October 8, 2021
College Wednesdays- Wear your college gear!
A lot of out-of-class activities will compensate for poor grades.
FALSE Admittedly, colleges consider out-of-class activities such as athletics, student government, and music when they review an application. But colleges look at your academic performance first. Lots of out-of-class activities help only if the college already believes you can do the work.
Due to the PSAT administration, Wednesday, October 13th will be a full school day with dismissal at 2:40. Our flex day will be on Thursday, October 14th.
Please be advised that the Student Free Day scheduled for October 20th will now be on November 12th. We will have a Flex day on October 20th, not the 21st.
October 13th Assessment Administration for all Students
PSAT (9th-11th grades)
ASVAB (12th grade)
Why take the PSAT?
1. It's FREE for you to take the PSAT and you take it during your school day on October 13th.
2. You can get a good sense of your future SAT score. The College Board purposefully gave these tests unique but equivalent scoring ranges, with the PSAT/NMSQT going from 320–1520, and the SAT going from 400–1600. The College Board calls this a “common score scale” and claims that a 500 in Math (for instance) on any test would equate to a 500 in Math on any other test if the student took it on the same day. The common score scale can show your progress from test to test and enable you to compare score gains. The benefit of this common scale is that taking one or more of the PSAT suite of tests will give you an idea of what score you can expect to get on the SAT. It will also show you where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
3. You can target areas you need to practice for the SAT. Like the SAT, the PSAT tests break down your score into a variety of sub-scores, such as Words in Context, Command of Evidence, and Passport to Advanced Math. You can learn more about PSAT scoring here. Seeing how you rank in these different categories—during a low-stakes test—can show you where to focus your attention before the actual SAT rolls around. The College Board claims that just twenty hours of practice can raise your score an average of 115 points from the PSAT to the SAT.
4. Maximizing your PSAT score has benefits. A strong PSAT score is likely to portend an equally strong (or stronger) SAT score. High SAT scores can, in turn, help you get scholarships and grants for college.
5. College Search- Students will be selecting colleges they are interested in and may receive additional information sent directly to them with information about the institution and programs.
You can find PSAT test-taking strategies HERE by visiting our partner, Khan Academy, and utilizing their SAT resources.
The Fall Festival is coming!
White Coat ceremony for Biomedical Science Pathway Seniors
10/8- Freshman (3:30) and Varsity (7:00) Football @ Highland
10/12- Girls Tennis vs. KHS @ AVC, Girls Volleyball vs. LHS @ Home
10/14- Girls Golf vs. HHS, KHS, and LHS, Girls Tennis vs. HHS @ AVC, Girls Volleyball @ AVHS, JV Football vs. AVHS @ Home
10/15- Varsity Football @ AVHS10/29- Halloween Costume Day- We encourage all students to dress up for Halloween on October 29th. Costumes should be school appropriate following dress code and full face masks and full face paint are not permitted.