District News

9/21/2018 - PSATs are Wednesday, Oct 10th! See grade level instructions for the day

September 20, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Wednesday, October 10th, the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) will be administered to all sophomores and juniors. In addition, freshman will be given the PSAT 8/9 exam. These tests measure critical reading, math, problem-solving, and writing skills. They also provide students practice for the SATs and give both students and teachers feedback regarding important academic skills. Because this is such an important opportunity for our students, this will be the sole purpose of the day and students will be dismissed at noon.

 As you know, the SAT is are an important college entrance assessment and part of a larger “body of evidence” that colleges consider when accepting students.  Given the importance of this assessment, we at Canton High School are committed to providing students with multiple opportunities to prepare for the SATs.  In addition, we know from research that students who take the PSAT typically achieve higher scores on the SAT.  Students, who take the PSAT twice, achieve even better. 

Freshman, sophomores and juniors will arrive to school at the regular school time and report to their assigned testing room by 7:30 am. (Attendance is extremely important as there are no makeup dates for PSAT’s).  There is no cost to students for the PSAT as it is underwritten by the Canton Board of Education.  There is also no need for students to register or “sign-up” for the assessment. Canton High School faculty will proctor the tests.  All freshmen, sophomore, and junior students must come to the testing session with two #2 pencils and a calculator. Overall, the testing will take about four hours and students will be dismissed at noon.

Seniors: During this period will be given the opportunity to work independently with school counseling on college and career readiness processes or utilize the time for their mastery project. These opportunities may include completing the Common Application/college applications, essay review, resume building and/or college interview preparation or Mastery project work.  Seniors are required to be in school by 8 am and will proceed directly to the auditorium.. While we encourage our seniors to actively participate in these opportunities, seniors are also welcome to use this date for a college visitation if your schedule. Students will be given an excused absence from school with proper documentation in advance of the visitation.

We are delighted to offer this opportunity to Canton High School students and hope that you will call your child’s school counselor if you have any questions regarding PSAT test administration.


Drew DiPippo

CHS Principal