Although students have already begun to learn about the US Constitution in terms of where is comes from and the ideals of the first colonial Americans, we are just now getting to the meat of the US Constitution. This is both an exciting and stressful time for your student. As all 8th grade students must pass the US Constitution test in order to graduate, many students are feeling overwhelmed and highly concerned. Please work with your student. Be his/her study partner through this process. I've told the students that as long as they do everything I ask of them to do - the work and the studying - as I ask them to do it, that they should be able to pass this test the first time through. It does require focus and diligent studying in order to do well.
A passing grade on the US Constitution is a total of 75% or more. The test consists of two parts: multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank on day one and short response, diagrams, and short essays on day two. The first part of the test is worth 60% of the total score, with the second test worth 40% of the total score.
It is extremely important that your student be here both days of the test. Please do not schedule any appoints, vacations, etc during these days. The US Constitution test is scheduled for March 21-22 (the Thursday and Friday after conferences). Please note that we will be holding two special study sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19-20 after school from 2:15-4:45 each of those days. This study session is very valuable to your student. Please plan for your students to attend at least one of these study sessions.
We offer a great Extended Learning Program (ELP) for students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays directly after school until 3pm. This is the perfect place for your child to receive additional support and/or get his/her homework done. Students must be in a designated location and cannot just hang-out around the school campus. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this wonderful resource. Success doesn't happen on its own.