• Rolesville HS Weekly Updates     | January 11, 2019


    Exam Review


    Exam Preparations:  We only have next week to review before first semester exams begin.  The exam period has been moved to January 14-18 and the last day of the semester is now the 18th.  Make sure you check our homepage for the overview of the test schedule.


    Exam FAQs:  Ms. Ashdown has collected questions and responded to them in order to help parents and students know what to do in specific situations.  Please review these to see if any apply to the preparation for exams.

    1. If I am taking Eng. 2 and Math 1 when do I take my exams? Eng. 2 on Tuesday Math 1 on Wednesday
    2. If I am taking Eng. 2 and Math 3 when do I take my exams? Eng. 2 on Tuesday Math 3 on Wednesday
    3. What do NCFE and EOC stand for? North Carolina Final Exam and End of Course exam
    4. What do CTE and TME stand for? Career and Technical Education exam and Teacher Made Exam
    5. What are the CTE Classes? Accounting 1, Agriscience, Animal Science 1 & 2, Apparel 1, Business Law, Career Management, Core & Sustainable, Construction, Digital Design Animation, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Trade 1 & 2, Fashion & Merchandise, Foods 1 & 2, Game Art Design, Health Science 1 & 2, Health Team Relations, Horticulture 1, Marketing, Microsoft, Excel, Microsoft Word & PPT, Multimedia & Web Page Design, Parenting & Child Development, Personal Finance, Principle of Business, Sports & Entertainment Marketing 1, Technology Design, Technology Engineering & Design
    6. If I miss my exam on Monday, when do I take it? Thursday, January 17th at 7:25 am.  Meet on the 3rd floor commons
    7. Do I need to be here all day on Monday and Tuesday? Yes, if you are enrolled in an EOC, you will review.  All other classes will be testing. *exception 1: Senior exemption for Teacher-made tests only, *exception 2: you have passed your CTE credential
    8. Can I go off campus for lunch?  Yes, only if you have an off-campus pass
    9. What tests will be given on paper?  Chemistry, American History 1, American History 2, World History, Civics and Economics
    10. If my class finishes their tests before we are scheduled to go to lunch can we go anyway? No, the cafeteria cannot handle all students at one time.  CTE and TME only are allowed to dismiss at 9:45. If students have extended time they can test into the lunch period per their IEP/504 plan.
    1. Do I need to be in class on Monday or Tuesday if my class is only reviewing for an EOC? Yes.
    1. If I am absent during exam week will it be counted against me?  No, but you will be marked absent in PowerSchool.  
    1. Can my parent or guardian check me out of class during exams? No. *Exception: The only days that check out’s will be allowed are on Jan. 16th and 17th (EOC days) after 12:00 pm.
    1. Do I need a permission slip to leave during lunch if I am exempt from my afternoon exam on Jan. 14th and 15th?   Yes. There is a copy posted on the website as well as copies printed and placed on the bookshelf on the first-floor commons.  


    Exam Score Delays:  Scores for English II and III will be delayed.  We accustomed to almost immediate turn-around. We expect it to take several days for the vendor to send results.  While we are hopeful it will not impact report card grades, it is very possible that this might occur. I just wanted you to be aware that this might be an issue of which we are at the mercy of the folks who score the exams.


    Exam Volunteers:  Any parent or community member is encouraged to volunteer as a Hall Monitor/Proctor during the busy week of Monday, Jan. 14th - Friday, Jan. 18th.  You will be able to receive one graduation ticket per day that you serve, up to 4 tickets. There are a limited number of tickets as well, so come early to guarantee tickets! Please note: students can not participate as hall monitors or proctors.  Thanks for helping the exam week run smoothly at RHS. Time slots -7:25am - 11:25 or 10:25am - 2:25pm




    Thanks, again:  I have heard from many of you this week and want to say thank you for your support!  RHS students and staff make me proud to be a Ram every day!


    Curriculum Night - January 30th at 6 PM:  This is the evening that rising freshmen families come to ask registration-related questions.  It is also when families can ask questions about AP courses.


    Second Semester Schedules:  We will not print the schedules for Jan 22nd.  Most students regularly access their schedules online anyway.  Please have your Ram check the schedule well in advance of Jan. 22nd to be prepared for the first day of classes.


    Macy’s Letters to Santa:  RHS collected over 2100 letters before winter break.  These letters translate into a donation from Macy’s to Make-a-Wish for approximately $2,100.  


    ACT and Thinking about College Applications:  Special thanks goes out to Ms. Lucas for organizing the practice ACT and evening information session.  We had two presenters that gave us much to think about. I want to share a couple of pointers that I noted.

    1. Students need to take the ACT or SAT about 3 times and need to start early enough in the Junior year to have final scores back at the start of the Senior year.
    2. Students generally need to start prep for a test 3-4 months in advance and put 30 minutes 3-4 times per week into review.  Online reviews are good.
    3. Students need to set a focus.  Know your weak areas and use practice materials in those areas.
    4. Realize that it is going to take effort.  These tests are not supposed to be easy.
    5. When you begin to try to figure out where to apply, go to the college of interest and look up the freshman class profile.  It is a fit for you?
    6. Transcripts need to show evidence of rigorous coursework, GPA, rank, and exploration.
    7. Super scores made from the best subscores are usually accepted.
    8. Students need to work hard to share their voice when they write the essays.  The textbook version of an essay is just plain boring.
    9. If a student has to do an interview, it is important to do homework and KNOW the school info before entering the interview.
    10. Know why you want to attend that school.
    11. Be on the lookout for the College Fair held each March at the Raleigh Convention Center.





    Optimist Club Essay “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” - January 18th (We have the information about where submissions should go.)


    Juniors Take the ACT:  On February 20th, all Juniors will take the ACT for free.  The scores for this administration can count for college admissions or it can be the kick-off as the first to help students improve over scores over subsequent administration.  Remember that additional administrations must be secured and paid for by the students. We just want families to be aware that the February administration is a legitimate administration despite being free.  We will send more information as we get closer to the event.


    Regarding the SAT:  Remember that we have one onsite administration remaining for this year.  There are spots open for the March 9th administration, but they will fill up fast.  I recommend that students register asap for our location. Mr. Morales pursued this for our school this year because he wanted our students to have the chance to test where they are most comfortable.  Remember, juniors need to take care of testing and have their best results no later than around September of the Senior year. Therefore, they need to test in plenty of time going into the Senior year to be prepared for applications.  Please just think about this and do your research to prepare for timely testing. Most schools that require ACT or SAT will accept either one. Research your schools of interest to know what they require.


    AP Exam Registration:  The deadline to register for AP spring exams is February 25.  See the information on the school homepage.