Child Mind Institute Resource

Child Mind InstituteGetting back into school routines after the holiday break can be difficult in the best of times. For many kids, it’s even harder this year. From the disappointment of schools closing (again!) to the frustration of a weak wireless connection, there are plenty of reasons why kids might be tempted to tune out of remote learning. But there are strategies you can use to help children and teenagers rally.This week on childmind.org we offer expert advice on helping kids who are having trouble staying engaged in remote schooling — how to pinpoint what’s bothering them, work with the teacher, and give them a little more motivation to stay with it. Plus, we’ve got learning goals for each age group and tips on making sure that kids get the support they need, whether they’re learning English, getting services through an IEP or 504 plan, or dealing with low self-esteem.Hannah Sheldon-Dean, Staff Writer

ADMINISTRATION OF PSAT/NMSQT

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT)

will be offered on Tuesday, January 26th*

This test is a special administration to make-up for having to cancel in October.  Therefore, it is only being offered to GMHS students in the class of 2022.  The PSAT will begin at 7:30am in the Perley school gym. 

Georgetown students may register in the Guidance Office between Monday, January 4th and Friday, January 15th.  Only checks will be accepted and should be made out to the Town of Georgetown for $17.00Given the availability of test booklets, those students who do not register by January 15thwill not be allowed to register.

*Testing will adhere to all COVID guidelines and students are required to wear masks to the test and maintain social distancing rules.  GMHS reserves the right to cancel the test due to health concerns or other extenuating circumstances.  Refunds would be given if necessary*

Upon payment of the registration fee, students receive an Official Student Guide containing a complete practice test with answer key and scoring instructions.  Any four-function calculator is allowed during the math portion of the test or a graphing calculator (see the approved listing of calculators within the guide).

The PSAT is typically taken by students in their sophomore and/or junior years.  It serves as a preview of the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), taken by many college-bound students. This practice test measures verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities.  Results for sophomores and juniors are reported to students on an individual basis as well as in relation to nationwide results.  The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for juniors wishing to participate in the scholarship competition of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Only Grade 11 students are eligible to enter the competition for National Merit Scholarships.

When test results are returned, students will receive an online score report which includes the correct answers and their own responses and scores.  Once scores are back, the guidance department will hold an assembly to explain the scoring and next steps. 

Please contact the guidance office if you have any questions or concerns at 978-352-5790.

Thank you,

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Guidance Director

Even while school is remote, money can still be dropped off in the guidance office, we are here!