Letter to HS Parents Fall 21-22

SENIORS 

Seniors will be wrapping up their classes during the week of May 16th – 20th, prior to graduation on Saturday May 21st.  During  this week, seniors only need to be at school during times when they have a final exam and should be checking with their  individual teachers regarding these expectations. 

*  There are a number of very special events happening these last weeks of school for seniors and their families, so mark  your calendars.  During the week of May 16th- 20th, seniors will be able to start the “checkout” process and will be able  to get their caps and gowns, along with graduation tickets beginning on May 16th, providing all fees have been paid.   
 
Friday, April 29 (Senior Graduation Slides due)
Friday, May 6 at 9:00 AM in the HS gym (Senior Photo) - seniors only
Friday May 13th at 7:00 PM (Senior Sunset) – seniors only 
Thursday May 19th at 5:30 PM (Senior BBQ) – seniors and parents 
Thursday May 19th at 7:00 PM (Senior Awards Night) – seniors and parents 
Friday May 20th at 8:30 AM (Senior Breakfast) – seniors only 
Saturday May 21st at 9:30 AM (GRADUATION) – the ceremony will take place outside on the turf field.  Seniors  are required to be at PRA at 8:00am and will meet in the HS Gym. 

 

GRADES 9-11 

During the week of May 23rd - 26th, all 9th grade, 10th grade, & 11th grade students will be taking final exams for their classes  and these exams will count toward 10% of their semester grade.  Teachers will be working with students leading up to this last  week of the semester to help them understand how to prepare for a cumulative exam.  In many ways, the preparation for a  cumulative exam is just as important as the exam itself.  These exams will be taking place on Monday-Thursday from 8:15am 11:20am.  All HS students will be dismissed at 11:20am each day to prepare for the following days exams.   Please plan to have  students dropped off at school by 8am each day and picked up at 11:20am.  The only exception to this is on Thursday the 26th when students will be picked up 10 minutes later to coincide with the whole school dismissal time of 11:30am. 

In addition to the final exam schedule below, we have also included some recommended final exam study tips.  Please take  some time to review this information with your student and help them approach the end of the semester with the confidence  that comes from being well prepared.  

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

5/16/2022 

5/17/2022 

5/18/2022 

5/19/2022 

5/20/2022

Monday 

(Block day)

Tuesday 

(Block day)

Wednesday 

(Block day)

Thursday 

(Block day)

Friday 

(1-7 day)

Grades 9-11 

1st period 

Seniors 

1st period final

Grades 9-11 

2nd period 

Seniors 

2nd period final

Grades 9-11 

1st period 

Seniors 

1st period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

2nd period 

Seniors 

2nd period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

Periods 1-7 (all day) 

Senior Activities 

8:30 am–Senior Breakfast 10:30 am–Grad Practice 11:30 am–Senior Checkout 12:30 pm–Senior Dismissal

Grades 9-11 

3rd period 

Seniors 

3rd period final

Grades 9-11 

4th period 

Seniors 

4th period final

Grades 9-11 

3rd period 

Seniors 

3rd period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

4th period 

Seniors 

4th period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

5th period 

Seniors 

5th period final

Grades 9-11 

6th period 

Seniors 

6th period final

Grades 9-11 

5th period 

Seniors 

5th period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

6th period 

Seniors 

6th period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

7th period 

Seniors 

7th period final

Grades 9-11 

PEAKS 

Seniors 

Final exam make-up

Grades 9-11 

7th period 

Seniors 

7th period final (alternate)

Grades 9-11 

PEAKS 

Seniors 

Final exam make-up



HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-11)

5/23/2022 

5/24/2022 

5/25/2022 

5/26/2022 

5/27/2022

Monday 

(Block day)

Tuesday 

(Block day)

Wednesday 

(Block day)

Thursday 

(Block day)

Friday 

(PD Day)

1st period final 

2nd period final 

5th period final 

7th period final 

PD Day (No School)

3rd period final 

4th period final 

6th period final

PEAKS - Locker Clean  Out/Locks/Books/Yearbook  MINER MELTDOWN

 

11:20 am HS Dismissal 

11:20 am HS Dismissal 

11:20 am HS Dismissal

11:30 am All School  

Dismissal

 


1. Give yourself enough time to study 

Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute 'cramming', it's widely accepted that  for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams  you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams  more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with. 

2. Organize your study space 

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair  comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight? 

Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this  may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and  organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and  take the time to get it right. 


3. Use flow charts and diagrams 

Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already  know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page  diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during  the exam. 


4. Practice with old questions 

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice with previous questions. This helps you get used to the  format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of  time on each section. 

5. Explain your answers to others 

Parents and little brothers and sisters don't have to be annoying around exam time! Use them to your advantage. Explain an  answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need  more work. 


6. Organize study groups with friends 

Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as  you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to  challenge yourself. 

7. Take regular breaks

While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. If you  were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day! Likewise studies have shown that for long-term  retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps. 

Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before  taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle  down come evening. 

Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain! 


8. Snack on 'brain food' 

Keep away from junk food! You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can  really have an impact on energy levels and focus. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have  been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day  - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem  appealing, but it won't help when your energy levels crash an hour or so later. 


9. Plan your exam day 

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't  know the way, or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time.  If possible, do a test run of the trip; if not, write down clear directions. 

Work out how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You really don't want to arrive having had to run  halfway or feeling frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates,  as long as you know they're likely to be punctual! 


10. Drink plenty of water 

As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking  plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day. 

 

Thank you, 
Adam DiGiacomo 
High School Principal 
Prospect Ridge Academy