Principal's Page by Kevin Kruger, MHS Principal
Spring 2016 SAT Transition:
The MDE has announced that it will transition to using the SAT® as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) in Spring 2016. The SAT is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar exam to many in the state. The exam keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today — measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. It focuses on the few durable things that evidence shows matter most for college and career success, and reflects what Michigan students are already learning in their classrooms. To make it easier for students to succeed, the College Board and Khan Academy are offering free, personalized test practice to all students starting in June 2015. Michigan students and their families will also benefit from the scholarship opportunities connected to College Board assessments, as well as the college application fee waivers they provide. In case you missed it, the College Board also has a full-length PSAT/NMSQT® practice form available at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-suiteassessments/practice/practice-tests. The PSAT/ NMSQT is tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT and provides a chance to check in on student progress. The College Board is working closely with the MDE to develop a clear plan and next steps for Michigan’s transition to the SAT in the spring of 2016.
Semester Ends June 4!
We're in the final phases of the school year as we began to wind down the 2014-2015 school year. Be sure to bookmark our home page for our daily announcements and important information that may be of interest to you. The underclassmen complete the school year Thursday, June 4. Exams begin Tuesday, June 2 and end on Thursday, June 4. Finish strong!!
Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Rates.
Thanks for a great turn out at our recent parent/teacher conferences. This fall the parent participation rate was 63%! If you were unable to make it to the conferences, please be sure to contact the teacher(s) using the district e-mail or voice mail direct lines that are listed in the directory. Spring P/T conferences are March 31 and April 1. On 3/31 conferences begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, confereces are scheduled for two time slots: 12 noon - 3 p.m. and 4- 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Summer Transcript Information for Current/Former Graduates
If you need a transcript for job related searches, college/university placement, please use the following e-mail address. Be sure to clearly type the name of the student, year of graduation and where the transcript should be sent. We will also make a copy available to you that incudes the embossed seal and signatures if desired. We hope to have all copies digitized during the school year which will make it much easier for us to find your transcript! Currently, by law we keep all records 99 years! Yes, we do have them from "way back"! All handwritten of course but somewhat legible! E-mail us with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. During summer months, this may take 3-5 days due to vacations/work schedules. During the school year requests are usually processed on the same day.
Everyday Test Success
Different kinds of tests call for different strategies. Share these ideas with your son or daughter! Better yet, have them read the short tips below.
Multiple Choice: On a reading test, skim questions before reading the passages they accompany. This will let the reader know what to focus on as they read. Try solving math problems before looking at possible answers. If the solution is among the choices, it's likely to be right!
Short Answers: Read each question carefully so you know what you're being asked. Write neatly and keep your answers brief, clear and to the point. Don't leave any answers blank. Many teachers give credit for partial answers. Math teachers require students to show their work. That way, they can point out where a mistake was made.
Essay: Make a quick outline to organize your thoughts before you write. Cross off each idea as you add it to your essay. Leave a few minutes to proofread your work and be sure you've answered the question completely.
What Counts With Colleges?
We are asked that question a lot! College applications are completed for the most part with our seniors and the junior class now is fully engaged in researching possible admission to many colleges/universities.
Parents and students can increase the chance of acceptance by knowing these criteria: 1. Keep grades consistent and improve as the year progresses. Colleges like to see solid scores in academic classes. They also like to see students taking challenging courses such as FST, PDM and AP courses. 2. ACT scores usually count a great deal in the selection process. A lower GPA in high school and a higher ACT score usually means success in college. We encourage all students to take the ACT immediately after their 10th grade year to create a 'baseline' for coursework their junior year. A "one shot test time" such as the state mandated ACT test day for all junior in March each year just might not be enough. 3. Class ranking is also another factor in colleges selecting your child! Encourage your son/daughter to improve their ranking each trimester. 4. A final consideration is the college essay. We encourage students to type up their essay into WORD or some other word processing program and save it, make adjustments to their essay depending on which college they are applying. They all know how to cut and paste and this also helps with spell check, grammar check and run on sentences. Don't forget internships, clubs, activities in the essay.
Remember, the more information colleges receive in the essay and application, the easier it is for both of you! If you have questions about the application process, be sure to contact our guidance office more details. Good luck!