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IN THIS ISSUE
A Dream, a Wish and a Goal
Making Your Dream Happen
Your Steps to Success
Twelve Powerful Words
Top Misspelled Words
Sofie's Corner
Quote of the Month
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Issue: #9 January 2009
Dear Reader,

Millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl on television Sunday evening.  Football players on each team will be heading together toward a common goal - to win.  In football:  no goal - no win!  In living: no goal - no life! 
 
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director
A DREAM, A WISH AND A GOAL
 Do you know the difference? 

A dream, a wish and a goal walk into a restaurant.
 
The dream says: I'd love to have a big juicy cheesburger and a side of hand-cut fries.  
The wish says: That would be great.  I wish I could have a cheeseburger.  Maybe someday.  
The goal says: I'm going to get a burger and fries.  You guys want anything? 
 
A dream is what happens when you close your eyes.
A goal is what happens when you open them. 
 
 
MAKING YOUR DREAM HAPPEN
Rainbow Seeing the "Big Picture"

When you create a plan to make it happen, you can realize your dream!   A progression of short term goals achieves a long term goal, the "big picture".   Breaking down your big picture into a series of short term goals brings you closer to seeing your dream come true. 
 
Right now, FCAT exams are approaching.  A goal of preparing for your exams and then doing well on them sets you up for  completing middle school and high school.   Do you know that...
  • 60% of jobs require some type of training or education beyond high school;
  • In 2005, the average annual income for a high school dropout was $17,299; for a high school graduate it was $26,933 ;  and for a person with a Bachelor's Degree it was $52,671.

Start with a dream, create a plan to make it a reality, and then love the life you've created for yourself.

YOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS
211Setting your first short term goal:
FCAT Victory 
 
One month before:
  1. Attend after school tutoring for both math and reading skills.
  2. Learn how to answer each kind of question - multiple choice, gridded response, short answer, and extended response.
  3. Learn strategies on identifying the setting, the characters, and how stories start and end.  Be sure that you can tell the main parts of a story in order. 

One week before:

  1. Get a normal night's sleep for the week prior to testing.
  2. Review math formulas and problem solving techniques that you have learned.
  3. Determine strategies that you will use when reading a passage and answering multiple choice questions; when faced with short or long response questions; and when faced with a question for which you have no idea of the answer.
TWELVE POWERFUL WORDS THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR FCAT SCORES
Larry Bell, an Educator Making Headlines
 powerwords
"In my experience I have often found that students will miss questions on a test not because they don't know the answer but because the test vernacular was different from what they were accustomed to on tests their teachers gave. That awareness has led me to create a list of 12 "Power Verbs" that, when students know them, can make powerful differences in test scores."
 
TWELVE POWER WORDS 
 1.  Trace...outline, follow the path
 2.  Analyze...break it down into parts
 3.  Infer...read between the lines, the hidden meaning
 4.  Evaluate...tell the good and the bad, judge it
 5.  Formulate...create, put together
 6.  Describe...tell me about it, paint a picture with words
 7.  Support...back up, prove
 8.  Explain...teach me or show me
 9.  Summarize...tell the main idea, put it in a nutshell
10. Compare...tell all the ways they are the same
11.  Contrast...tell all the ways they are different 
12.  Predict...hypothesize, make an educated (smart) guess
 
 
TOP MISSPELLED WORDS ON THE FCAT (OR ANY TEST!)
How to Remember the Correct Spelling 
 
Acceptable: If you are able to accept something, you can remember how to spell this word.
 
Commitment: Only one t for commitment, but two t's for committed.
 spellright
Embarrassing: Two r's and two s's 
 
Parallel: Double the l, not the r
 
 
SOFIE'S CORNER
Hand and starThe Heart of a Caregiver 
 
I'll be the one to listen,
I'll be the one to help you remember;
I'll be the one to be your guide,
I'll be the one right by your side.
 
I'll be the hands when you're all tied up,
I'll be your eyes when your sight is blurred;
I'll be your lips when words aren't enough,
I'll be your strength when life gets tough.
 
I'll always give to you when yours run out,
I'll always talk to fill the silence;
I'll always catch your tears when they fall,
I'll always answer when you call.
 
I'll never let you bear the pain alone,
I'll never give up on you when you're in doubt;
I'll never let you forget your kindness and grace,
I'll never forget your lovely face.
 
Sofia is a freshman at Spanish River High School.  She is enrolled in the Entrepreneur Program.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH 
 
winner moving"Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm."
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dear Students,
 
As youth caregivers the skills and strengths you are acquiring now are going to be valuable tools throughout your lives.  The Caregiving Youth Project supports you in school and in your personal lives.  We are here to help you develop and achieve goals to see your dreams become your reality.  Let us know how we can help you!
 
Sincerely, 

Millie Barber, MD and Jen Craven
Editors 
Caregiving Youth Project
of the Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers

Created on ... February 03, 2009