SAT prep videos airing on channel 99

May 21, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |

Washington County Public Schools is offering SAT prep videos on Antietam Cable’s channel 99, Assistant Superintendent Donna Hanlin said.

During a briefing to the school board May 15 about the Class of 2012’s status regarding SATs and the High School Assessment graduation requirement, Hanlin talked about the new videos and showed the board a video clip.

The SAT prep videos are short segments to help students develop test-taking strategies. Students who sign up to take the SAT are provided a study guide and informed about the videos on cable TV, Hanlin said.

Teachers and Washington County Technical High School students made the videos, Hanlin said.

The videos began airing the week of May 14, according to an email from school system spokesman Will Kauffman.

The schedule is:

  • Critical reading at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Writing at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Math at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Hanlin also provided an update on the college coaching program in which parents and students can meet with a guidance counselor during school or in the evenings.

Letters are sent home with juniors and seniors that inform parents and students they can schedule meetings with a counselor to discuss the student’s postsecondary goals, said Clyde Harrell, director for curriculum and instruction. The letters also include other resources for families. In some instances, counselors initiate the one-on-one meetings, Harrell said.

The coaching program started last fall with seniors, Harrell said Friday. Juniors are targeted during the spring semester.

So far this school year, there have been 190 coaching sessions during the school day and 47 in the evening, according to Hanlin’s report.

School board member Donna Brightman asked if the school system was sending students’ transcripts electronically yet.

School system spokesman Richard Wright said Friday that electronic transcripts are not yet available, but the school system is working on making them available through a new student information system.

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