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Title: Freshman Parent Orientation


1
Freshman Parent Orientation
  • Bryan High School
  • February 9, 2009

2
Staff Introductions
  • Principal Steve Alspaugh
  • Assistant Principal Tim Rettig
  • Secretary Melinda Kunsman
  • Attendance Kathy Scheckelhoff
  • Athletic Director Brian Arnold
  • Athletic Secretary Teresa Kuzmaul
  • School Counselors
  • Shawn Grime - Freshman/Sophomore
  • Kim Bassett - Junior/Senior
  • Karen Meister

3
What To Expect in High School
  • Higher Level of Academics
  • Greater Independence and Responsibility
  • Taking New Courses
  • Having New Teachers
  • Making New Friends
  • Extracurricular Opportunities
  • Life and Career Goals After High School

4
Advice for Freshman
  • What you do your Freshman year sets the
    foundation for the next 4 years of high school.

5
Graduation Requirements
  • 21 Total Credits
  • 4 English
  • 3 Social Studies - Global Studies, U.S. History,
    Government
  • 3 Math
  • 3 Science
  • 0.5 Oral Communications
  • 0.5 Health
  • 0.5 Physical Education (2 semesters)
  • 6.5 Electives
  • 1 must be from Fine Art, Foreign Language, or
    Business/Technology

6
Honors Diploma
  • 4 English
  • 4 Math
  • 4 Science
  • 4 Social Studies
  • 1 fine art
  • 3 of one foreign language or 2 of two different
    foreign languages
  • 3.5 GPA (through 1st semester Senior year)
  • 27 ACT / 1210 SAT

Must Meet 7 of 8 Criteria
7
High School Paths
8
Recommended If Going To College
  • English - 4 years
  • Math - 4 years (up through Algebra 2)
  • Science - 3/4 years
  • Social Studies - 3 years
  • Fine Arts - 1 year
  • Foreign Language - 3/4 years
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT/SAT Score
  • School/Community Involvement

9
Building A Strong Transcript
  • Credits
  • Awarded at semester for passing grades (60)
  • Semester courses are worth 0.5 credits (exception
    is Reading Enrich. and PE worth 0.25)
  • Course History
  • Strength of schedule and total number of credits
    in subject areas
  • GPA
  • Calculated each semester based upon semester
    grades (average of 2 quarters and exam)
  • 4.0 scale
  • Class Rank
  • Calculated each semester and based upon
    cumulative GPA and strength of schedule

10
Getting Into College
  • A
  • A-
  • B
  • B
  • B-
  • C
  • C
  • Colleges only see grades from 9, 10, 11.
  • State schools are getting more selective.
  • OSU - 72 had 26 on ACT / 57 ranked in top 10
    of class / 91 ranked in top quarter
  • Miami - 3.5 GPA / 58 had 26 ACT / 79 ranked in
    top 30 of class
  • Students with lower GPA/ACT scores may take
    college readiness courses or be put on academic
    watch.
  • Competition for scholarships has intensified.

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11
Four County Career Center
  • Offer 30 vocational/technical programs that
    prepare students for high skill/high wage
    careers.
  • Recommended for ALL students who do not plan to
    attend college.
  • Will attend their Junior Senior year.
  • Must have 6.5 credits to apply and 8 credits to
    attend.
  • Several Tech Prep and dual enrollment programs
    that will allow students with certain academic
    standing to earn college credit while in high
    school.
  • Many of these students then go on to attend
    2-year and 4-year colleges.
  • Many students find themselves being more
    successful and involved at Four County.

12
School Day Structure
  • 750 AM - 245 PM
  • 7 classes (will show as 6 periods on schedule)
  • 4 minutes between classes
  • 4th period is split into 5 sections (2 classes
    and 1 lunch)
  • Lunch is either 4A, 4C, or 4E for 26 minutes
  • Activity Period - used on Fridays to hold
    meetings and school events

13
Sample Schedule
14
Registration Process
  • BMS - February 10th 11th / St. Pats - February
    10th
  • Due Feb. 13th to Mr. Bennett (BMS) or Mrs.
    Schaffter (St. Pats).
  • Teachers will make recommendations on which
    levels students should take. As a parent you
    have the right to override that recommendation.
  • Must be signed by a parent/guardian and by
    English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We
    request they get signature from Art if taking Art
    1 as well.
  • Special Education Students - Teachers will assist
    in registration process to determine appropriate
    courses in accordance with IEP.
  • Schedules will be mailed towards the end of the
    school year.
  • The school has the right to change student
    schedules at any time and there are no guarantees
    that requests will be honored.

15
Schedule Changes
  • You have the first 10 days of the semester to
    add/drop any course.
  • Any drop after 10 days will be a withdrawal
    failure and a meeting must be held.
  • Yearlong courses WILL NOT be dropped at the
    semester unless school supported.
  • Preferred that band not be dropped after the
    completion of band camp.
  • Please try to make schedule changes prior to the
    beginning of the next year.
  • Teacher changes/requests will NOT be made.

16
Required Courses English
  • Intermediate English 9
  • Intended for students with lower English skills
    (reading and writing)
  • Intermediate English also meets college
    requirements
  • Students have the option of moving to College
    Prep English their Sophomore if they show
    progress
  • College Prep English 9
  • Intended for students with higher English skills
    (reading and writing) and who intend to go to
    college
  • There will be NO summer reading this year!
  • LD English 9 - For students on IEP who need
    small-group instruction.

17
Required Courses Math
  • Math 9
  • Intended for students who struggle with math
  • Math 9 and Math 10 combined are the same thing as
    Algebra I, just covered at a slower pace over 2
    years
  • Algebra I
  • Intended for students having success in general
    math or those who have had struggles with Algebra
    I
  • Geometry
  • Intended for students who have been successful in
    Algebra I
  • Geometry is very different and students may find
    themselves performing at a lower level so be
    prepared
  • LD Math 9 - For students on IEP who need
    small-group instruction.

18
Required Courses Social Studies
  • Comprehensive Global Studies 1 2
  • Intended for students who struggle with the
    reading and memorization required with social
    studies.
  • Will be determined by teacher recommendation.
  • Global Studies 1 2
  • May take Global 2 over summer and sign up for
    Global 1 during Freshman year

19
Required Courses Science
  • Comprehensive Science 9
  • Quarter of biology, environmental, chemistry, and
    physics
  • Intended for students desiring a more basic,
    inquiry approach to science
  • Accelerated Science 9
  • Quarter of biology, environmental, chemistry, and
    physics
  • Intended for students who plan to pursue a career
    in science or intend to take any advanced science
    their Junior and Senior year
  • Students must demonstrate strong math and reading
    abilities and have a high interest in science

20
Required Courses Health, PE, OC
  • Recommend that ALL students have these completed
    by end of their Sophomore year, especially for
    Four County
  • Health (1 semester)
  • Physical Education (2 semesters)
  • May take over the summer, early bird (700 AM),
    or twice in one year
  • Participation in sports or outside summer
    programs does not count toward PE credit
  • Oral Communications (1 semester)
  • May take over the summer
  • This is a BHS requirement and not mandated by the
    state

21
Elective Courses
  • Study Hall (1 per semester)
  • Recommended for students who need time for work
    and will use the time productively
  • Reading Enrichment (2 semesters)
  • For those recommended based on reading
    assessments done in Jan.
  • Will have class 2 or 3 days a week and a study
    hall on the off days
  • Language Arts Electives (1 semester)
  • Study Skills/Speed Learning - recommended for any
    student needing to improve upon study skills,
    even top students

22
Elective Courses
  • Foreign Language
  • Spanish and French
  • Recommend for Freshman if planning to take 4
    years, if going to Four County, or plan on being
    in TRUST as a Senior.
  • If planning to attend Four County, they should
    take Spanish because it is now being offered at
    Four County.
  • Art
  • Art 1 (2 semesters) - Intended for serious art
    students with desire to work hard and pursue a
    career in the arts. Must have approval from MS
    art teacher.
  • Ceramics, Drawing, Fundamentals of Art (1
    semester)
  • http//www.bryanart.org

23
Elective Courses
  • Business
  • Computer Tech 1 (1 semester) - Microsoft Office
    applications
  • Computer Tech 2 (1 semester) - Choose digital
    presentation, desktop publishing, web design, or
    data management applications
  • Music (2 Semesters)
  • Womens Glee - Freshman/Sophomore females
  • A Capella - All males and Junior/Senior females
    with exception of Freshman/Sophomore females in
    Light Shines. Students trying out for Light
    Shines MUST be signed up for chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Band - Marching Band 1st semester
  • Symphonic Band - Marching Band 1st semester

24
Elective Courses
  • Work Family Life (1 Semester)
  • Managing Life Skills - managing resources and
    making consumer decisions with regards to foods
    and nutrition, clothing evaluation and
    construction, and interior design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Strategies - may take all 4 years

25
Summer School
  • Summer Option
  • 4 weeks (M-F) preceding the end of the year
  • 830-1130 / 1230-330
  • PE (AM or PM)
  • Oral Communications (AM only)
  • Global Studies 2 (AM only)
  • 90 per course
  • Letters will be mailed around Spring Break and
    registration is on first come basis
  • Pass/Fail and will not be factored into GPA

26
Credit Remediation
  • Encouraged to make up credit ASAP
  • Options
  • Retake the class
  • STEP Ahead (free) - offered each semester and
    summer
  • Virtual Learning Academy (deposit) - On-line
    during study hall or own time
  • Correspondence Course (fee) - Typically takes 5-6
    weeks to complete 0.5 credit
  • Summer School (fee) - Four County offers two
    3-week sessions for 0.5 credit

27
Athletic Eligibility
  • Eligibility determined each quarter.
  • 4th quarter of 8th grade determines eligibility
    of 1st quarter Freshman year.
  • 1.85 GPA
  • no more than 1 failing grade
  • must be enrolled in 5 one credit classes

28
Parent/Guardian Role in High School Transition
  • Share your own high school experiences.
  • Help set goals and develop a 4-year plan.
  • Monitor their academic progress.
  • Develop a study/homework plan.
  • Stay involved with the school.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep,
    exercise, stress)
  • Talk with your child about making good decisions.
  • Foster independence and responsibility by setting
    limits.
  • Be involved with their interests, activities, and
    friends.
  • Stay connected by listening and communicating.

29
Thank You For Attending!
  • Please contact a counselor or administrator with
    any questions about next year.
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