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6/12/17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Estancia High School is excited to announce a new tutorial/advisory program for the 2017-2018 school year which will offer expanded and flexible options for Estancia students.  Designed by Estancia High School teachers and staff and modeled after other successful schools, our new tutorial/advisory program will increase academic achievement, offer more individualized assistance from teachers and peers, and help students build social relationships at school.  For nearly twenty years, Estancia High School has offered Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) during the school day.  Beginning in September, Silent Sustained Reading will be discontinued as a school-wide program and instructional time previously set aside for Silent Sustained Reading will be reallocated to our new tutorial/advisory program.  Although reading will continue to remain an instructional priority for Estancia High School, there are additional challenges we would like to address including the following:  providing students with increased support in Math, forming strong student-to-school connections, offering extended learning opportunities in advanced courses, and providing motivating incentives for students to earn good grades and demonstrate positive behavior. 

 

The new tutorial/advisory program will involve four components:  Eagle Advisory, Eagle Study and Read, Eagle Tutorial, and Eagle Activities.  Students will be placed into one of these four areas during Advisory time. 

  • Eagle Advisory is designed to assist all incoming 9th grade students in making a successful transition from middle school to high school.  It is an opportunity for students to build social relationships, become familiar with the culture of the school, work on assignments, and get assistance from their upperclassmen Link Crew Leaders.  All freshmen will automatically be enrolled in Eagle Advisory and will attend this advisory on block days.  Link Crew Leaders will be assigned to each class to provide freshmen with mentorship, guidance, and academic support.
  • Eagle Study and Read offers students in Grades 10-12 additional time during the school day to study, work on homework assignments, read for a course or for pleasure, or get help from a teacher or a peer.  Most sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be enrolled in Eagle Study and Read.
  • Eagle Tutorial will offer students who are struggling in a particular subject area, such as Math, additional time and tutoring.  They will be able to receive help from a teacher and peer tutors in that content area.  Students will be enrolled in an Eagle Tutorial if they are a sophomore, junior or senior identified as in need of extra assistance as evidenced by their grades. 
  • Eagle Activities will enable sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing to select  extended learning opportunities for advanced courses or participate in enrichment activities such as Link Crew, Academic Decathlon, and new “mini electives”.  The “mini electives” will allow students to further develop their critical thinking skills, engage in dialogue, complete college applications, or take part in additional motivating activities. 

Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be asked to take a survey before the school year ends so we can assess their interests, needs, and desires. Students will be informed of their tutorial/advisory assignment on the first day of school, September 5 and will attend their assigned tutorial/advisory four times a week on block days from 9:35 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.  If you have any questions regarding the tutorial/advisory program, feel free to contact me at mhalt@nmusd.us.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Michael Halt

Estancia High School Principal 

 

 

Estimados Padres y Guardianes,

 

La Escuela Preparatoria Estancia tiene el placer de anunciar un nuevo programa de tutoría y asesoramiento para el año escolar 2017-2018 que ofrecerá opciones amplias y flexibles para los estudiantes de Estancia.  Este nuevo programa de tutoría y asesoramiento fue diseñado por maestros y el personal de la Escuela Preparatoria Estancia y está basado en otros exitosos programas escolares, nuestro nuevo programa de tutoría y asesoramiento incrementara el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes, ofrecerá más asistencia individualizada por parte de los maestros y compañeros, y ayudara a los estudiantes a formar relaciones sociales en la escuela.  Durante casi veinte años, la Escuela Preparatoria Estancia ha ofrecido un tiempo de Lectura Silenciosa (SSR por sus siglas en ingles) en el día escolar.  Empezando en septiembre, el tiempo de Lectura Silenciosa será descontinuado como programa a nivel escolar y el tiempo de instrucción previamente apartado para el tiempo de Lectura Silenciosa será reasignado para nuestro nuevo programa de tutoría y asesoramiento. Aunque la lectura continuara siendo una prioridad de instrucción para la Escuela Preparatoria Estancia, hay retos adicionales que nos gustaría abordar incluyendo lo siguiente: incrementar el apoyo de matemáticas para los estudiantes, formar fuertes conexiones entre los estudiantes y la escuela, ofrecer oportunidades amplias de aprendizaje para cursos avanzados, y proveer incentivos de motivación para los estudiantes para obtener buenas calificaciones y demostrar comportamiento positivo.

 

El nuevo programa de tutoría y asesoramiento incluirá cuatro componentes: Asesoría de Águilas, Estudio y Lectura de Águilas, Tutoría de Águilas, y Actividades de Águilas.   Los estudiantes serán asignados a una de estas cuatro áreas durante el tiempo de Asesoramiento.

 

  • La Asesoría de Águilas esta desenada para ayudar a todos los estudiantes del 9° grado para tener una transición exitosa de la escuela secundaria a la escuela preparatoria.  Es una oportunidad para que los estudiantes formen relaciones sociales, se familiaricen  con la cultura de la escuela, para que trabajen en sus asignaturas, y para que reciban asistencia de sus compañeros del onceavo y doceavo grado líderes del programa Link Crew.  Todos los estudiantes de noveno grado serán automáticamente inscritos en la Asesoría de Águilas y asistirán a este asesoramiento en los días de horario de bloque.  Los líderes de Link Crew serán asignados a una clase para proveer tutoría, asesoramiento y apoyo académico. 
  • El Estudio y Lectura de Águilas le ofrecerá a los estudiantes de los Grados 10 al 12 tiempo adicional durante el día para estudiar, trabajar en sus tareas y leer o recibir ayuda de los maestros o compañeros.  La mayor parte de los estudiantes en los grados del decimo, onceavo y doceavo serán inscritos en el Estudio y Lectura de Águilas.
  • La Tutoría de Águilas le ofrecerá ayuda a los estudiantes que están teniendo dificultades en áreas específicas, como matemáticas, el tiempo y tutoría adicional.  Ellos podrán recibir ayuda de un maestro o tutoría de un compañero en esa materia.  Los estudiantes estarán inscritos en Tutoría de Águilas si son identificados como estudiantes en los grados del decimo, onceavo y doceavo que necesiten asistencia extra, demostrado por sus calificaciones.
  • Las Actividades de Águilas ofrecerán a los estudiantes con buen rendimiento académico en los grados del decimo, onceavo y doceavo  la oportunidad de ampliar su aprendizaje y de seleccionar actividades de enriquecimiento tal como Link Crew, Decatlón Académico, y de nuevas “mini-clases optivas”.  Las  “mini-clases optivas” permitirán que los estudiantes desarrollen sus habilidades de pensamiento crítico, participar en dialogo, que completen sus solicitudes para el colegio, o que tomen parte de actividades adicionales que motivan a los estudiantes.

Los estudiantes que actualmente están en los grados de noveno, doceavo y onceavo tomarán una encuesta antes de que termine este año escolar para que iniciemos el asesoramiento de sus intereses, necesidades y deseos.  Los estudiantes serán informados sobre su asignatura de tutoría y asesoramiento el primer día de clases, que será el 5 de septiembre y asistirán a su asignatura de tutoría y asesoramiento cuatro veces a la semana en los días del horario de bloque de las 9:35 a.m. a las 10:05 a.m.  Si tienen preguntas sobre el programa de tutoría y asesoramiento, no duden en comunicarse conmigo escribiendo un correo electrónico a mhalt@nmusd.us.

 

 

Sinceramente,

 

Michael Halt

Director de la Escuela Preparatoria Estancia

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College Testing

PSAT

PSAT/NMSQT (The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

This test measures the critical reading, math problem solving and writig skills. It provides:

1. Practice for the SAT Reasoning Test,

2. Feedback on your strengths and weaknesses for college study skills,

3. A chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs,

4. Information from colleges when you check yes to the Student Search Service.

The PSAT/NMSQT is for Juniors. Freshmen and Sophomores may take the test. It is given ONLY in October. In September, the high school will tell you how to sign up. When your test fee is paid, you receive an information booklet. Although the test will include many changes similar to those on the new SAT, it will not include an essay nor third year college prepatory math questions. For details visit the Collegeboard website.

College Board SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test ) is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. It assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, and the writing section will contain two subscores. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

The SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge. Subject tests are one hour and multiple choice tests. Many colleges use these exams as an indication of subject mastery and as an entrance requirement. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. Check which tests your college(s) require.

Create an Online Account

1. Go to www.collegeboard.org

2. Click on Register for the SAT.

3. Click on Register Now to choose a User Name and Password.

4. Continue using the same acount throughout your college selection process.

Register for the SAT

1. Use your online account to register for the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests.

2. Choose which test, what date, and which test center you want.

3. Select colleges to receive your score reports (the first four reports are FREE).

See the Counseling Department for the SAT information and study guides.

ACT Testing

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. The University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) accept ACT in place of the SAT Reasoning. Certain colleges, especially those in the Midwest, require the ACT.

The ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. The multiple choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The Writing Test, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Results are sent to your high school and to institutions you designate.Applications are available at your high school. Check with your Counselor to see if you qualify for a fee waiver.

Test dates are Saturdays and ACT does allow standby registration.Register Online at www.actstudent.org 

With online registration you:    

1. Can complete registration 24/7.    

2. Get your admission ticket sooner.    

3. Have access to the most-up-to-date list of locations so you can get the best choice of test centers. See the Counseling Department for the ACT information and study guides.