Middle school students staying busy
February 7, 2013
County Middle School eighth graders
taking the ACT Explore test January 30
at the National Guard Armory.
By Principal Dick Behrens
Boundary Count Middle School
On Wednesday, January 30, close to a hundred
eighth graders took the ACT Explore Test during
the school day. The test included four different
content areas: mathematics, science, language
arts, and reading.
This test is one of the requirements of "GEAR
UP," which stands for Gaining Early Awareness
and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. ACT
Explore is designed to help eighth and ninth
graders explore a broad range of options for
their future. It prepares students not only for
their high school coursework but for their
post–high school choices as well.
Before the test date, the students had to
complete an Interest Inventory on their test
form. With this inventory and their test
results, ACT will be able to pinpoint a few
career areas in which the individual student may
We are very thankful for the National Guard
folks who donated their space for a testing
venue and also to the school district who
provided snacks during the test. The test was
provided with no cost incurred to the student
because of the grant budget.
On Thursday, February 7, forty-five students,
along with two staff members and several
parents, visited North Idaho College’s campus in
Eleven students were in attendance because of
the "Math Counts" competition, which is held
annually. We are still awaiting the test
results, which should be in any time.
Other students were able to participate in a
full day’s worth of activities presented by the
recruiting officer at NIC.
A campus tour, scavenger hunt, STEM programming,
and lunch at the SUB were the highlights of the
Many other activities and events will happen
throughout the school year. Be sure to visit the
district’s website to find the GEAR
UP link to learn more.
We are looking for professionals to come to the
Middle School and share a lunch and your work
experience with our students in our Career Café
program. Please contact BCMS if you are
interested in helping out at (208) 267-5852.
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