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Exciting news!  Now, joining the PTSO is easier than ever!  Click HERE to join the PTSO and/or pay your annual dues online!

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As you know, Williamson County Schools has established a county-wide goal of an average 25 composite score on the ACT.  To read more and see high school standings, click HERE.  With that goal in mind, we’re here to support you!  We have assembled of the programs and materials on this tab to help you score your best so that you can pursue your chosen post-high school path with confidence and ease.

Regardless of what you choose to do after high school, several truths ring clear nowadays:

  • A high school diploma alone is no longer enough to guarantee success in the job market.
  • Almost 50% of high school graduates in the United States don’t have the “skills or credentials” necessary to achieve their goals and feel successful.
  • Many students who choose to attend colleges or universities either drop out or stall out (fail to earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrollment).

Recognizing the need to ensure that all TN graduates have the essential skills needed to pursue a career or a degree, the state department of education devised the Pathways Tennessee program.  Its goal lies in making sure that all students can successfully complete industry certification from a Technical College, an Associate’s Degree from a Community College, or a traditional degree from a college or university.

So how does this relate to ACT?

Now that you  know you need to pursue something more than just a diploma to find a job that will support you and your family, how will you know if you’re ready to pursue one of the Tennessee pathways?

Every student needs to have a pathway in order to find sustainable employment, and one of the BEST measures of college AND career readiness is…YOU GUESSED IT:  the ACT!  THAT’s why you need to do well on the ACT!  It tests skills YOU need for success on the job.  No matter how you get to your career, doing well on the ACT is an absolute must.

Our comprehensive ACT Prep program will help you do that IF you participate to the utmost of your ability!

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This year, the entire CHS community will participate in a school-wide vocabulary enhancement program.  Our 9th grade students will engage in the Vocab Videos program, and the entire school will use them as “Words of the Week,” or WOW words.

Please look at these words each week and try to incorporate them into your vocabulary–use them whenever you can!  We’ll post the word lists here each week so you can follow along!

ACT WOW Word Lists

Fall 2016
Week ONE:  August 22-26, 2016
Week TWO:  August 29-September 2, 2016

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SENIOR NEWS BULLETIN–AUGUST 2016:
Seniors needing to improve their ACT scores can do so by taking the ACT again on October 22nd, FREE OF CHARGE!!!!!  Yes, you read that correctly.

Read this letter from Dr. Webb for the details:  Dr. Webb’s Letter

First, make sure you get a voucher from Counseling and register online by September 16th to avoid paying late fees.

Second, use this interim time to prepare yourself.  Small change can mean BIG gains!

To support your efforts to improve your score, we are offering a number of FREE ACT Prep workshops.  Make sure to sign up for as many as possible.  Students who make significant improvements will be recognized and eligible to receive a number of great perks!  Keep checking here for more information.

Workshops (Click HERE to print the flyer):

We NOW have sets of FREE weekend workshops for you!

FREE SENIOR ACT WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Three sets available prior to the October 22nd test:
SATURDAY MORNINGS 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session I 9:00-9:50
Session II 10:00-10:50
Lunch and Q/A 10:50-11:10
Session III 11:10-12:00
Session IV 12:10-1:00

August 20 and 27
September 17 and 24
October 1 and 15
Each workshop is divided into four sessions (one per sub-test).
Students should stay for all four sessions.
Sign up on Signup Genius at the following URL: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CACAF28ABFD0-actprep4

Check out the  Workshops toggle to view and sign up for our FREE workshops!

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Join the Class of 2017 Google Classroom for frequent updates, memos, and strategies! Class code: 33dd9gb

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September 2016–coming this week!

FREE AFTER SCHOOL ACT PREP WORKSHOPS (open to all grade levels)
Two sets available prior to the October 22nd test: 2:45-3:45 P.M. each day Room locations will be posted on the CHS website at http://www.wcs.edu/chs 

August 29-September 1 and September 6-September 9 Sign up on Signup Genius at the following URL:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CACAF28ABFD0-actpreparation3

October 11-14 and October 17-20
Sign up on Signup Genius at the following URL: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CACAF28ABFD0-actpreparation4

FREE SENIOR ACT WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Three sets available prior to the October 22nd test:
SATURDAY MORNINGS 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session I 9:00-9:50
Session II 10:00-10:50
Lunch and Q/A 10:50-11:10
Session III 11:10-12:00
Session IV 12:10-1:00

August 20 and 27
September 17 and 24
October 1 and 15
Each workshop is divided into four sessions (one per sub-test).
Students should stay for all four sessions.
Sign up on Signup Genius at the following URL: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CACAF28ABFD0-actprep4

ACT During the DAY
Yes, you read that correctly! Now, there’s a FREE ACT Prep solution for you during the day, as well!
Athletics or activities keeping you away from the ACT Prep Workshops after school? Working on the Weekends and can’t attend the ACT Senior Weekend Workshops?
We have a solution for YOU!!!!
If your study hall falls during either second or fourth period, see your counselor to register for two special ACT Prep classes from September 6-October 21!
Hurry!!!! Spaces are limited!!

Join the Google Classroom for your grade level to make sure that you get important information about the ACT and how you can prepare for it!

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We want to make sure that you have every possible advantage when you sit for the ACT so that you can get your best possible score.

Every student is different–we all have different backgrounds and learning styles.  ACT offers “accommodations” in accordance with the American Disabilities Act to help students  perform equitably.  ACT-Approved Accommodations can include extended time, alternate test formats, stop-the-clock breaks, and authorization to test over multiple days. Examples of alternate test formats are audiocassettes or audio DVDs, Braille or large print.

ACT Approved Accommodations

ACT Accommodations User Guide

When is the best time to buy a calculator for the ACT or SAT?  As you know, calculators can be very expensive, so when is the best time to go calculator shopping?  If you don’t mind getting a used calculator, shop in May and June when students are graduating and no longer need their old calculators.  Ebay is a great place to shop at this time.

If you don’t want to purchase a calculator, no worries.  Go to the library and check out a calculator for your use during the year.  Rental costs are NOMINAL, and you’ll be prepared!

For the April, June, and December test dates, you can order a special service from ACT called the “Test Information Release.”

This is a particularly great option for your test prep planning because, for a small fee (currently $18), ACT will send you a copy of YOUR answers to each question, as well as a copy of the test and the key, so that you can show your tutor/teacher the actual questions you missed and have him/her explore which distractor you chose AND why you chose it.

The ACT works very hard to create “distractors,” or wrong answers, based on common student errors and misconceptions.  When a tutor/teacher sees the distractor, knowing how to coach or what to reteach becomes exponentially easier!  In short, the small fee is worth it!

The service is available online here:  ACT Test Information Request

ACT’s Twitter!
Follow ACT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACT

Test Prep Resources Straight from the Source
Check out the resources on the act.org Test Prep page: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html

Still not able to find ACT Prep help between now and the test date?
Make an appointment to see Ms. Bivins, and she will help you with some creative problem-solving strategies and alternative options! bethb@wcs.edu

 

We’re working on other ways to help you be successful.  If you want to work on your own studying, see Ms. Bivins in room 221 for suggestions!  We have lots of options for all ability levels and schedules!