State PreACT for Sophomores + Virtual Day
October 20th, 2021
Why is BPS having a Virtual School Day? To give Sophomores the most similar PreACT testing environment to that of a national ACT test day, and to limit the disruption of the school day for all 9th-12th grade students to one day as opposed to six days of testing required to administer the PreACT during a regular school day.
If I am a full-time virtual Sophomore, can I still participate in the PreACT? Yes. Please report to school at 8:40, and we will direct you to a testing room.
What is Virtual School Day? Bixby High School, 9th Grade Center, and Brassfield Learning Center are “closed.” 9th, 11th, and 12th-grade students complete work from home on Canvas.
Why does the Virtual Day not include 10th graders? All BPS Sophomores will be ON CAMPUS to take the PreACT.
Will a make-up day be offered for students unable to attend? No, the high school will not be able to offer a makeup day for the test. The PreACT is not a mandatory test for graduation, however, PreACT scores can be used for students wanting to apply to Tulsa Tech or Tulsa Community College for their Junior year.
Will breakfast and lunch be provided as usual? Yes.
Where are Sophomores supposed to report on October 20th? Students will be notified in their English classes the week before testing where to report. Most students will test in their normal first period class, however, there are exceptions such as Band, Art, etc. Teachers will be in the hallways the morning of Oct 20th helping direct students if they are unsure of their room assignment.
What do 10th graders need to bring to school for the PreACT? The PreACT is a paper-pencil exam. Bring two #2 sharpened pencils. Students are not allowed to use mechanical pencils on the exam. Students will need their Chromebook fully charged as well as their chargers and that is all! Chromebooks will be used to work on personal financial literacy in the afternoon. No backpacks will be allowed.
Will 10th graders taking the PreACT test have access to their phones? Per ACT regulations, students will NOT have access to their cell phones for the duration of the test. This includes lunch and break times. Parents should contact the BHS office in case of an emergency. Students are encouraged to leave their phones at home or in their vehicles. Student cell phones will not be allowed in the building.
What if I am a Junior or Senior and I attend Tech? Even though Juniors and Seniors are virtual, they will need to attend their TCC/Tulsa Tech classes. Tulsa Tech buses will continue to run as usual.
How will attendance be counted? During school hours, all students must sign in to Canvas and complete a one-question attendance quiz in student life in order to be counted as present for the day.
Where do we find the assignments? Assignments will be located on Canvas.
What will HS/9GC/BLC teachers do during Virtual School Day? Teachers will work their regular contract day on-site and assist with the administration and proctoring of the PreACT for BHS Sophomores.
Will 6th hour athletics classes be in session? No. There will not be any athletic activities or practices prior to 3:45 PM.
Will most students stay home on Virtual School days to complete the assignment? Students may complete assignments from any location outside of school, however, the school will be closed. Students must submit all assignments on October 20th unless prior arrangements have been made.
What if we do not have the Internet at home? Some Canvas assignments can be set to be available offline. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with teachers prior to October 20th if needed to ensure this option is in place or other arrangements have been made.
What will the school day and transportation schedule look like for Sophomores? Sophomores will follow regular arrival and dismissal times and buses will run as usual.
Who should I contact with questions/concerns about the Virtual Day and/or State PreACT Test for Sophomores? School counselors at BHS can help with any questions or concerns