February 1999 Issue - Volume 2.6
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President's Notes

Test Anxiety

Tired and Listless?

February Highlights

Safety on the Internet

Helpful Links

President's Notes

There is still snow on the ground in our part of the world, but if you look closely at the edges of the melting snow, you might find a little green pushing its head up through the brown soil and leftover ice crystals. The days are longer and the afternoon shadows shorter. Signs that another season will be here before we know it. Enjoy the waning days of winter....the quiet time of year....store up and energize for the active days ahead.

The past month has found us on a virtual roller coaster of activity. Our focus has been the Internet....the use of it, safety issues, webpages, chat rooms and discussion groups. We have given a seminar on integrating the Internet into the curriculum. But the area of greatest discussion has been the use of chat rooms, email and discussion groups. We cannot come to any consensus on the use of chat groups with students......whether it is something that students use frequently now......willl use in the future.......and whether children/students using them, are doing so in a secure environment. We will keep you informed on this issue in the future. If you can shed some light on the subject please email us at issues@strategicstudies.com

M Angulo

 

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President's Notes

Test Anxiety

Tired and Listless?

February Highlights

Safety on the Internet

Helpful Links

Test Anxiety

Spring traditionally signals test taking time in many parts of the United States. Research shows that being "test wise" improves a student’s scores. To help your child become more comfortable with test taking:

Talk about the tests ahead of time with your child.

Build your child’s confidence through study and practice at home.

Show a positive attitude toward taking tests. Tell you child:

I know you will do the best you can, or
The world won’t end if you are not number one.

Encourage your child to listen carefully to spoken test instructions. You can provide practice by giving simple, then gradually more complex, instructions for things to be done at home.

Tired and Listless?

Here are some tips to help you when you are feeling tired and listless:

Go for a 10-minute walk. Research has shown that a short, brisk walk will give you a better energy boost than a candy bar. Why: The walk will elevate your blood-sugar level slowly and provide energy for up to two hours. The candy bar will tire you within an hour because it will raise your blood-sugar level too quickly.

Take a shower. The negative ions created when falling water hits your body will make you more energetic and cheerful. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter.

Take a 2-minute, deep-breathing break every 45 minutes. Why: When doing mental work, most people tend to take shallow breaths and get insufficient oxygen. Be sure to breathe from the diaphragm....not the upper chest. Caution: Avoid too much deep breathing....or you will get light-headed.

 

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President's Notes

Test Anxiety

Tired and Listless?

February Highlights

Safety on the Internet

Helpful Links

Listen to lively music for about five minutes. Rock music is effective and should energize you for about an hour, but any upbeat music will do. Repeat as needed. Caution: Use headphones if the music will disturb others.

February Highlights

February 12: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S.

.....the well assured and most enduring memorial to Lincoln is invisibly there, today, tomorrow and for a long time yet to come in the hearts of lovers of liberty, men and women who understand that wherever there is freedom there have been those who fought, toiled and sacrificed for it.

Carl Sandburg

February 22: George Washington, 1st President of the U.S.

Washington is the mightiest name on earth....long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation.

Abraham Lincoln

February 14: St. Valentine’s Day

According to an old legend the day upon which birds choose their mates; widely celebrated by the giving of love tokens. A valentine is a letter or missive sent by one person to another on St. Valentine’s Day.

Webster’s Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 1937

Safety on the Internet

The Internet is an excellent tool for students to use, but is it really safe? Every experience a child encounters contains some element of risk, but here are some guidelines to follow to insure a safe journey on the Internet without infringing on your child’s privacy.

 

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President's Notes

Test Anxiety

Tired and Listless?

February Highlights

Safety on the Internet

Helpful Links

Take pro-active action.

Whenever possible, try to address issues before they become a problem. When your children begins to use the Internet, talk to your child about appropriate use of the Internet or install parental control software. Keep the computer in a well-trafficked area so you can monitor the activity without imposing too much into their privacy.

Parental Control Software

Filtering programs that block out inappropriate sites containing adult language, topics or graphics is one safeguard, but it is not the ultimate solution. Many browsers also contain screening software such as Cyberpatrol. These programs are effective in screening out the majority (but not all) of inappropriate material, however, if children are determined to access the material, they will find it somehow. These programs may also cause a delay in downloading websites that are appropriate since they must be "screened" first.

Discuss Your Concerns with Your Children

Discuss with your children the risks of the Internet. Have your children agree not to reveal any identifying information online including their last name, town, age or school. They should never agree to meet anyone online without your permission.

Use your children’s experiences on the Internet as a way to discuss what your child is interested in. Go online together and visit sites that are informative, fun and/or educational. Stay involved and explore the Web with them to familiarize yourself with the areas they visit regularly.

Stay informed

Educate yourself about the resources and risks online. Visit this site for more information:

Child Safety and the Information Superhighway

http://ericps.ed.uiuc.edu/npin/respar/texts/home/safety.html

Suzanne Baugher

 

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President's Notes

Test Anxiety

Tired and Listless?

February Highlights

Safety on the Internet

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Surf the WWW

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