The PSAT will be given at school on Wednesday, October 15. The PSAT measures college readiness and provides students personalized feedback in preparation for college entrance exams. The PSAT also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors. The top scoring juniors in the state may be eligible for scholarships through the National Merit Program, National Achievement Program, or National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program. National Merit Scholars and National Achievement Scholars are eligible for a new Florida Incentive Scholarship, which provides the cost of attendance to Florida public colleges including tuition/fees, room/board, books and more.
Sophomores are automatically registered to take the exam at no cost. Parents may request that their students not take the PSAT by signing the waiver on the testing information page on the school website.
Juniors must register for the PSAT. Juniors can register in the IB office before school or during lunch. The fee for juniors is $15. Students on free or reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver. To have the fee waived, bring a copy of your eligibility letter showing you receive free/reduced lunch. If you do not have a copy, the cafeteria staff can print one.
The last day to register for the PSAT is October 10.
It is important for students to take PSAT not only to qualify for scholarships, but also to practice for the SAT which serves as a college entrance exam. Sophomores will be given a printed practice booklet during English classes. Juniors will receive a practice booklet at the time of registration. Students can take a practice PSAT test online.
Atlantic students are invited to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 11 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. The Alzheimer's Association will provide 7 hours of community service to students who volunteer at the event, an additional 3 hours for students who are registered to walk, and additional hours as listed here.
Student volunteers must complete the volunteer application (which includes a schedule and details of volunteer opportunities). A parent signature is required for minors. The completed form should be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Alzheimer's Association. Addresses are listed on the form.
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
For more information please visit www.alz.org/walk.
Last month the school board passed a resolution recommending the state provide a three-year transition to the new Florida testing standards, with no impact on students, teachers or schools. The district is hosting public meetings to discuss the resolution and has posted an online survey for parents and others to express their opinions and concerns.
Meetings will begin with a short presentation to explain the state’s new school accountability requirements, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide input on the topic. Depending on the number of participants at each meeting, individuals will be limited to one to three minutes for comments.
Note that school district staff will not be able to answer questions at the meetings. The district’s goal is to capture comments and input regarding the state’s new accountability system and provide it to the school board.
Can’t make the meeting? No problem. Participants can also complete an online survey to submit comments online. Click here to learn more about the Florida Standards.
For more information about the community meetings, contact Awilda Ramos at 561-357-1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Boynton Beach High School, Auditorium
4975 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Palm Beach Lakes High School, Auditorium
3505 Shiloh Dr.West Palm Beach
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
West Tech Academy, Atrium
2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Royal Palm Beach High School, Auditorium
10600 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Olympic Heights Community High School, Auditorium
20101 Lyons Rd., Boca Raton
Atlantic senior Grace Cenat won a $300 third place award in the American Association of Caregiving Youth's second annual essay contest. Last year’s winner, Atlantic graduate Kelsy Timot, shared her story at he Sept. 18 award reception at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) is a Florida-based non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY is the only organization of its kind in the US that addresses the issues of children who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its Caregiving Youth Project works in partnership with the Palm Beach County School District.
Robin Blank from the Florida Department of Education will provide information on college financial aid programs and the application process. The program will cover scholarships, grants and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
When: 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, Oct. 13
Where: Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd St., Delray Beach, phone 561-243-7356
Who: Junior and senior students and their parents
For more information please contact Mrs. Ward-Finney at 561-243-1500.