March brings with it two things most parents and students probably aren't too fond of - the start of tornado season and STAAR testing. Just like it's important to be prepared in the event of bad weather, we can also help our students prepare for the often-stressful environment that comes with standardized testing.
For our March parenting event, Fortress was grateful to Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School for having school counselor Mr. Lewis and testing coordinator Ms. Burgess come talk to our families about ways to help prepare our kids for success. Ms. Burgess focused on Van Zandt-Guinn's theme this year: Pacing yourself for a strong finish! There are multiple days of testing in March and makeup days in May, and for students in grades 5 and 8, there will also be SSI (Student Success Initiative) testing in math and reading.
Ms. Burgess highlighted the importance of making sure your child is getting plenty of rest the night before testing and eating a good breakfast in the morning. VZG stops serving breakfast at 7:55 am so bring them early if they are going to eat there. Mr. Lewis taught parents that stress means being under pressure combined with an uncomfortable feeling, something a lot of kids are likely to experience during testing. Mr. Lewis reminded our parents that emotionally supporting students during testing is just as important as getting them to school on time. We want to thank all of our parents who attended this event, especially Michelle for asking so many great questions, and a big thank you to Ms. Burgess and Mr. Lewis! We know our Fortress kids are smart and we are excited to work together to help them succeed on the STAAR.