This program has been specifically designed to give certain students extra help preparing for the math and science sections of the TAKS test. Students chosen to attend the Academy were identified using a number of different assessments. Letters were sent home to parents of those students who qualified for this additional help.
“We are blessed to be able to have this program this year. This program will give students the opportunity to focus on certain aspects of the TAKS test where they may be struggling. We want to help them in every way we can to ensure their success,” said DeeDee Bernal, curriculum consultant at JHS.
Students will be allowed to attend any session that is convenient and may come for all or part of the morning. Students are encouraged to begin on the first day and stay for the entire length of the academy to ensure maximum success on the TAKS tests. “The science and math teachers want to help build students’ skills so they can improve TAKS scores, ACT scores and overall grades. Parents and members of our community should encourage our children to go to the next level,” said science department head Lynda Holder.
The Saturday Star Academy will be held on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at A.C. Jones High School, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 19, March 5 and 26, April 2, 9, 16 and 23.
The Academy is currently focusing on students in the 9th and 10th grades struggling in math and science. Additional tutorials for English and social studies and for 11th-grade students may be added at a later date. According to state law, students are required to pass all sections of the TAKS test before graduating.
Parents are strongly encouraged to ensure their children attend these tutorials.