BJHS | Weekly Newsletter | APRIL 27, 2015

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Success is not a destination. It is a journey.
-Zig Ziglar

Dear Parents/Guardians:

PARCC End-of-Year Assessments (EOY) will be administered:
April 27, 2015 – May 22, 2015

The ELA/literacy EOY will focus on reading comprehension. The mathematics EOY will require students to demonstrate further conceptual understanding of the Major Content and Additional and Supporting Content of the grade/course (as outlined in the PARCC Model Content Frameworks). Students will also be required to demonstrate mathematical fluency.

The PARCC summative assessments consist of two required components: a Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and an End of Year assessment (EOY). The PBA component of the PARCC requires that students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through extended tasks and take the PBA when approximately 75 percent of instruction has been completed. Students take the second part, or EOY, at approximately the point when 90 percent of instruction has been completed. The EOY is composed of shorter, machine-scored questions. Note these are not two separate tests but two parts (PBA and EOY) of one summative assessment and are not intended to measure the growth or academic progress gained from one part to the next. Instead, growth can be measured when compared to prior years and when other PARCC assessments become available.

For additional information and resources please visit:
http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this end-of-year assessment.

Sincerely,

Bethany A. Lindsay, Principal
Brookwood Junior High School


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Dr. Michele Borba, Educational Psychologist, provides tips you can do at home to support your student during standardized testing. By using these tips, your student has the optimum combination for performance with reduced stress. When testing is over, continue to stay positive with your student, regardless of his/her performance. There will always be more tests, and your continued support will help him/her approach future exams in a more positive light.

Serve a Healthy Breakfast
For years, research has shown the importance of breakfast on academic performance, the same applies for tests. Make sure you focus on foods that are healthy, like eggs and whole grain toast, or oatmeal packed with fruit and nuts. Items like donuts and sugary drinks can leave your student hungry just an hour or two later. A nutritious breakfast can help your child stay focused and alert.

Safeguard Sleep
Make sure your student gets enough sleep the night before exams and in the days leading up to tests. Growing children of all ages need adequate sleep in order to perform optimally in the classroom, and this also applies during testing time.  Enforce a tech curfew – no phones, tablets, video games, or TV thirty minutes prior to bedtime. This will help your child wind down and prepare to get a good night’s rest.

Say No To Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are not recommended by Parent Toolkit Health & Wellness experts, but the reality is your older student might try energy drinks to help her study longer. Aside from having no nutritional value, the added caffeine can impair her ability to go to sleep when the time comes.

Stay Positive
Your child can be influenced by your reaction to testing time.  Give him a positive send-off in the morning and tell him he has the needed skills, he just needs to relax and pace himself.

Don’t Stress
Your stress can spill over to your student. By keeping your own stress levels down, you can help your child. Try to emphasize to your child that she doesn’t have to be perfect, and that you’ll support her no matter what. Students sometimes feel added pressure to do well on tests from parents, and that can end up having a negative effect on their performance.


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2015 GRADUATION INFORMATION

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!

GRADUATION AT BROOKWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IS |THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015.

 

 IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION!
8TH GRADE GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHS (CAP & GOWN) WILL BE TAKEN ON FRIDAY, April 24, 2015
STUDENTS WILL BE GOING HOME WITH INSTANT PROOFS, CONSISTING OF TWO DIFFERENT POSES, AND INFORMATION ON ORDERING

With graduation, certain expenses are necessary.  The following list will be the total cost for graduation and should be paid in the office.

**All payments must be made in CASH and in full by May 27, 2015.

Required Expenses
Cap (includes tassel), gown, and medallion………………………… $42.00

Optional Expenses

  • Autograph Book………………………………………….. $5.00
  • 4” Graduation Bear…………………………………………. $5.00
  • Graduation – Formal Dinner/Party @ Glenwoodie Golf Course (5/22/15)………………………… $38.00

Final Date For Payment/Reservation For Party Will Be May 8, 2015
The graduation party will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Glenwoodie Golf Club.

**If parents would like to attend and have dinner with the students, the cost will be $25.00 for each parent.

Tickets To Graduation
Each 8th grade graduate will receive four (4) tickets.  No extra tickets will be issued.  This is due to safety & occupancy codes.

**Reminder – Any school fees incurred during the school year must be paid before graduation fees can be paid.

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Time Sequence Of Events

  • 6:00 PM Graduation: Students enter building through the northwest door (by Room 10) and report to assigned rooms.  Students should report to school dressed in their caps and gowns.
  • 6:00 PM Main Entry Doors: Will be open to ticket holders only!  Everyone Entering Must Have A Ticket, Including Small Children
  • 6:30 PM: Processional starts (promptly).

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Extra – Curricular Activities | Week Of 4/27/2015

 

MONDAY

Activity Time

Location

Morning Tutoring 7:30-8:30 A.M. Learning Center
Track Practice 3:10-4:30 P.M. Gym
After School Tutoring 3:10-4:30 P.M. Learning Center
Anime Club 3:10-4:30 P.M. Room 16

TUESDAY

Morning Tutoring 7:30-8:30 A.M. Learning Center
Gospel Choir 7:30-8:10 A.M. Stage
Drumline 7:15-8:15 A.M. Room 20
Honor Roll Luncheon Lunch Time Library
Chess Club 3:10-4:30 P.M. Room 6
Track Meet 3:30-5:30 P.M. Columbia Central
After School Tutoring 3:10-4:30 P.M. Learning Center

WEDNESDAY

Morning Tutoring 7:30-8:30 A.M. Learning Center
Student Council 3:10-4:30 P.M. Learning Center
Art Club 3:10-4:30 P.M. Room 19
Track Practice 3:10-4:30 P.M. Gym
After School Tutoring 3:10-4:30 P.M. Learning Center

THURSDAY

Morning Tutoring 7:30-8:30 A.M. Learning Center
Gospel Choir 7:30-8:10 A.M. Stage
Drumline 7:15-8:15 A.M. Room 20
After School Tutoring 3:10-4:30 P.M. Learning Center
Track Practice 3:10-4:30 P.M. Gym