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Guidance Updates

Hi All,

We know you've all had lots of questions about things guidance/school counseling related so we compiled all of the information we have at the moment. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school counselor. School Counseling Updates Course Registration -  This is on hold until we determine whether we will be returning to school in May. Information will be sent out once we know what is happening. Local Scholarships - Seniors - if you are applying to a local scholarship (remember - they are all at listed on Going Merry ) that requires you to get a hard copy from the guidance office, please email and she will mail it to you at home. MEA and SAT Testing (from the Maine  Department of Education website) - With guidance from CDC, Governor and DOE Commissioner the DOE is taking one assessment at a time chronologically:

  • eMPowerME (3/16-4/10) suspended indefinitely

  • MSAA (3/16-5/1) suspended indefinitely

  • High School Science (3/30-4/10) to be determined

  • Science Alternate SAA (4/6-5/22) to be determined

  • SAT (4/14) Maine DOE is in constant communication with Cognia & College Board regarding this administration, as of yet to be determined

  • Grades 5 & 8 Science (4/27-5/8) to be determined

AP Exams  (from the College Board website) - Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3. For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • We’re developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.

  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.

  • You’ll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.

  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

  • We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly  to let us know.

The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software. Free AP Review Classes Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.

  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.

  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.

To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule below. We’ll be adding more courses soon. Download the daily schedule for 32 courses (.pdf/151 KB). -- Sincerely, Nancy Simard Director of School Counseling Noble High School 388 Somersworth Road North Berwick, Maine 03906 207-676-2665

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