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Hebron - September 8, 2004

Counselor’s Corner
By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
Career Counselor
Hebron and New Salem High Schools

Great To Be Back!
It is nice to be back at school again. This is my fourth year working with students at Hebron and New Salem High Schools. The career development program is also for anyone seeking assistance from the Hebron and the New Salem areas.

These articles communicate some of the components and activities of the career counseling program that also includes various assessments. I hope you find these articles informative. Thanks to the Hebron Herald for graciously printing these articles as a means for communicating this information to the community. They do a great job of communicating the participation and accomplishments of the students of Hebron Public School and I commend them for it!

If anyone reading these articles has specific feedback for me on improving the career counseling program, or if you or one of your children needs additional assistance in the career planning process, please contact me at either Hebron or New Salem High Schools.

College Career Fair
Mr. Al Feist and I will be taking the seniors to the College Career Fair at Beulah Middle School in Beulah on Tuesday, September 14, 2004. The seniors will have an opportunity to visit with college admissions representatives from over 30 colleges, universities, and trade schools not only from North Dakota but Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota. This is an excellent time for the seniors to get college catalogs, college applications, residence housing applications, scholarship applications, and to ask questions about individual campuses and programs at the colleges, etc. The College Career Fair has proven to be a very worthwhile experience for the students in the past.

North Dakota State Assessment Update
We have received the North Dakota Reading and North Dakota Mathematics Assessment results. Hebron High School and North Dakota results were included in last week’s Hebron Herald. I will distribute and interpret individual student results on both the North Dakota State Assessment results as well as the TerraNova test results to students during a classroom presentation next week. I would have done it this week but because of the holiday, I will not be in Hebron this week.
Hebron Public School did make adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Our students did well. Thanks to the students for doing their best! Thanks to the teachers for your efforts in delivering learning opportunities to students! And, thanks to the parents for your support of your children and the educational programs at New Salem High School.

I am planning on making a presentation on assessment to the Hebron Public School Board at its September meeting.

North Dakota State Assessment Changes
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has made several changes for the North Dakota State Assessment Program for the current 2004-2005 school year. Here are some of the changes:

1. Student testing will be increased from testing students in 3 grades to testing students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11. This change, for the 2004-05 school year, is not a No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requirement. Instead, it is a change that the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has decided upon to begin one year prior to the NCLB requirement.

2. Norm-referenced scores will no longer be provided for students. This means that among other things, parents will not longer be able to compare how their children performed compared to students from across the United States.

3. Time of year of assessing students in grades 4 and 8 has changed from late February and early March to assessing all students in grades 3-8, and 11 the last week in October and the first two weeks in November.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment related topics, please contact me at either Hebron High School at 878-4442 or at New Salem High School at 843-7610.

Have an excellent academic day!