Counseling Center

Bully Prevention
Bullying is a national problem and can have a devastating effect on a student’s life. With the support of our principal and teachers, I will be conducting classroom lessons, surveys and activities in an effort to create a bully free school. In addition, we will be encouraging the students to be caught being a “Bully Blocker” by standing up against bullying as it happens. Together with your help we can ensure that Oakwood has a fun and safe environment for our students to learn and grow.

One of the most important aspects of any bully prevention program is to have a plan. Here is FCHS"s plan when dealing with a bullying situation.

*Stay CALM and CONFIDENT!

*Move AWAY from the bully.

*Tell them to STOP!

*If they don’t stop, TELL an adult.

If your student reports bullying please contact the school.

For more information and resources about bully prevention:
www.stopbullying.gov www.welcomingschools.org
stompoutbullying.org Pacer.org/bullying
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/promos/stopbullying/index.html

Testing
Testing can be a stressful time for many students. Here are some tips that parents can do to help your student to be successful and reduce test anxiety.

You can help your student prepare for testing by doing the following:
* Make sure your student gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your student eats a good breakfast the day of the test.
* Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your student stress.
* Make sure your student has taken any needed medication.
* Ensure that your student is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
* Get your student to school on time the day of the test.
* Wish your student good luck each morning of the test. Tell your student that they are special and that you believe in them!
* Remind your student the test is important. Encourage them to do their best.
* If your student is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
* If the test is on a subject for which you can review (such as a spelling test), help your student go over the material.
* Remind your student to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
* Explain to your student the importance of using time wisely. If your student gets stuck on a question, encourage them to make a best guess and move on.
* Tell your student to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
* Encourage your student to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
* If your student is disappointed after taking a test, reassure them that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.
* Most importantly encourage them to do their best!