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Sixth-graders make strong showing on history SOL

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Sixth-grade tutors include, front row from left, Quentin Goodman, Chris Dickerson, Clayton Ellis, Mackenzie White and Payton St. Louis; back row, Bryan Graulich, Sarah Walton, Zakara Blanding and Amber Edwards.

Sixth-graders at St. Clare Walker Middle School took their first round of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at the end of January. After a semester of hard work, both by teachers and students, 93% of students passed the U.S. History I test. The expansive curriculum includes geography and events leading up to the year 1865, with a focus on colonial America, the Revolutionary Era, Westward Expansion and the Civil War.

Teachers and students spent the week prior to the SOL tirelessly reviewing with interactive games, review packets, and tutoring sessions.

Many students showed extreme responsibility by volunteering their extra time to either be tutored or to help peers who were struggling. During these sessions students played history-related board games and quizzed each other on key terms and events. Although reviewing for the test was sometimes tedious, students were able to make the review sessions fun by offering mnemonic devices and study strategies.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.13.2013

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