Principal's Message

Campus Principal
Kathryn Rodocker
kshem@apslearns.org
330.848.4141

Keys Upcoming Items

**Note: Be sure to also check out new items in the Link to the right (From the Principal's Desk) Dear Parents and Guardians,

The second semester in high school is very busy. From testing to working with seniors for graduation, the second semester seems to go by faster than the first semester. Below are some updates/reminders for the remainder of the second semester. Please pay close attention to the testing dates and make sure your child is at school to complete the testing. While testing is a requirement for graduation, it is also imperative that all students attend school daily. There is a direct correlation between student attendance and student achievement.

OST the week of April 23—May 11—There are new state requirements for graduation that affect the graduating class of 2018 and beyond. Students must earn a total of 18 points on seven end-of-course assessments. More information will be sent home closer to the testing date.

ACT Test for ALL Eleventh Graders—On February 27, all juniors will take the National ACT test. This test is free to all juniors;  saving you the test fee of approximately $87.00. This saves our families the expense of a test that is necessary for college admittance. A student’s ACT score will help determine a student’s course selection for college and could provide additional money for scholarships (high ACT score). Student scores will be reported to the college that they choose, as in all national tests. Due to the importance of the test, and the need for the juniors to have a testing environment that is optimal for student success, only juniors and identified students will be permitted to attend school on this date. We mailed home a letter with report cards explaining the procedures for the day with the students on January 30, 2018. Students also received this letter on their school Gmail to share with their guardians along with other necessary information for the ACT day. Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will be required to complete an assignment from home. Ninth and tenth graders will complete the English and Reading Practice ACT assignments at home and submit them. Seniors will receive a paper with several options ranging from college visits, community service, to working on senior projects.

Freshmen Academy—In the 2018-19 school year, all freshmen will enter the Freshmen Academy at the high school level. Freshmen Academy allows students to explore the College & Career Academies of Akron opportunities that will begin their sophomore year. The following school year, 2019-20, Kenmore-Garfield  will be a wall to wall academy. We will send more information home regarding the pathways that will be offered at Kenmore-Garfield.  I see the tremendous potential for our students to interact with area businesses and take advantage of the internships that will be available along with the CollegeCredit Plus (CCP) offerings. We will continue to offer CCP classes as well as the AP/Honors courses.

Senior Projects- This year's seniors have an added pathway for graduation for those not meeting the testing requirements. We have worked with all of the seniors needing this alternative pathway to ensure they satisfy the testing requirement. Seniors must also make sure they meet the 21 credit requirement in combination with the testing requirement to graduate. Please don't hesitate to meet with your child's counselor or principal to make sure they are on track to graduate. If they have failed any first semester classes, we recommend you set up a meeting immediately.


 


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