At Sidney High School the main emphasis will always be quality classroom instruction and we feel confident that our teachers provide all students the opportunity to learn. Other items that we will continue to emphasize this year are:

The entire junior class will be taking the ACT on March 19, 2013 at Sidney High School.  The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. By taking the ACT, students make themselves visible to colleges and scholarship agencies. The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take challenging courses in high school, but ACT also offers a number of test preparation options including free online practice tests, testing tips for each subject area tested, and the free student booklet Preparing for the ACT which is found in the guidance office. This will also be the day that freshmen take the Explore test and sophomores take the Plan test.  Taking the Explore test and Plan test informs students about what they need to know in order to plan their high school courses, prepare for the ACT, or choose a career direction. All test fees will be covered by the school district. Please contact the guidance office with any questions.

We will also focus on improving our scores on the statewide testing, known as NeSA.  The NeSA test will be given to all juniors with Writing being given on January 30th and Reading, Math and Science being given in April.

Our school improvement goals at Sidney High will be:

· Improve reading comprehension scores

· Improve math computation scores

· Improve attendance

We look forward to working with the students and parents on all of our goals and providing the best education possible for the students of Sidney High School


Chris Arent