Weekly Warrior

Volume 4 Issue 6 September 8th, 2015

Important Dates

Sept 9th-Blood Drive
Sept 9th-MAP Grades 9/10 & EOC/MAP PLC in Library
Sept 10th-Governor's Scholar program meeting 5th block auditorium--select juniors only
Sept 12th -Marching Band Contest beginning at 4:00 pm
Sept 15th-Work Ethic Seal meeting in auditorium--Seniors@8:45 Juniors@9:25
Sept 16th-Midterm Grades Posted
Sept 23rd-EOC/ACT & AP PLCs in Library
Sept 18th-Midterms given to Students in 5th block classes
Sept 24th-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:00 pm
Sept 30th-CCR, Credit Recovery, & Gap Closure PLCs in Library
Oct 1st-EGAT Day @The Center for Rural Development
Oct 2nd-Growth Day

CERT Scores

Our CERT test was completed by all junior and select senior students on August 27th. The next ACT date is September 12th, so students can begin work now in the program in order to prepare. Students can login to their account at certforschools.com and view their results. The students will use their email as their username and either swhs or warriors as their password (ex. firstname.lastname@stu.pulaski.kyschools.us).

If you have students in class who missed the mock ACT, you can allow them to take sections of the test online while your class is in a computer lab or they can choose to complete the sections at home. The online version of the test will time them on each section. They do not have to complete the entire test in one setting.

The Exam Room tab allows students to go back and look specifically at their responses along with a video explanation of the question and how to answer correctly question by question. Students just need to click on the % in order to begin reviewing the questions. They should use the Feedback column to mark the question with a check (meaning they would get this correct the next time they have a similar question/concept) or an x (meaning they still feel they would get this question wrong). CERT will give students an adjusted feedback score after reviewing the questions. This can help students to realize that it might only take getting 4-5 more questions correct to raise their score. The Study Hall tab allows students to review based on specific topics, and allows them to see which questions related to that topic.

ACT Prep--Quick Tips and Helpful Webites

Only One Right Answer

Students miss out on many points on the reading test if they don’t have an easy way to eliminate answer choices. They must be proficient with the process of elimination in order to do well. Every answer choice except the correct answer choice has something wrong with it.

This seems to be a self-evident statement, but it’s worth reminding students. Tell the students to imagine they are writers for the ACT® test and they have to ensure that only one answer is correct, so they intentionally make the other three choices wrong. By putting themselves in the shoes of the test writers, they can get a clearer idea of this concept and be more certain in their eliminations.

There are two situations that make an answer choice incorrect that students usually have trouble with: support and scope. We call these "the two S’s."

Helpful Website:

Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder, and more...


Success With Higher Standards

Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st century.