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Counselor’s Corner … First half of semester winding down

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm


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 As the first nine weeks of the semester is winding down, there are some important dates to keep in mind.

The grading period ends Oct. 4, and students will receive report cards on Oct. 18. Since this is the midpoint of the semester, parents and students should carefully examine grades on the report card. If grades are not what they need to be, adjustments should be made to achieve the desired grades.

Oftentimes, changes in study times and study habits are the easiest changes to make and can yield great results. Students can get other ideas from peers, teachers, and the guidance department. Students also have other options, such as before-school and after-school study and tutoring. Remember, if your student is struggling in a class, it is always recommended that parents and students speak with the teachers to get help.

There are several testing dates coming up for students at LCHS. The ACT will be given Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lincoln County High School. The registration deadline for this test offering is Sept. 27. If you have not already registered, but plan to do so, the guidance department will be happy to help you with that process.

The PSAT, a pretest for the SAT and a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholar Competition, will be given at LCHS on Oct. 16. The PSAT is open to current sophomore and junior students. Any student interested in taking this test should register in the guidance department by Sept. 30. The cost for the PSAT is $15.

Also, sophomore students should start to prepare for the PLAN test, which will be administered at LCHS on Oct. 23. The PLAN test is a pretest for the ACT. All sophomore students are required to take the PLAN, so there is no cost to them for this test.

Students should remember that one of the most important things they can do to prepare for any of these upcoming tests is to get plenty of sleep the night before. By doing this, you will be rested and alert on the day of the test. Students should bring pencils and an approved calculator for the mathematics test. Students should wear comfortable clothing and have a sweater or jacket in case the building is cool.

If you are interested in watching any LCHS sports this week, here is the schedule. On Sept. 24, the Lady Falcon volleyball team will compete in a home game against Columbia High School, the Lady Falcon soccer team will be playing at Shelbyville High School, and the Falcon cross-country team will compete at Arrowhead Ranch in Normandy. On Sept. 26, the Lady Falcon soccer team will play at Cascade High School, and the Lady Falcon volleyball team will have their Pink Out Night here at LCHS as they play against Franklin County High School (be sure to wear pink!). On Friday, Sept. 27, the Falcon football team has a home game against Franklin County High School. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Falcon cross-country team will compete in the Sharp Springs Invitational meet at Sharp Springs Ranch. Playing on Monday, Sept. 30, the Falcon golf team will compete against Region at the River Bend course, and the Lady Falcon volleyball team will be at an away game against Johnson High School.