Monday, April 17, 2017

Test Taking Strategies

The following test taking strategies and tips are provided by the GA Department of Education.

Before the Test: 

Prepare yourself emotionally for taking the test. If you are overly anxious, much of your energy and potential will be sapped by the anxiety and you will likely not be able to demonstrate your true ability on the test. It frequently helps to reduce anxiety if you know more about the test in advance, such as what type of test you are taking, what subjects are tested, and the purpose of the test.

Follow normal routines. Interruption of normal routines may affect your performance. The night before the test you should not stay up later than usual since fatigue may lead to poor test performance. The day of the test you should eat a normal breakfast and lunch. Skipping meals or overeating before taking a test may adversely affect your performance.

At Test Time: 

Concentrate. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by noises or movements around you.

Read instructions or directions carefully before marking any answer. If you do not understand the directions, raise your hand, and ask for help.

Follow instructions. Pay close attention to the samples. They are on the test to help you understand what the items on the test will be like and how to mark your answer document properly.

Read the entire question and all answer choices. You need to read each item and all answer choices before marking your answers.

Make an educated guess. Making an educated guess means that you are able to eliminate one or more choices. For example, if there are four choices and you do not know which choice is correct, but do know that two choices are incorrect; you have a 50-50 chance of choosing the correct answer. You should also remember that there is no pattern of correct answers. For example, if the last three correct answer choices were "D," the next correct answer may be A, B, C, or D.

Keep track of the time. Since most statewide tests have a time limit, be aware of the amount of time allocated to each section. Pace yourself so that you will be able to complete the section within the time limit. Use all of the time allocated. Persistence pays off.

If you are testing online, be sure to use the scroll bars to view all of a reading passage or test question. The whole reading passage or test question might not fit on the display of your workstation.

When testing online and where necessary, make sure you transfer your answer from the draft area to the final response section of your online test.

If you are testing with paper testing materials, place your answer correctly on the answer document. While taking tests, you should match the number on the answer document to the item number in the test booklet. This is especially important if you skip questions and go back to them later. You should mark only one answer for each item. If two answers are marked for the same item, the item will be counted as incorrect. If you erase an item, you should be certain that it is erased completely and carefully so that holes are not made in the answer document.

If you are testing with paper testing materials, keep your test booklet and answer document together. This saves time and lessens the chance of marking answers in the wrong place.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ROTC Orientation

North Cobb-Harrison
Freshman Orientation
11-14 July, 2017

Register at

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High School Course Selections

High school course selections are still being collected by Dr. Deane.  Only forms with changes need to be returned.  Please email Dr. Deane at if you need assistance.

The deadline for future North Cobb students is Monday, April 17th. 

The deadline for future Allatoona students is Friday, April 21st.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

North Cobb Parent Night With Sports and Club Expo

North Cobb High School is presenting a 9th grade parent night along with a sports and club expo on April 13th.  

Awtrey students will attend the sports and club expo from 6:45-7:15, then attend the parent presentation from 7:30-8:00.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Taking Charge of ADHD

When my son was diagnosed with ADD this was an excellent resource that helped me better understand him and the obstacles he would face.

For adults with ADHD, problems with attention, planning, problem solving, and controlling emotions can make daily life an uphill battle. Fortunately, effective help is out there. No one is a better guide to how to get the best care—and what sufferers can do for themselves—than renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact. Readers get hands-on self-assessment tools and skills-building exercises, plus clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments. Specific techniques are presented for overcoming challenges in critical areas where people with the disorder often struggle—work, finances, relationships, and more. Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource for adults with ADHD who are ready to take back their lives.

* Taken from book review

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Course Selections for Both High Schools Coming Home Today

Eighth grade students for both North Cobb and Allatoona received their high school course selections today.  Please note the following as you review the information.

The profiles list all of the classes students are registered for next year.  It is not a final schedule, just their course requests.  Electives may change from what is listed.  Once the high schools run their scheduler programs, if one (or more) of the electives will not fit in their schedule, or if that class is full, alternative electives will be selected in order to make the schedule work.

Some of the course requests have no courses listed for that student.  This is because the student is in the system, but they did not turn in any course requests.  If students plan on attending either of the high schools, they will need to get their course requests in ASAP so they will have a schedule.  Please see Dr. Deane if replacement copies of the forms are needed.

Due to a computer glitch it is possible some students are missing a core class.  Please double check selections to confirm a Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts listing.  If not, students should see their content area teacher to have that recommendation written in under the add section on the form.

The request profiles are for the students to keep for their records, unless they wish to make any changes.  If they want to change any of the courses listed, including core classes, they must fill out the Add/Drop section on the form.  They will not receive another copy of their requests, so they may want to photo copy their form before turning it back in to Dr. Deane.  Forms with changes are due back to Dr. Deane no later than the dates below.

North Cobb forms are due by Monday, April 17th.
Allatoona forms are due by Friday, April 21st.

All students will receive their final schedule the first day of school.

Students planning to attend a magnet program should simply write the name of the magnet program they plan to attend on the course selections form and return it to Dr. Deane.  This provides documentation to the regular high schools so they know to update their records.  Magnet students will make their course selections at a special registration event at each magnet school at a later date.

Please contact Dr. Deane at if you have any questions.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tips for Managing ADHD

1.         Provide immediate feedback and consequences

2.         More frequent feedback

3.         Use incentives over punishment

4.         Reinforcers need to be short-term

5.         Act, don’t fuss – give the consequence and move on

6.         Pay positive attention too – every interaction cannot be negative

7.         Don’t threaten what you don’t intend to enforce

8.         Help see how the information is relevant outside the classroom

9.         Limit the amount of instructions given at one time

10.       Provide as much stimulus as possible

* Taken from Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley