Although April is still a few weeks away, I wanted to take a minute to share information about our upcoming state testing. The purpose of state testing is to measure students’ college and career readiness. In addition, our sophomores and freshmen also need to earn certain scores on the SAT as part of the new graduation requirements. To help our students earn these scores during their junior year, it is critical that they have two years of practice! 9th graders will take the PSAT on Tuesday, April 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT on Wednesday, April 10th. Our 11th grade students will take the SAT on Tuesday, April 9th and the Science CMAS Test on Wednesday, April 10th.
Although our students are much more than a test score, college entrance exam scores like the PSAT and SAT impact students’ future opportunities. As such, we ask the entire THS community to encourage and support one another in regards to testing and putting forth our collective best efforts.
To ensure a positive, supportive test environment during our different assessments, only the students testing will be required to attend school on that day.
We have emailed testing information to all parents and will also mail home a letter with specific testing information. In addition, information will be posted on our website and the Thornton High School Facebook page. Finally, we will use our auto-dialer system to remind everyone about upcoming assessment schedules. Thank you for your flexibility during testing!
In addition to supporting teaching, learning, and state testing, we also have a number of different construction projects taking place. Currently we have the following construction projects underway: repairs to a few of the retaining walls; adding turf to our soccer practice field; replacing the treads on our interior staircases; and the construction of a temporary kitchen area. We anticipate construction starting on our tennis courts and the sewer line in the upcoming weeks.
Upon our return from spring break, our current kitchen will be shut-down for construction and renovation purposes. Students will be served from our temporary kitchen area (also known as Little DECA) and they will be able to eat in the Royal Gorge. Students will only be able to enter the Royal Gorge from the main doors in the 200s hallway. To ensure the safety of our students, students will be asked to travel to and from the field house area to the main building using the exterior ramp and staircase as opposed to traveling through the interior hallway behind the kitchen. The hallway doors behind the kitchen (often referred to as the mousetrap) will be locked on both sides to ensure students cannot enter the construction zone. In the case of inclement weather, we will develop alternate plans and make announcements for students. We know this is less than ideal and we appreciate your support with construction.
As you can see, we are in for a busy spring