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April Testing at Columbine HS

April Testing at Columbine HS
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CMAS and ASVAB RESCHEDULED for April 24th

10th grade students will take the ASVAB test, on April 24th. This testing will take place to fulfill new graduation requirements. See the letter below for details. 11th grade students will take the CMAS Science assessment on April 24th.   10th and 11th grade students will only attend the applicable testing slot on this day. This is a REBEL day for students in grades 9 and 12. 

10th and 11th grade students will test in two waves, by last name:

A-L - 7:30 - 10:45

M-Z - 11:30 - 2:45

10th grade students will test in the CHS gymnasium. 11th grade testing Room assignments will be posted in the hallways on or after April 10th. 11th graders must bring their Chromebooks fully charged to test day on April 24th.  

Make up testing: - 11th grade students who are ill and cannot test on April 17 will have the test administered to them during the week of April 22.  There will be no makeup available if 10th graders miss the ASVAB exam. It is essential that we have all students in attendance.

Cell phones and Smart watches are NOT allowed during testing and will be collected prior to testing and passed back to students after.  The school will NOT be responsible for lost phones.  Students may want to wear a traditional watch to track time on their own (it just can’t have any alarms or communication/recording capabilities).


New Graduation Requirements for students of the Classes of 2021 and 2022 (Current Sophomores and Freshmen)

Dear Students and Guardians of the Classes of 2021 and 2022,


The State of Colorado enacted new graduation requirements for this year’s sophomore class (Class of 2021) and every class after that.  In addition to earning 23 credits over their four years at Columbine, students also must prove proficiency in Math and English. Students prove their proficiency by meeting or exceeding one or more of the approved options.  Please see the options on the Jeffco Grad Requirements attachment.

Grad Requirements Home Site   Grad Requirements Menu


After much discussion with my leadership team and other high school principals regarding the best course of action in meeting these new requirements, we have decided to administer the ASVAB assessment to all 10th grade students. The ASVAB assessment is part of the military ASVAB Career Exploration Program and is an invaluable tool to help your student with future educational and career goals. Student information and scores WILL NOT be released to the military unless you choose to have your child’s scores released.  An opt-in form will be available for anyone who wants to release their scores to the military.


The ASVAB will be administered by civilian personnel on Wednesday April 17th. Students with last names A-L take the assessment in the morning (7:30-10:45) and M-Z in the afternoon (11:30-2:45). This is the same date that 11th grade students take the Science CMAS assessment. 10th and 11th grade students will only take their assessments on this day.  They will not attend classes on this date.


We believe the ASVAB is a good opportunity for our students to try to meet the graduation requirement early.  Students who score at or above the 31st percentile will have their graduation proficiency requirement completed as sophomores. Completing this requirement early will take additional pressure off students when they take exams such as the SAT. Students who don’t meet the ASVAB score expectation will have various opportunities as Juniors and Seniors to show proficiency.  The ASVAB is a good place to start. We know many of our students will meet more than one of the requirements . . . perhaps through an ACT or SAT score or through an AP-level class.


Whether students are planning on college, a technical school, or  aren’t quite sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can provide them with important information about their skills, abilities, and interests.  It’s a chance for students to explore their interests, expand their horizons, and realize their strengths as they look to their future. Students will be able to explore occupations in line with their interests and skills.  The following are links to further information on the ASVAB:

https://asvabprogram.com/

https://www.todaysmilitary.com/joining/asvab-test https://www.goarmy.com/learn/understanding-the-asvab.html


Please don’t hesitate to contact me, an assistant principal, or your student’s counselor with any questions.


Sincerely,


Scott Christy

Principal




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