Preparation for the ACT or SAT

By: Janeen Scaringelli, FVHS Registrar

Dear Parents,

Getting ready for college is a stressful time in a teen’s life.  ACT and SAT prep can be especially intense.  Fortunately, there are ways that parents can ease test anxiety and give their teens the support they need for exam success.

Stay Calm and Keep Things in Perspective

Your child will be anxious about his or her test scores.  So will you.  You care about their future as much as they do, and you may know more than they do about their upcoming challenges.  But test anxiety is contagious.  Keep your worries in check.  If you can face test prep setbacks calmly, your teen will have the confidence to keep trying.

No Gossip or Bragging

When your child is making great progress in their test prep, it’s easy to run out and tell everyone.  But you know what’s hard?  Preparing for the ACT or SAT in front of an audience.  Mastering test skills is stressful enough with just you watching your teen.  Keep your child’s test prep between you and them.  That way, your teen will focus on their own performance, not on what other people think of their performance.

Start Early and Plan in Advance

Talk to your child about the importance of ACT and SAT scores early on, in their first or second year of high school.  Encourage them to get started with one of our test prep courses.

FVHS offers successful prep courses to help your child be more successful for their test.

  • Practice online anytime for any standardized test
  • Practice questions styled after actual test samples
  • Video lectures, presentation notes & learning tips
  • Integrated, LIVE tutoring support


Dates to Know:


SAT Dates

Where Do We Register?



Graduation Requirements

  • Remember, not only does your child need a good ACT/SAT score for university entrance, they need it to graduate from FVHS if they have not passed a state exit exam.

Graduation Minimum Scores:


  • Reading: 19
  • Math: 15


  • Critical Reading: 430
  • Math: 340

University Requirements

  • 3.0 in core classes (B)
  • ACT: 22
  • SAT: 1120

The above scores are based on most state universities, but can vary.  Please check admission requirements to any university your child is interested in attending.


Important Information for High School Parents

The earlier you reach out to your children in their high school years, the less stressed they will be to fulfill their dreams after graduation.

Talk to your child about how to pay for college.  Research scholarships early and apply for FAFSA at:


Transitioning Students to An Online Classroom

Transitioning to an online classroom can be an adjustment for students. Interactions with instructors and other students will be entirely online. The following tips are very important to make this transition as easy as possible, so students can begin learning and succeeding.

Create a Designated Workspace

  • Remove distractions
  • Put phone in another room
  • Block some sites if needed
  • Log off other accounts

Use Personal Discipline

  • Finish schoolwork before chatting with others
  • Establish a schedule and stick to it

Learn to Prioritize and Plan

  • Make a to-do list
  • Cross off items when they’re finished
  • Reward yourself with a short break when reaching the end of a lesson

Franklin Preparation Tips

  • Read the Student Handbook, found in your FVHS account.
  • Make sure you know who to contact for guidance/technical support.

Mathematics – Tips for Success

By: Mrs. Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor

Quote of the Day

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

– Og Mandino

Math Humor

What is the hidden math term?


Teacher’s tips to be successful while taking online classes:

  1. Practice good time management. Don’t think that online classes are faster because they are not. Try to have good attendance and don’t allow big breaks that will put you behind.
  2. Great interaction with your instructors and peers is a very important strategy in online learning.
  3. Read carefully the courses requirements. When you start working on Performance Tasks in math classes, please read the instructions very carefully. These assignments have a lot of writing tasks that substitute for regular math calculations.
  4. It is very important to take E-notes. By doing this, you will be better prepared when you have quizzes and tests because you will have your own review material. E-notes are available to use during tests and quizzes!
  5. If you have multiple classes on your schedule, start with the one that you like the most.
  6. Make sure that your study place is quiet and far from distractions.
  7. Keep yourself motivated.
  8. Create your own schedule. Plan carefully the time that you will spend for each class. Remember our rule of thumb: one hour per day per class will keep you on track.

Have a good day!



Avoiding Plagiarism

By: Melissa Daniel, FLC English Department

What is plagiarism?

  • Presenting someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own.
  • Copying someone’s words and presenting them as your own.
  • Taking someone’s words and changing a few of them here and there.
  • Using someone’s work as your own.
  • Restating a text or passage in another form without giving credit to the author.
  • Copying information from a book, the Internet, or another source without giving credit to the author.

How do I avoid plagiarism?

  1. The first step to avoiding plagiarism is to cite the source(s) of your information.
  2. The second step to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure that your writing is very different from the original source.
  3. The third step to avoiding plagiarism is to put quotation marks around any phrases that are copied directly from the original source.
Avoiding plagiarism is about giving credit where credit is due!

You should always use citations to acknowledge sources of information that are not your own thoughts. A citation should include the following:

  1.  Name of the person who created the work
  2.  Title of the work
  3.  Date of publication
  4.  Name and location of the publisher
  5.  Volume number, page number, edition, etc. are needed for direct quotes.
Go to for help with citation formatting.
Remember to read pages 12-15 of your FVS/FLC Student Handbook to understand our plagiarism policy and the consequences of violating it.

Online Test Taking Strategies

By: Bryan Maxwell, Franklin Social Studies Department Chair

Test taking can be really stressful for students. Whether you are taking a test in a classroom setting or an online setting, there are often feelings of stress and uneasiness. Fortunately, there are strategies for students to use to aid and even relieve the stress of test taking.

For the purpose of this article, I would like to focus on some test taking strategies for students who are new to the online platform.  Before getting too deep into this piece, on a positive note, many of the same strategies that can be used in a classroom test-taking setting can be used in an online platform as well. However, it is important to understand that there are some important differences, and students who are new to the online platform should be ready for them.

One of the most basic tips for test takers in the online platform is to read and understand the test guidelines. This will give students the basic knowledge of when the test will take place and how long a student has to complete the test. Another test taking strategy that applies for online test takers is to make sure to create a quiet area with no distractions. In many situations, students are able to take their tests at home. When doing this, it is possible to have those daily distractions that one would not normally have when taking a test in a classroom setting.

Finally, make sure to review answers for accuracy before clicking the submit button. This may seem like something that students would do during any type of examination, but sometimes there may be a rush to get the test submitted. To avoid this situation, always leave enough time for review.

For more information on online test taking strategies, please visit the following website:


Improving Math Skills

By: Doina Beljic, Franklin Mathematics Instructor

  • Do you want to excel in your math classes?

  • Do you want to learn and practice new math skills each day?

  • Do you want to improve your mental power?

If your answer is “yes” to all of these questions, then we have found an online place for you to help make your dreams come true!


This website is specially designed to show you how to have fun with math by playing games and answering questions as you practice new skills daily. MATHOPOLIS covers math skills from first grade through high school level.

Give it a try, and enjoy the power of learning!

Happy Holidays!


10 Benefits of Choosing an Online, Virtual High School

1. Convenience

Balance your life by taking classes when you have time. Franklin offers flexibility according to your current lifestyle. If you’re working full-time, no problem. Study when it’s convenient for you.

2. No Stress About Credit Transfers

Franklin courses are fully accredited. To future employers, this degree is as valuable as a traditional one, but gives you an education on your terms. Franklin staff works with you to achieve your educational goals, whether it be credit recovery for one class, or a full diploma. They also work with you to be sure your credits will transfer to any school you choose.

3. Location

Anytime, anywhere studying. No commute necessary. You no longer have to worry about getting to school on time. And you can wear your pajamas!

4. No Sign-Up Timeline

No “school year” determining when you need to complete your courses. No adherence to school holidays and breaks. Sign up anytime to start your education.

5. Self-Paced Learning

Choose your own pace. You’re in charge of when and how much to study. It’s proven to be more effective for independent learners.

6. Support

Franklin programs come with an online tutor and teachers to help support learning and keep you focused. Technical support is also available if necessary.

7. Greater Ability to Concentrate

For shy or introverted students, or those who are easily distracted by other students or noisy classrooms, Franklin is an ideal option. Medical or social reasons are no barrier to your education when you can learn at home.

8. Unique Variety to Suit Your Interests

Franklin offers a wide range of courses, some of which may not be available at a traditional high school. These can prepare you for college courses, or a career. Some unique courses are Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Audio Engineering, Game Design, and a Nursing or Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course.

9. Opportunity to Graduate Early

Driven students can take a more challenging course load and waste no time getting into college or a career sooner than the typical student. Franklin staff works with students to be sure they are on the best path to their educational goals.

10. Flexibility

Taking a month-long vacation? No problem, take your classes with you! Study from a hotel in Mexico, China, or Paris, it makes no difference. And there’s no need to ask permission from your instructors.

Contact Us At:


(880) 990-3847 to learn more today!