Parent Coordinator’s Corner
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT HSMSE??
April 5 – SAT for 11th graders
8:00 am – 12:00 pm AT SCHOOL
(more information below)
April 10-18 School Closed for Spring Recess
April 19 – Classes resume (B Day)
April 20 – SLT/PTA meetings (4:30 – 6:00 pm// 6:30 – 8:00 pm)
April 21 – Talent Show (5:00 – 7:30 pm)
April 28 – Principal’s Breakfast (9:30 – 10:30 am)
– Game Night (for students) 4:30 – 7:00 pm
May 10 – End of Year MOSL test
May 11 – SLT/PTA meetings (4:30 – 6:00 pm// 6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 12 – Parent Workshop (9:30 – 10:30 am)
The SAT’s are a critical stepping stone along each of our students’ paths towards college and careers. As a key part of our College Access for All initiative – which supports schools in developing a strong college-going culture – this school year all New York City high school juniors will be able to take the SAT free of charge during the school day on April 5.
This work builds off of the success of New York City’s PSAT School Day, which began in 2007 and has resulted in a nearly threefold increase in the number of students taking the PSAT. Through SAT School Day, we are explicitly addressing financial and logistical barriers that have historically reduced our students’ chances of taking this exam. SAT School Day allows us to continue making progress in increasing college readiness and access to postsecondary success, as we work to ensure equity and excellence for all students.
SAT School Day Increases Opportunities for Students:
- Eliminates cost for exam and transportation, as well as the need to locate a testing site because students will test in their own schools.
- Enables 11th grade students to take the exam and to explore postsecondary options.
- Reduces test-day stress because students are in a familiar location with staff from their school.
- Allows students to maintain work or family weekend commitments.
- Connects all students to free college planning tools on the College Board website that help them learn more about the application process, access to financial aid tools, and explore majors.
5 Things Students and Families Can Do to Prepare for SAT School Day
- Create a College Board account, explore Big Future for college planning resources. Use the Make a Plan tool to get a step by step road map for applying to college.
- Create a Khan Academy account and link it to your College Board account to use your PSAT scores for personalized official SAT practice.
- Students requiring testing accommodations should submit consent forms to school counselor well in advance of test day.
- Familiarize yourself with the 8 Key Changes of the SAT and how to understand your scores.
- Determine the best fit colleges to send your scores to using your 4 free score sends from SAT School Day.
Congratulations to Odelia Lorch and Jonathan Greco who both received Gold Key recognition — Odelia for sculpture and Jonathan for writing — in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2017. Jonathan went on to receive a national silver medal in humor writing for his story, “Supergate.” Their work was displayed in a ceremony at The Met Museum last week. Bravo!
Congratulations to Afia Boakye (10th), Annie Giman (10th), Angela Jiang (10th) and Sophia Podolsky (9th) for advancing to the semi-final round of the EuroChallenge. The girls did a great job presenting about the Eurozone economy and the challenge of globalization and migration with respect to France.
Out of a competitive, multi-state field of about 75 schools, HSMSE won a spot in the next round of 25. The team will compete again on April 26th with a chance to reach the finals (top five schools).
AATG STUDENT FOR 2017
Congratulations to Gabriel Reichler!
He has been selected as a recipient of the AATG/Pädagogischer Austauschdienst Study Trip Award to Germany! His application stood out among the many strong applications from across the nation. The selection committee found his achievements quite outstanding and was particularly impressed with his enthusiasm for German.
As part of this award, he will receive round-trip air transportation to Germany, live in a home, attend classes at a Gymnasium, and participate in excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.
PASCH STUDENTS FOR 2017
Congratulations to junior student Zarif Choudhury and sophomore student Aidan Lewis who have been selected to attend a three week summer study at the Goethe Institut in Castle Varenholz near Hannover. The students will take German classes, meet students from all over the world and participate in a wide variety of leisure activities.The all expense paid trip is sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Goethe Institut and the school partnership program. Students were selected through an application, essay and interview process by Goethe Institut.
PTA MERCHANDISE PRICES
Hoodie – $35
Pajama Bottoms – $35
Sweatpants – $25
Long Sleeve t-shirt (light gray or white) – $25
Short Sleeve t-shirt (dark gray) – $15
String bags – $15
HSMSE umbrellas – $15
Now sold in the new “MerchandiSE” school store (Room 113) across from The Wellness Center.
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