Student Recognition and a Giving Community

The holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends. It is also a time of year when we celebrate student accomplishments.

The College Board, yes …those people who bring us the SAT exams,  recently announced that forty-four students from Silver Lake Regional High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

At Silver Lake Regional High School:

Fourteen students from the class of 2011 qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Andrew Brenner, Leah Campbell, Melinda Howard, Andrew Hurley, Cameron Johnston, Emily Lormer, Peter Lyons, Michael Nickerson, Bruce Pulliam, Brandon Read, Brett Roche, Christopher Schall, Derek Sewall, and Matthew Tuttle.

Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Emmeline Cordingly, Ryan Hansen, Madeline Harley, Kimberly Harvey, Marissa Hill, Sasha Laferte, and Sarah Sehlton.

Twenty-three students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Lindsey Brenner, Olivia Carlson, Christian Connolly, Kayla Dickerman, Samantha Doolan, Adam Fearing, Matthew Grote, Emma Hathaway, Charles Howard, Daniel Keirstead, Gregory Kelley, Alex Kenney, Paisley Kirkland, Katherine Mullen, Elizabeth Murphy, Ryan Naticchioni, Shannon Nunzio, Tyler Perron, Nathan Petrou, Olivia Sears, Eric Smith, Ryan Smith, and Jacqueline Storey.

Of this year’s award recipients at Silver Lake Regional High School, two were members of the class of 2012; Charles Howard, Jacqueline Storey.   These students have one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Planning ahead …

Mid-Year and Final Exams begin on January 18 and conclude on January 23, 2012. Click on the link to view the schedule and details about the exams.

During the half days (January 19, 20 and 23), students need only attend school during their exam period. If no exam is scheduled, students need not attend.

A secretary and an administrator (yours truly) will be working at the high school during the Holiday break. Secretarial hours will be 7:00AM until 2:30 PM. The building is closed on December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012. In addition, there are several athletic events and practices scheduled during the break both during the day and in the evening.

Even more community support …

Our multi-sports boosters group is donating over $5,000.00 for the purchase of a solar-powered scoreboard that will be located on the Lacrosse fields. The scoreboard will actually cost close to $15,000.00. I am thrilled to announce, that through the efforts of parent Deanna Piccone and Athletic Director Martha Jamieson, Dunkin Donuts in Kingston has agreed to donate over $9,000.00 for the school to purchase the scoreboard!

Click on the link below to view a computer rendering of the scoreboard. We hope to have the scoreboard installed for use this spring.

SL – MS-915 Color Rendering

It doesn’t stop there …

PAC-TV, through funds earmarked for educational purposes through the contract between the Town of Kingston, Verizon, and Comcast, is providing Silver Lake Regional High School with a set of Vado (Flip Style) cameras with SD Cards, 2 laptops with software for editing, and support staff that will be able to come to the high school to help students and teachers with the production of school projects and events. In addition, SLRHS staff can remotely access the government/education channel to post informational text and video announcements on the community bulletin board channel.  Students and staff can also borrow equipment and utilize the PAC-TV studio in Plymouth.   Plans are also under way to offer high school teachers a training session on the new equipment during the January Professional Development Day.

Dan Rodriguz  and Carol McGilvray from PAC-TV meet with  Music Teacher, Kelley DePasqua and Librarian, Linda Redding to discuss and evaluate the needs of the high school.  At a recent Audio Visual Club meeting, students received training on how to use an HD video camera with instruction tailored for filming a concert in the SLRHS auditorium, from PAC-TV educational trainer Donna Rodriguz.

PAC TV trainer Donna Rodriguz, trains Kiersten Flynn and Tyler Lynch

Tyler Lynch and Tristan Lumbert learn the workings of video production


One Response to “Student Recognition and a Giving Community”

  1. David McCarthy Says:

    Of this year’s award recipients at Silver Lake Regional High School, two were members of the class of 2012; Charles Howard, Jacqueline Storey.

    Please add Kayla Dickerman to this group

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