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Juniors Learn ACT Strategies for March 3 Test

Students enjoyed breakfast and snacks thanks to donations from local businesses such as the Harris Teeters in Monroe and Indian Trail and Bojangle’s at Sun Valley.

In an effort to prepare for the March 3 ACT, 61 Piedmont High students attended an ACT Blitz on Saturday, February 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. During the ACT Blitz, students rotated to four sessions: reading comprehension, English, science, and math. The ACT exam will be administered to all juniors at Piedmont on Tuesday, March 3. Students must take the ACT exam as a graduation requirement, and it is a reportable score to colleges during the admissions process.

Each 50-minute session was taught by Piedmont High School teachers and focused on question types and strategies to answering questions. English teachers Rhonda Hill, Brittany Stowell, and Sara Hanna, math teachers Jennifer Guignard and Erik Hopkins, and science teachers Beth Walker and Amanda Starnes, and volunteer Sarah Johnson helped students navigate the different sections of the ACT.

“It was great to see so many students take time out of their Saturday morning to get some extra help on the ACT. Thank you to those teachers who gave up their Saturday morning to work with those students. Thank you to Mrs. Vickers, Mrs. Hoover, and Ms. Hanna for taking the time and effort to organize this event,” said Assistant Principal Steve Campbell.

Student and teacher response was very positive. Junior Emily Barbee said, “I really appreciate this! At first I was dreading it, but I'm really happy I came.” Students stated that they learned many new strategies they will use on Tuesday’s test, such as the CHART method of reading passages and making sure to answer all of the questions – even if time runs short. Science teacher Amanda Starnes said, “I think the kids really get a lot out of this day. I think it is a great thing that we could expand on, and I think it shows the kids a different approach to test taking that they benefit from!”  Students also enjoyed the time frame of the 50-minute sessions. Junior Vanessa VenDerveer said, “This was like an ACT crash course. The sessions were immensely helpful in teaching me strategies and providing brief review.”

Students were given 10 minute breaks between sessions with a breakfast and snacks provided. Business partners in the community, such as Harris Teeter in Monroe and Indian Trail and the Bojangle’s at Sun Valley, donated money or materials to feed the students.

According to Principal Jonathan Tyson, parents and students have requested ACT preparation, so this event met a need in the school community. Tyson said, “Today's ACT Blitz was a great success. It gave many of our 11th grade students the opportunity to focus on critical test-taking strategies leading up to the ACT. ”

Written by: Stacy Vickers, English Teacher
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 by Donna Helms

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