ISAT testing starts April 6; students need rest, breakfast for best efforts

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School wide testing is going to be taking place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) now that students have returned from spring break. The dates for the GEMS testing window are April 6 to May 13. During this time period, all 3-8 grade students will be on a rotating schedule for taking their ISAT tests. The staff at GEMS would like to pass on some helpful 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. A great 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.

Yet another way to help your child perform better on their testing is to 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: no caffeine after 2 p.m. and no stimulating activities, such as watching television, playing video games, or even surfing the Web for at least a half-hour before lights out each night.

Are these tests important? Yes they are! All 2018 graduates and beyond must pass these tests in high school in order to graduate with a high school diploma. High school graduation may be way down the line for some parents, so you should 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.

Please help the GEMS staff by ensuring that your student’s brain is well-rested and fueled every day, and share with them that you care about their future by caring about their test results.

By Kelcey Edwards, language arts teacher, Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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