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    All parents/visitors and guest speakers must check in at the main office to receive a visitor's pass. You must have an appt. to see a teacher and we will call that teacher before you leave the office to confirm the appt. There will be NO exceptions to this rule.
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Upcoming Test Dates and Tips

All Juniors will participate in Smarter Balanced Testing on Tuesday & WednesdayApril 7 - 8 (right after we return from Spring Break) and ACT testing on TuesdayApril 28th. Here are just a things reminders as you approach test day.


Before the test:

  1. Prepare physically: Eat a healthy breakfast, go to the bathroom prior to the test and be well hydrated.

  2. Stay calm: Practicing some breathing techniques helps you to relax!

  3. Flex and stretch: Brain research shows that it is important to keep blood flowing freely throughout your body if you want the brain to stay sharp.

  4. Have a little fun: Smiling and telling a couple of jokes before testing starts to help reduce the stress.

During the test:

  • Read the entire question first. Read the entire question first to make sure you understand what it’s asking.

  • Look for key words in the question. Identify key words in the question, such as compare, except, and author’s intent, that will guide you in choosing the correct answer.

  • Read all answer choices before choosing the correct answer. After you read the question, stop and think about the answer before reading all the possible answers. Then eliminate the unlikely answer choices and identify the correct answer.

  • Answer easier questions first. Answer the questions you know, skipping the difficult ones, and then go back and answer the questions you skipped.

  • Make smart guesses. When you don’t know the answer to a question, make a smart guess, unless there’s a penalty for guessing. To make a smart guess, eliminate the answer choices you’re sure are wrong, think about what you know about the topic, and then pick the best remaining answer choice. The correct answer is often the longest one.

  • Stick with your first answer. You shouldn’t second-guess yourself; your first answer is probably right. You shouldn’t change answers unless you’re certain that your first answer was wrong.

  • Pace yourself. Budget your time wisely so you’ll be able to finish the test. Don’t spend too much time on any one question.

  • Check your work carefully. Check that you’ve answered every question, if you finish early.

Parent Teacher Conferences Coming in April

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14th and 15th from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their designated classrooms.

 
 If a student is failing a class, teachers will contact you to arrange an appointment.
 
Appointment Only Conferences are:

Tuesday April 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.; and,

Wednesday April 15 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

 

To SCHEDULE an APPOINTMENT:  Parents may schedule an appointment with a desired teacher by calling the teacher’s direct extension or through the teacher’s school e-mail.  All teacher contact information is found on the Hellgate website at mcpsmt.org/Hellgate under the “Staff” link.  Also, please contact teachers if an appointment is desired at an alternative time.

 
Drop-In Conference (these visits will be kept to a 15 minute time limit) are:

Tuesday April 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.; and,

Wednesday April 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Hellgate Office at 728-2402.

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