Our Elementary School’s 4-6 building has a ton of exciting things in the works in preparation for the annual PSSAs! We are enthusiastic about our students being in the right mindset to show how knowledgeable they are and to communicate all that they have been learning this year. We are committed to showing the state that we can “be more awesome” every single year!
Our superpowers are all of the fantastic test-taking strategies that we have been incorporating into our everyday learning experiences. Throughout our entire school day, our students are analyzing, examining, evaluating, and connecting, all while being IB thinkers and inquirers! Our students have become experts at making annotations, analyzing questions before attempting to answer them (underlining, highlighting, and circling, oh my!) and being confident enough to be risk-takers when we encounter new and challenging circumstances.
Another new superpower our 4-6 students have learned is how to take a moment and be reflective on mindfulness and how to use breathing strategies to keep us calm all day long! A special shoutout to Mrs. Schaefer, an amazing parent volunteer who has coached our students to become masters of mindfulness.
Our enthusiastic teachers and specialists have been busy getting creative with our annual PSSA kick-off video, which will be shared with students during our 4-6 assemblies. Similar to previous years, the goal is to help our students feel confident as test-takers and be even more ready to show what they know. We want to demonstrate just how proud we are of all the commitment we have seen this year and that we are confident that they are ready to take on the challenge!
We would like to invite our parents to get involved in a variety of ways too! During our Spring Open House on March 30th, parents are invited to communicate words of encouragement and inspiration to our students through letter-writing. Mrs. Fischer will also be hosting a PAC meeting to help our parents become more knowledgeable about the PSSAs. Please participate on Thursday, March 9th at 8:30AM. Your support helps our students be their absolute best and show that LVA can “be more awesome” than ever before!
Ms. Steph Chimics
ES 4-6 Reading Specialist