Friday, October 20, 2017

Magnet Open House Dates for Oct 24th & 26th



North Cobb School for International Studies
Media Center, North Cobb High School
October 24th at 6:30 PM

Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Lipscomb Gym, Wheeler High School
October 26th at 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Calculators for PSAT Testing

8th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday.  Calculators are allowed for part of the math section.  Students may bring either a basic four function or a scientific calculator.  No calculators will be provided by the school.

According to the publisher's information all questions can be answered without the use of a calculator.

Students wishing to use calculators should turn them in to their homeroom teachers no later than Tuesday so the memories can be cleared prior to the start of testing.  Students should tape their name and homeroom teacher's name on all calculators to ensure they are returned to the proper person.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PSAT 8/9 Testing Next Week

On October 11th, students across the district will be taking the PSAT. Our eighth grade students will also be taking the PSAT 8/9 in October while many other students will be participating in SAT testing on October 7th and November 4th. How can we help prepare our students? How can we help students understand the purpose of these assessments?

The PSAT and SAT assessments are designed to ‘measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.’ The scores for the PSAT 8/9, PSAT NMSQT, and the SAT are all parallel which makes it easy for students, parents, and educators to understand and interpret the scores.

The College Board and Khan Academy provides lessons, tutorial, and thousands of questions for student and teacher use. Students may work independently or teachers can use the questions in their lessons. As of Fall 2017, teachers can view progress and practice on Official SAT Practice for both their classes and individual students, making it easier than ever for teachers to support students in preparing for the SAT.

View the following videos and resources for more information:

• PSAT Resources (overviews, auto call scripts, email templates, sample social posts, PowerPoints, etc.)
• teacher resources (information about Khan Academy’s coaching tools)
• overview of Official SAT Practice video (student Khan Academy experience)
• SAT Practice Lesson Plans for Teachers by Teachers
• College and Career Readiness Benchmarks for the SAT Suite of Assessments
• SAT Student Guide
• Khan Academy
• College Board Parent Webinars

Information from KhanAcademy.org and collegeboard.org

Monday, October 9, 2017

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The Cobb County School District is providing the opportunity for all 8th graders to participate in the PSAT 8/9 assessment.  The purpose of this assessment is to establish a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as your student enters high school. It also provides students a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQ, and PSAT 10 format and connect to AP courses.   

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth- and ninth-graders that is closely aligned to the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. It consists of questions in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and in Math.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT 8/9 assessment?

It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness. It also provides students with better access to data and personalized study through the online College Board and Khan Academy resources.

When will my student take the PSAT 8/9 assessment? 

It will be administered during class on October 18th.

How should my student prepare? 

The best preparation is to deeply engage in classroom learning and practice skills over time. On test day, your student should answer all the questions to the best of his or her ability. It will also help if he or she gets plenty of sleep the night before test day.

What should my student bring on test day?

Your student will need two No. 2 pencils with soft erasers, an acceptable calculator.

How long will the assessment take and how many questions are there? 

Actual testing time is 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are 42 Reading questions, 40 Writing and Language questions, and 38 Math questions.

What should my student do if he or she doesn’t know an answer? 

Your student may encounter some difficult questions that he or she does not know how to answer. Advise your student that if this happens, not to get discouraged but to answer every question to the best of his or her ability.

How does my student receive PSAT 8/9 scores? 

Your student will receive a paper score report at school with a unique code giving him or her access to a robust online score report. The scores reported will grow to include every test your student takes that is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments (see collegeboard.org/sat-suite for more information).  The online experience is designed to help you and your student understand the scores better and to use the feedback to build new skills based on a detailed breakdown of your student’s performance.

A message for parents:

The PSAT 8/9 assessment will help your student prepare for the future. By taking the PSAT 8/9, your student will learn which skills he or she needs to work on for continued success through high school and college. In addition, the PSAT 8/9 will identify areas where your student excels and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas he or she should focus on to improve academically. Please note that PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent to colleges.

PSAT 8/9 Testing Oct 18th

Eighth grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, October 18th.  Visit psat.org/8-9 for tips on how to prepare your student for the assessment.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

8th Grade Career Cruising Lessons

This past week eighth grade students completed lesson one of two using Career Cruising as part of their Bridge Law completion requirements.  More information about the Bridge Law will be coming home during conference week.  

All eighth grade students have a log in and password label they placed on the inside of their agendas when their classes did the classroom activities.  Parents can use the student log in data to view the results.  Below is a brief overview of what Career Cruising is and why we use it.  

Sixth and seventh grade students will complete their activities later this month.  Eighth grade will complete lesson two during classroom guidance in November.






Friday, October 6, 2017

Magnet Open House Dates for Oct 10th & 12th



Kennesaw Mountain High School Academy of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
Kennesaw Mountain High School Theater
October 10th at 6:30 PM

South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medical
Theater, South Cobb High School
October 12th at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pebblebrook Open House Performance



The Cobb County Center for Excellence 
in the Performing Arts
Prospective Magnet Student Night 

Friday, October 6, at 7:30PM
Cobb Civic Center - Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
548 S. Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

8th graders and their parents will be given free tickets to that evening’s ComPAny show.
Just show up between 6:30-7:00 to pick up tickets. 
No reservations are required.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and reception for 8th graders and their parents.
Please help spread the word!

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb Civic Center
548 South Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30060