Monthly Update from Dr Keltner

Great things continue to happen at South High School!


Congratulations to Twisha Nadella, Kaelen Raible, and Nick Stovall for being named as a National Merit Semifinalists and to Grace Boyer, Karthik Digavalli, and Leo Wright, who have just been named as National Merit Commended Students!  These honors are based upon the scores these students earned as juniors on the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and place them among the top high school scholars in the United States!  Semifinalists are automatically eligible to be chosen as National Merit Finalists later in the school year.  Great work!


With respect to assessment, October marks a time each year when we engage in standardized testing of our students.  In particular, two assessments which can have a major impact on college opportunities are provided for students.  First of all, a number of our seniors (who requested this option) will be taking the ACT exam at FZS on Tuesday, Oct. 5.  Additionally, the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is given at FZS during this month on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to interested juniors, although sophomores and freshmen may elect to take the test if they wish to do so.  Scores from the PSAT (for junior students) determine which of next year’s seniors receive National Merit Scholar recognition.  For more information about any of our testing programs, please visit with your son’s or daughter’s counselor at FZS.


Impressive results regarding student achievement and exciting co-curricular activities, including our recent Homecoming festivities, all reflect on the outstanding things happening for students so far during this school year!  Your involvement in and support of the excitement occurring at South High School is a tremendous part of the success we experience each day, and I look forward to the accomplishments the remainder of this semester will bring.



Kevin Keltner, Ed.D.