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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013

A Reminder to 11th Graders Regarding the PSAT

 
Eleventh-graders are reminded that they should report IMMEDIATELY to their assigned test sites tomorrow (Wednesday, October 16) for the PSAT.    Testing will begin shortly thereafter and continue through B, C, and D periods.  Students will then be dismissed to attend their F period classes.  Test sites and corresponding student assignments are below.
 
 Back Gym (A-Ja), Lecture Hall (Je-Ma), LMC (Mayo Z).
 
Sophomores registered to take the PSAT should report to the lecture hall.
 
Make sure to bring a #2 pencil and calculator.                       


 
Results of Ninth-Grade Six-Week Assessment

Ninth-graders were recently asked to complete an on-line survey in Naviance that was designed to solicit feedback on their transition to EOSHS. The survey was constructed by the Guidance Department and it was administered after six weeks had passed from the start of school. Below you will find some of the questions asked and students' responses in aggregate form.


1.
My transition from middle school to the high school can best be described as:
Hard 1.8% (5)
Challenging 11.8% (33)
Okay 55% (154)
Easy 31.4% (88)
TOTAL RESPONDED(280)  
2.
Now that you have earned grades over the past six weeks, what do you think about your progress?
I worked hard and am proud of my accomplishments
18.2%
(51)
Overall I'm satisfied, but I know of areas to improve
72.5%
(203)
I performed below my potential
9.3%
(26)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280) 
3.
Were you surprised by your grades?
No, the grades were what I expected
34.6%
(97)
Yes, I was surprised by my grades in one or two classes
54.3%
(152)
Yes, I really thought my grades would be different in most of my classes
11.1%
(31)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280) 
4.
What ideas do you have to improve your grades?
 
Total responses: 280 (99%)
A Sample of Responses:

I need to put in a valid effort that I can truly say is my best.
I need to remember what my homework is. 
I could plan better to get all my work done.
See when teachers are free so I can get extra help.
Participate more in class.
I need to improve on my test-taking skills.
 
5.
Which subject is the most challenging to you?
 
Total responses: 280 (99%)
 
6.
Rate each of the following skills on their difficulty for you (1 being very easy, and 5 being very difficult).
Average Rank
12345
Time management (2.7)
Organizational skills (2.2)
Self-discipline (2.3)
Motivation (2.6)
Listening skills (2.2)
Persistence - good work ethic (2.3)
Sense of responsibility (2.0)
TOTAL RESPONDED: 280 
7.
What teams, clubs, etc. are you considering to join at EOSHS this year?
 
Total responses: 247 (87%) 
8.
Now that you have been in high school for two months, what suggestions or ideas do you have for making the transition into high school smoother for future freshmen?
 
Total responses: 280 (99%)
A Sample of Responses:

Definitely get involved in a club or activity to make friends.
Don't wait until the last minute to do homework.
Be ready for a heavier workload.
Be sure to be organized and talk to new people to make new friends.
 
9.
When you have had questions throughout your transition to EOSHS, where did you usually go to find the answers?
Friends
45%
(126)
Teachers
20.4%
(57)
 
 
 
Main Office
2.1%
(6)
Guidance Office
5.7%
(16)
Family/Older Siblings
23.6%
(66)
Other
3.2%
(9)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280)  
10.
Do you feel comfortable approaching a teacher or guidance counselor when needed?
Yes
90.4%
(253)
No
9.6%
(27)
TOTAL RESPONDED(280) 
11.
What is your current post-high school goal?
 
Attend a 2-year community college
2.9%
(8)
Attend a 2-year college and transfer to a 4-year college
6.1%
(17)
Attend a 4-year college or university
76.4%
(214)
Attend a vocational or specialized school
2.5%
(7)
Enter the military
3.2%
(9)
Go to work
8.9%
(25)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280) 
12.
What extra-curricular activities do you plan to participate in this year?
 
Total responses: 280 (99%) 
13.
When you have had questions or difficulties with your transition to EOSHS, whom have you approached for help?
counselor
24.3%
(68)
teacher
47.1%
(132)
administrator
1.8%
(5)
parent
45.7%
(128)
other student
49.6%
(139)
friend
68.2%
(191)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280) 
14.
Would you like to receive tutorial help from a peer tutor in any of your subjects?
Yes 19.9% (54)
No 80.1% (217)
TOTAL RESPONDED100% (271) 
15.
Have your parents registered for a Naviance account?
Yes 7.1% (20)
No 92.9% (260)
TOTAL RESPONDED(280) 
16.
Do you feel safe at EOSHS?
Yes 96.1% (269)
No 3.9% (11)
TOTAL RESPONDED(280) 
17.
If not, why?
Total responses: 18 (6%) 
Note that counselors are following up with students who reported feeling unsafe.
18.
What was your previous school?
Ashford School
12.9%
(36)
Hall Memorial School
18.2%
(51)
Mansfield Middle School
42.5%
(119)
Other school
26.4%
(74)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280) 
19.
How is your social life at EOSHS thus far?
Great-I'm very satisfied
44.8%
(124)
Good-I'm satisfied
48%
(133)
Not so good-I'm having some difficulties
5.4%
(15)
Poor-I could use help with this
1.8%
(5)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(277)
20.
Currently, about how many hours each day do you spend on homework?
More than 3 hours.
8.2%
(23)
2-3 hours
25.7%
(72)
1-2 hours
52.1%
(146)
less than 1 hour
13.6%
(38)
None at all
0.4%
(1)
TOTAL RESPONDED
 
(280)


ACT vs. SAT
 
Several students have asked about differences between the SAT and ACT.  It may come as a surprise to many in this region of the country when they learn that there are now more test-takers for the ACT than the SAT.  In previous years, the ACT was the popular option in the middle of the country while the SAT was the preferred choice on each coast. This is no longer the case.
 
 Below you will find the differences between the two tests.
 
 Material tested on the SAT consists of general reasoning and problem solving.  There is a stronger emphasis upon vocabulary (in context), and it requires students to arrive at their own answers for some math problems.
 
Material tested on the ACT is based upon the standard high school curriculum.  There is a stronger emphasis upon punctuation.  The Science Reasoning section tests the ability to read tables and graphs.
 
 The format for the SAT is as follows - multiple-choice questions, grid-in questions, and an essay prompt.
 
 The format for the ACT is multiple-choice questions.  The essay is optional.
 
All four-year colleges and universities accept SAT scores.

All four-year colleges and universities accept ACT scores.
 
The length in time available for the SAT is 225 minutes (including the 25 minutes devoted to the essay).  The per-question time is about 62 seconds.

The length in time available for the ACT is 175 minutes., and 205 minutes with the optional essay.  The per-question time is about 49 seconds.
 
The sections for the SAT are Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.

The sections for the ACT are English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing section.

The SAT is offered seven times per year (October, November, December, January, March, May, and June).

The ACT is offered six times per year (September, October, December, February, April, and June).
 
The highest possible score on the SAT is 2400.  Each of the sections is worth 800 points, and the composite score is the sum total of each section score.  The range for each section is 200-800.

The ACT provides a composite score of the four sections, ranging from 1-36.
 
One-quarter of a point is deducted for every incorrect answer on the SAT.

The ACT does not penalize for incorrect answers.  It only awards points for correct answers.
 
 
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