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New Salem - October 17, 2007

Counselor’s Corner


By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Technical Education Day!

Want a chance to win a $ 1,000.00 scholarship, a football, BSC sweatshirt, or something else, and learn about some technical education programs? Then register online at http://www.bismarckstate.edu/techedday Now! Participants can select up to 3 career and technical education programs throughout the day. Lunch will be provided by Bismarck State College.
Technical Education Day is for students and adults who aren’t sure what they want to do or would simply like to find out more about several technical education programs and career opportunities in these fields.
Registration for this event ends today. Technical Education Day begins at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday October 18th. The door prizes will be drawn at 2:30 and will be over at 3:00. You can also call 224-5400 or 1-800-445-5073.

Do Your Best – On The Tests!
That’s right! Next week the tests required under No Child Left Behind will be administered in New Salem Public Schools and across North Dakota. Prairie View Elementary School will administer the tests at various times throughout the week for students in grades 3, 4, 5, & 6.
At New Salem High School, the tests will be administered to students in grades 7, 8, & 11 on October 22, 23, & 24th. FFA students who attend the National FFA Convention and anyone else who missed the testing on these days will need to make-up the tests the following week.
Student performance on the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) is very important as this is how New Salem Public Schools’ Adequate Yearly Progress is determined under the No Child Left Behind Act. I hope our students continue to perform well on the North Dakota State Assessments.
The reading and mathematics assessments will be administered to all students in grades 3-8 and 11. Just like last year, the North Dakota Science Assessment will be administered to students in grades, 4, 8, and 11. Adequate Yearly Progress will be based on student performance only on the reading and mathematics assessments.
I hope students get to bed on time and eat breakfast so that they will have energy to do their best!

Home Education Students
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction does not provide national percentile ranks on the North Dakota State Assessment. As a result, these assessments do not meet the requirements of North Dakota law regarding mandatory testing of students who receive home education. Below is an excerpt from state law regarding this:

North Dakota Century Code (state law) 15.1-23-09 requires that “while in grades four, six, eight, and ten, each child receiving home education shall take a standardized achievement test used by the school district in which the child resided or, if requested by the parent, shall take a nationally normed standardized achievement test. The child shall take the test in the child’s learning environment or, if requested by the child’s parent, in a public school.”

If you have a son or daughter who is being home educated in these grades and would like them to take the North Dakota State Assessments, please contact either Mr. Gordon Davis, superintendent, or Dr. Gaylynn Becker, district testing coordinator. The North Dakota State Assessments must be administered and returned to me by noon on Thursday, November 8, 2007 so that I can package them and return them to CTB McGraw-Hill for scoring along with the school district’s test documents.

I hope the students have a good break while our teachers get additional professional development from their respective professional organizations the next couple of days. I know I will.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610 or at my residence at 222-3222.

Lets do our best on the test!