Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may know, the SAT exam is an important part of the college admissions process.  The preliminary version of the SAT, the PSAT, is the best preparation for the SAT Exam. It is a comprehensive tool that gives valuable feedback to faculty, students and families. In order to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship, students must take the PSAT during their Junior year. While this exam is specifically designed for Juniors, we also believe that it is beneficial for younger students to get a head start on improving academic skills needed for success in college and beyond. As such, on Wednesday October 14, 2020, and Thursday, October 29, 2020, Deer Park High School will be administering the PSAT to all Sophomores and Juniors. October 14 is for Gray cohort students only and October 29 is for Maroon students only. Due to the exam, the schedule for the day will be altered.  The modified schedule is posted below.

Unfortunately, we will not be having our annual “Career Day” this year due to multiple factors related to COVID-19.  It is our intent to resume this valuable day as soon as possible.  More information about this will be relayed in the upcoming months ahead.  

9th Grade Students - Will meet with their teachers virtually via Google Meet.  There is a modified schedule for the day and it is posted below.  

10th & 11th Grade Students - Students should report to school at regular time and then report to their assigned testing room at the beginning of period 1. Prior to the exam, Guidance Counselors will provide students with their assigned testing room during their English classes. Your child should bring several #2 pencils on the day of the test. A calculator is also recommended, but not required. Upon completion of the PSAT exam, students will be dismissed from school for the remainder of the day. Students that are currently in the all virtual program are encouraged to come to DPHS for the day to take the exam as well. Further information will be sent out next week to notify you of your testing location and entrance details.  Additional information regarding the PSAT as well as approved calculators can be found at www.collegeboard.org. Also, here is a link to the PSAT Student Guide. This is another valuable resource for students and parents alike. 


12th Grade Students - For 12th grade students, these two days will be utilized to work on posted assignments in their various Google classrooms and completing college applications.  

Some additional items to consider regarding the day:

All students working from home and not taking the PSAT exam are expected to log into Infinite Campus during the designated window (7 - 9:30 AM) for attendance purposes.  

There will be no Physical Education classes for 9th grade students this day as well.

Wilson Tech AM/PM are still in session on Oct 14th and 29th.  If students are not taking the PSAT exam, they are expected to attend.

Wilson Tech students will have an excused absence for the day if they take the PSAT.  

Wilson Tech PM students will still be able to attend Wilson Tech after the PSAT exam if they choose to do so that day.  Busing will still be provided.  

Buses will drop off cohorted students at Entrance 1 & 9, as they usually do. Parents/Guardians that drive their child to school will follow the same procedure as a regular school day with the exception that students will enter the building at Entrance 1.

Students that are Always Virtual will enter the building through Exit 6 (entrance on N. 1st Street) and will take the exam in classrooms in the general vicinity of that specific entrance point.  

If for any reason you decide that you do not want your child to take the PSAT exam, please email Guidance Counselor Margaret Pereira as soon as possible to inform her that your child will not be taking the PSAT Exam. Ms. Pereira can be emailed at pereira.m@deerparkschools.org

Wednesday, October 14th  

9th grade students
Meet with their teachers via Google Meet and follow the schedule below. 
There will be no Google Meets for PE classes on 10/14 and 10/29. PE teachers will post assignments on Google Classroom and students will work on them during the designated period.  

PSAT - 9th Grade Schedule (Synchronous Instruction)

1   7:30 - 7:50 AM

2   7:55 - 8:15 AM

3   8:20 - 8:40 AM

4   8:45 - 9:05 AM

5   9:10 - 9:30 AM

6   9:35 - 9:55 AM

7   10 - 10:20 AM

8   10:25 - 10:45 AM

9   10:50 - 11:10 AM


10th grade students
Gray and Always Virtual Gray - Take PSAT exam and report to school at 7:22 AM
Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments.

11th grade students
Gray and Always Virtual Gray - Take PSAT exam and report to school at 7:22 AM
Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments.

12th grade students
Gray, Always Virtual Gray, Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments and work on your college applications.  


Thursday, October 29th

9th grade students
Meet with their teachers via Google Meet and follow the schedule below. 
There will be no Google Meets for PE classes on 10/14 and 10/29. PE teachers will post assignments on Google Classroom and students will work on them during the designated period.  

PSAT - 9th Grade Schedule (Synchronous Instruction)

1   7:30 - 7:50 AM

2   7:55 - 8:15 AM

3   8:20 - 8:40 AM

4   8:45 - 9:05 AM

5   9:10 - 9:30 AM

6   9:35 - 9:55 AM

7   10 - 10:20 AM

8   10:25 - 10:45 AM

9   10:50 - 11:10 AM

10th grade students
Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Take PSAT exam and report to school at 7:22 AM.
Gray and Always Virtual Gray - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments.


11th grade students
Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Take PSAT exam and report to school at 7:22 AM.
Gray and Always Virtual Gray - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments.

12th grade students
Gray, Always Virtual Gray, Maroon and Always Virtual Maroon - Log onto Google Classroom and work on posted assignments and work on your college applications.


If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.  Thank you and have a nice day.  

Charlie Cobb
Principal
Deer Park High School