As students return from Thanksgiving Break their focus should be turning to the end of the first semester and that means semester exams are just around the corner. Please mark these dates on your calendar: Wednesday and Thursday, December 19 and 20. High school students will be taking semester exams on those two days so attendance, always important, is particularly critical on those two days. The high school will be following a block schedule for semester tests as we have done the past few years. That means class periods will be twice as long as usual. On Wednesday, December 19 periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 will meet for blocks of 85 minutes for semester exams. On Thursday, December 20 periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 will meet for exams. Semester exams represent 20% of the semester grade for a class so they are of considerable importance. Typically these exams are cumulative in nature, meaning they test students over information and skills acquired over the course of the entire first semester. They are the student's final opportunity to demonstrate to their teachers what they know and are able to do. Semester exams also give students a taste of what postsecondary education will be like. We hope that the experience of preparing for and taking semester exams in high school will prepare students for the sometimes stressful experience of final exams in college. The key, of course, is preparing for the exams. Studying and preparing for semester tests should take place over an extended period of time leading up to the exams, not in a cram session the night before. As a parent/guardian you can help your student begin preparing for these exams by asking questions about what they have learned this semester and what they think their teacher might expect them to do on a semester test. Encourage students to begin studying for these exams early, spending a little time each night reviewing their notes and materials in manageable chunks. With a little planning and preparation, semester exams don't have to be an overly stressful part of the end of the semester.
Mr. Casey’s Winter/Spring Driver Ed session will meet at the Middle School in Manilla. Classes will be held at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to class in Manilla. Class will end in time for high school students to ride the regular shuttle bus to Manning after class. Driving times for the class will be arranged with Mr. Casey after school and/or on weekends.
A student must be 14 years of age and possess a valid Instruction Permit prior to the beginning of the course. It is strongly recommended that the student have driving experience in a variety of settings before enrolling in Driver Ed. Without prior driving experience a student is not likely to be successful in Driver Ed. The Driver Ed program consists of at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Current cost of the course is $250 for students who attend school at IKM-Manning and $350 for those that attend school outside the district, paid in full on or before the first day of class. Make checks out to the IKM-Manning Community School District. That fee is subject to change by the school board at any time. Full, partial, or temporary waivers of the fee are available to students who qualify. Contact the high school office for more information.
A student should have had their instructional permit and have driving experience in a variety of settings before enrolling in Driver Ed. Each student must complete the 30 hours of classroom and 6 hour of behind-the-wheel time requirements for the course. It is important that a student be able to commit to attending all scheduled classes and driving sessions.
There is no advantage to taking Driver Ed when you are 14 unless you are eligible and intend to apply for a Minor School License (MSL). IKM-Manning Schools will not approve an 8th grader for a MSL until after they complete their 8th grade year. Also, students who are not eligible for a MSL should keep in mind that if they complete Driver Education more than a year before they turn 16 they will be required to drive with an examiner when they apply for their Graduated Driver License at age 16.
Students interested in enrolling in Winter/Spring 2013 Driver Ed should sign up in the High School or Middle School offices by Friday, November 30, 2012.
Enrollment in Mr. Casey’s Winter/Spring section will be limited to 30 students. Priority will be given to the oldest students and students who attend school at IKM-Manning.
There will be a Summer session of Driver Ed that will be taught in Manning, beginning in late May or early June. Registration for the Summer session will take place in March, 2013.
Questions? Contact Mr. Wall at 712.655.3781 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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