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New Mexico College Access Council Virtual College Week

Registration Opens August 24!

Greetings from New Mexico Highlands University! We hope this email finds you well, safe, and adjusting to this new normal we are in. This year, in lieu of COVID-19, there will not be in person college fairs at your high schools, but a Virtual College Week that will take place starting on Monday, September 14th and going through Friday, September 18th.

We would like to invite you and your students to register for the event and visit the New Mexico Highlands University portal during that week. We will have multiple representatives available for you to chat with and we are waiving application fees for seniors to apply.

Click here for the event flier with additional information.

Registration for students opens on Monday, September 24th and they can register here.

We hope to see virtually the week of September 14 18, 2020 for the New Mexico College Access Council Virtual College week.

Spread the word on social media through these portals below.
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ACT Assistance


If you are planning on taking the ACT, you can begin enrollment on August 23, 2020. Steps that you need to take include:

1) Choosing the date in which you can take the test. ALL STUDENTS ARE TAKING THE ACT WITHOUT WRITING.

• Saturday, October 10- Registration Deadline is September 17, 2020-Late Registration Deadline September 25, 2020
• Saturday, October 17- Registration Deadline is September 17, 2020-Late Registration Deadline September 25, 2020
• Saturday, October 24- Registration Deadline is September 17, 2020-Late Registration Deadline September 25, 2020
• Sunday, October 25- Registration Deadline is September 17, 2020-Late Registration Deadline September 25, 2020

2) Register for the test.

To register for the test you will need the Email and password you created in February 2020. if you forgot you can reset the password and/or contact customer care @ 319-337-1270 for clarification AND review the email sent by the ACT Administration.
Please go to

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Click register/sign-in
Type in your Email and Password
Pay for the application; if you need a waiver please request it on August 23, 2020. ALL STUDENTS ARE TAKING THE ACT WITHOUT WRITING.
Complete the application
Make sure to request the transcript from your school counselor. You will need it to update your records in the ACT profile. Although it is a new set up for the ACT, navigation is easy if you read the direction

3) Tips for taking the test.

Create the ACT Academy

ACT Academy
Free, personalized practice for the ACT test. ACT Academy is the go to place to get practice resources designed to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test, and well on your way to college and career success.
Click on "I am a Student"
Use the attached document "ACT ACADEMY" to guide you and get the registration code.
Follow the assigned courses and assignments given to for practice there are due dates I created!!!

The ACT® consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, math, reading, and science—with an optional writing test. Each multiple-choice subject test contains questions with four or five answer options.

The best way to prepare for the ACT is to take challenging classes in high school. However, there are test-day tips and strategies that you can use as helpful tools before and during the ACT test:
Get familiar with the test. Review the information found in the Preparing for the ACT practice booklet- Note the subjects, topics, and content areas that are covered on the test.
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Get a taste of the ACT ® test with practice questions (and answers) found in this free study guide. Familiarize yourself with the instructions and format, then review, analyze, and answer the questions to see if you’re correct—and why.

Identify areas to improve. Use the practice test to identify the subjects that are most challenging for you.
Update your knowledge and skills. Once you identify the materials you should focus on improving, consider dedicating time to completing additional test prep or taking coursework in those areas. Before taking the test, review content areas that make up large portions of the test.

General Test-Taking Tips:
Gather everything you need the day before the test, including: an approved calculator, test ticket, sharpened pencils, and photo ID.
Double-check the registration time and location. Make sure you know how to get to the test center and how much time you should allow for travel. Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early to get registered and settle in.
Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.
Wear comfortable clothing and eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the test.
As you get started, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself. Keep a positive attitude.
Listen carefully to instructions and ask questions if you hear something you don’t understand.
Focus your attention entirely on your work.
Position your answer sheet right next to your test booklet so you can mark answers quickly and accurately.
Read each question and possible responses completely before answering. If you’re not sure of the answer, choose the one you think is best and move on.
Be sure to answer every question—there’s no penalty for guessing.
Pace yourself and occasionally check the time.
If you finish before time is up, reread the questions and check your answers.
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First Day of Instruction

Greetings Parents and High School Students,

First day of Instruction will be August 20, 2020!

All students are required to have an updated active working telephone or cell phone number with the school for Remote Learning (online). Please call Ms. Wilson, Registrar (505) 721-3600, to update your contact information. Those who do not have internet will be receiving calls from each teacher for instruction and assignments.

All actively enrolled students with a school laptop are required to login to their assigned classes daily, starting August 20th at 9:00 am. Each class period will begin with a LIVE instruction for 30 minutes. All teachers will be taking attendance.

Students who have an active IEP for special education services have an opportunity to receive IN-PERSON instruction, starting August 20th. This means, the student will come to school for services. Parents have been contacted. If we do not hear from you by August 24th, your child will continue with online services.

Daily Schedule:
On Monday and Wednesday: 1st period 9:10 - 10:35am / 2nd period 10:40am - 12:05pm / Lunch 12:10 - 12:40pm / 3rd period - 12:45 - 2:10pm / 4th period 2:15 - 3:40pm
On Tuesday and Thursday: 5th period 9:10 - 10:35am / 6th period 10:40am - 12:05pm / Lunch 12:10 - 12:40pm / 7th period - 12:45 - 2:10pm / 8th period 2:15 - 3:40pm
*8th period is Employability Skills for all students.
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