Fall 2022 Sophomore parent letter
Sophomore parents and students,
We wanted to keep you abreast of dates and activities coming up in the Fall. There will be another parent letter going
out at the beginning of the semester for the Winter/Spring.
There will be a very important Dual Enrollment meeting for updates and changes to the grant and
funding on Monday, August 29th in the auditorium from 6-7pm presented by the state TSAC
representative. All the updates and changes are very good for the student and parent-offering more
free classes and helping more students qualify for the grant.
Governor’s School applications should be available online in October
https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/tdoe-governors-schools.html . Governor’s School is for
high ability and highly motivated juniors and sophomores to get a great experience in various areas.
More information is available on the website. Before applying on-line see Ms. Schultz in the counseling
office to make sure we know who is applying.
ACT-All graduating seniors must take the ACT in order to graduate if he/she is getting a regular
diploma. We recommend students taking the ACT at least 3 times before graduation. A free PreACT is
planned to be given to all sophomores on March 1st, 2023 and students will register at the school.
The website is www.act.org to register for the National tests on Saturdays if you want to get additional
30’s Club and Rising 30’s- students who have a composite 30 on his/her ACT are recognized as being in
the 30’s Club and student names are displayed coming into the front entrance on a display board. A T-
shirt is also given to them. Students who have at least a 30 in one of the four areas on the ACT are
recognized as being in the Rising 30’s in the front entrance, listed in a frame. It is updated two times a
year, October and in February.
Ready Graduate- The state has designated all Tennessee high school students to work towards being
“Ready Graduates” which means that the student demonstrates post-secondary and workforce
readiness. SHS plans are to increase the number of students who are “Ready Graduates”. There are 4
ways that a student can obtain Ready Graduate:
Score a 21 or higher on the ACT; or
Complete 4 early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs);or
Complete 2 EPSOs + earn an industry certification (several offered for students who take
Northview classes); or
Complete 2 EPSOs + score a designated score (31) on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude
Battery (ASVAB) Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).
EPSO’s (Early Post-Secondary options) offered at SHS are AP classes, Dual enrollment, state-wide dual
credit and Industry Certifications. If your son/daughter did not meet the 21 ACT composite yet, taking
the ASVAB would be good way to try and meet it along with getting the 2 EPSO’s. Feel free to look
online for more information: https://www.tn.gov/education/early-postsecondary.html
Remind your teenager it is important to volunteer, obtain leadership positions, join interested clubs
and have extracurricular activities while in high school as many scholarships are based on involvement
and it is needed for a resume as well as colleges and employers look for these items.
Email-if this email is not the best one for correspondence, please send another email to your
Make a note of the Alpha split with counselors below-we have streamlined a few responsibilities so it
shifted the last names. Also, Ms. Buffington will oversee and have all SPED students.
Ms. Troutman A-H Ms. Buffington I-N Ms. Schultz O-Z
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Dates and activities
Aug 29— Dual Enrollment meeting for updates/6-7pm/auditorium
Sept. 2— Deadline for registering for the SAT -testing on Oct 1st-go to collegeboard.org
Sept 2 & 5- Vacation/Holiday
Sept 8— Parent/teacher conference 4:00-7:00 pm
Sept 12— Underclassmen pictures
Sept 16— Deadline for registering for the National ACT Test on Oct.22nd. Register at act.org
Sept 27 — Report card
Oct. 1— SAT test
Oct 10 & 14 Fall Break
Oct 22— National ACT test
Oct. 25— Parent/teacher conference 4-7pm
Nov. 4-------Last day to sign up for ACT National test on Dec. 10 th . Go to actstudent.org to sign up
Nov 8— Off- for students/In-service for teachers
Nov. 11— Holiday/Veteran’s Day
Nov 15– ASVAB given at SHS-sign up in counseling office at the end of October-it is free of charge.
Nov 15— Report card
Nov 23------1/2 day
Nov 24 & 25-Thanksgiving break
Dec. 5-15 --End of course testing (subject to change)
Dec 21— Last day before break
Dec. 22-Jan.8---Christmas break/Holiday
Jan 9----------Students return-first day of second semester