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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6:15 AM
Career & Technical Education
7800 W. Caton Farm Road
Plainfield, IL 60586
Tel: (815) 439-5555
Fax: (815) 436-5108
Plainfield South High School
Dear Freshman Parent/Guardian:
Thank you for partnering with us as we all strive to provide every opportunity for your daughter to achieve. We believe that given the necessary tools and the necessary support that your student can and will create a path that leads to excellence and achievement. While there are many ways to shape that pathway, one of the most effective ways is to evaluate and support your student’s progress, strengths, and needs using three assessments: the Explore, the Plan, and the ACT. Together, these tests are part of an “Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) developed to prepare your student for high school and the transitions she will make after graduation and into college and a career” (www.act.org/epas 2011).
The pathway to success and achievement is paved with high expectations, challenging curriculum, and personal support through every year that your daughter attends Plainfield South High School and strives for success. Specifically, the pathway to success and excellence represents all of the essential elements students need for their future academic and professional endeavors. We believe that students and their families who plan the pathway and take advantage of all that it offers will be prepared for the future. The pathway is a plan that includes rigorous coursework, the Explore, the Plan and the ACT tests, a variety of supplemental and intervention options, and a blueprint for the future.
Pathway to Success and Excellence and the Future (for all students) The Explore, the Plan and the ACT assessments measure our students’ knowledge and achievement because they are aligned to the College and Career Readiness standards created by the ACT organization. No matter what path you and your child dream of, these standards will not only support, but also enhance those goals. It is typical for students to grow one to two points per year if they are involved in a challenging core of classes each year. Colleges and universities use the ACT for admission and scholarship decisions. Students interested in joining the military or gaining skills and certification through an apprenticeship program will be well-prepared for the aptitude and entry tests after participating in the EPAS program that culminates in the ACT test.
Supporting and Nourishing the Pathway to Excellence
Thank you for your diligent attention to your student’s educational pursuits and future dreams and goals. Like you, we want your daughter to be successful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask any PSHS staff or faculty member for assistance or contact your child’s Guidance Counselor at 815.577.5527. You and your student can also find further information for enhancing and improving her EPAS journey from formation to achievement at www.psd202.org/pshs/PathwaytoSuccessandExcellence.php .
The Pathway to Success and Excellence TeamPlainfield South High School