Superintendent's Winter Message

Superintendent’s Winter Message: 2015

The Garfield Heights City Schools Community has surpassed the halfway point of the 2014-2015 school year, and the district thanks the parents and the students for their hard work to this point. Teachers and staff members have been hard at work conducting preliminary tests, creating benchmarks and then instructing students accordingly so that each and every one of our Bulldogs are prepared for the upcoming test-taking season. So that parents are aware, the future of test-taking in the State of Ohio will require that students take tests on computers. This is precisely why the GHCS has made such a considerable investment in technology, at all levels of instruction. The resources that have been added throughout the district include new instructors in the elementary schools, a new technology curriculum for the district’s youngest students, more computers and more devices to prepare our students for this coming reality. Our district’s technology department continues to devote time and energy to making the Garfield Heights City Schools as advanced as possible when it comes to cutting edge technological equipment and procedures. Please know that your student is likely to be receiving more and more exposure to technology on a regular basis.

Test-taking season is upon us, and as students in the entire district prepare for this time of the year, there are a number of things that you can do to help supplement classroom instruction.

  • Speak openly with your children about testing. Explain to your child that tests are benchmarks against which teachers, schools and others measure how much he or she is learning.
  • Stay positive and encouraging. By praising your child for his or her positive accomplishments, self-esteem increases, and consequently the likelihood that he or she will perform well on tests.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers. Parents who pro-actively discuss their children’s progress remain informed, and can learn about suggested activities that he or she can perform at home, to prepare for tests and improve his or her understanding of schoolwork.
  • Continue training your child with a mouse for computer-based applications. Though touch-screen applications are popular among today’s technology, most test-taking applications use a mouse as a tool for navigating the computer screen.
  • Ensure that your child attends school regularly. Since tests reflect a child’s overall achievement, the more exposure he or she has to the learning process, the more likely his or her test scores will improve.
  • Provide a quiet learning environment for school work at home. When studying at home in a quiet, comfortable place is provided, overall learning performance can be achieved.
  • Provide a variety of new reading materials at home. Books and magazines provide the opportunity for your student to learn new words that might appear on tests. Asking your child’s teacher for outside reading material, or checking the local library is helpful as well.
  • Despite all of these items above, refrain from placing TOO MUCH emphasis on your child’s test score. Too much pressure could adversely affect his or her performance.

Thank you for your continued support of the Garfield Heights City Schools and as always, GO BULLDOGS!
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