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Exemplary Educators Of The MonthBIy Steve Johnsont is our pleasure to once again sponsor College Tutor Exemplary Educator awards this school year. Theaward, made with input from the school administration, recognizes educators in our area high schools that personify the three core values of College Tutors: Can Do, Results Matter and Leave It Better.From O’Connor High School, we are recognizing two educators this month.In the English department, we recognize Lisa House. She sponsors the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a natural leader in her level and department. Lisa works tirelessly with students and other teachers to ensure student success. She volunteered to work with struggling students to ensuretheir needs were met. A teacher with an open door, she takes the time to develop relationships with her students.We also recognize Michelle Lynch. She works diligently with students who struggle with math. She is adept at using all resources and technology to help students master their material. A very patient person, Michelle works with the 9th grade students in the connections program to ensure their successful transition to high school. She continues to grow and learn so that she improves ever year – benefitting her students. You can find her at numerous after school events supporting her students outside the classroom.The owners of College Nannies +Lisa House, O’Connor High SchoolSitters + Tutors of San Antonio established this recognition with the support of the publishers of Highlights in order to recognizeMichelle Lynch, O’Connor High Schooland honor the educators in our schools for their efforts with our local students. We firmly believe that the quality of education in our community is primarily a direct reflection of their daily efforts as role models for our students. For more information on this award, please contact College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors at 210-202-0303 or learn what types of activities will keep you busy this semester.There are many different ways to make sure second semester is a successful one. The staff at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors can give you more tips or ideas. With a little forethought, the transition back to classes are sure to be smooth.5 Ways To Come Back Strong After Winter BreakBEy Steve Johnsonvery good thing comes to an endat some point—Winter breakincluded. As much as we enjoy the holiday season, family time, good food and, most importantly, a break from school; it’s time to get back to the grind of school work and after school activities. There are ways to make the transition easier, however! Here are five ways to come back from winter break strong.Have a PlanBe sure to have a plan in place when thinking about your approach to the second half of the school year. Nobody is ever ready for school to be back in session after a nice long break, but approaching new classes, and possibly new teachers, with the right mindset will help you start the semester off with the right foot.Look Back and AdjustLook back on the first half of your school year. What worked for you? What didn’t?Reflect on what was challenging, and what made it easier. Did you struggle with homework last semester? Check into getting a tutor to assist you in your study skills! Everyone has a different style of learning that works better for them. Understanding the best way for you, personally, to learn will ensure a successful second half to the year. Do Your ResearchAre you starting the semester off with new teachers? Maybe some of your friends have already taken these classes and know what the teachers look for in certain assignments. If your teacher has an online space, check to see if they have posted the syllabus or any other helpful information to speed through the awkward phase of being back in classes. Spending some time researching your teachers, classes and where your classes are located will help provide a smooth first day transition.Be PreparedBe sure to have your backpack ready to go for the first day back. Make sure you have fresh folders for new classes, plenty of writing utensils, and a planner to stay organized with homework and other activities throughout the semester. Know where each of your classes are located and how long it will take you to get to each during each passing time between periods. Do you bring a bag lunch each day?Make sure to have your lunch prepared the night before, in case you are running behind schedule the morning of your first day back.Get ActiveSecond semester may hold different activities than the first half of the year. Are you on the Student Council? This is usually year-round, however, sports have different seasons, and playing football in the fall may not be an option in the winter or spring months. Check into your school resourcesHow To Be Certain You’re Buying Safe Toys This Holiday SeasonSFubmitted By Kellie Mooreew things compare to seeing thejoy on a child’s face upon opening aholiday gift. Many adults remember holiday gifts they received as children, and holiday shoppers often try to look for gifts that will be just as memorable to the special youngsters in their lives.Shoppers might have kids’ smiles on their minds when holiday shopping, but it’s just as important to focus on safety when buying gifts for children. Prevent Blindness®, an organization devoted to ensuring ev- eryone enjoys healthy vision from infancy through adulthood, offers the following tips to toy buyers who want to make sure they give safe gifts to kids this holiday season.• Read all warnings and instructions on the box. Before taking a toy to the check out line, give the packaging a thorough read-through, paying particular attention to product warnings and instructions. Such warnings are designed to keep kids safe.When buying toys online, only purchase toys that include the warnings within the product description.• Purchase age-appropriate toys. Kids’ toys come with age recommendations, which are typically listed on the front of the packaging. Stick to these recommenda- tions. Kids might not have the ability to use toys designed for older children, and such toys might not be safe for them to use, so it’s always best to stick to the age guidelines. • Avoid certain toys. Toys with sharp or rig- id points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges can pose a threat to youngsters. Avoid such toys, opting for toys with rounded and/or dull edges instead.• Stick to sturdy toys. Kids do not often treat their toys delicately. Toys will be dropped or thrown, so choose sturdy toys that can with- stand being dropped or thrown without breaking into tiny pieces. Tiny shards can pose a choking hazard to curiousyoungsters.• Purchase toys with the ASTM designa- tion. ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of products, in- cluding toys. Prevent Blindness notes that toys with the letters ASTM on the packaging have been tested and met the toy standards set for by ASTM.• Avoid toys with parts that shoot or fly off. These types of toys can damage the eyes and lead to other accidents or injuries. When shopping for toys for children this hol- iday season, shoppers must consider safety first.Kellie MooreState Farm Agent 210-688-7707 www.kelliemoore.net18www.heloteshighlights.comDecember/January 18 -19

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