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A Big Day! Inauguration, And Mid-Terms

The Lincoln Bible.

The Lincoln Bible.

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – As Barack Obama‘s hand rests on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and the nation’s new president take his oath of office today (Jan. 20, 2009) at noon, students in Pottsgrove High School likely will be breathing a sigh of relief.

Their first of three days of mid-term tests end at just about the time President Obama’s four-year test gets started.

High schoolers’ mid-terms are being held today through Thursday (Jan. 20-22, 2009) from 7:40-11:10 a.m., Principal Christopher Shaffer announced in a letter to parents. His ground rules for exam days:

  • No test, no school. Students who do not have exams scheduled on one or more of the three days (lucky them!) can stay home. The exception is vocational technical students attending the Western Center; they’ve got school whether there’s a test or not.
  • Leave the tunes home, too. No iPods or other electronic devices are allowed in testing areas inside the school, 1345 Kauffman Rd.
  • Parents make the call. If students are sick on exam days (and hey, who wouldn’t be?), a parent must phone the excuse into the school. Test make-up day for students who are ill will be Pottsgrove Color Day (Jan. 23).
  • No roaming. Students who have only one exam scheduled on any of the three days must attend a supervised study hall before, and until, dismissal.
  • Take a hike. The last test Thursday (Jan. 22, 2009) ends at 9:15 a.m. Student bus transportation will not be available after that time.

The principal’s tip for student exam success? Study in the afternoon, so material is fresh in your head for the next morning.

Photo by Michaela McNichol at Flickr

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