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Help your child prepare for Finals Week


Thank you for working with us to aid in the education of your children. 

As final exams begin next week, I would like to discuss: 

  • Exam dates 
  • The benefits of a good night’s rest and breakfast on academic performance, and the value of being at school and on time
  • A fresh start with the second semester. 

Finals. Our first final is on Monday, December 18 (click here for the exam schedule). Students take their first and second-period exams. Third and Fourth-period exams take place on Tuesday, December 19. On Wednesday, December 20, students take their fifth- and sixth-period exams with an early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Finally, on Thursday, December 21, students take their seventh- and eight-period exams with an early dismissal at 10:40 a.m. Once final exams are over, Christmas break begins with students returning on Monday, January 8. 

Sleep and nutrition. Children need a minimum of eight hours sleep to improve academic performance. The researchers at Sleep Medicine reported that “sleep efficiency” is a powerful predictor of learning and academic success, especially in mathematics and languages. Research on the relationship between breakfast and academic performance indicates it improves cognitive functions. A good breakfast helps to enhance memory and neural efficiency along with a reduction in absenteeism and tardiness. Scecina even provides breakfast before school! 

Second semester. The new semester, which begins Jan. 8, provides a fresh start for students. Research shows that good attendance enhances educational achievement. Attendance at school every day helps students develop a high quality work ethic that is important to success in college and the workforce. 

In conclusion, please continue to reinforce our efforts at school to enhance your child’s academic performance by ensuring a good night’s sleep, the importance of breakfast, and the benefits of being at school every day. 


Dr. Joe Brettnacher

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