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February 25, 2014

Harper holds parent night

THOMASVILLE — J.K. Harper Elementary School officials make every effort to include parents in the test taking aspect of their children’s education. They held at CRCT/GKIDS Parent Engagement Night in which teachers explained testing objectives and procedures.

The focus was on making parents aware of the various aspects of standardized tests. The evening began with a meet and greet session with parents signing in and receiving information on test materials. They watched a video highlighting test-taking strategies/tips for parents and afterwards, teachers made grade level presentations in designated classrooms.

They focused on types of questions, rules, time limits and standards. Many parents said they enjoyed working the math problems with their children. Parents were reminded of tips such as preparing a healthy breakfast and making sure their child is well-rested.

Harper principal Catherine Swain reminded everyone that testing is a very important part of the school year and parents play a vital role. She encouraged them to read with their children because reading is required in all of the resting. Standardized tests are a fact of school life and students need to understand the tests  and what they mean for them and the school, as well as focus on helping them to prepare for the tests, she added.

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