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The PSAT/NMSQT test will be given at CCA on Saturday, October 18, in the High School Commons. Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 that morning. Cost for this test is $14. The PSAT/NMSQT allows students to take a standardized college entrance exam for a fee that is less than 1/2 of the SAT or ACT. It is a great way to see what an SAT/ACT test is like. This test is open to all 10th and 11th graders. If your child is a junior, they can qualify for scholarship monies that can range up to full tuition. Many businesses support the PSAT/NMSQT with scholarships that become available if your student chooses to participate. I highly recommend that any junior that typically tests well on Iowa Assessments, or wishes to find out what a college entrance exam is like, take advantage of this opportunity. Likewise for 10th grade students, the PSAT gives them the opportunity to see where their academic talents lie and how to grow to become even more adept. Please sign up with Mrs. Grimm in the high school. Checks may be made payable to CCAHS.
STUDENTS MUST SIGN UP WITH MRS. GRIMM AND PAY BY SEPTEMBER 26th!!
ACT Tests- Most students planning on going to a 4 year college in Iowa need to take the ACT or SAT test for college admission. Most Iowa students will take the ACT, it is most widely used in the mid-west. It is important for senior students to take this exam early in their senior year because of the lag between taking the test itself and the time it is scored and processed. For scholarship purposes seniors need to have their best score in the bank before December. Junior studets should take an ACT sometime in their junior year. I recommend taking it after the October testing date so you have more math and science prior to testing. Information about test prep and registration can be found at Actstudent.org. Other test prep material is available on IHaveAPlanIowa.
Listed below are the test dates, registration deadlines and late fee registration deadlines.
Late Fee Registration
An important thing to consider when looking at Iowa Public Universities (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa) is the Regent Admissions Index or RAI. This is a formula used by these universities to grant admission. This is basically a combination of ACT or SAT score, Class rank and GPA of core courses taken. The best information available is on the High School website. Feel free to contact your HS counselor if you have any questions. Markhovey@ccaschools.org or GrantElsbern@ccaschools.org.
Doors open 6:30am
SCHOOL HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday are 8:20am – 3:20pm
The library is open from 7:45-3:45 each day, except Wednesdays when it closes at 3:30.
WEDNESDAYS: school ends 1:20pm
Doors close 5:00pm unless there is a home activity in the building, then they close around 10:30pm
The major responsibility for acceptable dress and grooming rests with the parents and their students. Students are expected to dress appropriately for school and all related activities. The administration will take action on student dress when such dress and/or grooming presents a clear danger to student health and safety, causes an interference with schoolwork, or creates a classroom or school disruption. Clothing with obscenities, profanities, or alcohol, drug or tobacco references are not permitted. Bare feet are not permitted. Shoes must be worn in school at all times.
College and School Tips
Start looking around at different colleges and schools. Take college visits, talk with college representatives when they are on campus during lunch. Use IHAVEAPLAN IOWA to help make informed decisions on careers, majors and what high school course you will need to take to be admitted. Remember, you may take the PSAT test in October, and this is very inexpensive way to take a college admission test to see what they are like and see how you are doing in comparison to others across the nation. Be sure you have started or updated your resume-this should include high school and community involvement (sports, drama, honor roll, jobs, volunteer time, 4-H etc.) You will need this later when you actually start the college and scholarship application process, or job applications. Update this annually. Last, take advantage of job shadows, they are available both Fall and Spring semesters.
Keep visiting different colleges. Narrow down you choices by the end of the school year to 3-5. Explore the majors and programs offered by these schools. Take the ACT (or SAT). You may take each more than once and the college will always take your highest composite score. Over half the students that take the exam more than once improve their scores. Start the scholarship search process. Fastweb.com, Schoarshipsoup.com, and Ihaveaplaniowa all are legitimate search vehicles. Take advantage of job shadows in the fall and spring and possible internships for your senior year. Take the PSAT test in October if you wish. Remember, if you do well on standardized tests the PSAT may qualify for scholarships. Stay on track to be able to take college, Career Academy or AP courses to gain college credit in high school.
Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Be sure to have someone from CCAHS send an official transcript to the colleges! July-September of your senior year is a great time to apply to lessen your stress and worry. Take the ACT or SAT. If you are taking them again to improve your score be sure to take either the September, October or as a last resort, the December test. Update your resume. Apply for scholarship. Many will be listed on the school website. Many are available through searches. YOU CAN’T GET A SCHOLARSHIP SIMPLY BY WISHING. IT TAKES WORK AND FILLING OUT APPLICATIONS!!!! Do job shadows or internships and have a great year!!!
551 W. Marengo Road
P.O. Box 199
Tiffin, IA 52340
Fax: (319) 545-2863
Guidance Fax: (319) 545-2863
Library: (319) 545-2960
West Campus: (319) 545-9044
Early Out dismissal-1:20
block schedule & bells
Mary Lou Grimm
Building & Grounds Director
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