Sheila Flatau, Secondary Principal
We are all looking forward to spring after this bitterly cold winter. Along with warmer weather, spring brings registration for next year’s classes and state testing. Here are a few updates and reminders about these events.
The curriculum at Sauk Centre Secondary Schools is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education that can be enhanced by a variety of special interest and college-level classes. As students begin to plan for next year, they are reminded to think through their decisions carefully and to consider what they should be taking to prepare them for their college or career plans after graduation.
In an attempt to be transparent in the registration/scheduling process, we are continuing our approach of building the 2018-19 master schedule before conducting student registration. Therefore, students will have a clear picture of when different courses are offered. We find this approach helps students make more informed decisions when selecting offerings.
The 2018-19 Registration Guide will be distributed to students in March. Students will receive all necessary materials and guidance from their advisors to begin making their decisions for next year. They will have time to bring this home before final registration and we encourage parents to review this information with their students. Final registration will be completed in class meetings during the school day with me and Ms. Endersbe in early April.
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) occur for Grades 7, 8, 10, and 11 late March through May. The MCAs are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards. Student performance on these tests provides school districts with important information. However, this information is most helpful when we are confident that students are truly performing at their potential. Our faculty works hard to identify ways to motivate students to provide their best efforts during the MCAs and we’ve built in the following:
- Advisors will work with students to set goals for their MCA scores.
- Teachers provide MCA preparation activities during class.
- High school transcripts will indicate whether students meet proficiency levels on the MCAs.
- Students will be provided a snack on testing days.
- Many of these tests will be taken in classrooms on the Chromebook allowing for a more comfortable setting.
The Sauk Centre Secondary MCA testing schedule is listed below. Thank you for ensuring that your student is in school on these testing days. We appreciate you keeping these dates in mind as you schedule any appointments or family trips.
- 11th Grade Math – March 21-22
- 10th Grade Reading – April 4-6
- 7-8th Grade Reading – April 10-13
- 7-8th Grade Math – May 1-4
- 8th Grade Science – May 8-10
Also, the ACT Plus Writing is offered to all 11th grade students. This is a nationally recognized college entrance exam and will be administered on April 3. We encourage all junior students considering any post-secondary education to take this exam.
We realize both the registration process and testing season can be stressful for students. While we do our best to anticipate questions and provide information to students, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Your partner in learning,