PreAP World Geography Family

Class Newsletter Sep. 25, 2015

...but first, this news.


This is me sounding the alarm that the first unit test of the year is next week (Monday, September 28 for Aday students, Tuesday, September 29 for Bday students). I distributed a review sheet in class this week which outlines the specific study materials that students should access in preparation for the test. We played a review game in class which gave students a snapshot of what to expect when they arrive on test day. The format of the test will be about 30ish questions, all multiple choice. This test is a 4 weight assignment, in other words it is worth double of what the Map Quiz was worth. If students (and their parents!) are concerned about current averages, this test is the best opportunity to improve averages this grading period.

I am excited to look at everyone's pictures from their extra credit projects! I'll be grading those over the weekend so you should expect to receive a sheet of 4 coupons early next week. These coupons translate to extra credit points which can be applied to the end of the six weeks average. All students received a sheet of 4 hall passes and a "sloth pass" (free late homework pass) that can also be turned in at the end of a six weeks for bonus points on the overall average. It doesn't matter when these extra points are used, because mathematically it will all be averaged in, so make this decision based on your own personal goals, or minimum requirements to for UIL participation.

I have found that students often see a dip in their grades, relative to their middle school social studies classes, during this first six weeks as they adjust to the expectations of honors level high school courses. As long as they are moving forward along the learning curve, I am not worried. The deadline to move from PreAP to the academic level courses is the 9th week of school, though it is better to move sooner because their PreAP grades stay with them in the schedule change. Please let me know if you have any questions about grades and schedule changes or anything else related to the transition to McCallum!

-Mrs. Carrasco

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