- TPSS Advanced College & Career Magnet Center is Open! - AUG 2023
- Caring for Your Chromebook - JUL 2023
- Science Experiments You Can Try At Home - JUN 2023
- Jump Start TPSS - MAY 2023
- Everything You Need to Know About the TPSS Virtual Learning Option - APR 2023
- College & Career Magnet Center TPSS Press Release - MAR 2023
- How To Practice Social-Emotional Learning At Home - FEB 2023
- Let’s Get Loud About Reading Aloud - JAN 2023
- 5 Study Tips to Help you Ace the ACT - DEC 2022
- STAR Academy: A New, Future-Focused Curriculum TPSS Adapts for the Future - OCT 2022
TPSS Advanced College & Career Magnet Center is Open!
The Advanced College & Career Magnet Center is a state-of-the-art resource that provides the opportunity for TPSS high school students throughout the parish to receive hands-on career education and training that may not be as readily available at their home campus. Current program offerings with the Advanced College & Career Magnet Center are open to 11th- and 12th-grade students in TOPS University, TOPS Tech, and Jump Start pathways.
The Academy of Advanced Studies includes students who intend to pursue a career in education, as well as those who wish to participate in dual enrollment or Advanced Placement courses in other subject areas.
The Academy of Information Technology offers courses for students interested in Computer Sciences, Video Game Development, Forensics, and other IT careers.
Students can explore careers in Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Patient Care Technician, and other healthcare fields within the Academy of Health Sciences.
The center is located on the former Independence Middle School campus, which has been updated and remodeled to include designed workspaces and specialized equipment that allow students to receive interactive instruction specific to their field of interest and earn valuable industry credentials while still in high school. Students at the Advanced College & Career Magnet Center have access to the same specialized equipment and tools that universities, technical colleges, and working professionals utilize in their own career development and practical experience. As the facility expands, Tangipahoa Parish School System also plans to implement additional programs and areas of focus, such as construction and manufacturing, automotive repair, hospitality and tourism, and culinary arts.
TPSS buses transport Advanced College & Career Magnet Center students from their home campus to attend class, and return them in the afternoons. While enrollment for the fall semester is no longer open, students who are interested in classes that will be offered in early 2024 may have opportunities to register for the second half of the academic year.
The Advanced College & Career Magnet Center’s official ribbon cutting is slated for Thursday, September 7th. Learn more about career and college prep opportunities for TPSS students and stay informed about exciting new program developments by following the Advanced College & Career Magnet Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TPSScollegeandcareer/.
For more information, visit us online at www.tangischools.org/academics/collegeandcareer.
How to Take Care of Your Chromebook
In order to increase the lifespan of your school Chromebook and ensure that it keeps working properly, it’s important to take good care of it. In this post, we’ll go over some basic steps to keep your Chromebook clean and in good, working condition.
Chromebook Care Tips:
When using your Chromebook, it’s important to keep it protected from getting dirty or damaged. By following these basic tips, you can make sure that your Chromebook stays in the best condition and is always ready whenever you need it.
#1 Keep it on a flat surface
By keeping your Chromebook off of the floor and on a flat surface like a table or desk, you can lessen the risk of it getting knocked over, stepped on, or dropped on the floor.
#2 Don’t pile things on top
Your Chromebook wasn’t designed to support heavy weight. To prevent the screen or spine from getting damaged, try not to place anything too heavy on top of your Chromebook.
#3 Keep the keyboard clean and clear
Avoid leaving anything on your keyboard while using your Chromebook. If you close your Chromebook with small items on the keyboard, like pencils or paperclips, there’s a risk of the screen getting scratched or cracked.
#4 Keep food and drinks away
Remember to put your Chromebook away whenever you take a break to eat a snack or have a drink. Crumbs and accidental spills can get in between the keys of your keyboard, which can affect your Chromebook’s performance and increase the risk of additional damage over time.
#5 Be careful how you carry it
Try to carry your Chromebook with two hands at all times. If your Chromebook is dropped too many times or falls more than a few inches, there’s a good chance it will get damaged, stop working properly, or stop turning on.
#6 Keep it charged
Done using your Chromebook for the day? Remember to plug it in! Keeping your Chromebook’s battery fully charged whenever you’re not using it will make sure that it’s always ready for the next time you need it.
#7 Tell your teacher if it breaks
While these tips will help you keep your Chromebook in good condition, accidents can still happen. If your Chromebook does get damaged, stops working, or isn’t working the way it should, tell your teacher as soon as possible! A TPSS teacher or staff member can help you determine whether your Chromebook can be fixed or if you’ll need a replacement.
#8 Remember that your Chromebook is your responsibility
Remember, it’s each student’s responsibility to follow guidelines for keeping Chromebooks clean and in good condition. Students are also responsible for anything they view or click while using a school Chromebook, so remember to stay on approved sites, keep your password private, and log off when you’re done.
#9 Take Care of your Chromebook Cables
Students are also required to use Chromebook charging cables properly. Whenever your Chromebook isn’t charging, be sure to store the charging cables in a dry, safe place. Using the velcro strips attached to the cables to keep them neatly securely rolled will help them stay free of knots and protect them from wear and tear.
Updating Your Chrome Browser
Your school Chromebook will receive regular updates to maintain its performance. If your Chromebook starts having any issues connecting to a website, OnCourse, or Google tools, then it’s likely that your Chromebook needs to be updated. Keeping your Chromebook up to date will help reduce performance-related issues.
How to update your Chromebook:
Log in with your TPSS school account.
Click the bottom right icon with the time, battery life, and WiFi connection.
Click the gear icon at the top right of the panel.
In the Settings, click the link at the bottom left that says “About Chrome OS”.
Click the button labeled “Check for Updates”, and your Chromebook will either start updating or display a message indicating that it’s already up to date.
If your Chromebook starts updating, do not turn it off. Once the update finishes downloading, your Chromebook will show a “Restart Computer” button. Click “Restart Computer” and allow the computer to restart before further use.
Resetting Your Chromebook’s Hardware
Some Chromebook-related problems might require you to reset your Chromebook’s hardware, also known as a “hard reset.”
Before performing a hard reset, make sure your Chromebook is up to date and is fully charged to see if that fixes the issue. Only perform a hard reset if other solutions have failed. A hard reset will restart your Chromebook’s hardware (like your keyboard and touchpad) and might delete some files in your Downloads folder.
How to Hard Reset Your Chromebook:
For most Chromebooks, follow these steps:
Turn off your Chromebook.
Press and hold the “Refresh” key and tap the “Power” button.
When your Chromebook starts up, release the “Refresh” key.
Option 2 for Hard Reset:
Turn off your Chromebook completely.
Hold down the “Refresh” key, then press and hold the “Power” button.
Hold both buttons down for 10 seconds.
Release the “Refresh” key followed by the “Power” button. Your Chromebook should restart. If it doesn’t, press the “Power” button again.Clearing Cache for Google Chrome Browser
You may need to clear your browser’s cache if websites aren’t running properly on your Chromebook.
How to Clear Cache for Google Chrome Browser:
In Google Chrome, click on the “More” menu (3 stacked dots) in the top right corner.
Scroll down to the bottom of settings and choose “Advanced”.
Under the Privacy and Security section, select “Clear Browsing Data”.
Make sure that there is a check placed in front of “Cached Images & Files”. Click “Clear Data”.
Using “Split Screen” on your Chromebook allows you to work on a task with two windows open at the same time, instead of going back and forth between tabs in the same window.
How to Use Split Screen on Chromebook:
Open your tasks in separate windows. If your tasks are open in separate tabs, right click on one of the tabs and select “Move Tab to New Window”.
Click on one window and use the keyboard shortcut ALT + [
Click on the other window and use the keyboard shortcut ALT + ]
After you’ve split your screen between the two windows, you can adjust the size of each window by hovering your cursor over the dividing line between the two screens.
How to Install the “Read&Write” Extension
Follow these steps to install Read&Write:
Click on this link to open Tangischools browser: www.tangischools.org
Click on this link: Chrome Web Store
The Google Chrome Web Store will open.
On the left hand side, in the gray area, click Tangischools.org
Click the purple Read&Write icon for Google Chrome.
Click “Add Extensions”.
Read&Write is now installed!
Once the extension is installed, you can access it from the Chrome browser toolbar. Click to open the Read&Write toolbar. To have text read aloud, use the “Play” button on the toolbar.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN TRY AT HOME
Science doesn’t just take place in the lab. Science is everywhere! Here are 4 simple experiments for your family to try at home using materials you probably already have lying around!
WATCH THE WATER CYCLE IN A BAG
Ever notice how water droplets collect on the lid when you boil a pot of water?
That’s a bite-sized example of the water cycle in action! The water cycle describes the cyclical movement of water between the Earth and the atmosphere. Our planet’s water is warmed by the sun, causing it to evaporate into vapor (the steam in your boiling pot). Once this vapor reaches the atmosphere, it condenses into clouds before falling back to earth in the form of precipitation—usually as rain or snow.
This process can be recreated on a much smaller scale with a plastic bag, making it a great experiment for families to try at home.
What you need to get started:
A gallon-sized plastic bag
Blue food coloring (optional)
Packing or duct tape
A sunny place to put the bag
Here’s what to do:
Illustrate the water cycle on the outside of the bag with your marker.
Fill the bag with about 2 inches of water.
(Optional) Add blue food coloring to the water. This helps make changes easier to see!
Completely seal the bag, but make sure there’s some air left in it.
Tape your bag to a window with direct sunlight. Place the tape along the very top of the bag.
Give the water time to warm.
Watch as the water at the bottom of the bag evaporates, increasing the bag’s internal humidity. Then, see how the humidity collects at the top of the bag before precipitating as drops of water back to the bottom.
USE THE POWER OF SCIENCE TO SEPARATE SALT FROM PEPPER
We’ve all been there. You’re taking out a load of laundry. You reach to turn the doorknob, and suddenly—ZAP!—you’re surprised by a jolt of static electricity. But what is static electricity, and how does it work?
All materials are made of atoms. Atoms contain even tinier particles called electrons, which carry a negative electric charge. Sometimes, atoms will borrow or steal electrons from nearby surfaces and gain a negative charge. Whether something develops a positive or negative charge depends on the two materials in contact and how much they want to take electrons from each other.
This experiment is a great way to observe the effects of static electricity. Hold your charged comb over your salt and pepper dish to watch as pepper pieces bounce out of your dish!
What you need to get started:
A shallow bowl or dish
A plastic comb
Here’s what to do:
Combine salt and pepper in a small dish. Stir both together.
Run the comb through your hair a few times to build up a charge. (This works best with dry hair.)
Hold the statically charged comb over the dish, and the comb will attract the pepper, causing it to jump up out of the dish.
Note: If you’re not seeing good results, try again on a drier day. Our natural humidity in South Louisiana significantly reduces the effects of static electricity. This is because humid air is naturally more conductive than dry air!
REMOVE THE SHELL FROM AN EGG WITH A CHEMICAL REACTION
The shell of a chicken egg is made mostly of calcium carbonate. Vinegar, on the other hand, is a solution composed of acetic acid and water.
By soaking an egg shell in vinegar, acetic acid will cause the egg’s shell to dissolve—but not its contents! After the egg’s shell has dissolved, the egg inside will remain intact because of the two very delicate membranes inside the shell.
What you need to get started:
A glass jar (big enough to submerge the egg)
Here’s what to do:
Fill a glass jar with vinegar.
Add an egg, ensuring that the vinegar covers it completely.
Let the egg sit for about two days. After 12 hours, bubbles and foam will form around the egg and at the top of the jar. This is a sign of a chemical reaction! Calcium carbonate and acetic acid are forming carbon dioxide, which is why bubbles appear throughout the mixture.
Carefully remove the egg from the vinegar and rinse it off.
Observe the shell-less egg. Try shaking it gently. You’ll notice the yolk of the egg bobbing around inside.
You can take the experiment a step further by submerging the shell-less egg in a glass of water. Since an egg is mostly made of water, water will move through the egg’s membrane, by osmosis, to equalize the concentration of water inside and outside of the egg. Watch how much it grows!
MAKE ART WITH SURFACE TENSION
If you look closely at a glass of water, you'll notice that the water forms a kind of uniform “skin” over its surface. This effect is called surface tension.
This thin, stretchy layer is made up of tiny, invisible molecules that are all stuck together. Billions of these molecules make up a glass of water, but as the particles cling together, they create surface tension where they meet the air.
Surface tension is how pond skaters (the little insects) are able to bounce across the tops of puddles without sinking! You can also see surface tension in action when water droplets form on a smooth surface, like a freshly waxed car. In this experiment, the water’s surface tension keeps paint from sinking.
What you need to get started:
Water-based paints or quick drying nail polish
Coffee stirrer straws
Here’s what to do:
Don’t make a mess! Cover your work surface with old newspapers or paper towels.
Place a small amount of dish soap in a separate container.
Pour enough water onto your plate to completely cover the bottom.
Dip your straws into different paint colors and then gently touch them to the surface of the water.
Use a toothpick dipped in soap to poke your paint blobs. Watch what happens! The colors will begin to swirl and form fun patterns.
Once you’re satisfied with your art piece, take a sheet of paper large enough to cover the surface of the water and set it gently atop the plate. Let it soak for 5-10 seconds, then carefully lift it off. Use a paper towel to pat the surface of the paper dry.
Jump Start TPSS
Tangipahoa Parish Students Gain Valuable Skills Through Jump Start Summer Program
TPSS’s innovative program empowers high school students to explore careers, acquire skills, and earn money during summer break
Hammond, LA — Jump Start, a comprehensive career and technical education (CTE) program implemented statewide, equips students with essential skills to thrive in their lives beyond high school. The program's primary objective is helping students obtain industry certifications that provide a competitive edge as they enter the workforce.
Jump Start enrollment is open to all TPSS high school students. Last year, the Tangipahoa Parish School System enrolled 159 students in its Jump Start program. This year, however, the school system hopes to fill all 443 slots.
Upon successful completion of their chosen summer class, students enjoy three valuable rewards. Firstly, they earn an industry-recognized credential, validating their proficiency in a specific field. Secondly, they receive a Carnegie unit (or ½ unit), which counts as credit toward both TOPS Tech Career diplomas AND TOPS University diplomas depending on the student’s chosen graduation track. Lastly, students are eligible for a $10 per hour stipend for their class participation during the program.
Due to its emphasis on experiential and collaborative learning, Jump Start enables students to delve deeper into their interests beyond the limitations of the regular school curriculum. When asked about his experience with the program, Ponchatoula High School student Josh Ho replied, “It helped me explore and push my creativity to new levels.” He continued, stating, “The program opened my eyes to countless job opportunities that I never knew existed.”
For the month of June, the Tangipahoa Parish School System is offering 2- to 4-week courses in automotive, welding, electrical, nursing, emergency response, pharmacy tech, coding and computer technology, and even drone piloting. These are either half-day or full-day classes, and transportation to certain locations will be provided based on availability.
For more information about the program, visit https://www.tangischools.org/academics/jumpstartsummer.
Everything you Need to Know about the TPSS Virtual Learning Option
When we picture a “regular” school day, a few visuals come to mind: waking up early, catching the bus, listening for the bell, speed-walking between classes, catching up with friends in the halls, and of course, spending most of the day at a desk.
The traditional classroom environment isn’t for everyone — because education isn’t one-size-fits-all. What works for some students might not necessarily be the best fit for your student.
If your child struggles in the classroom, online instruction through the TPSS Virtual Learning Option may be just what it takes for them to thrive.
Introduction to the VLO
This flexible and tuition-free program is available to all Tangipahoa Parish public school students from grades K-12.
The VLO provides high-quality education with all the tools necessary to succeed — including a school laptop to use at home. Plus, VLO students can still participate in all their favorite programs, including arts, sports, and select TOPS Tech and dual enrollment classes.
As opposed to in-person classes, virtual school takes place in the comfort — and familiarity — of your own home.
With one-on-one attention and the support from teachers entirely dedicated to online education, virtual students can enjoy learning in an environment that nurtures their learning abilities, helps them develop foundational social emotional learning skills, and accommodates their unique needs.
VLO students also enjoy:
Class schedules that suit their schedules
Teachers who specialize in virtual instruction
Reduced stress — no more rushing around to get between school, work, and afterschool activities
More time for extracurriculars, interests, and hobbies
More personalized learning through self-paced coursework
A Day in the Life of VLO Students
Wondering what a virtual school day looks like? Because virtual students aren’t tied to a strict bell schedule, online learning gives them flexibility to choose the routine that best fits their learning preferences and productivity patterns!
Students generally will spend 2.5 to 3 hours a day in live, interactive sessions with teachers and classmates and 3.5 to 4 hours a day completing self-paced activities. In addition, all live lessons are recorded for viewing at a later time.
Here’s an example of what a student's schedule might look like:
7:45 AM:: Start the day with homeroom check in
8:00-11:00 AM: Live, interactive lessons with the teacher
12:00 PM: Lunch
11 AM - 2 PM: Complete assigned classwork to stay on track; Meet with an instructor to set goals, discuss progress, receive help, or ask questions
After 2 PM: Students can choose to dive even deeper into learning exercises or focus on those extracurriculars and interests they love
Go Virtual with TPSS
Time is running out to register for the TPSS Virtual Learning Option! The 2023-2024 school year Fall Semester registration deadline is June 1, 2023.
If you think your child would benefit from online education, or if you’d like to learn more about the VLO, visit the link below to get in touch.
Apply Now | https://www.tangischools.org/academics/virtual-learning-option]
Registration for TPSS’ Advanced College and Career Magnet Center Now Open
New Independence, LA campus will offer courses and certifications that will help prepare students for successful transitions into their future careers.
Hammond, LA — After more than a decade of meticulous planning, renovations are currently underway for the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s long-awaited Advanced College and Career Magnet Center in Independence, LA. Located at 300 West 2nd Street, this new campus will provide TPSS juniors and seniors with increased access to Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses, as well as opportunities to attain basic and advanced credentials for career readiness.
The Center’s first classes will begin Fall semester of 2023, ushering in the 2023-24 school year. Currently, there are 3 Academies of study housed within the center: the Academy of Advanced Studies, offering Dual Enrollment courses and a Pre-Educator Pathway; the Academy of Information Technology, offering courses and certifications in Programming and Computer Science; and the Academy of Health Sciences, offering pathways and certifications for students pursuing careers as Medical Assistants, EMTs, Pharmacy Techs, LPNs, and related health fields. Several more Academies are planned for the Center’s future, including an Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, an Academy of Advanced Manufacturing and Construction, and an Academy of Transportation.
“It’s a highly ambitious plan, one that we see taking our students to the next level,” stated Melissa Stilley, School Superintendent. “Through this program, we will be able to expand in-person opportunities for students from throughout Tangipahoa Parish at one centralized location where every student will have access."
Students entering their Junior or Senior years of high school have until March 24th, 2023 to apply for enrollment at the new Advanced College and Career Magnet Center. Admitted students will attend every other day, with classes lasting from 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM. Students return to their respective schools for lunch. Those enrolled can either drive themselves to and from the Center or utilize transportation provided by TPSS. Students and families who are interested in enrolling can visit https://www.tangischools.org/academics/collegeandcareer for more information.
Tangipahoa Parish School System hopes to continue to provide resources that better serve its diverse population, allowing all students opportunities to reach brighter, more equitable futures.
Tangipahoa Parish School System’s mission is to provide every student with a high-quality education and a pathway to success. Our vision includes synthesizing a partnership between families and the community to build a safe and collaborative environment where each student will be career ready. For more information, visit https://www.tangischools.org/.
How to Practice Social-Emotional Learning at Home
Social-Emotional Learning, or SEL, is an important part of child development. This type of learning encompasses the process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to build and maintain relationships, adapt, understand emotions, and make responsible decisions.
SEL is based on 5 building blocks:
3. Responsible decision-making
4. Social awareness
5. Relationship skills
By helping your child develop these skills, you are providing them with the foundation they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Here are a few ways to encourage Social-Emotional Learning at home:
Make schedules and to-do lists
Time management skills help children develop self-awareness, self-management, and give them the tools they need to make responsible decisions — three of the SEL core competencies.
One idea for helping your child manage their time is to help them create organized to-do lists. Encourage your child to break down large tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and teach them to prioritize their activities based on importance. Through doing so, your student will learn how to set achievable goals without feeling overwhelmed.
Another way to promote decision-making skills is to help your child come up with strategies for tackling their next big project. Whether they want to pick up a new sport, ace a spelling test, teach the family dog a trick, or learn an instrument, encourage your child to think about the steps required to reach that goal. Brainstorm potential obstacles and develop plans for overcoming them.
Perform random acts of kindness
Social and relationship skills start with extending basic courtesy to others. When children engage in acts of kindness, they are able to develop empathy and compassion, which are essential communication skills.
Throughout the day, have your child look for ways to help others. Maybe that means holding the door open for strangers, complimenting a friend's new shirt, saying "thank you", or inviting someone new to play at recess.
Play games together
For a fun and enjoyable Social-Emotional Learning activity, bring your household together for a family game night!
During game night, children can learn to cooperate with others — an essential skill for developing positive relationships. Multiplayer games also teach children to take turns and work as a team. As you play, your child will encounter problems and learn to solve them using critical thinking skills. By empowering your child as a problem-solver, they will gain the confidence they need to seek solutions to their real-world problems.
Game night also provides children with an opportunity to observe and learn from the behavior of others, including how others react to winning and losing. Through these experiences, children develop empathy and gain a better understanding of others’ emotions.
Volunteer or donate
As children volunteer, they are able to see the positive impact they can have on their community and the world around them. Pick a cause you care about — such as an animal shelter, your church, or a local library — and make it into a family volunteering day.
This will teach your child about the importance of helping others, even when it might mean getting nothing in return. Volunteering can expose children to new perspectives, which will help them develop a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Consume media with empathy
Another way to foster SEL at home is to make an effort to talk about emotions and how they affect us. Next time you watch a TV show or movie with your child, pay attention to emotional moments and use them as opportunities to start a conversation.
Encourage your child to reflect on the characters' emotions. Ask questions like "What do you think the main character is feeling right now?" or "How would you feel if you were in their situation?" As you discuss emotions, you can also model healthy coping strategies for your child. For example, if a character is shown feeling angry or frustrated, you could mention different ways to deal with those emotions — such as taking deep breaths or talking to someone about their feelings.
By engaging in these important conversations and modeling healthy behaviors, you can help your child develop the skills they need to manage their emotions in a positive and productive way.
Let's Get Loud about Reading Aloud
You probably read out loud more than you think.
For many of us, reading out funny emails, memes, or news articles to family members and coworkers is a near-daily ritual. Others will read prayers and blessings for their spiritual practices. Writers will recite their drafts to perfect rhythm and sniff out errors. At some point or another, most of us will read aloud to make sense of recipes, complicated contracts, and instruction manuals.
Why do we read out loud? Our brains are just much better adapted to parsing and remembering spoken language than written language. For this reason, it’s very likely that you remember more song lyrics and movie quotes than book or magazine quotes. Reading aloud consistently improves retention of words and texts compared to reading silently. It also has profound effects on our memory, our cognition, our comprehension, and our self-confidence when communicating.
Benefits of Reading Out Loud with Children
The memory-boosting effect of reading out loud is particularly strong in children. Next time you read with your child, take turns reading aloud.
If he or she stumbles over certain words, gently offer guidance on their correct pronunciation. Mistakes are how we learn!
Occasionally, you may come across an archaic or rare word that neither of you will be familiar with. There's nothing wrong with admitting you don't know something; learning together is a great opportunity for bonding. Visit a free online dictionary such as Merriam-Webster or Dictionary.com to hear the word pronounced out loud. Take turns repeating these words and try incorporating them into your daily conversations.
Improves vocabulary and memory
Increases attention span
Builds connections between spoken and written words
Helps with stutters and speech impediments
Encourages children to become comfortable with using their voices
Helps children understand the structure and rhythm of language
Creative Ways to Incorporate More Out-Loud Reading into Your Daily Routine
Everyone’s heard the parenting adage “read for 20 minutes every day”. While making time to practice reading skills is very important, we understand that not everyone has the time to sit down and read a book.
When you're on the go, reading out loud is easy!
Go for a walk around downtown and read historic plaques together.
Sing at-home karaoke together.
Read dialogue boxes in video games.
Read a recipe or ingredient labels while cooking dinner.
Take turns reading through the instruction manual before playing a board game.
Read billboards, street signs, car decals, and text on trucks.
Visit a museum and read its plaques and posters.
Read a newspaper or magazine.
5 Study Tips to Help You Ace the ACT!
Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school students across the nation take the ACT, an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities for their admissions and scholarship decisions.
Are you one of the many TPSS students who will soon attempt this important test? No matter if it's your first time around or if you’re a testing veteran, here are 5 tips to help you achieve your best score yet!
1. Get familiar with the test.
All students should plan to take the ACT at least twice. Let your first attempt be your “trial run” and use your scores to identify the areas that you struggle with the most. You’ll be able to use these insights to focus your area of study while gaining an understanding of the topics, structure, and types of materials that are typically on the test. Another great way to familiarize yourself with the test's content is to take online practice tests. Be sure to ask your school’s guidance counselor about recommended resources.
2. Review questions first, then skim the reading materials.
Many students struggle with the Science and Reading portions of the ACT, as these sections are structured around a variety of supplemental materials and sources. Close reading these documents can be a huge time sink. Not only that, but a good portion of the presented information is designed to mislead unaware test-takers. That said, before you read any supplemental documents, you should first review the questions associated with the section. Make sure you understand what each question asks for by underlining what they want you to answer. Then, skim through the documents and identify matching words and phrases.
3. Stuck on a question? Don’t waste time — fill in your best guess and move on!
While you may feel like the answer to a question is just on the tip of your tongue, it’s important not to waste too much time on any one question. It’s better for your final score to finish each entire test section than to leave any answer bubbles blank. As you move through the test, circle questions you’re unsure of to come back to later. Bubble in your “guess answer” on your answer sheet. If you’ve got some time left after reaching the end of the section, you can always return to those skipped questions.
Remember: Designate one “guess answer” (such as “B” or “C”) and stick to it for the whole test. Keeping a consistent guess answer has been correlated to higher overall ACT scores!
Star Academy: A New, Future-Focused Curriculum Tangipahoa Parish School System Adapts for the Future
Primary and secondary education systems all across the nation are undergoing significant changes.
Over the past two years, Tangipahoa Parish School System has faced plenty of our own obstacles: the Covid-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ida, and overcoming the challenges associated with distance learning.
Despite these uncertain times, TPSS continues to work diligently towards pioneering new, innovative, future-proof methods for boosting student engagement, performance, and satisfaction.
Introducing Star Academy
We know we can’t solve new challenges with old solutions. That’s where Star Academy comes in.
Developed by NOLA Education, an education-innovation organization, Star Academy is a curriculum specially designed by industry-leading educators and researchers. TPSS is one of just three flagship programs in Louisiana!
Best described as a “school-within-a-school,” this new curriculum takes a holistic approach to education, offering personalized support to these at-risk students.
Due to increasing numbers of students considered at-risk, Star Academy will serve to lend a gentle helping hand to those who have fallen behind. The program, housed within 5 pre-existing TPSS classrooms, is engineered by experts to establish an environment where students feel empowered to learn and thrive.
Consisting of re-envisioned work spaces, strategically selected furniture, flexible classroom seating, and design that promotes collaboration, Star Academy challenges the traditional understanding of classroom education.
Star Academy Breaks the Mold
Star Academy revolves around STEM-focused learning. Through this tech-centric framework, students who are falling behind have the opportunity to strengthen their academics and compete with peers in their grade levels. Star Academy also promotes a strong social-emotional learning foundation, improving students’ interpersonal and communication skills.
Currently offered only at Amite Westside Middle School and Greenville Park Leadership Academy, TPSS plans to expand enrollment over the course of this school year. All 7th- and 8th-graders currently attending Tangipahoa Parish public schools, regardless of their school zone, will be considered for admittance to Star Academy programming.
We hope to continue to provide resources that better serve our at-risk population, giving all of our students an opportunity to reach brighter, more equitable futures.