Family Learning for March

Whitthorne Middle School

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April activities can boost your child鈥檚 learning

April may bring showers, but it also brings opportunities to promote responsibility and learning.


Try these activities with your child:

路 April 2鈥擨nternational Children鈥檚 Book Day. This day is designed to inspire a love of reading. Grab a book and spend some time reading together.

路 April 12鈥擭ational Library Workers Day. Have your child make a card to thank the school librarian for helping him in the library.

路 April 15鈥擭ational Laundry Day. Teach your child how to do laundry.

路 April 22鈥擡arth Day. As a family, think of things you can do to protect the earth, such as using less water.

路 April 23鈥擲hakespeare鈥檚 birthday. With your child, act out a scene from one of Shakespeare鈥檚 plays. Or, challenge your child to write a play.

路 April 30鈥擭ational Honesty Day. Talk to your child about why it is important to be honest every day!

Preparation is key for test success in middle school

Many middle school students suffer from test anxiety. They seem to come unglued at the thought of facing a test鈥攚hether big or small. Fortunately, the cure for most text anxiety is simple:

When teachers announce an upcoming test, encourage your child to:

Find out as much as possible in advance. What鈥檚 the purpose of this test? What does a high score鈥攐r a low one鈥攎ean for your child? Is the test multiple-choice? True or false? The more students know what to expect, the more relaxed and confident they may feel on test day.

Ask the teacher about the best ways to prepare. Are there practice tests your child can take? Websites to visit? Would reviewing certain textbook chapters help?

Remain calm. Review the studying and prep work your child has already done. Then provide perspective: One test grade won鈥檛 change your student鈥檚 entire future.

Focus on physical well-being. Insist that your child get plenty of sleep the night before test day. Offer a healthy breakfast in the morning, and remind your child to dress comfortably in layers.

Are you spending meaningful time with your family?

To reach their full potential in school and in life, children need frequent, meaningful, undivided attention from parents. But finding that time can often be difficult.

Are you finding ways to spend quality family time together?

Answer yes or no to each of the questions below to find out:


___1. Do you strive to eat dinner as a family regularly?

___2. Do you balance your child鈥檚 structured activities with plenty of time for reading, relaxing and talking with family?

___3. Do you have a bedtime routine that includes spending at least five minutes talking with your child?

___4. Do you schedule one-on-one time with each of your kids each week?

___5. Have you designated screen-free times? Digital devices can cause separation even when family members are together.

How well are you doing?

More yes answers mean you鈥檙e finding ways to make family time a priority.

For no answers, try those ideas.

Give students a system to help them succeed on math tests

Math tests can be difficult to prepare for. After all, there aren鈥檛 any dates to remember or essays to write. To boost your middle schooler鈥檚 performance, share these math test strategies.


Before the test, students should:

Practice. They can redo homework problems or problems from quizzes. They should focus on the problems they had trouble understanding or got wrong, and work on them until they are confident they can solve them.

Create a 鈥渇ormula sheet.鈥 Students should write down all the formulas they need to know. Ten, they can create flash cards to help memorize each formula.


During the test, students should:

Write down formulas when they get the test so they don鈥檛 forget them.

Read directions carefully and show their work to make sure they get every point possible. Use estimation. If one step in the problem says to subtract 32 from 109, estimating indicates the answer should be around 80. Comparing answers to estimates lets students know when they should try again.

Take their time. Students shouldn鈥檛 feel pressured by how quickly others finish.

Go back, check work and rework any problems they were uncertain about.

Look for careless errors. Are all of the decimal points in the right place? If the answer includes a graph, are the axes labeled?

Ask questions to strengthen reading comprehension

Much of your child鈥檚 school success will depend on reading comprehension. Comprehension is much more than being able to read the words. It also means understanding the meaning of those words.

To boost reading comprehension, encourage your child to:

鈥 Summarize. Talk with him about the material. Ask him to recall facts (such as characters, setting and plot), but also ask questions that require deeper thinking: What problems did the characters face? How does the story progress from beginning to end? Why did things turn out the way they did?

鈥 Make connections. Ask your child what he has already learned or experienced that relates to the story. Is the story like or unlike others he鈥檚 read?

鈥 Solve problems. Ask your child how the characters were affected by one another鈥檚 actions. Can he imagine things from different viewpoints? If your child took a character鈥檚 place, would he make the same decision the character made? How might his choices have changed the story?

鈥 Apply knowledge. Ask your child to explain the message or moral of the story. Did the author have a clear opinion? If so, what was it? Does your child agree? How can your child apply what he鈥檚 read to his everyday life?

Upcoming activities

Week of March 21: Visits to feeder elementary schools to meet our rising 5th grade students.


March 24th P/T Conferences and Family Health Fair


April 7th: Whitthorne Spring Showcase


This weekend our band is at MTSU for CPA - their version of TCAP 馃檪


8th grade will attend career fair on March 18 @CSCC

Celebrations!

We are so proud of the following WMS students who were invited to join Collegiate Academy.


Zamarya Anderson

Ava Bolton

Azieanna Brown

Hensley Brown

Linsey Browning

Portia Carter

Bree Castillo

Peyton Corley

Jon Hayden Coughlin

Marilla Dale

Savannah Dunn

Baylee Eakes

Brayden Ellis

Keion Fitzgerald

Noah Galvan

Jocelyn Guarnotta

Avery Lawrence

Cana Ledford

Anette Lopez Quevedo

Hunter Mangum

Iris Marshall

Madi McDonald

Jayden McKennon

Anna Neas

Divy Patel

Hetvi Patel

Vishwa Patel

Henry Pilkinton

Mallory Roland

Mackenzie Rosen

Morgan Snow

Malia Spivey

Sophie Stafford

Grace Vining

Katherine Vining

Hudson Wilson

The Maury County Schools Art Exhibit at the Pryor Art Gallery

Thursday, March 10th, 4-7pm

1665 Hampshire Pike

Columbia, TN

The Maury County Schools Art Exhibit at the Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Community College


Reception opens March 10th from 4:00-7:00pm


Exhibit remains open until April 1st.


Columbia State Art Show

Student List- Artwork in show

Emma Adcock

Sophie Stafford

Liam Smith

Jayden Lewis

Jenifer Sigala

Mackenzie Rosen

Shelby Vuncannon

Taylor Edberg

Isaiah Edberg

Jackson McCullom

Anna Neas

Emily Vance

Jordan Mabry

Ariel Stout

Jezzi Curry

Rosie Guzman