- BE AWARE WITH CLASS MATERIAL INTERFERING WITH EACH OTHER. When memorizing information, be careful of class material interfering with each other. What happens is that you may forget the old material while trying to learn the new material. Try memorizing material for each class on different days. Review the night before, or a few hours before, the test. (time management).
- GO TO CLASS. If you want to do well in school, attendance is important. If you miss class, you miss what the teacher thinks is important; hence, what is most likely to end up on the test. (motivation)
- PARTICIPATE IN CLASS. In order to learn more in class it helps to participate in class discussions. Asking questions to clarify and maintain eye contact with your professor can increase your participation and your focus during the class discussion. Listen to your teacher and then try to guess what he or she is going to say next. If the material is difficult, it helps to read the material before you go to class. This helps you follow along in class. (motivation)
- IF YOU NEED TO MISS A CLASS. If you have to miss class, let your teacher know. It is very helpful to have a reliable classmate from whom you can get the notes. Exchange telephone numbers (with someone who is passing the class) in case of an emergency. (organization)
- TAKE GOOD NOTES. Try not to write down everything. All you need are the main points and put in your own words. Write unfamiliar terms. Review your notes as soon after class as possible. You can fill in details that you missed and review the material while it is still fresh on your mind. (organization)
- USE YOUR TEXTBOOK. Some teachers follow the book closely. In this case it is helpful to take the book with you to class and write down topics or terms and write notes from the book. (organization)
- TALK TO YOUR TEACHER. If you are struggling in class, talk to your teacher. He or she may be able to give you more help or tutor you before or after class. Most teachers have little sympathy for students who become concerned about failing during the last few weeks of the grading period. (motivation)
- FORM STUDY GROUPS. Get students together who are motivated to do well in the class. Make sure that everyone is familiar with the material, because you do not want to spend time re-teaching material to people who do not understand. Be careful! Sometimes group session can become chatting sessions. Set yourselves on a goal and then once completed, then have your chatting session. (motivation)
- START AT THE BEGINNING. Start studying; from the first day you make the change or better yet, the first day of school. It’s never too late, but you have to make the decision to make the change. (motivation)
- KEEP ORGANIZED. Try to keep your backpack, folders, and locker neat. You should be able to locate papers at any moment when a teacher requests them. Also, keep in mind that some classes require more effort than others. For example, Math and foreign languages are subjects, which require daily work. These subjects build on materials from the day before, so you have to keep up in these classes. (organization)
Pennsylvania Academic Standards
The State Board approved the final Chapter 4 regulations on September 12, 2013. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the final regulation on November 21, 2013. With publication of Chapter 4 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the new regulations took effect on March 1, 2014.
As part of the new regulations, Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.
Documents needed for registration
- Parent/Legal Guardian must provide photo Identification (examples: Current PA Drivers License/Non-Drivers License or valid Federal, State or Municipal employment identification, Passport).
- Proof of Residency (examples: Deed, Original Rental Agreement/Lease (must be typed, signed by all parties and notarized), Current Voter Registration Card, Current Utility Bill, Foster care and agency letters are also acceptable for registration when student is in the care of a Foster/child care agency. Shelter placement or residency letters are also acceptable for homeless students).
- Proof of your child’s age. Acceptable proof includes birth, baptismal or other religious certificates, a passport or immigration documents.
- Your child's Health Appraisal Forms and immunization records showing proof of the following inoculations: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox).
- Your child’s most recent report card and any other useful information (IEP, etc.) from the child’s former school or school district.
Religious Exemption: Pupils need not be immunized if the parent or guardian objects, in writing, to the immunization based on religious beliefs or strong moral/ethical convictions.
Medical Exemption: Pupils need not be immunized if a physician or his/her designee states, in writing, that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child. When the physician determines that immunization is no longer detrimental to the health of the child, the medical exemption ceases to be valid and the child must be immunized.
- Administrators, faculty, and staff have been reminded to become more vigilant and aware of building security concerns.
- Local police have been asked to be more visible around all school buildings.
- Increase on-going and consistent collaboration among the School Safety Team, Student Resource Officer, Local Police and State Police and other stakeholders
- Increase the amount of Lockdown (practice, practice, practice).
- Understand that there is no perfect crisis management plan but to continue to review it each summer and school year with all stakeholders involved
- Revise and Articulate PLAN(S) accordingly so all are on the same page and have a clear understanding of procedures
- Believe that our MISSION is to have the best safety plan and Leadership possible with the resources we have available
Pennsylvania Keystone Exams
What are the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school careers.
Who will participate in the Keystone Exams?
Beginning in 2012-2013 the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams will replace the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in mathematics, reading, and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. Therefore, all students in grade 11 must participate in the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. Additionally, students in any grade who are enrolled in a Keystone related course should participate.
When will the exams be offered?
The Keystone Exams will be administered three times each year—winter, spring, and summer. Specific administration dates will be published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education on the SAS website at www.pdesas.org .
Who decided what Keystone Exams should measure?
Groups of educators from across Pennsylvania chose the areas of knowledge on which the Keystone Exams are based. The groups included teachers, supervisors, curriculum directors, and college specialists. These groups also reviewed, edited, and approved exam questions.
What is assessed on the Keystone Exams?
Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core Standards, standards aligned with expectations for success in college and the workplace. The Keystones are designed to measure these standards.
How long is a Keystone Exam administration?
There is no time limit for a student to complete a Keystone Exam. Each Keystone Exam should take the typical student 2 to 3 hours to complete. There are two modules on each test, and each module (or Test Session) of the Keystone Exam should take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Districts may select to administer the entire Keystone Exam at once or do each module on separate, consecutive days.
What are the available formats for administering the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams are available in both online and paper/pencil formats. Districts will determine if online, paper/pencil, or both formats will be used locally. Makeup exams will also be administered in either online or paper/pencil format.
Will students have an opportunity to experience online testing before taking a Keystone Exam online?
Tutorials and online training programs have been developed for the Keystone Exams. The PA Online Assessment Student Tutorial uses pictures, motion, and sound to present visual and verbal descriptions of the properties and features of the PA Online Assessment system. Students are allowed to repeat the Student Tutorial as often as desired and needed. The Online Tools Training (OTT) provides an introductory experience using the PA online assessment software allowing students to observe and try out features of the PA online assessment software prior to the actual assessment. Within the OTT, students also have the opportunity to practice typing responses in a narrative format, graphing functions, and entering equations using an equation builder tool. The online exam also has a “Help” feature that is available to the student during the exam.
What types of questions are on the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams will include multiple-choice questions and constructed-response, or open-ended, questions. For each Keystone Exam, approximately 60% to 75% of the total score will be from multiple-choice questions and 25% to 40% of the total score will be from constructed-response questions. The English Composition Keystone Exam will be an exception, with 20% of the total score from multiple-choice questions and 80% of the total score from constructed-response questions.
How are the written responses to constructed-response questions scored?
The written responses for constructed-response questions are scored by evaluators trained in applying a pre-determined scoring system. Scores are based on content only. Except for English Composition, spelling and punctuation are not included as part of the scoring process. Most constructed-response questions require students to show their work or explain their reasoning. These Keystone Exam questions will ask students to explain, analyze, describe, or compare. Some questions will also require students to perform calculations or create graphs, plots, or drawings.
How are the results reported?
Keystone Exam scores will be processed as quickly as possible and provided to the districts.
Two copies of the individual student report for all Keystone Exams will be sent to the school districts and charter schools. One copy should be sent home to parents/guardians; the other is kept by the school/district.
School-level reports will be used for curricular and planning purposes. School districts and charter schools may publish the results of Keystone Exams for each school. The state will also release school-by-school exam data.
May parents see the Keystone Exams?
Parents and guardians may review the Keystone Exams if they believe they may be in conflict with their religious beliefs by making arrangements with the School Test Coordinator once the exams arrive at the school. Confidentiality agreements must be signed, and no copies of the Keystone Exams or notes about exam questions will be permitted to leave the school.
If, after reviewing the Keystone Exams, parents or guardians do not want their child to participate in one or all of the exams due to a conflict with their religious beliefs, they may write to the school district superintendent or charter school CAO prior to the beginning of the exam(s) to request to excuse their child from the exam(s).
For additional information about
the Keystone Exams, visit the SAS
website at www.pdesas.org or
contact your school district.
Thank you to our teachers and students who participated in this even if it didn't make the final cut of editing. Your support was greatly appreciated!
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I strongly encourage you to share this with your high school student even if it does not directly pertain to your family. I thank you for this!
I need to make you aware of my concern that students are not aware of the seriousness of students who suffer from Food Allergies.
We in the middle school have several students with Food Allergies and in some cases it can be fatal. These students will be eventually entering the high school. When I put myself in the shoes of these students, I can’t help to feel bad for them thinking about the daily stress they must feel as they attend school and live out their lives.
Food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Scientists estimate that as many as 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies.
At this time, no medication can be taken to prevent food allergies. Strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food is the only way to avoid a reaction. There is no cure for food allergies.
Therefore, if your child has a food allergy, I strongly recommend that he/she does not participate in any Bake or Candy sales that occur at school. It’s not worth taking the risk for things like this when it comes to your child’s health. However, for some reason if you feel that you want your child to participate against my strong recommendation; a parent note will be required ( to my attention ) along with a phone number to contact you right away to discuss the matter further.
To learn more about food allergies, you may visit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s website,
In the meantime, we at Dunmore Jr. / Sr. High School are going to discuss integrating more food allergy awareness into our 8th grade Health course.
Your support is greatly appreciated!