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```					PARENT ACADEMY
MID TERM REVIEW &
COURSE SCHEDULING
INFORMATION
Welcome to

CHS MIDTERM REVIEW

January 3, 2013
Agenda
•   Welcome & Introductions
•   What is a Midterm?
•   How do I get organized?
•   Studying for Midterms & General Tips
•   How do I study for……
Math, U.S. History, English, Science, Lifetime
Fitness, Health, and World Language?
What is a midterm?
A test that covers
material from the
beginning of the
year to the present.
Schedule of Midterms
Tuesday, January 15, 2013     Full Day        Exam 4B
Wednesday, January 16, 2013   Half Day        Exam 1 & 2
Thursday, January 17, 2013    Half Day        Exam 3 & 4A
Friday, January 18, 2013      Half Day        Exam 5 & 6
Monday, January 21, 2013      MLK
Tuesday, January 22, 2013     Professional Work Day for Teachers

Wednesday-Friday
Schools close 3 hours early. No extra curricular
activities except conditioning practices (1 1/2 hours)
which may begin at 2:45 p.m.
2013 Midterm Review/Support
• Saturday, Jan. 5th – Media Center
– 9 am to 12 pm
• Monday – Friday
Jan. 14th – 11th
2:15pm – 3:00pm
– Meet with teachers after school for review
– Schedule mailed home and available on CHS
website

• Year Long Course - 10% of the final grade

• Semester Course - 20% of the final grade
Do my grades on midterm exams
affect my eligibility for
extracurricular activities?

No.
Steps:
1. For a one credit class, write down each quarter, mid-term, and final
2. Transpose each grade to it numerical equivalent. (See chart
below>)
3. Multiply each quarter grade by two and each exam grade by one.
4. Add all the numbers together to get the total.
5. Divide the total by 10.
6. Look on the chart to translate the number back to a letter grade.
(See chart below.)

Numerical Equivalents                Translate to Letter Grade

A=4                                 3.5 – 4.0 = A
B=3                                 2.5 – 3.4 = B
C=2                                 1.5 – 2.4 = C
D=1                                 .75 – 1.4 = D
E=0                                 .00 - .74 = E
Steps:                  1st qtr      2nd qtr   Mid-Term        3rd qtr   4th qtr   Final Exam

Fill in Letter      B           A              B             C         B           B
Numerical         3           4              3             2          3          3
Equivalent
Multiply by     x2      x2         x1         x2        x2         x1
_________________________________________________________
6 +     8    +      3    +    4    +     6    +     3

Total =        30
Divide        Divide Total 30 by 10 = 3
(Divide by 5 for a semester course.)

The student needs a total of 8 quality points in order to get a passing
grade. They cannot pass for the year if they fail a total of 3
quarters or fail 3rd and 4th quarter.
Studying for Midterms

Some General Tips
EAGLES SOAR TUTORING PROGRAM:
Free Tutoring prior to midterms for all 9th Grade Centennial
students in all subjects this Saturday 1/5/13 sponsored by the Eagles
Soar tutoring club

What: - Free tutoring in all subjects

Where: Media Center

When: 9 am -12 am

Bring: Subject Books, notebooks, calculators
Are there strategies to help me
prepare for my midterms?
•   Eat a good breakfast!!!!
•   Get organized
•   Lots of Review
•   Exercise
•   Study, Drink Water,
– form study groups
1) Using your teacher’s review sheet as a guide,
organize your notes first. This process is a
method of reviewing as well. It will refresh
your memory as to what you’ve covered in the
class.
2) As you organize, note what you remember
well and what you don’t understand.
3) Then number your review sheet accordingly.
need to study first.
4) Now is the time to check with your teacher or
another reliable student in the class if you
don’t understand something. Don’t wait until
the night before! This can cause unnecessary
panic.
5) Study from old quizzes and tests.
6) Redo key homework assignments.
7) Teach someone else what you know!
Teaching a topic is one of the best ways to
evaluate how much you know.
Use multiple intelligences

•   Study aloud.
•   Study with a partner.
•   Write things down on note cards.
Divide material into small chunks
Study only 20 minutes at one sitting.
Take frequent breaks.
Study often- start tonight!

Cramming (studying a few hours before the test
or the night before) has been proven to be very
ineffective.
Honor Societies Tutor!!!
•   National HS
•   Math NHS
•   Science NHS
•   English NHS
•   History NHS
Mathematics Assessments
Laying the groundwork for success in your
mathematics classes.
What makes math different?
• Specific tools or aides are often needed
– Graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84)
– Compass & straightedge (Geometry)
• Practice is essential for skill mastery!
Who is assessed?
• All math courses
• Courses which have a higher
concentration of freshman students
Algebra
Geometry
Algebra II
After School Review Sessions
Course     Mon. Jan. 7   Tues. Jan. 8   Wed. Jan. 9

Algebra    Cashmark      Whalen/Grimm

Geometry                 Cashmark       Grimm

Fisher

Lee/Shepard

Alg. II                  Coe

B. Michael
What will midterms look like?
• Each assessment may include the following
types of questions:
– Multiple-Choice
(Selected Response, SR)
– Grid-In
(Student Produced Response, SPR)
– Brief Constructed Response (BCR)
– Extended Constructed
Response (ECR)
Possible Resources?
• Review packets will be obtained from your
teacher.
• Review previous quizzes, chapter/unit tests.
www.hcpss.org/math/essential.curriculum/essential.curriculum.html

• Daily National Math Honor Society Tutoring
Math Department Requests…
• Parents, take an active role in your child’s
learning.
• Materials, Materials, Materials!
– All students should have their own graphing calculator.
– Geometry students should own their own compass and
straightedge.
• Practice, Practice, Practice!
MID-TERM
for

UNITED STATES
HISTORY
COUNTYWIDE ASSESSMENT
• All ninth grade U.S. History students will
take this mid-year county assessment
ASSESSMENT DESIGNED
IN TWO PARTS
• Part I consists of 46 SR (Selected
Response/Multiple Choice questions.)
• Part II consists of one BCR (Brief
Constructed Responses)
STUDY GUIDES
• Each United States History teacher will
either give a review sheet to students or it
will be posted on their website.
• Students are expected to attend the
afterschool midterm review session if they
need additional help studying for midterm.

– Students should bring completed review
worksheets to afterschool review session.
REMEMBER
• “Knowledge is the key to success!”
• The next two slides are sample SR
questions.
1. The Homestead Act was important
in the growth of the West because it?
A. set aside reservations for Native
American Indians
B. created the Department of Agriculture to
aid farmers
C. encouraged settlement of the Great
Plains
D. provided land to build a canal system
2. During the 19th century, what was the major
reason that an increasing number of states
established public schools and passed
compulsory education laws?
A. Reformers argued that an educated, literate population
was necessary for a successful democracy.

B. The Supreme Court required the states to do so.

C. Most jobs required a high school diploma.

D. The United States had begun a massive program of
technical training to enhance its international economic
position.
English Midterm Fun!
Review sheets will be
distributed in class
• 10 % of the midterm consists of the HCPSS
generated second quarter assessment.
• 90% of the midterm consists of teacher-
generated, class specific questions.
Types of Questions
Types of Questions your child will see on the County
Assessment:
• Selected Response (multiple choice): based on reading
passages, grammar, and/or literary devices
• Constructed Response: a two-page essay in response to
a quotation and/or prompt.

Types of questions your child might see on the Teacher
Constructed Midterm:
• Selected Response (multiple choice:) based on reading
passages, vocabulary, grammar, and/or literary devices
• Constructed Response: an additional essay in response
to literature and/or topics learned in class.
What should students study?
• Novels and short stories
• Unit terms (character, point of view,
theme, autobiography, etc)
• SAT and College Readiness vocabulary
• Grammar
• Literary Devices
• Research Process (if already completed
in class)
How do I Study?
1) Do NOT re-read novels (skim through
each chapter familiarizing yourself with
events/characters).
2) Review worksheets, activities, handouts,
and questions related to the reading.
3) Test: Turn to a random page. (Do you
know what’s happening? Who are the
characters?)
How do I study?
Unit Terms
1) Teacher review sheets will specify which
units were covered and which terms need to
be reviewed.
2) Can you define and apply these terms?
3) Can you apply them to anything you are
How do I study?
1) Make flashcards.
2) Break into chunks; review words 20 at a
time.
3) Check individual teacher review sheets
for specifics on which words you need to
know.
How do I study?
Grammar and Literary Devices
1) Review handouts, class notes, review
activities, and/or your grammar book (if
2) For more practice or guidance visit
www.owl.purdue.edu or
www.chompchomp.com
Science Department Mid-term

Earth & Space
GT Biology
Study Materials
for Earth & Space Science

•   Midterm Review Packet
•   Previous Tests & Quizzes
•   Appropriate Chapters in the Textbook
•   Drawings, Warm-ups, & Drills
•   Lab Activities
•   End of chapter review questions
Format
 Earth and Space Science County Midterm
50-75 Selected Response
1 Constructed Response

 Exam covers all the science knowledge accumulated
since late August!

 Most questions are conceptual
Earth Space Study sessions
• Monday January 7th all 9th grade science
classes will have an after school review
session.
Study Materials
for Biology GT

•   Midterm Study Guide
•   Previous Tests & Quizzes
•   Appropriate Chapters in the Textbook
•   Drawings, Warm-ups, & Drills
•   Lab Activities
Format

Biology County Midterm
75 Selected Response
1 Constructed Response

Exam material covers all the science knowledge
accumulated since late August!
Review Sessions
• Saturday, Jan. 5: 9-12 in the media
center- bring study guide & materials

• Monday, Jan. 7th in room 502 (Pauller),
room 507 (Piluk), and room 505
and
Health
Study Materials
• Final Exam Study Guide
– Completed during class time and at home
• Review Classroom Assignments
– Class activities, folders, notes
– Fitness goal setting & writing
• Gymnasium Activities
– Fitness exam identification & analysis
Study Materials
for Health
• Final Exam Study Guide
– Completed during class time
• Review Classroom Assignments
– Warm Ups, Vocabulary Cards, Notes, Class Activities
Formats
Health County Final Assessment
75 multiple choice question (50 of which are
Howard County Course Assessment)

75 Selected Response
1 Constructed Response
Midterm exams
for

World Language
What will the exams cover?
• In short, everything studied this year,
focusing specifically on material covered in
Semester 1 (Marking Periods 1 and 2).
• Grammar, vocabulary and culture
– Stand-alone and integrated
How should I review?
• Each teacher will spend time in class with formal review.
• Make flashcards to review vocabulary / thematic concepts.
• Utilize all your old quizzes and notes. Organize, retake,
correct them.
• Practice online. Every text has practice activities online.
If you are missing vocabulary or grammar information, it
can usually be found online.
• It is important for you to ask as many questions as
necessary to be prepared at home to study!
What is it going to look like?
• Expect to be formally assessed on the exam
in reading, listening and writing; speaking
assessed separately
• Primarily objective format-- SCANTRON
forms
• All level one classes will have a county
created assessment
What is the FRENCH midterm
exam going to look like?
• A blend of the County Assessment with a
supplement developed by the instructor.
• Exam format -- SCANTRON
• Before exam day, the speaking and writing
portions of the exam will be administered.
• Lessons 1A – 10 will be covered on the
exam.
What is the GERMAN midterm
exam going to look like?
• A blend of the County Assessment with a
supplement developed by the instructor.
• Exam format -- SCANTRON
• Before exam day, the speaking and writing
portions of the exam will be administered.
• Chapters 1-4 will be covered on the exam.
What is the SPANISH midterm
exam going to look like?
• A blend of the County Assessment with a
supplement developed by the instructor.
• Exam format -- SCANTRON
• Before exam day, the speaking and writing
portions of the exam will be administered.
• Chapters 1-3B will be on the exam
Resources
•   http://studyspanish.com
•   http://www.flashcardexchange.com
•   http://www.conjuguemos.com
•   http://www.classzone.com/french.cfm
•   www.PHSchool.com (this is a spanish
textbook site)
The most important things to
remember…
• Attendance
• Daily practice both at home and in class
questions

• Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast
Any Questions?

NOW FOR COURSE
SCHEDULING FOR NEXT
YEAR…

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