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Monday, March 27, 2017

Open Letter to Parents of School-Age Kids Regarding Test-Taking Fears

Assessments are one of the three major components of education and learning. The other two: curriculum and instruction.

Unhealthy Stress Related to Assessments

This student-focused writer is alarmed at increasing concerns of stress in children related to test-taking.  Please help me slow the progression of this and even reverse it.

Our goal and desire is that our students and their families reap benefit from the experience of test-taking.  For example, benefits of assessments include:  show progression of skills learned, accountability, interventions needed or level of effectiveness of interventions, just to name a few. 

Our staff takes the overall accumulative effect of the entire educational experience very seriously. We are saddened and deeply concerned when we learn that students are experiencing unhealthy stress related to assessments.

Our faculty is passionate about emphasizing that students approach testing as a routine part of their learning experience.  Our expectations are simple, straight forward and designed to fortify students with confidence for assessment of their learning.

It's always a good habit for test takers to do their very best on a test of any description and we certainly desire that our students take tests/assessments seriously.  However, we want to speak cautiously and with the right purpose when saying this to children. Too frequently for this writer's student-centered comfort, an unhealthy fear is established that is often difficult to untie once rooted.  This trepidation can lead to an undesired and unhealthy view of learning and school overall. Help us guide your child toward a positive and healthy approach to successful test-taking.

Please join our staff in approaching all testing with these simple requirements below. We purposefully and intentionally DO NOT emphasize, "you must score this or else "this (bad stuff) will happen'".  With positive nurture and calm we communicate the following to our students:

Adopt the DSL technique:
Do your very best.
2. Show what you know.
3. Let it go!

These simple reminders for your child should provide reassurance and confidence for your child. Please contact us if we can help or if you have questions. email: FORDL@LISD.NET; RODGERSS@LISD.NET; HEASTYYOUNGN@LISD.NET; HERKIMERD@LISD.NET; PERRYSR@LISD.NET  ; BRAWNERTM@LISD.NET ; LOVETTL@LISD.NET or your child's teacher

Mayo Clinic - generalized anxiety disorder

written by Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Twitter: @lynnhillford

Sunday, March 19, 2017

#InnovationExpo2017 @homesteades 

The above is an innovation on a longtime favorite --- guacamole, ...this is avocado lime sauce. Can we say, hoo-yah?!

Save the date -- May 25 -- Gallery Walk 

for parents and community to view students creativity, innovations and problem solving expertise. Student's displays will range from the most simple to complex. We at Homestead Elementary urge each student to participate in this opportunity to showcase their ingenuity. 

Contact your child's teacher for more information or the following:  Mrs. Deanna Seigler, Library and Media Specialist  Mrs. Susan Restuccia, Gift and Talented Specialist   Mrs. Lisa Cyr, Science Discovery Teacher  Mrs. Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal  Mr. Sean Perry, Principal

Homestead Happenings __ MARCH 2017

March 13-17 -- Spring Break (no school)
March 20 -- classes resume
March 20; 3:00-4:30 PM -- FCA
March 20-21 -- Outdoor School (5th grade only).
March 23 -- Think College/Career Thursday - wear favorite college shirt
March 24; 7:15 AM -- Student Council (Science Discovery room).
March 27 -- 3:00-4:30 -- FCA
March 28 -- STAAR (grade 4 Writing; grade 5 Math)
March 29 -- STAAR (grade 5 Reading)
April 3, 3:00-4:00 PM -- FCA
April 10 -- #InnovationExpo2017 application deadline for Kdg - 5th grade.  (paper copy included in Tuesday folder 3/7/2017)

    More info about #InnovationExpo2017  ----->  Slide show created by Science Discovery Teacher, Mrs. Cyr

Application for #InnovationExpo2017 for all students Kdg - 5th grade. 
#InnovationExpo2017 app Kdg-5th grade

April 10, 3:00-4:30 PM – FCA
April 10-13, Book Fair
April 11, Family Night @ Book Fair
April 11, 6:00 PM -- 1st grade performance @ PTA meeting
April 12 -- Talent Show audition
April 19, 8:00 AM -- Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Homestead staff for ALL VOLUNTEERS. Please attend!
April 20 -- Think College/Career Thursday - wear favorite college shirt
April 26 -- School pictures
May 8 -- STAAR, grades 3 - 4, Math; grade 5 Math re-test.
May 9 -- STAAR, grades 3-4, Reading; grade 5 Reading re-test.
May 10 -- STAAR, grade 5 Science.
May 11, 6:00 PM -- Top 25 Talent Show acts performance
May 25 -- #InnovationExpo2017 Gallery Walk. Parents and community invited to view student created innovative items and processes.

Thank you for following us on Twitter @homesteades and liking us on Facebook. Updates to this calendar post will follow.

Your contributions to greatness at Homestead Elementary are always appreciated.

Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal