December is the most wonderful time of the year! All of the hard work that you have put into your classes is paying off and you have only exams to complete before you begin your winter break. A daily 15 minute review of the key concepts covered in your classes should help you as you begin to prepare for your upcoming exams.
- The school year is half-way over! As you move toward your holiday vacation, reflect on what went well this semester and what needs to be improved. If you struggled with some of your classes, it’s time to make a game plan for the spring semester. Find out what opportunities are out there that can help you be successful! Talk with your teachers about tutoring or different ways you can study that may work better for you. Your teachers, and counselors, are here to help you move smoothly through your high school career- take advantage of the help they can provide!
- When December rolls around, so do the re-tests for EOC. Sophomores, if you scored an NI on one of your EOC tests, don’t be surprised if you get called in by your counselor to be re-tested. Remember, your graduation date depends upon the results of your EOC tests. The more opportunities you have to take the test, the better.
- Remember, in addition to passing the classes required for graduation, you also need to pass your End of Course Test (EOC Test). You will take EOC test in the following subjects:
Algebra I & Geometry
English II & English III
Biology & Amer. Hist.
- We truly want students to pass ALL their EOC tests; however, it is only mandatory to pass one EOC test in math, one in English and biology or American History.
- EOC Fall testing will begin when we return from the Thanksgiving Break. Make sure you use your time wisely and brush up on the subjects you will test in during December. If you are not sure if you need to test, stop by the counseling office to see me by completing a request form.
- By the end of the month, all of your applications should be submitted to the colleges of your choice. Your chances of being accepted, as well as being awarded financial aid and/or scholarships are much higher if you apply by the end of December (whether you apply for early admittance or not).
- Prepare for the Free Application For Student Federal Aid (FASFA). Go to www.fafsa.gov website to register for a PIN. You will be able to apply for financial aid in February AFTER your parents or guardians file their taxes. Details on how to complete the FASFA will be given to you at a later date.