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Principal's News/Updates

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone had a restful Spring Break. April is here, which means that we have only seven weeks and counting, until the end of the school year. Please encourage students to stay caught up on class work and homework and finish their school year strong. This month students in grades 9 and 10 will take a PSAT test, while 11th grade students take the SAT test. The PSAT test helps to prepare students for the SAT test, which is used as a college readiness indicator by colleges and universities across the country. These are nationally normed tests taken by students throughout the United States that help schools determine the learning needs of students so that relevant programs and class offerings can be put into place to better the education of our students.

This time of year can tend to be stressful for students, as they know deadlines are approaching for work to be completed and finals are approaching. There are ways to relieve study stress and boost student learning potential. Some stress relief methods for studying at exam time are as follows:

• Breathe and stretch as you study- Stop periodically to take deep breaths and stretch. This helps relieve muscle tension, increases circulation and helps your brain to focus.
• Manage your time wisely - Create a study schedule with timetable that prioritizes most important tasks to finish first.
• Cut out distractions - Social media sites are not only hugely distracting when you're supposed to be working, but studies have shown they can make us feel stressed if we spend too long browsing them.
• Take breaks outside - It can be tempting to hibernate in your room, but research shows that being outside lowers stress levels, even after just five minutes in the open air.
• Get your heart pumping - take a walk, so some jumping jacks, etc... exercise will relieve stress and improve concentration and mental awareness.
• Have a bedtime routine - Going to bed at roughly the same time every night is a fail-safe way to improve the quality of your sleep. Turn off all electronic devices at least 30 min. before sleeping, so your body can relax and prepare for sleep.
• Get your study snacks right - Studies have proven that certain foods can help relieve stress and anxiety. Food and drinks high in sugar or caffeine will only heighten your stress. Some of the best foods to help you stay calm and boost your brainpower are blueberries, dark chocolate, pistachio nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, black and green tea.

Our school vision is: FLHS is a place to learn and demonstrate personal growth, engage in critical thinking and prepare for opportunities beyond high school.

Thank you for your continued support of FLHS. Together we will guide our students toward success.

Marcia Hester
FLHS Principal