Katherine DeVinna has been a member of the leadership team since June 2017. She began her career in 1998 as a Social Science teacher and soccer coach in the Long Beach USD. Her administrative experience began in 2009 and she has served as a Director of Instruction, a high school Principal, and the Chief Operations Officer of a large charter schools’ system. Katherine is a firm believer in the OMI mission and a cheerleader for cadets. Currently, in her role at OMI’s Director of Academic Performance, she supports cadet achievement through instructional coaching, oversight of the College and Career Center, data and assessment, and the dual enrollment program.
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Below are some ideas about how a student can help themselves and how you as the parent can support your child doing their best in class and on tests.
What Can Cadets do to Improve Their Test Scores and Their Grades
What can I do to help my child improve their scores and grades?
Find Out What’s Going On
Ask your child what is going on in class, when tests are coming up, check the OMI website, email their teachers. STAY INVOLVED. If you don’t speak English, request a translator.
Children need goals just like parents do and by helping your child set goals, you’re giving them something specific to work towards.
Parents can stress their children out and that can severely impact your child’s performance at school. Try not to place too much pressure on your child to succeed.
Let him know that you have faith in their abilities and that you know they are trying their best. Offer positive encouragement and let them know that you’re there to help them every step of the way.
It might sound radical, but lots of families have a no-TV, no-video game policy during the school week. Once you get your kids to buy into it, you don’t have to argue about it.
Fueling the brain.
School-age brains need lots of fuel to stay sharp. That begins with eating healthy food at home. Start your child’s day with a good breakfast. If you’re in a rush, choose a cereal that is fortified with vitamins and minerals. The milk your child gets in his cereal will also increase the nutritional value. Think twice before having breakfast bars or other quickie meals on a regular basis. They usually don’t have a lot of protein and do have lots of sugar. OMI offers free meals on campus for all cadets. Encourage your child to eat.