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Title: Rising 9th Grade


1
Welcome DDMS
  • Rising 9th Grade
  • Class of 2015

2
Goals of Parent Night
  • To learn about the new Future Ready Core high
    school graduation requirements
  • To understand courses your student must take to
    meet the new graduation requirements
  • To better understand the rigor of high school
  • To lessen the stress and anxiety of high school
    transition time

3
High School Lingo
  • NCWise NumberStudent identification number
  • Block Schedule A schedule with 4 class periods
    lasting 90 minutes each
  • AP Course Advanced Placement Course. College
    Level Course. At many high schools, students
    would be eligible to take AP courses in 11th and
    12th grade, but not before.
  • Honors Course Course designed to challenge the
    highly motivated student
  • Credit Unit earned upon successfully completing
    a high school course
  • CTE Career and Technical Education
  • Required course Course that must be taken to
    fulfill graduation requirements
  • Elective course Non-required course that is
    chosen by student interest
  • Pathway-Cluster of courses in a specific area,
    such as CTE or the arts
  • ACT and SAT - college admissions assessments
  • FRCFuture Ready Core, NC graduation requirements
    for students entering high school in 2009-2010
    and beyond
  • VoCATSState-mandated final exams for CTE courses
  • GPA Grade point average, computed based on
    number of courses taken and grades earned
  • Transcript Report of your grades, attendance,
    GPA. Colleges will request this with your
    applications.

4
Future Ready Core!
  • "The Future-Ready Core will help ensure that
    students graduate with the academic foundation
    they need for success in the global economy"

5
Math 4 Credits
  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
  • 4th Math Course to be aligned with the student's
    post high school plans
  • In the rare instance a student is unable to
    complete the math requirements, upon principal
    approval they may be exempt.

6
English 4 Credits
  • English I, II, III, IV

7
Science 3 Credits
  • Biology
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Physical Science (Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
  • Courses do not have to be taken in this order and
    the sequences varies at each high school.

8
Social Studies 3 Credits
  • World History
  • Civics and Economics
  • U.S. History
  • Beginning with current 7th graders, students may
    be required to take a fourth social studies
    course.

9
Health and Physical Education 1 Credit
  • We highly recommend it be completed during
    freshman year!

10
Electives 6 Credits
  • 2 elective credits of any combination from either
    Career and Technical Education, Arts Education,
    Second Languages. Four elective credits strongly
    recommended from one of the following Career and
    Technical Education, JROTC (not offered at all
    schools), Arts Education, and any other subject
    area (Math, Science, Social Studies, English.)

11
Foreign Language
  • Not required for high school graduation, but 2
    credits (minimum) required for admission to the
    UNC system.

12
Computer Skills
  • No requirement, and currently there is not a
    computer proficiency test.

13
Total Credits
  • TOTAL 26 CREDITS to graduate from Most Wake
    County High Schools
  • (other counties/magnet school options may be
    different)

14
Career and Technical Education
  • Students are encouraged to use four elective
    credits to concentrate in an area of special
    interest.
  • To qualify as a CTE Concentrator for graduation,
    students must earn four credits within one of the
    career clusters.

15
Career Clusters
  • Agriculture Education
  • Business and Information Technology Education
  • Career Development Education
  • Family Consumer Sciences Education
  • Health Occupations Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Technology Education
  • Trade Industrial Education
  • (State Career Cluster list not all schools have
    each cluster.)

16
End Of Course Tests
  • EOC tests are required for
  • Algebra 1
  • Biology
  • Civics and Economics
  • English 1
  • U.S. History
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Physical Science
  • EOCs count as 25 of the final course grade!

17
Sample Course Selections for 9th Graders
  • English 1
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Healthful Living
  • Additional Course (Elective)
  • Additional Course (Elective)
  • Additional Course (Elective)
  • Electives are courses you choose to take.
    You can take a core course as an elective.

18
Sample Schedule
  • Semester 1
  • English I Honors
  • World History Honors
  • Healthful Living
  • Creative Writing
  • Semester 2
  • Algebra 1
  • Earth Science
  • Computer Applications 1
  • Career Management

19
ORYou take all Honors Courses and begin a
Foreign Language
  • Semester 1
  • English I Honors
  • W History Honors
  • Healthful Living
  • Spanish I
  • Semester 2
  • Biology Honors
  • Geometry Honors
  • Computer Apps I
  • Spanish II

20
GPA Quality Points
Grade Standard Honors AP Courses
A 4 5 6
B 3 4 5
C 2 3 4
D 1 2 3
F 0 0 0
21
Foreign Language
  • Second Language is generally not recommended for
    9th graders unless they started second language
    in the 8th grade or are taking Honors English.
  • Not required for graduation, but required for
    admission to the UNC system.
  • Two credits must be in the same language.
  • Spanish, French, German, Latin
  • Language course offerings vary from school to
    school!

22
Attendance
  • Wake County policy dictates that a student absent
    for more than 10 days in a semester class or 20
    days in a yearlong class can be assigned a grade
    of FF indicating failure due to excessive
    absences. This includes both excused and
    unexcused absences.
  • 2 absences in a block scheduled class is like
    missing 4 days of learning.

23
DWFHS (Driving while Failing High School)
  • At 14 ½ years old, students can sign up for the
    30 hour classroom portion of Driver Education.
  • Students must pass 70 of courses (3 out of 4 on
    a block schedule) to be able to obtain or
    maintain their drivers license!

24
Athletic Eligibility
  • All incoming freshmen are eligible for athletics
    fall semester of their freshman year.
  • After first semester of their freshman year,
    students are eligible if they pass three of their
    four classes during the semester previous to the
    sport they wish to play.
  • All students participating in athletics must have
    been in attendance for at least 85 of the days
    in the previous semester.

25
Thoughts to Ponder
  • Recommendations are made by current teachers for
    9th grade
  • The block schedule pace is fast. Each block is
    450 minutes/week!
  • Think carefully about high school activities and
    how much time they will take (band, athletics,
    drama, etc.)
  • Ask yourselfwould I have time to do all of this?
  • Your student WILL HAVE HOMEWORK MOST NIGHTS!
  • Students do not get to select which courses they
    get each semester.

26
College Planning? In Middle School?
  • College Admission Offices pay careful attention
    to the following
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Difficulty of course load
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Class rank
  • HS and community activities, involvement
  • Recommendations
  • ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO START PLANNING!

27
SPAN
  • Students can register for high school courses
    through SPAN at home.  All students must have a
    printed copy of their high school course
    selection, signed and returned on the day they
    are scheduled to finalize in the lab with the
    counselor.
  • Mrs. Drake will be available in front of the
    cafeteria during 8th grade lunch from 1200-100
    March 7th, 8th and 10th (M/T/Th.)to help students
    and parents with registration questions.

28
Registering on SPAN
  • Detailed instructions are available in your
    packet titled Registration from Home.
  • Students will select 8 primary (1st choice)
    credit courses AND 3 alternate elective (2nd
    choice) credit courses.
  • Choose CAREFULLY because many 9th graders will
    have alternates in their final schedule.

29
High School Open House Dates
  • High School Open House Dates
  • January 26, 5-7pm Broughton HS Open House
  • January 27, 630 Garner HS Open House
  • January 27 Enloe Open House
  • February 10 Southeast Raleigh Open House
  • February 17 Panther Creek Open House
  • February 24, 7pm Athens Drive Open House
  • February 24, 6-7pm Cary HS Open House
  • February 24 Middle Creek HS Open House
  • February 28 Apex HS Open House
  • March 2, 6-8pm Green Hope HS Open House
  • March 3, 7-830pm Broughton HS Open House
  • March 3, 630 Leesville HS Open House

30
Important Dates
  • March 7 SPAN opens for registration
  • March 7, 8,10 Mrs. Drake available by cafeteria
    from 12-1 to answer high school registration
    questions
  • March 9, 900-1000-Coffee with Karen.
    Presentation from current Green Hope High School
    parents about what to expect in high school
  • March 14-18 All 8th grade students will
    finalize course selection with Mrs. Drake in the
    school computer lab.

31
CFNC The College Foundation of North Carolina
  • Numerous resources for high school/college
    planning.
  • Access CFNC, check out the high school planner
    tab for more information
  • www.cfnc.org

32
Transition Survival Tips
  • Be interested and enthusiastic about their move
    to high school.
  • Dont plan family vacations during the school
    year!
  • Make sure your child keeps their mind engaged
    during the summer.
  • Bookmark both DDMS and your students high
    schools homepage. Know important dates.
  • Teach your child how to advocate for themselves
    only get involved when necessary. Set goals with
    child for each quarter and/or semester
  • Discuss assignments with child
  • Set a regular time and place for homework
  • Communicate with teachers
  • Monitor academic progress on SPAN
  • Provide daily encouragement

33
Resources
  • High School Planning Guide 2011-2012 This
    contains Graduation Requirements, Promotion
    Requirements, Description of Courses
    http//www.wcpss.net/curriculum-instruction/docs_d
    ownloads/planning-guides/index.html
  • College Foundation of NC www.cfnc.org
  • College Board www.collegeboard.com
  • Questions? Comments?
  • Dana Drake, 8th grade counselor
  • ddrake_at_wcpss.net 919-387-3043
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