Principal's Page by Kevin Kruger, MHS Principal
Summer Is Almost Over!
We just said good by and now we're saying welcome back! Registration begins Monday, August 19th with 11th and 12th grades registering. All students should first report to the auditorium for an ID photo and then proceed to the main office to turn in registration materials and pay for parking passes, textbook deposit and a yearbook deposit if they are planning on purchasing a yearbook for 2014. 9th and 10th graders register Tuesday and have the same procedure to follow as outlined above.
Our Open House is set for Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is a great way to meet the staff, and for our incoming freshman class, a chance for the parents to see where their son/daughter will be each period of the day. Rest up students. The lazy days of summer are almost over! We'll see many of you next week and at our open house.
Let's Get Organized!
Your son/daughter has a quiz tomorrow. They can't find their notes. They frantically look through their notebooks and call or text friends to get whatever they can. It simply doesn't have to be this way. If the family works together to focus on a few easy methods. 1. Discuss a plan of attack. What is due and when? MHS provides an agenda planner to each student. They'll need to mark down upcoming assignments, quizzes and tests that are posted in each classroom. The more this becomes a habit, the less chance of a poor grade. 2. Keep tools ready. No, we don't mean a hammer and screwdriver but we mean a notebook with a folder. A different color for each class is an easy and inexpensive way to keep notes together by class. 3. Develop a nightly routine. We all know that teens need sleep. School starts this year at 7:30 a.m. Heading to bed should become a routine at 10 p.m. Earlier for many of our students. Clothes for the next day, materials, etc. should all be prepared before lights out to minimize a poor start the next day. Following a basic procedure each day will help your child academically and relieve some of the stress of school. As a parent, check Power School weekly to check on attendance, grades, etc. It's also a great way to contact a teacher if needed. Let's help our students stay focused and on track. Good things will happen!
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!