Dear Seahawk Families,
On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, all 11th graders will be taking the PSAT test during the school day at no cost. Students will be testing in the gym. Check in will begin at 7:45 am and testing should conclude around noon. All other students will be attending their regular classes on Wednesday. We will have a non-tutorial bell schedule on Wednesday.
By taking the PSAT, our students have a chance to see what the actual SAT test looks like and it gives them practice in a higher stakes testing environment. It also qualifies them for the National Merit Scholarships: a large group of scholarships not available to those who do not take this test. All students will receive scores later in the year and we will have a “scores back night” for families so they understand what students did well on and what areas they may need some extra support in. Our staff has been going into classes the last week or so to help students with pre-registration and to give them booklets to help them prepare a little more for this practice test.
Keeping with the theme of connecting what we do to our Learner Profile traits, the PSAT is a great example of how we help students gain “Knowledge”. For OV, knowledge is working to develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. Our staff works to help our students understand where their content fits in with the rest of things our students are learning. What we teach in class will hopefully help our students be better prepared for exams like the SAT and ACT.
If you have any questions about the exam, feel free to reach out to us!