Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 345 School Counselors Many elementary schools have school counselors. Counselors pro- vide academic assessment and support, make classroom presentations, and assist students who are having difficulties. School counselors also answer questions, listen, and help students figure out how to deal with difficult situations. Know who your child’s counselor is and how to contact him/her. Counselors are not only there to assist students, they are also great resources for parents. Bullying Bullying can be a problem in the upper elementary grades. Talk to your child about what to do if he/she ever witnesses or hears about a student being bullied. If your child complains about being bullied or harassed, find out exactly what has happened. Then talk to your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal. Sometimes students are afraid to tell their parents that they’re being bullied. If your child suddenly doesn’t want to go to school, ask your child if someone is causing problems for him/her at school. Standardized Tests In order to measure student achievement, all upper elementary school students are required to take standardized tests. Although these tests vary from state to state and school to school, all standardized tests compare a student’s achievement with state and national averages. Schools use standardized test scores to help them improve their educational programs and to find out how much their students have learned. Student test results are given to parents; however, test scores are sometimes difficult to understand. If you ever have a question re- garding test results, talk to your child’s teacher or counselor. To help your child perform well on any test, do the following:  make sure your child is well rested  give your child a good breakfast  encourage your child to do his/her best  avoid putting pressure on your child