GRANGEVILLE — School-wide testing is going to be taking place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) once students return from spring break. The dates for the GEMS testing window are April 6 to May 22. During this time period, all third through eighth-grade students will be on a rotating schedule for taking their ISATs (Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests).
GEMS staff sent out ideas for students to reach their optimum level on the testing:
How a child performs at school each day starts at home. Studies show that breakfast-eaters have a distinct advantage over breakfast-skippers when it comes to brain function. Breakfast-eaters will have better brain power, have longer attention spans, and have better test scores, school attendance, and mood than the breakfast-skippers. An analogy for this is: not eating breakfast is like getting ready to go on your spring break trip with an empty gas tank. You are not going to make it very far, and you are not going to enjoy the experience.
Make sure they are getting enough sleep. Research conducted at the National Center on Sleep Disorders at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that when a child regularly gets nine hours of sleep a night the child will perform better in school and will be happier. Some suggestions NIH has made to help your children fall to sleep sooner each night are: no caffeine after 2 p.m. and no stimulating activities, such as watching television, playing video games, of even surfing the Web for at least a half-hour before lights out each night.
Are these tests important? Yes. All 2017 graduates and beyond must pass these tests in high school in order to graduate with an Idaho high school diploma. High school graduation may seem to be way down the line for some parents, but know these tests results are used as performance indicators of future school success. The test results are also used to place eighth grade students in their high school classes for their freshman year. So, students of all ages and grades should be giving their best efforts while taking these tests to ensure they provide themselves with the best results possible.
Submitted by GEMS teacher Kelcey Edwards