Lynx High School Newsletter

AIS West March 2021

March Calendar

Please read the March calendar carefully and find out when you will be on campus with the exception of quarantined students. Students at home should be learning online or independently by checking Google Classroom regularly. Please reach out to your teachers during office hours if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing most of you soon.

The High School Leadership Team.

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Grade 9 Arabic Ministry Exams

Dear Grade 9 Students and Parents,

As previously communicated via email, all grade 9 students (with the exception of students who are 100% exempted) are required to sit the Arabic and Arabic Social Studies exam for semester 1. The exam consists of one paper that will be delivered by the MOE. It covers both subjects. There will be no exam for Religion. The exam is scheduled on Sunday, March 7th from 9:00 am to 11:00am.

We are making arrangements to accommodate all grade 9 students at the gym, maintaining the required social distancing. Students will also be required to keep the mask on at all times.

Students are expected to arrive at school at least 30 minutes before the exam and may make arrangements to leave campus after the exam. If you wish for your child to remain in school until buses depart, please email us.

If a student reports sick and provides documentation, or is in quarantine as instructed by the AIS West school doctor, he/she will be reported to the ministry and would be required to take a makeup exam later in the year in order to be eligible for promotion to the next grade.

We wish our students the best of luck!!

Grade 10 and 11 Arabic Ministry Exams

Please check your email for details about the Arabic ministry exam scheduled as follows:

Thursday, March 4th: Grade 10 Cohort A at the gym

Thursday, March 4th: Grade 11 through Google Form.

Monday, March 8th: Grade 10 Cohort B at the gym.

Wishing all our students the best of luck!

IB12 Mock Exams

The Grade 12 IB students will sit their mock exams starting March 21st in room 335. We wish them the best of luck.

Message from the Counselor

Tips on Note-Taking

Taking good notes is important. Having good classroom notes helps you do better on tests. Because tests usually cover material that's been presented in class, having good notes to study from can significantly improve your test grades. It will also help you remember projects, due dates, etc. Taking notes helps you pay attention and get the most out of your classes. You can think much faster than anyone can talk. This is one of the reasons that your mind sometimes wanders when you are listening to your teacher speak. Taking notes helps you stay focused on the material being presented.

Format your notes. Start a new page for each day and class. At the top of the page, write the name of the class, date page number, and the topic of your notes. Having a three ring binder can help you stay on task. You can do the same with a computer. If you use paper to take notes, use only one side of the paper and skip lines between ideas/topics. this will give you space if you want to add something later.

Develop your listening skills. In order to take good notes, you need to have sharp listening skills. Recognize important information. To take good notes, you must be able to identify the information that is most important. Also write down anything that is written on the board and on the screen.

Good luck and don't forget to review your notes daily and if needed, rewrite your notes that evening as they are still fresh on your mind. Now you can add information that you might have forgotten when you are taking notes.

Dr. Les Potter

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IB Learner Profile Award

Each month we recognize a student and teacher who exceptionally demonstrate an IB Learner Profile attribute. For February we have recognized the "Open Minded" attribute.

Teachers and students who are Open Minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Teacher of the month: Ms. Suzanne Maxtone is open to different perspectives and opinions. She listens to differences and shows respect for diversity.

Student of the month: Farah Elrefaei displays a maturity in online learning and accepts others point of view. She is graceful with her opinions and very tactful when offering her point of view.

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is very common among many students. It is normal to feel some level of anxiety or stress regarding an exam. Anxiety can be a motivator. However, at very high levels, anxiety can interfere with your learning and test performance.

What causes test anxiety?

* prior negative test-taking experiences

* fear of failure

* lack of preparation

* poor time management

* poor study habits

* lack of organization

* cramping for a test instead of long term studying

* unclear of what will be asked on the exam

* lack of confidence

* negative thought process

* perfectionism and feelings of unworthiness leading to unreasonable goals

* focusing on negative consequences of failure rather than preparing to succeed

Tips for reducing test anxiety

* preparation

* develop good study habits

* don't cram but study over several days

* ask for help when needed

* get adequate rest

* attend class regularly and on time

* complete all tasks on time

* make and take practice tests

* develop reasonable expectations

* encourage yourself

* keep your mind focused on the present

* do one thing at a time

* practice, practice, practice

* study, study, study

* time management

* eat healthy-be healthy

Always do your best!

Dr. Les Potter