Middle School Important End of Year Updates

Monday, May 2 at 5:30 PM in the HS gym (Honor Awards) - 6th-8th Grade students and parents 

Friday, May 20 All Day (8th Grade Elitches) - 8th Grade students

Friday, May 20 12:30 PM (6th-7th Grade Field Day) - 6th-7th Grade students

Wednesday,  May 25th at 1:30 PM (8th Grade Continuation) - 8th Grade students and parents - if you would like to have K5 siblings attend, please click HERE

Thursday, May 26th at 11:20 AM (Last Day of School Early Release) – All Students

Middle School End-of-Year Finals are May 23rd to 26th

End-of-Year Finals Schedule - 6th & 7th Grades

During the week of May 23rd to the 26th, 6th and 7th grade students will be taking final exams for their classes and these exams will count toward 10% of their semester grade. In many ways, the preparation for a cumulative exam is just as important as the exam itself. Our goal in creating our finals schedule is to help our students practice their time management and study skills during their “free” afternoons. Teachers will be working with your kids throughout the final weeks on how to study for finals, time management, and on strategies to help focus on the information most pertinent to their tests. This schedule mirrors the high school schedule and will allow our kids to learn about themselves as test takers long before they begin their high school careers.

Finals will be taking place on Monday-Thursday from 8:15am-11:20am. All MS students will be dismissed at 11:20am each day to prepare for the following days exams. Please plan to have students dropped off at school by 8am each day and picked up at 11:20am.

The only exception to our Monday through Wednesday schedule is on Thursday the 26th when students will be finished with their finals at 9:45. *Please plan on picking up your student at 9:45 unless they have been scheduled for a make-up exam. If your student is scheduled for a make-up exam on Thursday and will be staying until 11:20, please sign up below. (If your student is leaving at 9:45, there is no need to sign up.)

Sign up here if student is staying until 11:20 on May 26th

We have two, 90-minute finals period per day with the following schedule:

First final 8:15 to 9:45
Second Final 9:50 to 11:20
 
Monday 5/23  Periods 1 & 3
Tuesday 5/24  Periods 2 & 4
Wednesday 5/25 Periods 5 & 6
Thursday 5/26 Period 7 and Makeup (if scheduled)

End-of-Year Finals Schedule - 8th Grade Only

May 23rd to 26th, 2022

The 8th grade finals schedule will be the same as 6th and 7th grade finals with one exception: Students will take their 7th period final during their designated study hall period. For example, if a student has a study hall during 3rd period, they would use that time (Monday at 9:50) to take their 7th period final. The reason for this exception is that 8th graders’ final day is Wednesday, May 25th, when they will complete their middle school years with their continuation starting at 1:30 pm.

Monday 5/23  Periods 1 & 3
Tuesday 5/24  Periods 2 & 4
Wednesday 5/25 Periods 5 & 6, and Continuation beginning at 1:30pm
 

Sign up here if you would like K5 students to join you for the Continuation

 
Study Tips
 
1. Give yourself enough time to study 

Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute 'cramming', it's widely accepted that  for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams  you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams  more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with. 

2. Organize your study space 

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair  comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight? 

Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this  may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and  organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and  take the time to get it right. 


3. Use flow charts and diagrams 

Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already  know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page  diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during  the exam. 


4. Practice with old questions 

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice with previous questions. This helps you get used to the  format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of  time on each section. 

5. Explain your answers to others 

Parents and little brothers and sisters don't have to be annoying around exam time! Use them to your advantage. Explain an  answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need  more work. 


6. Organize study groups with friends 

Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as  you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to  challenge yourself. 

7. Take regular breaks

While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. If you  were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day! Likewise studies have shown that for long-term  retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps. 

Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before  taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle  down come evening. 

Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain! 


8. Snack on 'brain food' 

Keep away from junk food! You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can  really have an impact on energy levels and focus. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have  been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day  - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem  appealing, but it won't help when your energy levels crash an hour or so later. 


9. Plan your exam day 

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't  know the way, or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time.  If possible, do a test run of the trip; if not, write down clear directions. 

Work out how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You really don't want to arrive having had to run  halfway or feeling frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates,  as long as you know they're likely to be punctual! 


10. Drink plenty of water 

As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking  plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.