Good Friday...It really is Good Friday, isn't it!!
For the past few years, the State of Michigan has required all eleventh grade students to take the ACT as a part of the Michigan Merit Examination. However, last year the College Board was awarded the contract to provide the college aptitude test for the State of Michigan. This means that the SAT will replace the ACT as the college readiness exam for all Michigan juniors. In addition, the State has mandated that all freshmen take the PSAT 9 and that all sophomores take the PSAT 10. ALL TESTING WILL BE DONE AT GATEWAY. Please be advised that the State’s chosen dates for these tests are April 12, April 13, and April 14. The Schedule for these days is as follows: April 12: SAT- Juniors need to arrive by 7:30 am. The check-in process will begin promptly at 7:30 am followed by pretesting activities. The test will begin at 8:00 am sharp. Lateness may result in required make-up testing. The total test time is approximately four and a half hours. . No student will leave early from the testing room for any reason. The College Board requires all students to remain in the testing room for the allotted testing time. Breaks are scheduled and will be given at varying intervals throughout the test.
April 13: ACT Work Keys for Juniors/PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 for Freshmen and Sophomores. Once again, juniors should report to their testing rooms by 7:30 am. Testing will begin at8:00 am sharp. Freshmen and sophomores will also report to their testing rooms at 7:30 am. April 14: Science and Social Studies M-STEP Testing for Juniors/Freshmen and Sophomores Standardized Testing Practice and Academic Support: Juniors will once again report to their testing rooms at 7:30 am with testing scheduled to start at 7:45 AM.
All Gateway students are expected to come to school each day as those who are not testing will still be able to work. WE DO NOT FOLLOW THE SAME ATTENDANCE SCHEDULE AS THE HIGH SCHOOL, ONLY THE TESTING SCHEDULE.
On Monday, all students testing will be pre-iding: This will happen at Gateway.
Next week is a four day week, with spring break starting on Friday. All students will be able to work from home during break.
Progress reports will be sent home today.
One more thing, some of the students are not riding the morning bus from the high school to Gateway and are being dropped off at Gateway by their friends. I cannot make students ride the bus but please know that if an accident were to happen, the district is not responsible or liable for any damages.
Progress reports will be sent home today. Please ask your child to explain it to you.
We are looking to have a therapy dog at Gateway. Therapy dogs are dogs that have been trained and received certification as a service animal. We are hoping that having one visit the school would have a positive, calming affect on our students. Of course, please contact me if you have concerns. I will sending home a permission slip for your child to interact with the dog. The slip will need to be signed before your child can be in the same room.
Monday, the entire school will be visiting the Air Zoo. We are leaving at 9:15 and returning at the end of our school day. Parents and siblings are invited (you will be responsible for your admission and lunch). Please let me know today if you will be attending.
Next Wednesday (March 23) is an early release day and students are dismissed at 12:50.
Friday (March 25) the Kalamazoo County Health Dept. will be visiting (this was rescheduled from March 11). If you do not wish your child to participate, please sign the form and have it returned to me.
For the past few years, the State of Michigan has required all eleventh grade students to take the ACT as a part of the Michigan Merit Examination. However, last year the College Board was awarded the contract to provide the college aptitude test for the State of Michigan. This means that the SAT will replace the ACT as the college readiness exam for all Michigan juniors. In addition, the State has mandated that all freshmen take the PSAT 9 and that all sophomores take the PSAT 10. These tests will take place in April, as well as the examinations that comprise the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). Please be advised that the State’s chosen dates for these tests are April 12, April 13, and April 14. The high school has a different schedule than Gateway. Gateway students are expected to be here every day....no matter what grade they are in. Students not testing will be working on the classes.
Don't forget that graduation is June 1st. Graduation fees are due by March 31st. We have invitations for those of you that would like them.. They are .50 each.
One last thing....students MUST have headphones. We do not supply them. Please make sure your child comes to school prepared.