Cornerstone Academy Prinicipal
Don’t forget that parents, student, teachers, administrators, and other community members are welcome to contribute to Gator Stew. We love ALL of our Gators.
The official home of Gator Stew is Room 906, WCHS, Waycross, GA 31503
Sharon Barrow- firstname.lastname@example.org - 287 – 2351, ext. 220
Very soon Cornerstone Academy students will be expected to select a career pathway and academy for their next three years in high school. A career pathway is made up of three classes related to a career field. A career academy is simply the location where most of the classes will be taught.
It is important that a student considers all of the information that he/she has access to before choosing a pathway. The decision should be based on information received from the Freshmen Seminar class, computer interest surveys, the Guest Speakers’ Series and personal reflection by the student. The decision should not be based on where a student’s best friend or boy/girl friend is going. (Best friends, boyfriends, girlfriends often change over the course of high school.)
Completing a career pathway can often provide a student with a “head-start” on his/her future career. Completing some pathways can assist students in being more qualified for some jobs. For example, by successfully completing the nursing pathway a student may earn his/her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certificate.
Completing a career pathway does not mean that a student cannot choose a different career field later. Upon high school graduation, many students may decide to attend a college or other training institution and decide upon a career field that has nothing to do with the pathway selected in high school. The work completed during high school is not wasted. It can be just as valuable for students to learn about what they don’t want to do as it is to learn about what they want to do. One of the benefits of participating in a career-themed academy school is that students are more easily able to see the relevance between the core academics and life in the “real world”.
There is a career pathway information center located on the hub end of the 900 hall as well as the Cornerstone Academy office. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the displays and pick up brochures regarding the specific pathways and classes from which WCHS students may choose. Below, you will find a list of academies and pathways. As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me (Sharon Barrow- email@example.com - 287 – 2351, ext. 220).
Ware A & M
Law & Justice
(click on the names of teachers and staff to e-mail them)
Cornerstone Academy Counselor
Cornerstone Academy Secretary
Cornerstone Math Teachers
Cornerstone Science/Biology Teachers
Cornerstone Social Studies Teachers
Computer Application teachers
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What Can You Do to Lessen Test Anxiety?
You can start taking steps to lessen your test anxiety. Here are some ways to do that:
Ask for help. Talk to your mom or dad, your teacher, or your school guidance counselor. Just talking to someone about test anxiety can make you feel better. Describe what happens to you when you're taking a test and these people can help you figure out some solutions. For instance, learning study skills can boost your test-day confidence.
Be prepared. Pay attention in class. Do your homework. Study for the test. On test day, you're more likely to feel like you know the material.
Expect the best. Once you have prepared, think positively. Say to yourself, "I studied and I'm ready to do my best."
Block bad thoughts. Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test ("I'm no good at taking tests" or "I'm going to freak out if I get a bad grade"). These thoughts can make anxiety worse and make it harder for you to do well on the test.
Accept mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Be more forgiving of your own mistakes, especially if you prepared for the test and are set to do your best.
Take care of yourself. You'll feel your best if you get enough playtime, sleep, and nutritious food. This is important all the time, but be extra-sure you get all three the day before a test.
Breathe better. OK, so you already know how to breathe. But did you know that breathing exercises can help calm you down? (Just try not to take in too much air because it might make you feel dizzy.) Here's how to do it: Inhale (breathe in) slowly and deeply through your nose, and then exhale (breathe out) slowly through your mouth. Do this two to four times and you just might breathe easier the next time you're taking a test!
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