Principal's Page by Kevin Kruger, MHS Principal
Testing Dates for Juniors
The ACT testing days will be Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday March 4. These tests are required for graduation and can be used for college entrance scores. Staff members will be working on testing procedures and also doing a wide variety of writing promts to help ready the students for the test.
Immediately after Spring Break, a new 1 year test will be administered to the 11th graders. The newest 'mandatory' test is called the M-Step test. This replaces the MME examination that students have taken for many years. Staff members will be working once again with the juniors doing the pre-testing mode that is mandatory for the M-Step test. A better description of the exam was highlighted in the February/March newsletter. Here's to better test scores!
3rd Quarter Interim Progress Reports
Interim progress reports will be given to students on or around February 25, 2015. As always, you can keep track of your child's progress on PowerSchool!
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.
Transcripts 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!