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New Hanover County Schools Announces End of Grade Exam Schedules

NHCS students have begun preparation for the End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) exams scheduled to being mid-May.  At traditional schools, the fifth grade Science EOG will be held Friday, May 18, 2012.  
Grades 3 through 8 Reading and Math EOGs will be held May 22-24, 2012.  The fifth grade Science EOG at year-round schools will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012, and Grades 3 through 5 Reading and Math EOGs will be held May 30 through June 1, 2012.
The traditional high school EOC exams will be held Friday, June 1 through Thursday, June 7, 2012.  During this time, tests will be administered in the morning from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students who do not require remediation will have early dismissal at 1:00 p.m.  Students identified as needing remediation and/or enrichment services will be required to remain until the 3:30 p.m. dismissal.  Remediation and enrichment services will begin Monday, June 4, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  During the EOC exam and remediation schedule, both lunch and bus services will be offered.  Any questions regarding exam, remediation or other schedules, should be directed to assigned school principals.  
Along with knowing the NHCS testing schedule, students should know that they can easily A. C. H. I. E. V. E. at test time.  Megan Demolina, school counselor at Murrayville Elementary School, recommends the following test-taking tips to guarantee EOG/EOC success:
A - Attendance is a critical factor during the EOG/EOC tests.  Be sure to arrive at school on time, prepared and ready to go.
C - Confidence is key!  A positive mindset helps set success in motion.  Saying "I can do well on this test" keeps the nervous energy and doubt from becoming a negative distraction.
H - Have a plan.  Lay out things the night before the test.  Be sure to layer clothing to adjust to temperatures in the room.  Pack healthy snacks, upbeat notes of encouragement and remember to relax.  It's also important to celebrate all the hard work and dedication leading up to the test.
I - Indulge in healthy eating!  Balanced meals that include various fruits and vegetables keep the mind sharp and active.  Avoid foods and drinks with lots of sugar on test days to prevent levels from spiking and crashing.  
E - Exercise the mind, body and spirit.  Take walks or ride bikes and breathe in the fresh air.  Stay calm, centered and focused on the task at hand.  Spend time with people you love doing something that makes you smile.  Get plenty of rest the night before.
V - Visit www.dpi.state.nc.us for released test questions.  Reviewing examples will help individuals know what to expect on the test.  Go the extra mile and take action by practicing and studying material.
E - Excel!  Listen and follow directions.  A steady pace throughout the test will help to use time wisely.  Be sure to match questions and answers carefully.  Use strategies taught to help understand questions.  For example, read all answer choices, underline, use scrap paper, and "slash the trash" to eliminate answers that don't belong.  When finished, review the test and correct any errors or skipped questions.  
Above all, believe in yourself!  You can do it!  Reach, Equip, A. C. H. I. E. V. E.!!!  
For more information on NHCS testing schedules, visit the NHCS Testing Calendar on http://www.nhcs.net/testing/PDFs/Testing%20Calendar%202012.pdf.