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BHS announces dates for graduation tests

Bainbridge High School announced the upcoming Georgia High School Graduation Tests for 11th-graders in Spring 2011.

The following are the dates the tests will be given at BHS: Math, Monday, March 28; English, Tuesday March 29; science, Wednesday, March 30, and Social Studies, Thursday March 31.

Passing scores on the English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and writing areas of the Georgia High School Graduation Test are required for a diploma. Students who do not pass one or more parts of the required test prior to graduation will receive a Certificate of Performance, not a diploma. Students receiving a Certificate of Performance may continue to retest after their graduation. They will be issued a diploma based on the school year in which they pass all parts of the graduation test.

Students who have not passed all sections of the graduation test, but have met all course requirements, will receive a high school certificate instead of a high school diploma. In order to participate in graduation exercise, students who have met attendance requirements, actively participated in remediation opportunities (such as before/after/Saturday/summer remediation, documented online review and study skills courses), and have taken advantage of retest opportunities, may appeal to the Graduation Review Committee. Those granted approval by the committee will be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. The appeal procedures will be set by Bainbridge High School.

BHS offers a variety of opportunities for students to review and practice for these important tests.

All subject areas are offering the following:

• Teachers are providing periodic review during classes.

• The Media Center computer lab is available from 7 to 7:38 a.m., Monday through Friday, where students may practice using www.usatestprep.com and other software.

• Students can also download or access a study guide at the following address: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_testing.aspx?PageReq=CI_TESTING_GHSGT

• Students can take online practice tests at http://www.usatestprep.com/Home, by using School Name: Bainbridge High School, Username: Bainbridge, and student password: newton21.

• Online practice from DOE is offered at the ExPress site at www.georgiastandards.org. Login information is available from the student’s adviser or any teacher.

• Saturday School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on March 19.

Additional math help available

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, a Math GHSGT Preparation class is held in Room 1223 from 3:10 to 5:10 p.m. Students must notify Dr. Barbara Pugh if transportation is needed.

A special Saturday School is scheduled on March 26 specifically for GHSGT math review

Additional social studies help available

Review material such as Power Points and flash cards are available on the BHS Web site under the social studies department tab.

In addition, special review days have been designated for each subject area for all juniors at BHS on the following dates: English review, Tuesday, March 15; math review, Thursday, March 17; science review, Tuesday, March 22; and social studies, Friday, March 25.

We appreciate the support of parents and the community as we strive to achieve success for each student.

If you have any questions, you may e-mail the junior class counselor, Myra Evans, at mevans@dcboe.com or contact one of our academic department heads: Cindy Williams, math, cwilliams@dcboe.com; Heidi Chambers, English, hchambers@dcboe.com; Gina Burke, social studies, giburke@dcboe.com; Tracy Poppell, science, tpoppell@dcboe.com. Or one of our academic coaches: Alice Strickland, math coach, astrickland@dcboe.com; Carol Widner, reading coach, cwidner@dcboe.com; and Donna McGlincy, science coach, dmcglincy@dcboe.com.