Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

I see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none of them. Seriously, these kids have 20 folders, binders, pens, highlighters, dividers, and composition notebooks …

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools!

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools to Stuff the Bus with school supplies this Friday Aug. 1 at the Southpoint Wal-Mart from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  All donations will go to the Spotsylvania County Treasure House which supports needy and homeless children in Spotsylvania.  Read more here…. http://umweagles.com/athletic_dept/plzstuffthebus Share …

Ten Tips for Tax Free Weekend: Back to School Shopping

1. Take an Inventory, Reuse, and Recycle Look to see what’s left over from last year. It is likely that there are many binders, pencils, pens, calculators, and other supplies that can be reused. Let kids use stickers or paper to decorate and add a personal touch to reused binders …

Strategies for SAT Success

Do you have a student that plans to take the SAT in the future? Here are some tips to help them prepare:   1. Visit the College Board Website – http://sat.collegeboard.org This website offers some free online resources including a free practice test, sample test questions, emailed question of the day, …

College Quest Causes Stress

“You will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete this test. There are ten separately timed sections: one 25-minute essay, six other 25-minutes sections, two 20-minute sections, and one 10-minute section. Work as rapidly as you can without losing accuracy. Be sure to mark your answer sheet properly. You must …

Look Smart, Don’t Make Mistakes

Parents and teachers often think that praise will motivate students to achieve, but it may be doing just the opposite.   Unless you have been living under a rock for the past forty years, you have probably heard of a little thing called self-esteem.  A hot topic in parenting books, …

Should Teachers Be Evaluated Based on How Their Students Perform on the SOLs?

Are the Standards of Learning tests that students take at the end of each course meant to measure teacher performance? Should they be used this way? They might be this year.   This coming school year many Virginia teachers may be welcomed back to their classrooms with the news that …

Tax Free Weekend…A Great Time to Buy School Supplies for Your Children and Those in Need!

Tax free weekend is a great time save a little money on school supplies for your children and those in need. Here are some tips on what items are tax free this weekend.   (http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=SchoolSuppliesAndClothingHoliday), the sales tax holiday is coming up this weekend August 3rd- 5th.  During this three …

Should Your Student Be Preparing for the SAT Now?

If your student is a high school senior, the answer is definitely yes!   The season for taking the SAT test is fast approaching, and preparations should start now.  I know what you’re thinking: It’s still summer, we have time, or we’ll start on that once the school year begins. However, adequately preparing …