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President’s Message
It has been several months since we have published
a newsletter. We have not forgotten our many readers,
but have maintained our focus on some very important
happenings for our businesses. Strategic Studies and
e-Tutor have incorporated into separate companies and
although they will always be connected to the education
arena, they will have differing functions.
Strategic Studies will maintain its work in schools and
districts to assist them in improving the quality of
education for students. e-Tutor will continue to provide
the highest standard for educational content
over the Internet.

You will want to spend some time at the new
homepage for the educational universe we have
created at
http://www.e-tutor.com.
We have brought together in one place the information and websites that you have found at our various websites. We think the new look more adequately defines our mission and who we are.
I hope you will agree and will return often to see what is new and exciting in our universe.
In addition, we are putting the final touches on the most comprehensive educational program we have seen for the Internet! It has been so very exciting to develop this fantastic program that supports the popular e-Tutor instructional lessons for K-12 students. I wish you could each meet the talented individuals who have helped put this program together. Have you ever built something that turned our beyond your expectations? Well, this is e-Tutor! If you were here, you would often hear me saying "This is so fantastic!" I hope you will share in our pleasure by taking a tour at http://www.e-tutor.com/tour. Let me warn you, however, that the tour does not do this program justice. I encourage you to call or e-mail for more information.

There is more in the air, but I will wait and tell you about that in next month’s newsletter. Once again, I want to thank each of you for your commitment and loyalty to education. I look forward to the exciting months and years ahead as we continue to explore new ways of meeting the needs of students around the world.

Enjoy the lengthening of the day and the increased sunlight.

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Students who read for three or more hours per week outside of school are twice as likely as students who do no outside reading to be proficient in advanced math and reading tasks, a federal study shows.
Testing....What Does It Mean?

This is the time of year that schools traditionally give tests or prepare for tests. There has been much debate over the last few years about testing and accountability. There are no easy answers to the questions being asked, but perhaps we can help frame the discussion with information about standardized testing.


Standardized tests are important because they tell teachers and parents many things about each individual child....and about each school, too. The same test is given in schools all over the country (this is why they are called "standardized"). And the scores are based on the average performance of the children taking the test, usually called the "norm."
This means a student’s scores can be compared to those of his/her classmates and those of children the same age in other schools. The tests help tell us what a child can do and is doing in relation to others in the same grade. But remember....tests are only one indication. They measure certain things,
COMPETENCY TESTS
Are criterion referenced test in which students must get a certain score in order to "pas" (thus graduate or be promoted to the next grade).
They are designed to show whether students have reached a particular level of skill or knowledge in a subject area, and are developed at the state or local level, not "standardized" nationally.

Another kind of test is the Norm Referenced test, in which a student's score is compared to the average score achieved by a nationwide sampling of students. Standardized aptitude and achievement

 

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They say snow is Nature's peanut butter. That is, it can be either soft or crunchy, kids love it and it clings to the roof of your house.
Reading at Home
Learning to read is much like learning any other skill. It requires a combination of instruction, experimentation, and practice. But the first step must be motivation. The child must want to learn to read. Parents can encourage their children to read  by demonstrating that they think reading  is important. Parents can help their
children discover the benefits of reading:
new ideas...relaxation...adventure...fun.

Buy as many children's books as you can afford.
• Give books as gifts.
• Visit the library regularly.
• Allow your children to choose their own books.
Don't rush them.
• Show your children that you enjoy reading. Make sure they see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books.
• Set up a special place for reading.
• Encourage older children to read to younger children.
• Surround your child with words; point out street signs; label objects in the house such as table, desk, and stove.
• Play word games like Scrabble, Anagrams, and Ad Lib.
• Watch educational TV programs together. Some stress reading development.
• Read to your child, especially at bedtime. Reread favorite stories.
• Ask you child to read to you.
• Stress the things your children do well in reading rather than any mistakes they make. Remember: Success breeds success.

 

Letters, We Get Letters!

How do you read your letters? Reader eye-movement studies show that people read letters in the following way:
• They first look at the salutation. In a non-personalized sales letter, they focus on the headline.
• Most readers then glance at the signature to see who sent the letter.
• Next, they scan the P.S. if one exists.
• Finally, they return to the salutation area and begin reading the first paragraph.
Tip: Include a P.S. Make it function like a headline----to entice, to promise, etc.

 

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To grab the attention of your friends and associates, it is hard to beat a big fat mistake!Anonymous.
 

Foods Affect Your Moods

It may be no surprise that coffee picks you up, and alcohol slows you down. But many other foods and beverages can and do affect your moods. You can improve your mental
and physical health by

understanding how foods affect you and how you can eat well to manage stress.

Most people can get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating properly. If they don't, their moods can be affected. Without enough B vitamins (found in tuna, peanuts, and kidney beans), you can feel depressed, grouchy, nervous. Without enough iron (found in molasses and spinach), you can feel grouchy, nervous, or forgetful.

Thiamin (found in soybean products) helps you feel calm, sleep well, and fight depression. Vitamin B12 (found in tuna fish) gives you energy. If you don't have enough B12, you can feel grouchy or depressed, and have problems sleeping.

Different types of food affect you in different ways. Carbohydrates (including wheat, pasta, bread, sweets) tend to calm you down. Low-fat proteins (including meat, fish, low-fat dairy products) give you energy. Fats slow you down and can make you feel sluggish.

It is important to eat a balanced diet, especially when you are under stress. A healthy diet includes low-fat protein (meat, fish, beans), complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruit, whole grains), and small amounts of fats (olive, safflower or other vegetable oils). Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol, which add to your stress burden. Understand how foods affect your moods, and you will improve your physical and emotional health.

 

Today's children play so much with video games the IRS reports some taxpayers have even tried claiming the Mario Brothers as dependents.
Great Links for February

The repaired Hubble takes pictures
http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/2000/08/pr_photos.html

An index of biographies
http://members.home.net/klanxner/lives/

Four expeditions will be based on the sources of our planet: Water, Earth , Air and Fire.
http://www.originxpedition.com/

Teach you students about Jazz
http://www.jazzkids.com/

Art Sparkers - What gets you going on making art?
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/art/rt_room/sparkers/@rt_sparkers.html

The Hunger Site - Make a free donation of food.
http://www.thehungersite.com/

Happy Valentines Day!

From the e-Tutor Staff

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