National Honor Society Babysitting and Bake Sale

Parent-teacher conferences are on Monday, February 4 and Thursday, February 7 this semester. The NHS (National Honor Society) will once again be having a bake sale in the hallway and will be offering a babysitting service in the lunch room for donation. We encourage parents and students of West Lyon to use these services and support our NHS organization.

 

From the High School Counselor’s Desk: Feb 2019

First Semester Report Cards & Midterm Reports

First semester report cards are finished and will be handed out at parent teacher conferences along with the 3rd quarter mid-term report for students in grades 7-12. Parent may pick both these documents up in the office the nights of parent teacher conferences. We encourage all parents to attend conferences either on Monday, Feb 4 or Thursday, Feb 7 from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

For high school students, the report cards have the student’s first semester grade point average, cumulative GPA and total credits accumulated so far listed on it. You are encouraged to keep semester and year end report cards in a safe place for future reference when grades may be needed for registering for ACT tests, good student driving insurance verification, applying for colleges and so on.

Course Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

With the start of the second semester, some of our attention now turns to the registration process for the 2019-2020 school year. In February, we will be meeting with the junior high through 11th grade classes to inform them of the registration process. At that time, they will receive registration sheets that will need to be turned back in within a few days to the counselor with a parent signature on them. As you go through the course selection process with your student, I would strongly encourage you to help me push your student to get the best education they can here and to adequately prepare themselves for the realm of education and career possibilities out there after high school. I believe some students should be challenged and encouraged to take higher level classes in some areas than they may initially be inclined to choose!

The registration information meeting for 8th grade students (going to be 9th graders next year) will be held in the evening (rather than during the school day) and parents are asked to attend this meeting with their 8th grade student. The purpose for this parent/student meeting is to better inform students and parents of some of the course selection decisions needed as you enter high school and how those decisions will affect the rest of your high school years and potentially the educational and career possibilities the rest of your lives. This meeting for current 8th grade students and their parents will be held on Monday, February 4 during parent-teacher conferences at 7:00pm in the high school gym.

If any junior high or high school students or parents have any questions or concerns about courses or the registration process, please feel free to contact Miss Mulder.

Upcoming JH & HS Tests

There are two test dates in February that are happening in the West Lyon Junior High and High School. On Thursday, Feb 14 most of our 8th grade students will be taking the NAEP test. The NAEP test is the largest national representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. NAEP randomly selects around 65% of our 8th grade students to be tested. An email went out to 8th grade parents in early January informing them of this test. Students will be tested in either the area of Math or Reading.

On Friday, Feb 15 all sophomores will be taking the Pre-ACT test from 8:25-11:40. This test is a practice test for the ACT college entrance exam and will give students a predicted ACT score based on their academic progress so far. In addition, West Lyon uses the results from this test for state reporting purposes. Pre-ACT provides students with a structured testing environment similar to what they will experience when taking the ACT, ACT test-quality questions, and predictive scores on the familiar 1–36 scale. This helps students get comfortable with the test and understand how they’re doing in core subjects. It also helps parents and educators identify areas where additional support might be necessary.

Financial Aid Meeting for JUNIOR Parents & Students

On Monday, March 18 there will be a financial aid meeting for juniors and their parents at 6:30pm. In 2016, the yearly timetable for the FAFSA and college financial aid process was moved up. FAFSA documents now become available to students and parents in October for entering college the next academic school year. You are encouraged to attend this financial aid meeting so that you will be informed of the process come October. This is the only West Lyon financial aid meeting available for the Class of 2020.

Lyon Rural Washington DC Trip Opportunity
Lyon Rural Electric Washington, D.C. Youth Trip - Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative provides an all expense paid trip to Washington DC for two high school juniors in Lyon REC’s service area. Parents do not need to be members of Lyon REC, just reside in the service area. The Youth Tour will be June 14-20. The contest consists of a written test based on information about the local REC and the history of Rural Electrics and other criteria. The test consists of approximately 45 questions. See Miss Mulder if you are interested in taking the test. Tests must be taken at West Lyon by March 12.

Junior High Community Service Days

West Lyon Junior High School students will again have Community Service Days at the end of this school year. We would love for any adults and community members to get on board with us in this effort. We will need adult and/or parent supervision. If you are willing and able to give ½ day, a day or 2 days to volunteer in this endeavor, please join us. Give Kim Mulder a call at the junior high (753-4917).