Season’s Greetings Eagle Families and Friends,
While there have been many benchmarks to assess progress toward the goals that your children have set for themselves since the start of the school year, we now shift into the final exam season and acknowledge that this time of year can be stressful for even the most highly organized teens. Therefore, I share some positive habits of mind that we hope you will emphasize with your children as they prepare for finals:
Keep a consistent study schedule because doing so increases retention and reduces anxiety; cramming is actually counterproductive to academic success since, according to UCLA research, “it's this reduced sleep that accounts for the increase in academic problems that occurs after days of increased studying.”
Take advantage of the dedicated allocation of period 2 to intervention time only during the month of December.
Lunchtime interventions - Literacy Lab, Science Resource, Social Studies Resource, and Math Resource Centers - are available to assist students when preparing for final exams.
Review the study guides that our staff typically provides. Doing so may help students focus on specific learning targets that are emphasized in the final exams.
Attend evening review sessions that many staff offer. Departmental schedules are posted on our website.
Get exercise - even 20 minutes of brisk walking clears the head and helps to quiet a busy mind.
Take a break from social media.
Our staff is ready to help students manage the pressures of this time of the school year. One other small but very popular tradition that we intend to repeat is our Hot Chocolate With Baldy Fridays on December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Our students really love this form of recognition and feeling of community.
We appreciate all of the support and encouragement that you have provided to your children - and to us - and thank you in advance for continuing to talk to your children about their plans for final exam preparation. Encouraging your children to verbalize the things that are filling their brains with anxiety helps to reduce their worry.
We look forward to a positive and productive close to our first semester and wish you and your families some great together time over the winter break.
Deborah D. Baker