Chief Points

Classes of 2019, 2020 & 2021

January 13, 2017

Chief Points is a newletter targeted at providing information to students about topics pertinent to their education and future.

PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9

Wednesday, March 8th, 8am

1355 Lakeland Drive

Jermyn, PA

The 2017 PSAT is being offered at Lakeland on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 here at Lakeland. Sophomores will automatically be registered for the tests at no cost to them. Students in grades 8 and 9 can also take the test at a cost of $15. Students in grades 8 and 9 have already been emailed a registration form however, parents can register their child by using the form below. Student in grade 10 who take both the fall and spring have the opportunity to measure growth in achievement from the first test to the second. If you are planning to take the test, check out resources below to learn more about the benefits of taking the test and preparing for it. The PSAT is a Preliminary or Practice test for the SAT.

What can I do to prepare?

These tests sound pretty hard? Am I ready for them? Well, truth be told, the SAT is really supposed to measure your abilities as a high school student and offer predictions of your success in college so the prep for them isn't the same as learning material for your American History class. In fact, the PSAT is, by itself a practice test. Why don't you try taking the test first?When you get the results you will get a report of data showing your strengths and weaknesses. This data can help guide you in your preparation for the SAT test you will take in your junior year. At that time, I recommend that you use the free KHAN ACADEMY resource. Khan Academy has partnered with The College Board to provide a free SAT prep program. The more ambitious of you are welcome to use it to prepare for the PSAT!
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What is the NEW SAT?

As you may know The College Board, the company that administers the SAT and PSAT, has recently redesigned their test and scoring system. The Class of 2017 had the opportunity to test in both the old and new formats but the Class of 2018 and beyond will only test under the new format. It is a lucky situation for our juniors and sophomores, as they really don't have to worry about which format they will be more successful with. On the other hand, one way that we will see the Classes of 2018 and 2019 adversely affected by the redesign of the test and the scoring is that the guidelines for scoring on Naviance, college websites and similar resources will predominately provide information on the old scoring system. By the time they need it, more data will be available for students in the classes of 2020 and beyond. Below you will find information on comparing old and new scores to better help your child in their college and career choices. There is also information showing you the difference between the "old" and "new" SAT for you to check out.
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Information regarding scholarships, colleges, and careers can be accessed through Naviance Family Connection. Parent access to Naviance Family Connection is available. Please contact your child's school counselor to get access information.Guest access is also available. Students can access Naviance Family Connection using their school email address and student id (lunch number). Students applying to college, for scholarships or to dual enrollment programs will be referred to Naviance Family Connection to request transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Lakeland School Counseling Office

Mrs. deQuevedo - classes of 2016, 2018, 2020 and soon 2022
Mrs. Valonis - classes of 2017, 2019, 2021