Maggie Walker will operate under a special schedule on October 10th due to PSAT testing during the morning for sophomores and juniors. All students should report to school on time at 8:40 for morning grade-level activities as described below and will have shortened 5th and 7th period classes during the afternoon.
Morning for Sophomores and Juniors
All 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT in the morning after checking in with 1st period classes for attendance purposes.
The PSAT is a great practice opportunity for the SAT. For 11th graders, the PSAT results are used for qualification purposes for National Merit Scholarship Programs. The counseling department distributed PSAT Student Guides to all 10th and 11th graders during lunch time assemblies during the week of Monday September 24th. The guides contain information about the tests as well as a full-length practice test. Students are encouraged to take the practice test before testing day. More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat. Score reports will be available online in mid-December and paper copies will be available and distributed in January during lunch-time grade-level assemblies. Juniors will be encouraged to register for an SAT or ACT date in the Spring by visiting the testing agency websites. Sophomores and Juniors in AP classes will be reminded to register for SAT Subject tests as appropriate.
Students are reminded to bring #2 pencils and calculators for testing. The College Board does not allow makeup testing for the PSATs so it is important that students arrive at school on time.
Morning for Freshmen and Seniors
All 9th graders will split the morning between a community service project offsite (details will be sent out separately with permission form) and an assembly on mental health awareness (see below).
All 12th graders will be participating in college and transition-related activities in the auditorium, including an assembly on mental health awareness.
The mental health assembly will feature a speaker from Minding Your Mind, a national prevention-based program that educates teens by initiating conversations regarding mental health. Speakers are young adults who have struggled with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and give educational talks to reduce the stigma of seeking help. This program is being supported by the locally based Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, which works with area public and private high schools on mental health awareness. If you have any questions or concerns about your child attending the assembly, please contact Karl Zweerink (Counseling Department, ext. 3210).