Juniors

Class of 2019

Colorado SAT
April 10, 2018 – tentative
7:40 am
Johnson and Wales
Meet outside the Concert Hall at 7:40 am

Junior SAT Independent Study Class

Downloadable Copy of the 17-18 SAT class

Denver School of the Arts is committed to helping our students succeed in college readiness. As part of this process, the DSA administration is committed to assisting our students in achieving admission to the college of their choice. We are determined to help DSA juniors be prepared for success on their college entrance exams. These exams are designed to help colleges judge students’ potential to perform academically at the college level. Lack of preparation, or introduction to the style and types of questions these exams ask of student, often sets students at a disadvantage.

Part of this preparation is taking the SAT. As part of this help, all juniors are required to be part of an SAT course. This course will be worth 5 credits on the 2nd semester of their junior transcript. This is a pass/fail class. If the course is passed, a “P” will appear on the transcript. It will not impact a student’s GPA. If the course is failed, an “F” will appear on the transcript. This will compute on the transcript as a 5 credit F on a 4.0 scale – negatively impacting the student’s GPA. The class will be in 2nd semester IC under an “ALT” section. It will not be part of the daily 8 period schedule.

The Course Requirements

  • It is the student’s responsibility to check online at the “Counseling Department” website for class details. The class is listed on the top bar under “juniors”. The site will be updated as the assignments are added.
  • three assignments first semester
  • three assignments second semester
  • all assignments will be given a due date
  • Late assignments will not be accepted and cannot be excused by parents. No exceptions.
  • If a student is absent on the due date, for personal or school reasons, the assignment is due BEFORE the absence. Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the final day to turn in an assignment. Students may turn them in at anytime on or before the due date.
  • Students must complete 5 of 6 assignments to “pass” the class
  • One of the assignments can be waived with proof of payment and attendance of an SAT/ACT prep class or tutor. This must be complete before the Colorado SAT in April 2018. Kaplan classes – for example. A copy of the paid invoice given to Miss Odom is the proof of this assignment.
  • One of the assignments can be waived by taking a national ACT or SAT test before the April Colorado SAT test. The student is responsible for making sure that DSA receives scores for this test. This waiver may only be used once for this DSA class. Make sure DSA’s code is added to any ACT/SAT test you take throughout the year: 060443
  • Assignment #6 will be to attend 2 out of 10 ACT/SAT classes offered here at DSA from 3:05 pm – 4:05 pm. Class dates will be announced in the 2017 fall. These classes are taught by DSA teachers.
  • All assignments will be given to Assistant Principal Miranda Odom – who will log the completion into Infinite Campus.
  • Assignments will not be given out all at once. They will be given throughout the school year.
  • All communication about the class will be done through IC messenger. If the parent/student’s email address does not appear in Infinite Campus, he/she will not receive the assignment information. Both student and parent will see all communications. It is the junior’s responsibility to make sure his/her email is in IC in order to receive class communications. Juniors may also sign up for “Remind”.   When signed up, they will receive text message reminders of upcoming due dates.
  • All class information, due dates, etc is listed on the DSA website:
    1. DSA Homepage
    2. Students
    3. Counseling Center
    4. Juniors

Miss Odom’s room number is 106G

Possibilities for outside classes

DSA does not endorse of any these outside vendors.  This is simply a list of outside study agencies which former juniors have used over the years for an outside tutor or class.  You may select from one here or select one of your own liking.  In order to use an outside tutor/class as one of the required 5 assignments, the student must give Miss Odom a copy of the paid receipt before April 10, 2018.

1)  College Direction
College Direction has two courses beginning in September. They will meet for six weeks. For the schedule and registration, please go to the College Direction website at http://www.collegedirection.org.  Call Susie Watts at 303-692-1918 with any questions.

application for College Direction

2)  Mindfish
1320 Pearl St #108
Boulder, Colorado  80302
720-204-1041

3)  Full Passage
6021 South Syracuse Way, Suite 109
Greenwood Village, Colo  80111
www.fullpassage.com/test-prep

4)  Princeton Review
Apply online at princetonreview.com

5)  exllearning
www.exllearning.com
303-364-9581

6)  Arnita Barclay
tutor
arnita.b@gmail.com

If you have any other ideas for official outside agencies providing ACT/SAT prep, please email miranda_odom@dpsk12.org

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ASSIGNMENT #1
August 22, 2017 – October 13th, 2017 by 3 pm
Juniors may turn in the assignment any time before this date – but it is DUE by 3 pm on October 13th

Downloadable copy of Assignment #1

This is assignment #1 for your SAT class.  You have from August 22 – October 13 at 3 pm to complete the assignment.

Each junior must stop by Miss Odom’s office, sign for an SAT practice book and label his/her SAT practice book.  We have bought one book for every junior.

The Assignment
You will be doing some general reading as well as practice items.

Part 1
1)         Read Chapters 1 & 2        pages 3 – 27                        general overview of the SAT
2)         Read Chapter 5                pages 43 – 48                     overview of the reading test
3)         Read Chapter 15              pages 191 – 197                  overview of the math test

This is a general overview of the SAT. College Board will talk about the format of the test and explain how the test is scored.   Take notes. Highlight. You will come away with a good understanding of what to expect on test day. This part of the assignment should take you less than an hour.

Part 2
1)         Pages 257 – 290 (math)

This is a practice math test. Why math? The greatest majority of DSA students struggle more with the math portion of the SAT over the literacy portion. Therefore, we will start with math first. The answers are right underneath questions. Try to cover the answer so you don’t see it right away. The book will tell you why the other 3 answers were wrong. Do your figuring right in the book (you won’t have scratch paper for the SAT – so we want you to start practicing using the space at hand)

Due Date
To get credit for the assignment, your parent needs to sign pages 3 (beginning of the reading) and 257 (beginning of the math). Your parent is stating, by their signature, that you read the introduction and practiced the math sections at home/school.  You need to bring your SAT book to Miss Odom’s office and show her pages 3 and 257.  She will also have you sign that you showed her the book by the October 13th deadline. Your parent will then receive an email to confirm that Miss Odom received their signature on your SAT book.

It is our hope is that the more you expose yourself to the SAT content and practice, the better you’ll be on the actual test day.

All SATs books, with parent signature, must be shown to Miss Odom ON OR BEFORE 3 pm on October 13th.  Those turned in after this date and time will not be accepted for credit for the SAT class.

You will keep the book for your future assignments.

ASSIGNMENT #2
October 11, 2017

Downloadable Copy of Assignment #2

You will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. You will take the test at Johnson and Wales University.

  • Please meet outside the Schomp Theatre at DSA at 7:40 am
  • Please bring 3 #2 pencils with an eraser. Pencils will not be provided. Mechanical pencils are not allowed.
  • Bring a manual pencil sharpener as there is none at Johnson and Wales
  • Bring a watch (no beeping sounds) as there is not a clock in the testing room.
  • Calculators are not provided. Students must bring their own.
  • Social security number (optional).
    • Juniors who want to be considered for scholarship opportunities, please bring your social security number with you.
  • You may not have food or drink during testing.
  • You may not have a cell phone, ipad, ipod or any other electronic devise in testing. Please do not bring it with you.
  • Will we be done before noon.

We will see you Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:40 am outside the Schomp Theatre.

ASSIGNMENT #3
You have from Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Friday, December 15, 2016 at 3 pm to complete the assignment

Downloadable Copy of Assignment #3
Screenshot of what needs to be turned into Miss Odom

You will take a full length practice SAT test on Khan Academy.

I have “invited” you all into a Khan Academy class. It’s called DSA Class of 2019 Study Class: SAT. The class code is GJDXU347. I will be your “coach” for the class. I am able to monitor when you do your work.

**         If you have created a Khan Academy account – please skip to step 3.

  • Google Khan Academy
  • Create a user name/password
    1. You need to use your name for the username. If you put GolfGuy95, for example, I will have no idea who you are. Make sure to use your full name.
  • Sign in to Khan Academy
  • You will land in a dashboard which has: math by subject, math by grade, science, computing, etc. Look for and click on Test Prep/SAT
  • Click on B – take your first diagnostic quiz
  • It will take you to your dashboard. Where it says dashboard, it also says: dashboard, practice, tips/strategies, full tests, review. Click on Full Tests.
  • There are 8 full length practice tests. Take any one of the practice tests – you select
  • In order to receive credit for the assignment, you must reach a minimum of the 9th Grade SAT Benchmark scores:           
    • Reading and Writing – 410
    • Math – 450
  1. There are 4 sections in the test: 65 minutes, 35 minutes, 55 minutes and 50 minutes. Make sure you have 3 ½ hours before you begin.
  2. Even though you can take one test in a sitting (waiting to do the rest at a later date), please take the entire test at one time. This mimics the actual SAT.
  3. No food, no drink, no music, no TV, no phone. Make yourself do it in a “real” SAT environment. Sit in a quiet place and give yourself one 15 minute break after the “writing and language” section.
  4. Once you start a section, you can’t stop. Make sure you are ready to test.
  • In order to get credit for the assignment, you need to print out your score card and turn it into me. You can also screen shot it and then print it out. I have put an example screenshot on the junior website.  I do not need a parent’s signature.
  • If you do not have “Miranda Odom” as your “coach”, you need to add me.
    1. On the dashboard, look for “coaches”.
    2. To add a coach, enter the class code: GJDXU347 and click “join the class”

SAT Score Ranges/Readiness Ranges are as follows:

                                     Red                    Yellow                Green
Reading & Writing         200-450             460-470             480-800
Math                             200-500             510-520             530-800

In order to receive credit for the assignment, you must reach a minimum of the 9th Grade SAT Benchmark scores:

Reading and Writing – 410
Math – 450

I will see you on or before 3 pm on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Assignment #4
December 15 – February 4th at 3 pm

DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF ASSIGNMENT #4

You received your SAT practice book for Assignment #1.  Your assignment will be from the book.

  • At the back of the book, there are 8 full length practice tests.
  • You are to pick one of the tested subject areas: reading, writing and language, math – no calculator or math – calculator
    I SUGGEST SELECTING YOUR WEAKEST TESTED SUBJECT
  • In that area only, I want you to do the TIMED sections in the 1st 4 full length tests
  • Time yourself.  Don’t take extra time.  Do it in an SAT-like environment so you can practice.

Pick only ONE subject and do 4 practice tests:

Choice 1 – Reading                                              Choice 2 – Writing and Language 65 minutes each – do all four                             35 minutes each – do all four
Test 1 pages 298 – 312                                         Test 1 pages 314 – 328
Test 2 pages 416 – 430                                         Test 2 pages 432 – 445
Test 3 pages 528 – 541                                         Test 3 pages 542 – 557
Test 4 pages 640 – 653                                         Test 4 pages 654 – 667

Choice 3 – Math (no calculator)                         Choice 4 – Math (calculator)
25 minutes each – do all four                             55 minutes each – do all four
Test 1 pages 330 – 336                                         Test 1 pages 338 – 352
Test 2 pages 446 – 453                                         Test 2 pages 454 – 467
Test 3 pages 558 – 565                                         Test 3 pages 566 – 581
Test 4 pages 668 – 675                                         Test 4 pages 676 – 692

There are bubble sheets after each test. You can use these to answer & score your test.

When you are done, use the answer key provided at the end of each test and score yourself. Hopefully, you will see a steady increase in your score.

You can do all 4 tests in one sitting or one at a time – whatever works for you.  You can do them at home, school, whatever works for you.  Our advice is to do each test TIMED.  The more practice you have doing it TIMED, the better. 

To get credit for the assignment, your parent needs to sign the very back page of the SAT book. The page is blank. Your parent is stating, by their signature, that you took and scored these practice tests at home/school.  You need to bring your SAT book to Miss Odom’s office and show her the back page of the book.  She will also have you sign that you showed her the book by the February 4th at 3 pm deadline. Your parent will then receive an email to confirm that Miss Odom received their signature on your SAT book.

Try your best.  Our hope is that the more you expose yourself to the SAT content and practice, the better you’ll be on the actual test day.

All SATs books, with parent signature, must be shown to Miss Odom by 3 pm on February 4th.  Those turned in after this date and time will not be accepted for credit for the SAT class.

Assignment #5
Dates TBD

DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF ASSIGNMENT #5

Assignment #6
Dates TBD

DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF ASSIGNMENT #6