PGHS Newsletter 4-13-15 SAT Edition

Special Edition on SAT's

PGHS Provides 3 Ways to Get Results on SAT's - See below

1. SAT Tutorial for students on Naviance
2. Catalyst SAT Bootcamp on April 18 & 19th at PGHS
3. Class taught by Mrs. Reinhart and Dr. Mays-Coleman in the evening
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SAT Bootcamp Comes to PGHS

For more information or to enroll, visit and click the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website's menu bar or give us a call at 800.235.0056. The deadline to enroll in this special SAT prep opportunity is Wednesday, April 15th.

SAT Bootcamp Comes to PGHS

Catalyst's SAT Bootcamp Is Approaching!

You don’t have to be a genius to conquer the SAT (though it certainly doesn't hurt).
Catalyst’s SAT Bootcamp, a one-weekend seminar that arms students with go-to strategies for every question they’ll
face on the day of the test, will teach you how to exploit the SAT’s utter predictability, so you can march into the test with confidence and momentum.

Date and Time:
9am-1pm on Saturday, April 18th and 9am-1pm on Sunday, April 19th at Pottsgrove High School
Students attend both days.

Just $175 per student for the entire weekend & course materials.

For more information or to enroll, visit
and click the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website's menu bar or give us a call at
The deadline to enroll in this special SAT prep opportunity is
Wednesday, April 15th.

SAT Prep Tutorial Available on Naviance - Family Connection - THIS IS FREE TO ALL PGHS STUDENTS

If your son or daughter is planning to take the SAT college entrance exam soon, we have a new tool that can help prepare them for this challenging and important test. SAT PrepMe is a program purchased by Pottsgrove through Naviance Family Connection that is available at no cost to students at any time or place with internet access. SAT PrepMe offers students a personalized and scripted study program based on a pre-assessment, so it is geared to work on the areas that need strengthening. The program also provides weekly updates on student progress and guides students through the process in a user-friendly way.

To access SAT PrepMe, just have the student log on to Naviance Family Connection by going to the High School Website and clicking onto Naviance Family Connection under Quicklinks. Then, the student logs into their Family Connection account by using their email as the User Name and entering their password they provided when they registered for Family Connection. SAT PrepMe can be found right on the Home Page. If a student has trouble logging in or forgets the User ID or Password, they can see their counselor for a reset. Parents can also contact their student’s counselor if you want your own account to explore colleges and careers for your student.

SAT Course at PGHS

Are you planning on taking the SAT’s this Spring? Then sign up for Pottsgrove's SAT PREP course!! The course is designed to give you the tools you need to understand and master the SAT. Certified English and math teachers provide small group instruction and review of important concepts tested on the SAT. In addition, three full-length SAT practice tests are completed during this course. The course runs from March 30 – April 29 and is available for the incredible price of only $125. Please see Dr. Mays Coleman in room 204 or Mrs. Reinhart in room 214 for more information and to sign up!!

Keystone Exam Update

Who will be taking the Keystone Exams?
  • Students who are completing the following courses: Literature, Algebra, & Biology
  • Students who already took a Keystone exam and did not score Proficient or Advanced.

Thursday 5/14/15 - Literature Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Friday 5/15/15 - Literature Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Algebra Exam

Monday - 5/18/15 - Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Tuesday - 5/19/15 - Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Biology Exam

Wednesday - 5/20/15 - Biology Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Thursday - 5/21/15 - Biology Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Make Up Exams
Friday - 5/22/15 - Make Up Exams

Keystone Exam Overview

The Keystone Exams are Pennsylvania’s state end of course assessments in Algebra I, Biology and English Literature. Students currently enrolled in one of the related content area courses are required to take the Keystone at the end of the course.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) states, “Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Keystone Exams in order to graduate. Therefore, any student in grade 9 or below during the 2013–2014 school year is required to take a Keystone Exam if they are enrolled in the Keystone-related course.”

ALGEBRA: Algebra Numeracy and Algebra 1

BIOLOGY: Academic Biology, Biology, Honors Biology, and Applied Life Science

LITERATURE: 10th Grade English

The student’s best overall score is determined by calculating the highest overall module score from any exam (each comprehensive keystone exam consists of two modules). Each student’s best overall score will be banked until their 11th grade year, where it will be reported for the School Performance Profile, school, state and county wide data.

Keystone Retesting: Students who do not score Proficient on the Keystone exam will retake the exam until the completion of their Junior year. The district will provide interventions after every unsuccessful attempt of a Keystone in accordance with the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan. Click Here to view the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan for grades 6-12.

Both the middle school and high school are equipped to remediate students who do not score proficient on these exams. Plus, the PA Department of Education provides an online course through iTunes University called Pennsylvania Learns to assist in remediating students for the Keystone exam. Literature Exam

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday – Sunday, 4/18/15 - 4/19/15 SAT Boot Camp

Monday, 4/20/15 - NOCTI Performance Exam – this test is mandatory for assigned Western Center Students, there is no make-up exam

Thursday, 4/23/15 - Rachel's Challenge Assembly

Parent Night for Rachel's Challenge at 6:30 p.m. at PGMS Auditorium

Saturday, 4/25/15 Western Center Car Show

Prom 6:00-11:00 PM at the Double Tree in KOP

Post Prom 11:00 – 2:00 AM High School

Tuesday, 4/28/15 - College Field Trip to Kutztown & Alvernia University

Monday, 5/4/15 AP Chemistry Exam AM session in Library

AP Environmental Science Exam AM session in District Office

Tuesday, 5/5/15 - AP Calculus BC Exam AM Session at District Office

AP Calculus AB Exam AM Session in Library

Honor Roll Reception – freshmen & sophomores 6th period; juniors & seniors 7th period in the café annex

Spring Orchestra Concert 7:30 in the Auditorium

Wednesday, 5/6/15 - AP English Literature and Composition (12th) Exam in Library

Wednesday, 5/6/15 - Act 80 Day

Thursday - 5/7/15 AP Spanish Language AM Session in Library

Band Concert 7:30 PM in the Auditorium

Art Show

Friday, 5/8/15 - AP German Language AM Session in Library

AP United States History AM Session at District Office

AP Studio Art

AP European History PM Session in Library

Monday, 5/11/15 - AP Biology Exam AM Session in Library

AP Physics C – Mechanics PM Session in Library

Wednesday, 5/13/15

AP English Language and Composition Exam AM Session in Library

AP Statistics Exam PM Session in Library

Thursday, 5/14/15 - Keystone Testing – Literature, 2 hour delay

NHS New Member Induction – 7:00 PM in the Auditorium; reception to follow

Friday, 5/15/15 - Keystone Testing – Literature, 2 hour delay

Monday, 5/18/15 - Special Olympics

Keystone Testing - Algebra I, 2 hour delay

Tuesday, 5/19/15 - Keystone Testing - Algebra I, 2 hour delay

Western Center Recognition Ceremony at Pottsgrove Middle School 7:00 PM

Wednesday 5/20/15 - Keystone Testing – Bio, 2 hour delay, dismissal at 2:17

Choral Spring Concert 7:30 in the Auditorium

Thursday, 5/21/15 - Keystone Testing – Bio, 2 hour delay

Music Department Awards Banquet

Friday, 5/22/15 - Special Olympics – Rain date

Senior Picnic at Limerick Park

Monday, 5/25/15 - Memorial Day No School

Tuesday - Saturday 5/26/15 - 5/30/15 Senior Class Trip to Florida

Thursday, 5/28/15 All Class Awards 9th grade 2nd Period, 10th grade 6th Period, 11th grade 3rd Period.

Wednesday - Friday, 6/3/15 - 6/65/15 - Senior Finals

Wednesday, 6/3/15 - HS/MS Athletic Physicals at Middle School @ 2:30 PM

Booster Senior Banquet Sunnybrook Ballroom 6:00 PM

Monday, 6/8/15 - Freshmen class Trip to Dorney Park

Tuesday, 6/9/15 - Senior Awards Assembly

Wednesday – Thursday 6/10/15 - 6/11/15 - Mandatory Commencement Rehearsals

Wednesday - Friday 6/10/15 - 6/12/15 Underclassmen Finals

Friday, 6/12/15 Students last day

Commencement 6:00 Pm