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
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
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.
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)
The Air Force Museum is an outstanding,
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
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.
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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
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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
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March 2012 Valley Traditional High School