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Message From the Principal
Testing and Access                             The keys to success on any type of testing      final exams, which will ultimately decide
You may have noticed that today’s students     is preparation, preparation, and preparation!   whether or not they will graduate with a
are taking more standardized tests than at     That is why students routinely take major       postsecondary degree. Even with a college
any point in the history of public schools.    tests throughout the school year. These tests   degree in hand, most professions and ca-
The tests are more rigorous, and students,     are designed to provide students with valu-     reers still demand that you sit and deliver
teachers, and principals are all affected by   able feedback and inform teachers on how        (once again) in yet another testing envi-
the results. Regardless of how one feels       well students are progressing toward the        ronment in order to gain licensing and/or
about the current atmosphere, the use of       very high benchmark standards of the ACT.       certification (nursing, dentistry, medicine,
standardized testing will determine access     In addition to knowledge in the content ar-     teaching, law, construction, civil service,
and ultimately success for the vast majority   eas, it is extremely important that students    cosmetology, etc.).
of students in our public schools.             acquire the discipline, stamina, and focus
                                               necessary to be successful in a three- to       Students must acquire the skills, knowl-
What’s behind the major emphasis on            four-hour testing environment.                  edge, character traits, and habits necessary
testing? The answer is college and career                                                      for success. Routinely performing well in
readiness. Over the last decade, the federal   The ability to concentrate and deliver in       a testing environment is perhaps the most
government and the states have heeded the      a stressful testing environment will help       important habit a student can acquire.
words of employers in the business com-        students succeed in school, college, and
                                               life. ACT performance may get students          Gary G. Hurt, Principal
munity concerning the skills and knowl-
                                               into college, but then they will have two       485-8339
edge workers need for employment in the
twenty-first century. Today’s jobs and jobs    to four years of challenging midterm and
of the future will require at least two to
four years of college education. Hence, we

                                               Sleep Matters
in the public schools must prepare students
for postsecondary education and careers.
Both college and career preparation require    The first thing that seems to go when our       place! After-school jobs, extracurricular
students to perform well on tests. More        day gets busy is sleep. “Today’s teenag-        activities, Facebook, cell phones, com-
than school grades and grade point average     ers are the most sleep-deprived bunch I’ve      puter games, music, and television may be
(GPA), the ACT is the primary measure-         seen in years,” says Cornell University         keeping your child awake during critical
ment that postsecondary institutions use       psychology professor James B. Maas,             hours needed for sleep. Setting guidelines
to determine college readiness. How well       Ph.D., author of Power Sleep. Chronic           and routines can help eliminate sleep dis-
a student performs on the ACT will also        sleep deprivation will put teenagers at risk    ruptions. The following are ways for your
influence college scholarship amounts and      for poor academic performance, anxiety,         teen to get the sleep he or she needs:
whether or not a student is even accepted      depression, obesity, weakened immune
into college.                                                                                  • Try to keep a regular sleep schedule. Go
                                               system, binge drinking/drug use, inability        to bed and get up at the same time each
                                               to focus, and ongoing moodiness.                  day.
Because of the importance of the ACT,
Kentucky requires and pays for all stu-        According to the National Center for            • Avoid caffeine for four hours before
dents to take the ACT in the junior year of    Sleep Disorders, 28 percent of teens fall         bedtime.
high school. In addition, the state’s new      asleep in school at least once a week. The      • Sleep in a dark, quiet room that isn’t too
accountability system is heavily weighted      center reports that teens require nine hours      hot or too cold.
to assessments that are based on ACT-          of uninterrupted sleep nightly to stay
type questions and preparation. In fact, 20    healthy. How do you convince your child         • Don’t eat a heavy meal at least three
percent of a student’s grade in English II,    to go to bed earlier? “You can’t make a           hours before bedtime.
Algebra II, U.S. History, and Biology will     teen sleep,” says Dr. Emsllem author of         • Don’t watch TV or look at a computer
be based on the new end-of-course (EOC)        Snooze or Lose: 10 No-War Ways to Im-             screen right before bed.
exams. These EOC exams are designed by         prove Your Teen’s Sleep Habits. “Tune in
the same company that designs the ACT.                                                         Communicate your concerns and work
                                               to his or her schedule and find ways to
The new emphasis on the rigorous stan-                                                         with your teen to develop a plan for
                                               help develop, and maintain healthy sleep
dards of the ACT will require adjustments                                                      healthy sleep habits.
                                               habits.” The first step is to pay attention
to how teachers teach and what students        to what keeps your child awake in the first
must learn.
Counselor’s Corner
Counselor’s Office: 485-8747                   free of charge. Program events include        explore just what these two college en-
                                               a ten-day summer residential session at       trance exams are all about.
Please remember that any person who            Bellarmine University, with events and
signs a student out of school must have        volunteer opportunities spread throughout     The ACT is considered to be more of an
personal or photo identification.              the THA scholars’ senior year. THA is a       achievement test than the SAT. The ACT
                                               diversity-friendly community. You may         is a multiple-choice test containing four
2012-13 Scheduling Begins                      download an application at www                parts: English, mathematics, reading, and
Can you believe it is that time already?       .tourismhonorsacademy.org.                    science reasoning. The ACT is accepted at
In March, students will begin scheduling                                                     most colleges. See more information re-
classes for next year through the advisory     What Should Juniors Be Doing                  garding the ACT at www.act.org.
period. Be sure to follow the directions       Now?
of your advisor teacher to make accurate                                                     The SAT measures critical reading, math-
                                               • Focus on grades and attendance. You
course choices for next year.                                                                ematical reasoning, and writing skills.
                                                 need to finish the year strong for your
                                                                                             The test is divided into nine subsections
                                                 college applications next year.
Grade-Level Information/Dates                                                                and includes an essay section. Learn more
                                               • Continue contacting colleges and re-        about the SAT at www.collegeboard.com.
Freshmen                                         searching careers and college via the
Continue using your Agendas; parents,            Internet.                                   Which test should a student take? Students
check to see if your child still has an        • Take the ACT and SAT.                       should take both tests. (The majority of
Agenda. Agendas can be purchased in the                                                      higher education institutions accept both
bookstore.                                     Seniors                                       the SAT and the ACT.) Taking both tests
                                               March                                         will likely reveal a higher score on one
Remember, all failed core classes must be                                                    test because a student may be more com-
repeated. Use Extended School Services         Kentucky State University Campus visit
                                                                                             fortable with the format and content as-
(ESS) as needed. All freshmen should be                                                      sessed on one of the exams over the other.
considering the medical/health/environ-        What Should Seniors Be Doing
mental career themes for next year. You        Now?                                          Should a student study for the ACT or the
will have the opportunity to fully engage      • Complete the Free Application for Fed-      SAT? Absolutely yes! There are a mul-
in one of the schools of study.                  eral Student Aid (FASFA) before funds       titude of study guides for the ACT and
                                                 are depleted.                               the SAT. Do not spend a lot of money on
Sophomores                                     • Continue to focus on grades and atten-      commercial publications. Simply visit the
Continue to work on a strong GPA for the         dance. (Remember prom requirements.)        public library or Valley’s resource room,
Governor’s Scholar Program and the UPS         • Continue to apply for colleges and          and check out the available study materi-
School-to-Work Program for next year;            scholarships.                               als. Also, visit both exam Web sites, and
both require strong GPAs.                                                                    take the online practice tests that can be
                                               College/Career Information                    found there.
Juniors
                                               While students experience much anxiety
• UPS School-to-Work—See Mrs. Leslie.          over the idea of taking tests for college,    Valley Veracities
• Schoolwide ACT in March                      there are many resources available to help    Do not expect to succeed if you can’t per-
                                               students prepare for college entrance ex-     form the simple task of being present.
• The Tourism Honors Academy (THA)
  application deadline is March 13, 2012.      ams. Before we discuss the resources, let’s                               —Anonymous

Applications Available for 2012-13
Applications for the THA class of 2012-
13 are now available. Visit your school’s
guidance counselor or download an appli-
                                               From the Youth Services Center
cation at http://tourismhonorsacademy          Wanted!                                       • Don’t get behind in your work, ask for
.org/application.htm. Please don’t hesi-       Valley Parents and Students                     extra help/tutoring, and use your Agen-
tate to contact us if you have any questions                                                   da daily.
                                               To partner with the YSC to support and
or need help with your application. Appli-
                                               create a positive environment here at Val-    • Get involved in extracurricular activi-
cations are due Tuesday, March 13.
                                               ley for everyone. We are here to offer sup-     ties, and have fun.
“I’m glad that I did join [THA] because it     port and help you reach your goals!
                                                                                             • Help others, and show respect to get
let me see a new side of Louisville. It also                                                   respect.
                                               The following five daily habits help all of
connected me to other young adults who
                                               us reach academic goals:
have some of the same goals as me.”                                                          Ellen Smith, Director
                                               • Be here on time every day, and com-         485-6780
THA serves 20 talented high school stu-          plete all make-up work when ill.
dents from Jefferson County during the
summer before and throughout their senior      • Come to school well rested and pre-
year. Scholars are competitively selected        pared to learn.
from junior classes and attend the program

March 2012                                                                                                    Valley Traditional High School
Valley Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
Cadets of the Valley Navy Junior Reserve
Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) re-
ceived an early Christmas present, cour-
tesy of the United States Air Force and the
Kentucky Air National Guard (KYANG).
On December 14, 2011, service members
from the 123rd Airlift Wing and 165th
Airlift Squadron KYANG were able to
accomplish essential training while simul-
taneously taking 78 NJROTC cadets and
chaperones to see the National Museum of
the United States Air Force (www
.nationalmuseum.af.mil) located at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB)
in Ohio.

The Air Force Museum is an outstanding,
world-class aero-
space education and
training site. It tells
the story of military
aviation and rock-
etry from its earliest                                                                                                classroom favorite
beginnings to the                                                                                                     cadets were able
present. The mu-                                                                                                      to see was Ham’s
seum’s collection                                                                                                     spacesuit and flight
contains aircraft                                                                                                     jacket. Ham was
from several coun-                                                                                                    the first chimpanzee
tries, but the focus                                                                                                  sent into space by
is on the U.S. Army                                                                                                   NASA in the early
Air Corps and the                                                                                                     days of space ex-
U.S. Air Force.                                                                                                       ploration. Also on
Cadets were able                                                                                                      display were moon
to see and learn                                                                                                      rocks brought back
about the history of                                                                                                  to Earth on Apollo
aircraft and space                                                                                                    16. Cadets learned
vehicles, from bi-                                                                                                    about an air traffic
planes designed and                                                                                                   control tower, the
flown by the Wright                                                                                                   Holocaust, and the
Brothers in the ear-                                                                                                  Berlin Airlift; saw
ly 1900s to aircraft currently on the active    on the study of machines and men in WWI,       an aviation art gallery; and conducted ex-
roster in the Air Force. Airplanes like the     WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and         periments on the physics of flight. It was
B-2 stealth bomber, F-22 stealth fighter,       space exploration. Aircraft of the same        a very busy, highly educational, and ex-
the A-10 “Warthog,” and gigantic missiles       type studied in class were all on display in   tremely exciting day. All of it was made
used for nuclear defense, deterrence, and       the museum. In some cases, cadets were         possible through the gracious cooperation
space exploration are on display. During        able to see the actual aircraft that were      of the Valley and Jefferson County Pub-
the trip, cadets gained a deeper apprecia-      discussed in class. One such aircraft was      lic Schools (JCPS) administrators, adult
tion for the importance of being proficient     Colonel Robin Olds’ Vietnam-era F-4            chaperones, the men and women of the
in math and science and learned about           Phantom II named SCAT XXVII. In an act         165th AS and 123rd AW, Colonel Nelson
aerospace technology as well as the sacri-      of loyalty and dedication spanning a ca-       (Commander of the 123rd AW), the Ken-
fices that service men and women make in        reer of 30 years, Colonel Olds named all       tucky Air Guard, and the Air Force, espe-
the defense of our country.                     of his aircraft after his college roommate,    cially the 88th ABW at Wright-Patterson
                                                whose nickname was Scat, even though his       AFB. We are very thankful and grateful
Classroom work prior to the trip focused        friend was killed during WWII. Another         for their cooperation and support of this
                                                                                               remarkable adventure.

                                    Athletics                                                  Sincerely,
                                                                                               LCDR Peters USN (Retired)
   Spring sports began on February 15. All students interested in playing                      NCC Fultz USN (Retired)
             a spring sport must have a physical to participate.                               NJROTC
                          William Raleigh, Athletic Director, 485-8621

Valley Traditional High School                                                                                                  March 2012
Jefferson County Public Schools




                                             J E F F E R S O N               C O U N T Y           P U B L I C          S C H O O L S

                                          Equal Opportunity Policies
  Equal Employment Opportunity                                                                   Discrimination Grievance Procedure
  Employees/Applicants                                                                               The Jefferson County Public Schools Discrimination Grievance Procedure is avail-
       The Jefferson County Public School District shall not discriminate in recruitment         able at local schools, on the Jefferson County Public Schools Web site at www.jcpsky
  or employment on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital or parental status,       .net, or in the Compliance and Investigations Office, C. B. Young Jr. Service Center,
  national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, religion, or political opin-   3001 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209. Contact Cheryl Walker, Compliance and
  ion or affiliation. The District shall promote equal opportunities through a vigorous          Investigations director, at 485-3341, or call or write one of the following enforcement
  affirmative action program as an integral part of personnel policy and practice in the         agencies:
  employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees of the Jefferson              Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  County Public Schools.                                                                         600 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Place, Suite 268
  In the Event of Questions                                                                      Louisville, KY 40202
       Employees or applicants, report to immediate superior, appropriate personnel              (502) 582-6082
  administrator, the Compliance and Investigations Office, or the appropriate enforce-           www.eeoc.gov
  ment agency if you believe you have experienced harassment/discrimination.
                                                                                                 U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
                                                                                                 Wanamaker Building, Suite 515
  Equal Educational Opportunity                                                                  100 Penn Square East
  Students/Parents or Guardians                                                                  Philadelphia, PA 19107
      No student shall be denied equal educational opportunity by the board of educa-            (215) 656-8541
  tion because of his or her age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national        www.ed.gov
  origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, political opinion or affiliation or religion.
      Harassment/Discrimination of any type is not permitted. A student has the right            Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
  to attend school free from harassment and should not be subjected to discrimination            The Heyburn Building, Suite 700
  for any reason. Schools will strive to ensure that these rights are protected and that         332 West Broadway
  appropriate consequences are provided to offenders.                                            Louisville, KY 40202
                                                                                                 (502) 595-4024
  In the Event of Questions                                                                      http://kchr.ky.gov
      Students and parents/guardians, report to principal, the Compliance and Investiga-
  tions Office, or the appropriate government agency if you believe you have experi-             Louisville Metro
  enced harassment/discrimination.                                                               Human Relations Commission
      Noncompliance with the above policy and procedures may result in disciplinary              410 West Chestnut Street, Suite 300A
  action.                                                                                        Louisville, KY 40202                                                  www.jcpsky.net
                                                                                                 (502) 574-3631                                             Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
                                                                                                 www.louisvilleky.gov/HumanRelations           Employer Offering Equal Educational Opportunities


  March 2012                                                                                                                                           Valley Traditional High School

				
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