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Title: Freshman Information Night Class of 2013


1
Freshman Information Night Class of 2013
2
Welcome
  • Linda Dudderar
  • Chief Academic Officer SMCPS

Setting our focus for the evening.
3
Our Mission
  • Know the learner and the learning expecting
    excellence in both.
  • Accept NO excuses, educating ALL with rigor,
    relevance, respect, and positive relationships.

4
What do we know about your child?
5
What do we know about the Learning?
6
How do we get to excellence?
7
To this end, we have pathways of excellence
4 year program
1 year program
4 year program
4 year program
5 Career Clusters 50 individual completer
pathways
Global Intern. Studies
Fairlead
STEM Academy
Academy of Finance
9th grade
High School
8
Tonight is about the next four years
  • Our Agenda
  • Welcome to High School
  • Overview of High School Graduation Requirements
    by J. Scott Smith, Director of Secondary Schools
  • Overview of the 2009-2010 course selection
    process
  • Overview of signature pathways for freshmen
  • Breakout Sessions

9
Lets Talk About Next Year. Life in High School
James Scott Smith Director of Secondary Schools
Starting well to finish well...
10
What do you have to do to graduate from High
School in the next four years?
11
SMCPS Graduation Requirements
  • To receive a High School Diploma in St. Mary's
    County, students must
  • satisfy the following requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 21 credits, including
  • English 4
  • Social Studies 3
  • Mathematics 3
  • Science 3
  • Physical Education/Health 1
  • Technology Education 1
  • Fine Arts 1
  • Core Credit Total 16

12
Additionally
  • Pass all the High School Assessments or earn a
    combined score of 1602
  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Government
  • English II
  • Complete the student service-learning component
  • Compile a web-based career portfolio
  • Complete a program sequence

13
Completer Programs
There are basically two paths a student can take
in high school
  • Maryland University System Entrance Sequence
  • Complete 12 credits in certificate of merit
    courses, including 2 credits in a World Language
  • Mathematics credits must include Algebra 1,
    Algebra 2, and Geometry
  • Career and Technology Completer Sequence
  • Complete the 16 core credits
  • Complete 4 credits in an approved Career and
    Technology Program Sequence
  • Dual Completer Sequence
  • Complete both the University of Maryland and CTE
    sequences

14
There are Five Career Clusters
15
Each Cluster has individual completer pathways
16
Each pathway has a educational plan
The high school program of studies contains a one
page overview of each completer pathway that
summarizes what students should take over the
next four years and extends into post secondary
options. This is also available on at
www.smcps.org under the Curriculum and
Instruction tab
17

The Business, Management, and Finance cluster,
has 8 completer pathways.
And each completer pathway has and educational
plan.
18

The Communication, Media, and Arts cluster, has 8
completer pathways.
And each completer pathway has and educational
plan.
19
The Engineering, Science, and Technology cluster,
has 18 completer pathways.
And each completer pathway has and educational
plan.
20
The Life Science and Environmental Studies
cluster, has 7 completer pathways.
And each completer pathway has and educational
plan.
21
The Consumer and Human Services cluster, has 9
completer pathways.
And each completer pathway has and educational
plan.
22
All these decisions.
In the past we have had each rising freshman
decide, before they even entered the high school,
what cluster and completer they would follow
through their next four years and ultimately lead
to their post secondary ambitions. Five clusters
and fifty individual completer pathways.
23
For the class of 2013
  • We are breaking this tradition and having
    students enter high school as undeclared freshmen
  • Students will only need to focus on selecting the
    best courses for a successful freshman year, and
    leave the decisions regarding clusters and
    completer programs for later after they have
    experienced life in high school and seen the
    opportunities first hand.

24
Class of 2013 as freshmen
  • During their freshman year, students will work
    with the schools career advisor, their school
    counselor, and their teachers, to understand all
    the elements of the five clusters and fifty
    completer programs to make the best choice at the
    end of the year as they become sophomores.

25
So what do we have to do for next year?
  • New enhancements to our Student Information
    System will allow us to collect student course
    requests electronically.
  • SMCPS has developed a web based interface that
    will walk students through the process and create
    a printed copy for parent approval.

26
It all starts in the Mathematics class
At each middle school, students will be taken to
a computer lab by their current math teacher, log
in to a website using their student ID, and
select courses from a pull down menu.
27
The course options will appear
For their math course, they have four options.
Their choice will be guided by the current math
course. For example if students are currently
taking Algebra, they will select Geometry
(Honors) for next year.
28
Course Description for Algebra I CM
Once selected, a course description will appear,
including prerequisites, and credit information.
Rising freshmen will only see one content at a
time, and only those courses designated for
freshmen.
29
This will continue through all the core content
areas and then electives.
30
Printed course requests
At the end of the session, they will be prompted
to print their course requests and a hard copy
will be created. This will go home to parents
for their review. This process will ensure
that each student has the appropriate grade level
course requests. These request will be entered
in the student information system and available
for review by both the middle school and high
school counselors
31
Special Considerations
32
What are the SIGNATURE ACADEMIES?
33
Where can I get more information?
34
STEM Academy web page
Each academy website has valuable information
including a PDF of their brochure, copies of
informational power point presentations,
frequently asked questions, and an on line
application.
35
Academy of Financeweb page
Each academy website has valuable information
including a PDF of their brochure, copies of
informational power point presentations,
frequently asked questions, and an on line
application.
36
Global and International Studies web page
Each academy website has valuable information
including a PDF of their brochure, copies of
informational power point presentations,
frequently asked questions, and an on line
application.
37
Questions / Comments
  • We want your questions and feedback
  • We have response forms in the back of the
    auditorium
  • We have response forms in each of the breakout
    sessions
  • Please take the time to ask us questions and give
    us input

38
Email us
  • We have set up an email account for your
    questions and comments.
  • Please email your questions/ comments to

39
Now to the breakout sessions.
40
Breakout Sessions
There will be a twenty five minute presentation
outlining the academy, its requirements for
entry, and the course of study for the program.
STEM

Room TBA Session 1 650 to 715 Session
2 720 to 745 Session 3 750 to 815 (if
needed)
41
Breakout Sessions
AOF
There will be a twenty five minute presentation
outlining the academy, its requirements for
entry, and the course of study for the program.
Room TBA Session 1 650 to 715 Session 2 720
to 745 Session 3 750 to 815 (if needed)
42
Breakout Sessions
GIS
There will be a twenty five minute presentation
outlining the academy, its requirements for
entry, and the course of study for the program.
Room TBA Session 1 650 to 715 Session 2 720
to 745 Session 3 750 to 815 (if needed)
43
Breakout Sessions
Fairlead
There will be a twenty five minute presentation
outlining the academy, its requirements for
entry, and the course of study for the program.
Room TBA Session 1 650 to 715 Session 2 720
to 745 Session 3 750 to 815 (if needed)
44
Breakout Sessions
JAFCTC
There will be a twenty five minute presentation
outlining the academy, its requirements for
entry, and the course of study for the program.
Room Career CenterSession 1 650 to
715 Session 2 720 to 745 Session 3 750 to
815 (if needed)
45
Thank you
  • Please remember to visit www.smcps.org to learn
    more about the exciting opportunities for the
    class of 2013
  • Email questions and comments to
    classof2013_at_smcps.org
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