Weekly Warrior

Volume 14 Issue 5 December 3, 2018

Important Dates

Dec 4th-T2 3 Week RTI Reports due in Google Classroom

Dec 6th-SSR in 1st Block

Dec 7th-Club Photos 1st/2nd

Dec 13th-SSR in 2nd Block

Dec 17th-9th Grade Guest Speaker @8:30 in Auditorium

Dec 18th-Last Day for Students

Dec 18th-Talent Show

Dec 19th-Growth Day-Midterms Posted by 3:30

Dec 20th-Jan 1st-Christmas Break

Jan 2nd-1st day back for Students and Teachers

Jan 15th-Mock ACT #2 for 11th Grade Students

Jan 18th-Growth Day

Jan 21st-MLK Jr Day, No School

Jan 23rd-PLC Meetings

Jan 30th-Department Meetings

Feb 13th-Faculty Meeting

Feb 20th-PLC Meetings

Feb 27th-Department Meetings

Mar 12th-Statewide ACT Testing Date

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ACT Focus--Trimester 2

Trimester 2 is when we all need to focus on the upcoming March 12 ACT for our students. One of the biggest issues all students face is pacing themselves when taking a timed test such as the ACT. Please give your students (in all grade levels) exposure to a timed testing format and allow students to track their own progress as they become more familiar with this environment. Give a portion of an ACT practice to your students and give them a proportionate amount of time to complete these questions. Start with just a few questions or one reading passage and then gradually build up the length of these practice tests throughout the trimester until your students see an improvement in pacing.

You have a copy of the mock assessment students completed in October as well a copy of the questions each student missed in all four sections. Return these to students and allow them to discover why they missed what they missed. Assign students ACT prep in an Albert classroom--you can add content for each section of the ACT in your classroom easily and then just give students the code.

Our next mock ACT is scheduled for January 15th (with a backup plan in case of bad weather). We will test 11th grade students only in this session. Our juniors will have a great opportunity to apply test-taking strategies and work towards improving their previous mock ACT scores--all in preparation for the official test given in March.

ACT Academy--This year, ACT is providing a free resource to all students, parents, and teachers called ACT Academy. Teresa Reed sent out an email on Friday with more information on this new free resource you and your students will want to take advantage of.

ACT Academy Overview

ACT Academy Quick Start Guide for Educators

Other ACT prep websites:




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