• 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
         ACT practice.  
         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
         counselor.

                  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
                  cheryltroutman@sevier.org                 candibuffington@sevier.org                bethanyschultz@sevier.org
                  
                  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