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ACT Schedule

Autumn Olson, Editor
February 8, 2017
Filed under Academics, Check This Out!, Showcase

The ACT exam will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28 this year. All juniors must report to their testing room by 7:10 with pencils. Students are also allowed to bring a snack for the break and it is recommended to bring a calculator. All other electronics must be given to the student’s testing teacher or in th...

Juniors Opinions on Standardized Testing

Juniors Opinions on Standardized Testing

Nisha Razack, Staffer
April 14, 2016
Filed under Opinions, Student Life

With the ACT around the corner, there is a lot of pressure on juniors to do well so they can get into a good college. However, not a lot of Juniors agree with their purpose. “The only good thing would probably [be] for the school to show like improvement on how we take test, but I don’t t...

Parent Exemption from State Assessments

Parent Exemption from State Assessments

Myah Pitter, Staffer
January 18, 2016
Filed under News

The Smoky Hill High School website stated that, during the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers passed the Senate Bill 15-223, which gives parents the right to exempt their students from taking the state standardized tests, Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), Partnership for Assessment of Rea...

Juniors will take ACT, Spring 2016

Juniors will take ACT, Spring 2016

Nafees Abidi, Staffer
January 11, 2016
Filed under Academics, News

CDE says in a press conference, even though Colorado is transitioning to SAT exams, this year's Juniors will take the ACT. Sophomores and the on going classes will take the SAT. “This is a relief to our community and hopefully our Department of Education sticks with this decision,” said Quintana...

Opt Out vs Just Take The Test? ACT Aspire

Opt Out vs Just Take The Test? ACT Aspire

Krystal Limon, Staffer
October 21, 2015
Filed under Academics

Wed. 21, freshman, sophomores, and juniors took the ACT Aspire Summative Assessments, but not all students took the test. Sophomore Rebecca Lemaire was not in her testing room Wednesday morning because she opted out. Her reason “My mom doesn't like standardized testing besides the big ones [tests] like the SAT, an...

A Fretful Time

A Fretful Time

Velencia Covarrubias, staffer
February 27, 2015
Filed under Opinions

The long sad nights of staring at a lifeless textbook or study guide is a common pre-testing ritual that some are all too familiar with. At some point, everyone has to deal with a test that almost makes their hair fall out and potentially can end the world if they don’t pass it. The terror of...

ACT Schedule

ACT Schedule

Mona Jabr, Staffer
April 22, 2014
Filed under Academics

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Juniors will be taking ACT Test (American College Testing.) All Juniors will take this test. For freshmen, sophomores, and seniors school begins at 11:40 and ends at 2:30. Doors will open for juniors at regular time since Wednesday will not be a late start. All other grade...

The 22 Slogan

The 22 Slogan

Kelsey Long, Co-Editor in Chief
December 5, 2013
Filed under Academics

You’ve seen the signs of the ACT. Juniors are going to test prep classes offered by the school and online, practice booklets are being offered and sophomores have take the Method Prep test. However, a new slogan is being offered representing assistant principal Matthew Gonzales’s goal for Smoky...

The ACT: How to Prepare

The ACT: How to Prepare

Kaylee Long, Editor
November 12, 2013
Filed under Academics

Watch out juniors! The ACT test is coming April 23 and juniors need to start preparing today. There are many things that can be done to prepare, like using Method Test Prep, ACT Online Prep, and just sitting down to study. Students should talk to teachers and ask for help if something is hard to understan...

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