SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
On Jan. 9, 10, 14 through 18, junior Salisbury High School students took Keystones Exams. These tests, established circa 2010 replace the former standardized tests known as PSSAs. Students were tested in online assessments in three main subjects; algebra 1, literature and biology. The computerized formatting of the tests gave all a challenge; weeks before the tests began, test takers were guided through a tutorial on how to locate helpful tools throughout the tests, such as the highlighter tool, line guide, calculator, and scoring guidelines for open-ended questions.
For some juniors, biology was a troubling subject to be tested on as they have not had biology since their freshman year; tools such as Study Island helped them prepare for these tests.
Study Island is a site where students can take modules pertaining to a certain subject such as math, science or reading. In science classes, juniors have been taking the biology benchmark tests. Benchmark tests consist of 30 questions, testing the student's knowledge of a subject. They measure the progress in a certain area of study. Once the benchmark is completed, the student is given a percent out of 100 and the grade is classified as "below basic," "basic," "proficient" or "advanced."
In the case where a student gets "basic" or "below basic" on the Benchmark testing, they may be consulted by a teacher to receive additional help in the area of study. Similarly, juniors who do not score proficient or advanced on the Keystones will have to retake them in the spring when the other grades do.
Students interested in applying to LCTI's Emerging Health Professionals Program or Emerging Engineering Professionals Program should be aware of the following application deadlines: Emerging Health Professionals Program: applications open Feb. 1 to 15; Emerging Engineering Professionals Program: applications open Feb. 1 to March 1.
Students interested in applying to Pennsylvania Governor's School of Sciences, Pennsylvania School of Global Entrepreneurship and the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy have the following application deadlines: Pa. School of the Sciences - postmarked by Jan. 28; Pa. School of Global Entrepreneurship - postmarked by Feb. 15; and Health Career Scholars Academy - postmarked by Feb. 15.
The following colleges will visit SHS: Johnson & Wales 1:05 p.m. Jan. 24; U.S. Army & ROTC 9 a.m. Jan. 29; Lehigh Carbon Community College 1:45 p.m. Feb. 21; Hussian School of Art 9:40 a.m. March 5; U.S. Marine Corps 9:40 a.m. March 5; Marymount Manhattan College 1:05 p.m. March 6; DeSales University 1:45 p.m. March 6. Interested juniors and seniors must obtain a pass from the guidance office at least one day prior to the college visit.
DeSales Regional College Fair, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, will be held 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 in the gymnasium in Billera Hall at DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley.
The 2013-2014 course selection process is beginning and all dates are tentative based on the weather.
A parent scheduling evening is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the SHS auditorium. It is designed to provide parents with information regarding graduation requirements, program opportunities for students and the course selection process for the 2013-2014 academic year.
SHS and Salisbury Middle School counselors will meet with current eighth grade students regarding the course selection process Feb. 6. Students will be given a grade specific course selection sheet. The 2013-2014 program of studies can be found online beginning the end of January/early February.
A scheduling meeting with current juniors will be held Feb. 6 in SHS auditorium during the Falcon Period. SHS counselors will meet with current 11th grade students regarding the course selection process. Students will be given a grade specific course selection sheet.
The scheduling meeting with current sophomores will be Feb. 7 in the SHS auditorium during the Falcon Period.
The scheduling meeting with current freshmen will be Feb. 8 in the SHS auditorium during the Falcon Period.
Individual scheduling meetings will begin Feb. 19. SHS school counselors will begin meeting with students individually to review credits/graduation requirements and select courses for the 2013-2014 academic year. Course selection sheets need to be signed by core content teachers (English, math, science, social studies, & world language). Counselors will begin with current juniors and work toward current freshmen.
Salisbury High School Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet: A Musical Tragedy" will take place Feb. 14, 16 and 17. The musical gives a contemporary spin on the original Romeo and Juliet tragedy, using contemporary songs and putting them into a timeless love story.
Spring sports practices begin March 4 for all teams, except for middle school soccer. That date will be announced at a later time.