Thursday, August 30, 2007
Marshall honors A.C.T. stars
There is a ringing in the air at Marshall Academy this year and it says “A.C.T.”
A new program, called the A.C.T. Hall of Stars, has been implemented to motivate students as they work to increase their composite scores on the national A.C.T. test.
So far, 16 students have already qualified and testing for 07-08 will not begin until October 27. The criteria for membership in the A.C.T. Hall of Stars is as follows:
• In grades 7-9, students must have a composite score of 20 or higher;
• In grade 10, students must have a composite of 21 or higher;
• In grade 11, students must have a composite of 22 or higher;
• In grade 12, students must have a composite of 23 or higher.
The A.C.T. will be administered at Marshall Academy for all four testing dates this year – October, December, February and April. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in A.C.T. workshops the week prior to each test to prepare them for success.
Each review will also be given at Marshall Academy. The emphasis on testing is being strongly supported because of the outstanding scholarship opportunities that are available for students with good scores. Last year, $350,000 in scholarship monies were awarded to the 35 graduating seniors at M.A. A large percentage of this amount was due to A.C.T. scores.
The graduating class of 2008 plans to exceed the amount awarded last year, and class members are working hard to achieve that goal. A member of the career counseling center at Ole Miss has already met with the seniors to help them work on scholarships and resume writing. In addition, a representative from E.S.F. (Educational Services Foundation) will be conducting a seminar to help students with financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
The goal of M.A. teachers and staff is to add new members after each testing and honor all members with a banquet at the conclusion of the school year. Plans are also being made to offer a special A.C.T. Hall of Stars scholarship at this year’s graduation ceremonies.
Those students who have already met requirements for membership have their pictures and scores displayed in the front foyer of the main building.
“Rewarding our students for their success on the A.C.T. is a great motivator for them,” said headmaster Jane Hubbard. “Also, seeing them work toward A.C.T. success is just fun.”
Byhalia students qualify for TIP
Three students at Byhalia Middle School, Joshua Dowling, Lorrayne Sharp and Dylan Dang, have qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke (TIP). The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke (TIP) identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom. Through Duke TIP, a whole range of activities and programs is accessible to parents and teachers to meet the individual needs of gifted children.
Duke TIP provides students with the opportunity to learn more about their abilities. Through Duke TIP’s seventh grade talent search program, which focuses on the identification, recognition and support of high-ability students, qualifying seventh grade students take college entrance exams alongside high school students.
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