Student schedules for next year.

We plan to distribute the student schedules for next year sometime this week. Our primary purpose in getting these schedules out to students with a week or two remaining in the school year is to provide students the opportunity to make any changes they would like to make before the school year ends. Please understand that it is very awkward to make schedule changes at the beginning of the school year because by the time the process gets completed and the student is attending the new class, that student is already a couple of lessons behind. That is why addressing any changes in scheduling is best done before the students leave for the summer. We would encourage parents to ask your children about their schedules, and question them about any necessary changes. If they are considering a change, they can pick up a “course add/drop” form in the office. This form gathers information about the change and then includes four steps, the first of which is a discussion with parents about the change and a parent signature. If parents would like more information about the change prior to signing and indicating your approval, please feel free to call Mr. Bonestroo, the teachers involved, or me. Thank you for any assistance you can provide in taking care of the add/drop process in a timely manner.

It is our hope that we will be able to report your student’s ACT scores—including their Explore score in 8th grade, their Explore score in 9th grade, their PLAN score in 10th grade, and their ACT score in 11th grade—on both their report cards and transcripts. We are working to include a series of charts, such as the one below, in our student information system software, so that this important information about your student’s progress is available to you with their grades. Since the ACT scores are a reliable indicator of student readiness for success in college and careers, it strikes us as information that is critical for students and parents. Because the scores are reported in five areas—English, Math, Reading, Science, and the composite score—and those scores are presented in the context of readiness benchmarks, those scores certainly provide an important measure of how your student is progressing in their learning and preparation for the future. For example, in the information below, a parent could see that their student is at or above the readiness benchmarks in three areas, but slightly below in math. Given this information, math is an area that could use extra attention so the student is fully prepared after graduating from high school. The Explore, PLAN are predictive of the ACT scores, and they are all highly correlated with college and career readiness skills.

Explore
TEST-Freshman
English
Math
Reading
Science
Student Name
15
17
18
20
Readiness
Benchmark
14
18
16
20