March 2015

Mr. H's Class

Donations Needed

As is often the case this time of year we are running low on several of our necessary supplies. We are in need of the following items: tissues, fine tip dry or wet-erase markers, thermal laminating pouches, and hand sanitizer. If you are willing and able to help out, your donations are much appreciated by our class!

SPRING BREAK March 16th-20th

STAAR is Coming!

This time of year is when we begin discussing the STAAR test, and parents often ask "What can I do to make sure my child is prepared?" Here are the three most important things a parent can do to support their child:


1) Stay Calm: All children, no matter how well prepared, feel some anxiety about taking their first standardized test. Stay positive when talking about the test and reassure them that anxiety is normal, but it can be harmful if it overwhelms you. Don't frame the test as a scary punishment for not paying attention, but rather as a tool to help you see what you know and what you need to work on.


2) Familiarize Yourself With the Test: You can review past STAAR tests at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/State_of_Texas_Assessments_of_Academic_Readiness_(STAAR)/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/

Don't try to do the tests with your child at home (we'll be doing enough practice at school), but do take time to look at the rigor and types of questions students will be asked. Notice that many of the questions not only focus on arriving at a correct answer, but also on explaining WHY a student thinks the way they do.


3) Help Your Child Be Their Best: How a child feels the day of the test is a crucial factor in how a child will perform. Getting enough sleep, eating a good breakfast, and having a calm, relaxed morning will help your child more than anything else. Make sure your child gets at least 9-10 hours of sleep, eats a low-sugar breakfast, and wakes up early enough to have a calm, timely trip to school.

Star Party!

No, not STAAR party, STAR party! Later this month the Texas Museum of Science and Technology will be opening at a former soccer complex on 1431. Once pricing and hours are available we will begin planning a weekend event for the class to meet up and share our love of science. More details to come!
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