Counselor’s Corner January 23 2013
I hope you had a relaxing, joyous Christmas holiday! To keep those winter blues at bay, remember this quote from Charles Dickens, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” If we could all just keep a little piece of Christmas in our hearts and in our minds, those winter blues won’t stand a chance!
Don’t forget that we continue to have students from Brother Rice offering tutoring session for St. Hugo children in 4th through 8th grade. The sessions are held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 until 4:30 and are a wonderful way to get a little extra help for your student. The Brother Rice tutors not only tutor our kids, but also are excellent representatives of their school and wonderful role models for St. Hugo students.
Project TEAM helped decorate the school for Christmas and has been busy working on Catholic Schools Week. Project TEAM also is responsible for Neon Nights, the social event for 7th and 8th graders that occurred on January 25th. As always, Project TEAM has also helped in the front office before and after school, recycled paper for all grades, and sent birthday cards and well wishes to St. Hugo teachers.
This month I have received many questions about the results of the high school placement test. The scores on from the High School Placement Test (HSPT®) reflect ability and achievement. Usually the CSQ (Cognitive Skills Quotient) is considered to be a measure of what the student is able to do, similar to an IQ test. The Basic Skills Composite Score is indicative of what the student is currently achieving in school skills, and the Battery Composite is a summary of the entire test results.
Many parents are concerned about how these tests are used in the high schools and how they will affect their children in the future. Parents should remember that the HSPT® is simply a test taken on one day and test scores will fluctuate for each child depending on how they feel that day, noises distracting them in the testing room, and a wide variety of other factors. Additionally, the HSPT® is only one factor in a group of multiple factors that schools use to estimate your child’s ability. High schools also use many years of Iowa test scores, report card scores, teacher assessments, and some high schools require interviews.
Please feel free to call me if you have any other questions or concerns about the high school application process. At this point however, many of you have completed the application process and have heard from your school(s) of choice.
Let me leave you with a quote: “A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” ~Robert Brault