CATS testing begins this week

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Sleep, nutrition and attendance are being stressed to students across the state as a crucial testing season begins.

April 23, 2007, marked the beginning of the state mandated Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, also known as CATS.

Students will be tested in various subjects depending on their grade level.

Results will be used to determine student and school progress on state and federal assessments.

Educators said parents can play a key role in helping their children succeed on the CATS assessment.

Some tips include making sure your children get a good night's sleep, seeing that your child has a nourishing breakfast and trying to keep your child healthy and in school so they won't have to take make-up sessions.

To find out more test taking tips for families, click here and for test taking tips for specific types of tests, true or false, fill in the blank, essay, etc., click here.

Interested in Brain Food? We've found some great brain-boosting recipes that have been kid-tested and approved! Whether you're scrambling to get the kids out of the door in the morning with a quick breakfast or making a fun family dinner on a Friday night, here are a few healthy recipes that enhance cognitive function without sacrificing kid-friendly flavor.

Banana-Berry Smoothie

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter (if desired)
  • 1-2 tbsp ground flax seed (if desired)
  • 1/3 cup of 1% or 2% milk
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2-4 cubes ice

    Put all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Serves two.

    Funny-Face Veggie Pizzas

  • 1 mini whole wheat pita
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2-3 slices of fresh part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 leaves fresh basil, if desired
  • 3-4 fresh tomato slices
  • assorted vegetables of (broccoli, red & green peppers, olives, spinach), allow kids arrange into a funny face with "olive eyes", "spinach hair" and "red pepper lips"
  • salt, pepper to taste

    Drizzle olive oil and garlic powder over pita; arrange tomato, cheese and veggies into a funny face. Bake at 375°F for 6-8 minutes until cheese melts and browns.

    And for more information on great brain foods for kids, click here.