40 school days left this year

Counselor’s Comments, by Roland Cadena-We have made it through most of the school year already. On March 30 there will only be 40 school days left this school year. As you have seen, our students are still competing and placing in state and regional competitions. Everyone at the high school has united and have met their challenges head-on. Now with so few days left we are going down the home stretch. Finally, spring is here and the baseball and softball teams have taken the field.
Last week some students took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), while others took the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), TELPAS, and/or benchmark tests. During the first week in April, we will administer the STAAR English I and English II end of course exams. In the month of May, our students will be administered the Algebra I, Biology, and U. S. History STAAR tests.
At this time, the high school counselors have begun to contact eighth grade students and parents about the 2022-2023 freshmen class schedules and four year plans. Some parents have already come to the high school to discuss their son’s or daughter’s 2022-2023 freshman schedule. The administration is preparing accommodations for students that do not pass the STAAR exams. Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be working on completing their 2022-2023 choice slips.
The final day of the school year is May 26. Many of our students have earned distinguished recognition either as a member of a group or as an individual. We would like to congratulate senior Brian Schaefer for his acceptance into the United States Air Force Academy. We would also like to thank U.S. Congressman Tony Gonzales, who represents the Texas Congressional District 23 for nominating Brian.
The senior students April activities begin on April 11 with an ice cream social. The high school will administer the Scholastic Aptitude Test on April 13. Then on May 7 the senior class will hold its prom followed by the senior Round the World activity on May 21. Seniors will have their final class outing with the May 23 senior trip.
We would like to remind all parents and/or guardians to check on their children’s fifth six weeks progress report grades. Students should also check their grades during this fifth six weeks using the Devine Independent School District portal. Mostly importantly senior grades should be checked. Senior student’s parents should contact their senior student teachers. Now more than ever, all school assignments are important. As a reminder, all senior students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) and their Apply Test Application. The FAFSA is required unless the eighteen year old student or a student’s parent decides to sign an Opt-out form.