• Welcome to PSAT 10th!

    Click HERE to complete the STUDENT INFO SURVEY.

     

       WRITING - Mrs. Laura Miller       MATH - Mrs. Kristin Cooley       READING - Mrs. Susan Shivers

    Miller Cooley Shiv

    Click HERE to meet Mrs. Miller.       Click HERE to meet Mrs. Cooley.      Click HERE to meet Mrs. Shivers.
     
    This is a SECOND SEMESTER COURSE. More information is coming, but in the meantime...
    If you'd like to take a peek at what's coming your way, check these out:
          
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Dear Students and Parents,
     
    In order to serve you better, we need some specific information.  Please take these online surveys A.S.A.P.
    Students who complete the survey by next class meeting will score 100%.  LAGGARDS who are DILATORY will not! Sorry, parents.  There's no grade for you.  However, EXPEDITIOUS completion will GARNER a bonus for your child. 
     
         PSAT 10th STUDENT INFO SURVEY:  Take Survey
         PSAT 10th PARENT INFO SURVEY:  Take Survey
     
    Students:  To join PSAT 10th Class at remind.com text:
                 
                     TO:                81010
                     MESSAGE:     @22nmsqt
    Parents: To join PSAT PARENTS at remind.com text:
     
                     TO:                   81010
                     MESSAGE:     @22psat
     
    If you'd like to take a peek at what's coming your way, check these out:
          
           Then check out our NATIONAL MERIT GALLERY and STAR STUDENTS/ACT 30 PLUS CLUB.
     
    Please click this link and complete this ONLINE PSAT 10th STUDENT SURVEY by 4:00 pm Sunday. 
    Please ask your parents to complete this ONLINE PSAT PARENT SURVEY by 4:00 pm Sunday.
     
    RECOMMENDED TARGET PSATSCORE for National Merit Semifinalist on the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT (Class of 2023):  
    Selection Index  - 216

     


     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    ASSIGNMENTS:
     
     
    TUESDAY 1/5/15

    1. SUPPLIES:
        A. 2-inch three ring binder 
        B. Tab dividers (4)
        C. 3" x 5" index cards
    You will cut them in half to make flashcards, so you may want to purchase those that are already cut.
    *Use these to card any words you didn't know in the SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS.
     
    2. WRITING: Write an essay about WHY you are taking the PSAT class.
        A. Include you goals and expectations, strengths, and weaknesses.
        B. Detail what YOU will do to develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
     
    This essay can be in a 3-paragraph format and should be at least one full page.
    The essay should be typed and double spaced.
     
    3. CRITICAL READING: Read The Talent Myth.
        If you lost your handout or the print is too small, just click the linked title here.
        "TALENT MYTH" VOCABULARY: legerdemain, *ramification
                     
        A. OPTIONAL: As a prelude to your reading , you may want to watch Paul Solman's ACCOUNTING ALCHEMY. It will provide you with the backstory on ENRON.
        B. REQUIRED: Get an adult you like and respect (like your parent) to read the article and discuss the BIG ideas with you. On a clean sheet with your name, date, and period titled "THE TALENT MYTH," get a signed note to verify the conversation.
        C. REQUIRED: Then below the adult verification, YOU write
            1.) what you think the big ideas are.
            2.) why you think we wanted you to read the article.
    D. REQUIRED: Card unfamiliar words in the text of the article as needed. (The two we think you'll all need are listed and linked to definitions above.)
            1.) WORD on one side of card
            2.) MEANING / SENTENCE EXAMPLE on flip side
     
     
     
    4. MATH: Think of the different sets of numbers (i.e., counting numbers, whole numbers, etc.)
     
     
    5. Bring to class:
        A. your SIGNED PHOTO PERMISSION SLIP.
        B. your PSAT test booklet (when available)
             your PSAT score report (when available)
       
      
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    THURSDAY 1/7/16
     
    1. SURVEYS:  Take student survey linked above.  Get your parents to take the parent survey linked above. 
    2. "THE TALENT MYTH"  (See Tues.)
    3. VOCABULARY:
        A. Start downloading your Hot SAT Word PPTS.
        B. Card and study at least three lessons this week.  (We'll talk about good strategies for managing flashcards next week.)
        C. Enroll in our PSAT 10 class at http://www.quia.com/web
            Click here for Quia Enrollment Instructions if you did NOT enroll in class.
       D. Take 3 quizzes online at Quia by 4:00 p.m. Sunday every week.  
     
    *Because any time you're using new technology there may be problems, we won't be posting online grades for Monday.  We'll wait until the second week (when 6 are due.)
     
    If you have problems with Quia, come to the cafetorium before school or during break.  Mrs. Shivers will be there to help you.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    MONDAY 1/13/15
     
    1.  Finish Ferris Bueller's Worksheet #1.  (Follow the system -- three times through to eliminate what you know and card what you don't!)
     
    2.  Read "Rice Paddies and Math Tests."  (excerpted from OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell.)
     
    3.  Check out our PSAT BOOK BLOG:  https://www.madison-schools.com/Page/8342 
         Start with the Jan. 2013 entry for OUTLIERS.
     
    THURSDAY 1/9/14
     
    Finish downloading three Vocabulary PPTS and complete three online quizzes at Quia by 4:00 p.m. Sunday.


    TUESDAY 1/7/14

    1. SUPPLIES:
        A. 2-inch three ring binder 
        B. Tab dividers (4)
        C. 3" x 5" index cards
    You will cut them in half to make flashcards, so you may want to purchase those that are already cut.
    *Use these to card any words you didn't know in the SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS.
     
    2. WRITING: Write an essay about WHY you are taking the PSAT class.
        A. Include you goals and expectations, strengths, and weaknesses.
        B. Detail what YOU will do to develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
     
    This essay can be in a 3-paragraph format and should be at least one full page.
    The essay should be typed and double spaced.
     
    3. CRITICAL READING: Read The Talent Myth.
        If you lost your handout or the print is too small, just click the linked title here.
        "TALENT MYTH" VOCABULARY: legerdemain, *ramification
                        
        A. OPTIONAL: As a prelude to your reading , you may want to watch Paul Solman's ACCOUNTING ALCHEMY. It will provide you with the backstory on ENRON.
        B. REQUIRED: Get an adult you like and respect (like your parent) to read the article and discuss the BIG ideas with you. On a clean sheet with your name, date, and period titled "THE TALENT MYTH," get a signed note to verify the conversation.
        C. REQUIRED: Then below the adult verification, YOU write
            1.) what you think the big ideas are.
            2.) why you think we wanted you to read the article.
    D. REQUIRED: Card unfamiliar words in the text of the article as needed. (The two we think you'll all need are listed and linked to definitions above.)
            1.) WORD on one side of card
            2.) MEANING / SENTENCE EXAMPLE on flip side
     
    4. VOCABULARY:
        A. Start downloading your Hot SAT Word PPTS.
        B. Card and study at least three lessons this week.
        C. Enroll in our PSAT 10 class at http://www.quia.com/web
            Click here for QUIA Enrollment Instructions
        D. Take 3 quizzes online at Quia by 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
     
    5. MATH: Think of the different sets of numbers (i.e., counting numbers, whole numbers, etc.)
     
    6. Bring to class:
        A. your PSAT test booklet
        B. your PSAT score report
        C. your SIGNED PHOTO PERMISSION SLIP.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    2014 PSAT PARENT MEETING: All parents of 10th grade PSATers should plan to attend, not just those interested in workshop information. Students are welcome, as well. 
     
                 WHEN:  
                 WHERE:  
     
    We'll be giving an overview of Madison Central's PSAT Program and discussing the details of the 10th grade class              
                 *1.) 10th Grade PSAT CLASS focuses on SKILLS.
                   2.) Summer PSAT Workshop focuses on STRATEGY & TACTICS.
                   3.)  11th Grade PSAT CLASS focuses on SPEED.
     
    If you'd like to take a peek at what's coming your way, check these out:
    Then check out our NATIONAL MERIT GALLERY.
     
     
     
     
     
    If you are interested in participating in the 2014 MCHS Summer PSAT Workshop, click here for information.

     
    ASSIGNMENTS 
     
    Wednesday 1/9/13
     
    1.  CRITICAL READING:
         A.   Check out our book blog.
         B.    Read Ch. 8 from OUTLIERS - ""Rice Paddies and Math Tests."
         C.    Card words as needed.
    2. Continue to download vocabulary PPTS.
    3. Think about your current score.  Consider a target for May.
     

    Monday 1/7/13

    1.  SUPPLIES:
           A. 2-inch three ring binder
           B. Tab dividers (4)
           C. 3" x 5" index cards  
               You will cut them in half to make flashcards, so you may want to purchase those that are already cut. 
               *Use these to card any words you didn't know in the SURVEY INSTRUCTIONS.
     
    2.  WRITING:  Write an essay about WHY you are taking the PSAT class.
         A. Include you goals and expectations, strengths, and weaknesses.
         B. Detail what YOU will do to develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
       
        This essay can be in a 3-paragraph format and should be at least one full page. 
        The essay should be typed and double spaced.
     
    3. CRITICAL READING:  Read The Talent Myth
         If you lost your handout or the print is too small, just click the linked title here.     
         "TALENT MYTH" VOCABULARY:  legerdemain, *ramification  
                            *Please note that this is the "word of the day" for 1/7/13.)
        
         A. OPTIONAL:  As a prelude to your reading , you may want to watch Paul Solman's ACCOUNTING ALCHEMY.  It will provide you with the backstory on ENRON.
         B. REQUIRED:  Get an adult you like and respect (like your parent) to read the article and discuss the BIG ideas with you.  On a clean sheet with your name, date, and period titled "THE TALENT MYTH," get a signed note to verify the conversation.
         C. REQUIRED:  Then below the adult verification, YOU write 
               1.)  what you think the big ideas are.
               2.)  why you think we wanted you to read the article.
          D.  REQUIRED:  Card unfamiliar words in the text of the article as needed.  (The two we think you'll all need are listed and linked to definitions above.)
               1.)  WORD on one side of card
               2.)  MEANING / SENTENCE EXAMPLE on flip side 
     
    4.  VOCABULARY:  
         A.  Start downloading your Hot SAT Word PPTS. 
         B.  Card and study at least three lessons this week.
     
    5. MATH:  Think of the different sets of numbers (i.e., counting numbers, whole numbers, etc.)
     
    6. Bring to class:
        A. your PSAT test booklet
        B. your PSAT score report
        C. your SIGNED PHOTO PERMISSION SLIP. 
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     ASSIGNMENTS:  
    (Due Friday)

    1.  Read "Why the Liberal Arts Still Matter."
    2.  On a clean sheet, with your first and last names and your class period,
          A.  DEFINE tell me exactly what a liberal education is.
          B.  IDENTIFY its primary purpose.
          C.  EXPLAIN why the term is perhaps a bit confusing to modern Americans.
          D.  Author Michael Lind argues that high school rather than college should provide the basis for a liberal arts education. Do you agree?  Why or why not?
               FYI:  Currently there is a push for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) training in high schools because that's where the job market is moving.  Many states have also adopted the COMMON CORE.  If you're not familiar with COMMON CORE, just click the link to access the Wikipedia entry and scroll down to the summary of standards for student achievement.
    3. Get an adult you like and respect to read it, as well.  Have a conversation about the big ideas and what they mean to you.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    4.  Here's the PSAT 2011 Vocabulary quiz we took in class.  All the words come from the first page of the 2011 PSAT W, which you took in October.  Since the test-makers draw words from a common pool, that means words which are in the stem or used as alternative answers on this test, may be used as answers on another.  Therefore, it's wise to scour your test booklet for words to card and learn.  DO IT!
     
     

    (Due Friday, Jan. 13)
     
    1. Grammar Packet
    2. Read excerpt from Outliers.  Identify THESIS and list a couple of main points.
    3. VOCABULARY:
        A. Begin downloading Vocab PPTS.
        B. Take at least 3 online quizzes at www.mygradebook.com by 4:00 p.m. Sun.
     
     

    (Due Monday, Jan. 9)

    1.  SUPPLIES:
           A. 2-inch three ring binder

           B. Tab dividers (4)
           C. 3" x 5" index cards (you will cut them in half to make flashcards, so you may want to purchase those that are already cut. 

    2.  WRITING: 
    Write an essay about WHY you are taking the PSAT class.
         A.  Include you goals and expectations, strengths, and weaknesses.
         B. Detail what YOU will do to develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
       
        This essay can be in a 3-paragraph format and should be at least one full page. 
        The essay should be typed and double spaced.
     
    3. CRITICAL READING:  Read The Talent Myth
         If you lost your handout or the print is too small, just click the linked title here.     
         VOCABULARY:  legerdemain, ramification 
        
         A. OPTIONAL:  As a prelude to your reading , you may want to watch Paul Solman's ACCOUNTING ALCHEMY.  It will provide you with the backstory on ENRON.
         B. Get an adult you like and respect (like your parent) to read the article and discuss the BIG ideas with you.  Get a signed, dated note to verify the conversation.
         C.  Then YOU write 
               1.)  what you think the big ideas are.
               2.)  why you think we wanted you to read the article.
     
    4. MATH:  Think of the different sets of numbers (i.e., counting numbers, whole numbers, etc.)
     
    5. Bring to class:
        A. your PSAT test booklet
        B. your PSAT score report
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    MAY 19 PSAT Practice Test Scores by Student Number

    Dear Students:

    To those of you who turned in late work with no name:  you got zeroes.

    To those of you who tried to turn in work AFTER the class was over:  the grades are posted and verified.  NO MORE TURN INS!  THE CLASS IS OVER.  (Don't try this with the electric company or the IRS.)

    Click here to access a spreadsheet containing  NUMERICAL LISTINGS May Scores - Wed Update. Practice Test Scores.  They are listed by the test number assigned to you when you took the Saturday Practice PSAT.  (I've corrected the Oct scores which were omitted or incorrect.)  

    I've updated the spreadsheet to include those students who came to test on Wed.
      
    Educational research shows that it takes about 30 hours of practice to gain 3-5 points per section or 12-15 points total.  Thus, a 12-15 point gain in your Selection Index is a reasonable expectation based on the number of hours you've practiced this semester.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Saturday, May 17, 2014
     
    Dear PERSPICACIOUS PSATers and Parents:
     
    We were generally very well pleased with today's scores! We hope you are, too. Thanks to all for a SUPERLATIVE semester. 
     
    We've spreadsheeted your Oct. 2013 PSAT scores and computed the net change in each caption and in the selection index. Click the link below to download and look for your number to access your score.
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    1.   Research shows that a 12-15 point improvement (3 to 5 pts. per caption) is a reasonable expectation.
    2.  On this particular test, your score drops 5 pts. if you miss one in math!
     
    Please check this site again soon as we will be posting some reading and links to online work for the summer.
     
    See us working hard!