excited to announce that we have one new program this year. This year, we are partnering with The Greater Cleveland Foodbank to provide weekend food assistance to families who may be in need of extra food support. Please see that attachment if this applies to you and your family so that we can meet your needs.


As always, I am happy to help in anyway that I can. Please do not hesitate to reach out, my email is: carly.willis@aeaohio.org

Test Taking Tips, Tricks and Strategies!

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America names failure as the leading cause of test anxiety: fear of failing the test, failing to prepare for the test and feelings of failure from failing previous tests. Test anxiety can show in many ways from headaches and shortness of breath to crying or lack of concentration. It can affect students physically, emotionally, behaviorally aa well as mentally. Ignoring the anxiety isn’t the answer; students need to be aware that stress affects everyone, in different ways, and the key is developing tools and strategies to reduce it.


Face your anxiety: An estimated 35% of students are so nervous before high-stakes tests that it impairs their performance, says Richard Driscoll, a Clinical Psychologist who has researched text anxiety. Writing down fears and anxieties before the test frees the working memory and can prevent distractions during the test. To combat self-doubts such as 'I'm bad in math', remind your child of proven personal traits and strengths that can propel them to success. Before the test, have your child envision themselves answering questions calmly and with confidence. To control the fear of performing less than their ability, they can take several steps:


1) Be prepared by creating a test taking routine.

2) Help your body by exercising. eating right and getting adequate sleep the week leading up to a test.

3) Use positive self-talk. Have confidence that you can succeed.

4) Get to class early and take a few minutes to relax.

5) Breathe deeply and slowly from your diaphragm and hold each breath for four counts.

6) Close your eyes and visualize yourself in a beautiful, peaceful place. Use all of your senses. 7) Beginning with your toes, tense all of the major muscles, hold, then release. Move up your body doing the same pattern with each major muscle group.

8) Read the test instructions carefully

Important Dates

End of Quarter 3: March 18th

State Testing: March 14th-24th

Professional Development Day/No School: March 25th

Referral Forms

Please feel free to use our Referral Forms as needed.