HGHS Instructional Update

Special ACT Edition

ACT for Juniors--Schedule Overview

Friday, April 8 (until Monday, April 18):

Subject-specific preparation with core teachers (specific days selected by teacher), using school-wide preparation slide deck & other methods as determined by teacher

(Details below)


Tuesday, April 12:

Complete demographics section of ACT College Readiness Exam

(Schedule to be communicated through testing team)


Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14:

Small group preparation

(Details below)


Monday, April 18:

"PREP" Rally in EVERY class for juniors

(Details below)


Tuesday, April 19:

ACT College Readiness Exam for all juniors (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)

(Schedule to be communicated by testing team)

For English, Math, Science, and Social Science teachers of ANY junior

Below is the link for our school-wide preparation slide deck. Everyone will use the first portion (General) of the deck for your class; then move to the sections that apply to your course standards. Please preview the slides before presenting them to students.


English: General (1)*, English (10), Reading (29), Writing (44) Closing (51)

Science: General (1), Science (36), Reading (29), Writing (44), Closing (51)

Social Science: General (1), Reading (29), Writing (44), Closing (51)

Math: General (1), Math(18), Closing (51)


*Slide number for first slide in this section


https://docs.google.com/a/madison.k12.al.us/presentation/d/1kkXMXWH8nBBlz18ymmRVn1QdfJQ0s3GIkuyUEuhN2C4/edit?usp=sharing


We realize that some students may experience the same presentation in several classes. Please remind them that we all need to hear things a MINIMUM of THREE times in order to remember them! :)


Note: Even if there are only a few juniors in your class, please find a segment of time to move through this presentation with them.

Wednesday's Small Group Preparation

3rd period: Library

English, Reading, Writing with Barnes and Brady

Students NOT in an English class this semester--near benchmark level

(list to HGHS teachers Monday, April 11)


5th period: Library

Math with Baeder

Students NOT in a Math class this semester--near benchmark level

(list to HGHS teachers Monday, April 11)

Thursday's Small Group Preparation

2nd period: C206

All ACT sections with DeCarlo

Students NOT in core classes who leave campus after 2nd

(list to HGHS teachers by Monday, April 11)


4th period: C206

All ACT sections with DeCarlo

Students NOT in core classes who arrive after 2nd

(list to HGHS teachers by Monday, April 11)


5th period: Library

Science with Cole

Students NOT in Science class this semester--near benchmark level

(list to HGHS teachers by Monday, April 11)

April 18 "PREP" Rally

No matter what you teach, if you have juniors in any of your classes, this is for you! :)



Each one of our juniors needs to know that they are being supported and encouraged to do their best on the ACT exam--that we have confidence in their abilities and that they should do their best so we know where to support them in the future.


Here are possible components of a "PREP" Rally in your class:


Minimum (non-core course with few juniors):


  • Call each of their names
  • Encourage them to do their best on the entire test--to persevere!
  • Wish them "the best" or tell them "good luck"


Add (for any class with many juniors):
  • Remind them to get some sleep and eat something for breakfast
  • Remind them to bring their ID, pencils, calculator (and batteries?), sweater or sweatshirt (dress in layers because we can't predict the room temperature). Leave their phones, bags, and electronics.
  • Advise them to read something or do something "academic" before they come to the test. Don't let the ACT English test be the FIRST thing they've read all day!
  • Remind them to think about all they've heard in preparation and what they learned from the mock exam.


Add (for any core course with juniors):


  • Quick overview of the subject-specific test


Bonus! (for anyone who wants to go an extra mile . . . )


  • Make and hang a "Good Luck" sign
  • Bring treats, stickers, badges, etc.
  • Be creative! What else can you think of?

Thank you for all you do to support our students' achievement!