Sunday, June 15, 2008

SAT & ACT Testing Dates for SY 08-09

Students, especially seniors and juniors, don’t miss the opportunity to take these important college admissions tests. Be sure to check the test requirements of the colleges you are interested in applying to; many colleges will accept exam scores from either the SAT or the ACT. See Ms. Ascierto if you have questions (DSN# 624-3249).

The SAT Reasoning Test is one of the most widely used college admission tests. Some colleges may also require the SAT Subject Tests, or SAT II. Check the admission requirements of the individual colleges to see which exams you need to take.

Sigonella High School SAT Test dates for SY 2008-2009 are as follows:

04 October 2008 (International* Registration Deadline: 09 Sept 08/Early Registration 26 Aug 08)
01 November 2008 (International Registration Deadline: 26 Sept 08/ Early 10 Sept 08)
06 December 2008 (International Registration Deadline 05 Nov 08/Early 15 Oct 08)
02 May 2009 (International Registration Deadline 31 March 09/Early 11 March 09 )
06 June 2009 (International Registration Deadline 05 May 09/Early 15 April 09)
*Note: There is no late registration for International, but there is early registration.

Register on-line at
You must register “Outside the US.”
Here are some important codes you will need in order to complete the process:
School Code # 577100
Test Center Code # 58395

DoDDS students waive the International Processing fee by registering via the above directions. The cost is $45 for the SAT I. The SAT II is $20 plus $9 for each test. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Maryellen Pienta (DSN 624-3207) or Ms. Margie Ascierto (DSN 624-4284/3249).

The ACT exam is another widely accepted college admissions test. The ACT measures the four curricular areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Reading. An optional 30 minute Writing Test is only offered on the October International Test date.

Sigonella High School ACT Test dates for SY 2008-09 are the following:

25 October 08 PLUS WRITING (Registration Deadline:19 Sept 08)
07 February 09 (Registration Deadline: 06 Jan 09)
13 June 09 (Registration Deadline: 08 May 09)

Registration for the ACT is also online at
In order to receive the DoDDS waiver for the international fee, secure a voucher from Ms. Pienta to mail in after you register. The cost is $30 for the ACT, or $44.50 for the ACT Plus Writing.

Both of these exams take place on Saturdays at the high school. Doors open at 7:45 A.M. Students are directed to meet in The Point near the main office. Testing begins promptly at 8:00 A.M. No one will be admitted after that time. Students are responsible for bringing the necessary items for testing.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

AVID Study Trip to Greek Theater and Play

On May 28, the high school AVID classes had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing an original Greek play performed in an original Greek theater, both over 2,300 years old. The play was Agamemnon by Aeschylus, and the theater in Siracusa is one of the few exisiting in the modern world.

Students were lucky to have the expertise of AVID tutor Kathy Vary, a theater major in college, who taught them the entire play and history of Greek theater beforehand. They were then much more equipped to understand and appreciate the production.

Every year in the spring, two original Greek plays are produced in the Siracusa theater in the archaeological park. Our classes raised the money over the schoolyear with snack sales to pay the cost of everyone's ticket. DoDDS provided the transportation.

Mr. Iozzia, Sigonella's Italian teacher, coordinated the ticket purchase. His Italian students joined us on the trip.

Since it was "open seating" night, the theater, which holds over 10,000 was packed with teenagers and young adults, many with school groups. The weather was perfect and the play beautifully produced. To see photos go HERE.

Special thanks to AVID tutors Stacy Hall and Kathy Vary for their help in preparing and chaperoning the students on this trip. Thanks also to Ms. Novak, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Sibayan for their support on this event. It was truly unforgettable for all.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

June Things-to-do

Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books. Freshman Action Plan

Check with your counselor and search online for
summer school programs for high school students at colleges. Sophomore Action Plan

Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP classes and stick with sequences you've begun, in the languages, for example.
Read about how to select your courses Junior Action Plan

Have your child send thank-you notes to teachers and other mentors who wrote recommendations.
Senior Action Plan


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