FWCS preparing for ISTEP - September 10, 2008
Schools are getting ready to make sure their students are prepared to take the ISTEP+ exams next week, including having a little fun. While students are working hard to brush up on what they are expected to know, it is also important to take a break and have a little fun. Here are some of the activities going on this week to prepare for the annual state exams, which begin on Monday, Sept. 15: - Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson will be the motivational speaker at an assembly at Fairfield Elementary School at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12. - Students at Adams and South Wayne elementary schools will have raisins to munch on during ISTEP+ thanks to Mike Gouloff, Chairman and CEO of SchenkelShultz Architecture, who brought Blessings in a Backpack to the two schools. He will drop off 1,000 boxes of the miniature brain food for South Wayne and 1,500 for Adams on Friday morning. - At 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, a Sweet Song ice cream truck will visit Irwin Elementary School to give cool treats to third- through fifth-graders. At 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, the weekly Irwin Blastoff will focus on being motivated for the exam. Representatives from Swiss Re, who worked at the school during United Way's Day of Caring, will be at the Blastoff to give the kids pencils and positive wishes. Representatives from Fast Signs will also be there to see students wearing the shirts they donated and wish them well. Students in kindergarten through second grade will wave stars at the older students and sing a song to their test-taking peers titled, I'm Motivated. - Adams Elementary will have an ISTEP Pep Rally at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12. The rally will include readings from former teachers and well-wishers, the ceremonial handing over of the test, running through a parent tunnel of support and a rocket blastoff. - During the week of ISTEP, Nebraska's Elementary classroom cheerleaders will perform ISTEP cheers daily to motivate their peers. - North Side High School has been providing learning opportunities to students since the first day of school. At 9:40 a.m. each day the entire school participates in a 10-minute math review exercise. In the afternoon, at 1:15 p.m., the entire school participates in a 10-minute English review exercise. Each of the review exercises are problems similar to what a student would encounter on the ISTEP, PSAT or SAT exam. Throughout the testing week, parents can help their students do their best by following these tips: - Making sure their children eat - and eat right - at home. - Making sure their children go to bed early and get enough sleep. - Avoiding putting pressure on children about taking the test. They should be encouraged to do well but not made to feel anxious.