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Counselors Corner Smore Newsletter 

Hello Explorers!


As the end of the school year is approaching, we want to thank everyone for their support this school year. We are grateful to have a supportive community. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer!


Thank you parents and community members for making our Career Day a huge success! Students were so excited to hear all about different careers.


Many students – even those who perform extremely well in school – experience tremendous anxiety because of the STAAR test. A certain degree of test anxiety is normal and may help students work more efficiently and remain focused during testing. Too much anxiety, however, can negatively affect performance. Parents who follow these tips can help a great deal in alleviating STAAR related anxiety and ensuring STAAR success for their children.

  • Do make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
  • Do wake up early and in plenty of time so he/she won’t feel rushed the morning of the test.
  • Do emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth. Remind them that test scores are not perfect measures of what they can achieve. Reassure your child, no matter the outcome of the test you will still love him/her. Simply encourage them to do their best.
  • Don’t over emphasize the importance of the test; you may stress him/her out, it is important for your child to stay relaxed on the test. Try not to say things to make him/her feel more nervous. When your child feels good, they will do their best.
  • Do something fun the night before to take their mind off the test (see a movie, play a board game, participate in a sport activity). That way their mind and emotions are more relaxed in the time leading up to the test.
  • Do eat a hearty breakfast. The brain needs a lot of energy to maintain focus on a big test for several hours. Eat a hearty and healthy breakfast, including complex carbohydrates and protein to help energize your brain and think more clearly.
  • Do ensure that you child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
  • Do dress in comfortable clothing. Bring a sweater or jacket to accommodate for temperature fluctuations. Wear quite shoes with rubber soles such as sneakers.


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