St. Croix Central High School
Family Newsletter: January 15, 2019
Our Vision of Learning at SCC High School
In full support of our district mission and vision we at SCC High School are committed to...
Creating a learning experience built on creativity, choice, efficiency, and engagement resulting in high-achieving and creative problem-solvers who take intellectual risks to discover the world around them and maximize their potential.
From Mr. Soderberg
Hello SCC Families,
I am pleased to inform you about our plan to assist all of our juniors as they prepare for the ACT assessment. The ACT is a state-mandated assessment that is used by nearly 100% of colleges and universities throughout the midwest use the ACT results to partially determine acceptance, scholarship levels, and academic programming. The ACT is also used to help determine the success of our academic program at SCC.
This year we invested in a Pre-ACT for all juniors to practice for the official test. The practice test was taken on November 28, 2018, and has provided us with some great information about students' individual academic strengths and areas for growth. We have been able to design a four week ACT preparation plan that every junior will receive. Beginning January 22nd and concluding February 15th, every student will receive interventions in math and science based on their individual score in those areas during 9th-hour WIN time. Also, every junior will continue to get ACT prep embedded in their ELA class with Mrs. Jourdeans.
Why does the ACT matter?
- The skills assessed on the ACT are directly tied to the state standards we teach. Therefore, we can use the information to improve our instruction.
- Regardless of the student's post-high school plans, maximizing their knowledge, skills, and experiences will allow for a wider range of career options moving forward.
Our goal is to have every student improve their score from the Pre-ACT and we believe these targeted interventions will serve that purpose well.
In a similar manner, we have used the Aspire-Interim assessment to gather information about the strengths and growth areas for our freshmen and sophomores. We will utilize the information gathered from our Aspire-Interim assessment to provide interventions. The statewide Aspire assessment is scheduled for April 23rd.
Thank you for your continued support. Go Panthers,
From the Counseling Office
State Testing Information
- Wednesday, February 20th - Statewide ACT (juniors)
- Wednesday, March 13th - Statewide WorkKeys (juniors)
If you have any questions please contact Tracy Klein (email@example.com) at your convenience.
Testing Dates for Freshmen and Sophomores
Aspire - April 23, 2019 (Freshmen and Sophomores)
Forward - April 24, 2019 (Sophomores)
Local Scholarships will become available for the Class of 2019 on Tuesday, February 5th. Mr. Fern will meet with all Seniors on a date yet to be determined. Scholarship materials are due to the counseling office no later than Friday, March 8th. To see a list of last year’s scholarships, please click this link.
College Applications- Class of 2019
If students need to send a transcript, please click on the SCC Transcript link listed below. The link will redirect you to our transcript page which will give you step by step instructions on how to request a transcript. Most transcripts are required to be processed online.
Apply On-Line to Colleges
Mental Health Awareness - Car Decals for Sale
At SCC we try to keep mental health at the forefront of the minds of our students, staff, and families. We do this in a variety of ways including messaging, guest speakers, and programming.
Thanks to Tonya and Chad Gullixson (Gullixson Racing) we have mental health/suicide awareness decals for sale. The funds raised from the decals will go toward our efforts to support students and raise awareness. The decals will be available (while supplies last) at most home events.
Each year Gullixson Racing donates a percentage of their race winnings to support our efforts. A special thank you to Tonya and Chad Gullixson for their continued generosity.
From the Athletics and Activities Office
Parents: If you purchased an activity pass for home sporting events this year, please remember to bring your pass with you and show it to the individuals working at the admission table. As much as we would like to know everyone and remember who purchased a pass, our district is getting larger and it is difficult for the people working admissions to keep track. Thanks for your cooperation!
From the Main Office
2018-2019 YEARBOOKS - Memories fade but yearbooks don't!
Order your yearbook now before the price goes up.
- Order online at yearbookforever.com. Search for "St. Croix Central High School" and pay using a credit card, debit card or PayPal.
- Request the form for cash or check purchases at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see Mrs. Hueg in the library.
- If you plan to have your name stamped on the cover of your yearbook, you MUST place your order by Jan. 25th.
$55 - Until February 1
$60 - After February 1
Memories fade but yearbooks don't!
Forensics Invitationals and Tournaments
Feb. 2 -- at Baldwin-Woodville
Feb. 23 -- at New Richmond
Feb. 28 -- Sub-Districts, at SCC
March 18 -- Districts, at Viking MS
April 12-13 -- State, at UW-Madison
Participants should be signing up for practice on Mrs. Jourdeans' door. Contact Coach Heather Jourdeans for more information at email@example.com.
SNOWBALL DANCE - Semi-formal
Saturday, Jan. 19th, 8-11pm
St. Croix Central High School Commons
Note: Once students leave the building they will not be allowed to return.
Talking Standards-Based Assessment and Reporting
On Wednesday, November 28th the high school hosted a presentation and discussion with parents of high school students about standards-based assessment and reporting. We focused specifically on the method we use for converting from achievement level to letter grade and grade-point-average. Every teacher who is currently utilizing SBA&R was present and engaged in a question and answer session with parents. Our goals for the evening were to inform the parents and improve our practices based on our discussion with them. Both goals were met.
We look forward to hosting another presentation and discussion about SBA&R in the coming months.
Here are the links to the grade conversion video we watched and the presentation:
SBA&R: Converting to Grades Video: Video Link
SBA&R Parent Meeting from 11.28.18: Presentation Link
SBA&R at SCC High School:
We have a system that maintains the functionality and importance of grade-point-averages, letter grades, transcripts, and IEP's while providing accurate and timely information about what our students know as determined by their performance on the essential standards.
In a standards-based system, we provide multiple opportunities (3-5 or more) for students to grow in their achievement level on each standard which is why you will see multiple ratings for the same standard. Therefore, their achievement levels will grow as they learn the content within the specific standard. As a practice, we measure their achievement level by looking at the "most recent" rating for each standard. If the most recent rating doesn't reflect their previous performance (i.e. the rating drops), we will work with the student to find the most accurate measure. Our goal is accuracy and fairness in all grading practices and for students to display academic growth and retention of knowledge.
What Courses are Currently Standards-Based
- Algebra 1: Mr. Turpin, Ms. McGee
- Algebra 1 - bold: Ms. Lent, Ms. McGee
- Algebra 2: Mr. Kimberly
- Calculus: Mr. Turpin
- Geometry: Ms. Tasler, Ms. McGee
- Geometry - bold: Ms. Tasler
- Intermediate Algebra: Ms. Tasler, Ms. Lent
- Trigonometry - Mr. Turpin
English - Language Arts
- Language 9 (not honors) - Ms. Timmers
- Language 10 (not honors) - Ms. Stansbury
- Physical Science (all courses) - Mr. Tackmann, Mr. Klimek
If you have specific questions, please contact your child's teacher or you are always welcome to contact Mr. Soderberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SBA&R: The Fundamentals: https://youtu.be/VawWPPUerYA
SBA&R: Converting to Grades: https://youtu.be/At67depV_BA
SBA&R: The Gradebook: https://youtu.be/w9o_DmawsBY
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