Recovering Lost Instructional Time | Test Prep
After careful consideration, and having talked to many stakeholders including, teachers, parents and students, Scecina Memorial is responding to the loss of instructional time this winter as follows.
We made up a full day of school on Presidents Day, February 17. According to the original school year calendar, this day was to have been a school holiday.
We will make up a second full day of school on Easter Monday, April 21. Like Presidents Day, Easter Monday was a school holiday according to the original school year calendar. Both Presidents Day and Easter Monday are considered required school days.
Although the Indiana Department of Education is allowing schools to claim two early January school days as days that do not require being made up, we will accept only one of these days as a waiver day. We had two additional instructional days already in our calendar.
In addition, to help our students who wish to receive focused practice time on the SAT, ECA (End of Course Assessment), and/or one of several AP tests, we will offer the following voluntary opportunities:
- Saturday March 22, 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. for SAT, ECA Biology, ECA English 10, AP Chemistry, and AP Government practice testing
- Saturday March 22, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. for ACT, ECA Algebra 1, AP Biology, and AP World History practice testing
- Saturday April 12, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for AP U.S. History, A.P. Economics, AP Language
- Saturday April 12, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. for providing students with graded tests that were taken on the prior Saturdays and for analyzing test results with students.
Students must sign up for each of the above testing opportunities in order to ensure adequate tests and staff coverage for each testing room. Sign-up information will be communicated to students and parents through The Daily and by teachers. Again, the Saturday opportunities in March and April are considered voluntary.
Our administration and faculty believe that the focused test practice times and analysis that we are offering will prove valuable for our students. For those students who have conflicting sports and activities and who wish to take advantage of test practice time, please contact me and we will make arrangements.
Thank you for working with us as we have developed the above plan. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.
Posted on Wed, March 19, 2014
by Tom Branson