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Title: Welcome to Mercer Island High School


1
Welcome to Mercer Island High School
  • IMS Pre-Registration NightClass of 2017
  • January 28, 2013

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Transition for Parents
3
Transition for Students
4
Goal
  • To develop a meaningful daily life schedule
    for entry into high school that meets your
    academic and personal needs.
  • Think about the courses you choose in relation
    to the following
  • Placement
  • Balance

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Todays Activities
  • Review Registration Materials
  • Review Important Dates
  • Discuss Course Requirements
  • Consider Elective Options
  • Develop a draft of 9th grade schedule with
    alternate choices
  • Department Head Forum

6
Materials Received
  • Course Catalog Program of Studies
  • electronic version available on MIHS website
  • Draft Registration Worksheet
  • Skyward Registration Instructions with Student
    Skyward Password

7
Schedule of Events
  • Monday 1/28 Pre-Registration Night
  • Tuesday 1/29 On-Line Registration Opens
  • Thursday 1/31 Student QA at IMS
  • (IMS Library during math)
  • Friday 2/1 Parent QA at IMS
  • (IMS Library 200p-330p)
  • Wednesday 2/6 On-Line Registration Closes
  • Wednesday 2/27 The High School Journey
  • (hosted by the PTSA)

8
Themes to Keep in Mind for a Successful Freshman
Year
  • Balance
  • Find balance between stress, opportunity,
    happiness and challenge.
  • Proper Placement in Classes
  • Choose appropriate classes that match your
    academic skills AND your commitment to each
    course.

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Balance Sample Time Budget
  • Sleep 8 hrs
  • Meals 2 hrs (30 min/B L and 1 hr D)
  • School 7 hrs (8am - 3pm)
  • Honors class 30 min/class
  • Regular class 20 min/class
  • Family commitments 1 hr
  • Friends 1 hr
  • Sports 2 hrs
  • Misc. Extra-Curricular 1 hr/activity
  • (work, clubs, volunteer, etc.)
  • NOTE This means that 24 to 24.5 hrs/day spent
    on being a typical teenager going to high school
    taking 6 regular classes. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE!!

10
Proper Placement in Classes
  • Academic Skill Level
  • reading, writing, math
  • Commitment to the Course
  • Time Management Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Accountability

11
Whats in a 9th grade schedule?
  • Six (6) classes each semester is a full schedule
  • 3 required courses (English, Math and Science)
  • 3 elective courses that match your interests and
    goals
  • One (1) open period
  • Provides down-time to help adjust to high school
  • Allows time during the day to talk to teachers
    and counselors
  • Allows time to study
  • Allows time for assigned group work
  • B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Advisory Group
  • Assigned randomly to multi-grade groups

12
Honors Classes
  • Curriculum is covered with more depth
  • Challenging Coursework
  • In-Depth Analysis
  • Comfortable with abstract concepts
  • Ability to make connections and leaps of logic
  • Able to draw conclusions from facts
  • More Independent Homework
  • Students are expected to find answers and
    solutions on their own

13
3 Parts To An Honors Student
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Characteristics of an Honors Student
  • Intellect or Brain Power
  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Able to complete more independent work outside of
    class
  • Demonstrates strong ability to comprehend complex
    materials
  • Able to relate and expand ideas and concepts
  • Able to apply abstract ideas to new situations
  • Motivation
  • Passionate about subject
  • Looks for academic challenges outside of class
  • Self Discipline/Time Management Skills
  • Diligent homework habits
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Strong self-advocate

15
English (p15)
  • REGULAR
  • English 9
  • 1 English Credit 1 class period
  • English 9 with Applied Technology
  • 1 English Credit 1 CTE Credit 2 class periods
  • HONORS
  • English 9 Honors
  • 1 English Credit 1 class period
  • English 9 Honors with Applied Technology
  • 1 English Credit 1 CTE Credit 2 class periods
  • NOTE English class is the same with or without
    Applied Technology

16
Applied Technology CommunicationApplied Tech
(p46)
  • Use writing assignments in English class to
    develop
  • Technical Writing Skills
  • Writing Mechanics
  • Career Unit
  • Resume Writing
  • Career Exploration
  • Developing Technical Documents

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Math (p29)(Please talk to your current math
teacher for recommendation)
Current IMS Course 9th Grade Options
Math 8 Algebra 1 Algebra P1 (extended)
Algebra Algebra 1 Geometry Honors
Geometry Geometry Honors Algebra 2 Honors
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Science (p35)
  • Chemistry 1 Options
  • Regular
  • Honors Completion of Algebra 1 with a B or
    better is highly recommended
  • Physics 1 Options
  • Regular
  • Honors Completion of Algebra 1 with a B or
    better is highly recommended
  • The computer randomly chooses which science is
    taken first.

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Chemistry 1/Physics 1 Challenge Test
  • Must have content knowledge and skills (e.g.,
    summer lab work) to move directly to Biology in
    9th grade.
  • This test provides placement into Biology, not
    credit for chemistry 1 and physics 1.
  • All 8th grade students will be sent a letter on
    February 4th.
  • Register by March 1st on MISD website.
  • Test Date Wed., March 6th at 130p-330p
  • Location IMS

24
Why Take Electives?
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Connection to Personal Interest
  • Academic Schedule with Rigor
  • College Entrance Requirement
  • Graduation Requirement

25
World Language (p39)
  • MIHS offers 3 languages
  • French
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Successful completion of 2 years of middle school
    Spanish or Mandarin Chinese allows for enrollment
    into Level 2 (B or better is highly
    recommended).

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Social Studies (p22)
  • Global Studies (1 year)
  • Global History (1 semester)
  • (NOTE Either course meets the pre-requisite for
    10th grade Honors World History/World Cultures)
  • Washington State History (PNW) (1 sem)
  • (NOTE Take only if you did not take or pass 7th
    grade
  • LASS.)

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Other 9th Grade Electives
  • Academic Elective
  • Journalism 1, Debate
  • Fine Arts Visual Performing (2 sem) (p59)
  • Visual Arts Ceramics, Photography, Drawing
    Painting
  • Performing Arts Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
    and Drama
  • NOTE Band Camp is the week of August 19th
  • Career Technical Ed - CTE (2 sem) (p45)
  • Applied Tech, Accounting, Multi-Media, Computers,
    Radio,
  • Gas-Engine Repair

31
CTE Classes That Offer Community College Credit
Tech Prep Program
  • Accounting 1
  • Video Arts
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Engineering Technology 1 2
  • Computer Programming 1 2
  • Web Multimedia
  • Note PROGRAM FEE APPLIES
  • MUST GET A B OR BETTER TO QUALIFY

32
Other 9th Grade Electives (cont.)
  • Family Consumer Science (1 sem) (p48)
  • Image is the name of the health class for
    freshman
  • Physical Education (3 sem) (p69)
  • PE Core, Team Sports, Net Sports, Yoga, Cheer,
    Drill
  • Directed Athletics (On and Off Campus)
  • Special Education Classes (p72)
  • Individual Family Meetings review IEPs and
    answer questions
  • Non-Departmental Classes
  • Leadership, Teachers Assistant

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Alternate Courses
  • Elective courses are not guaranteed, except
  • World Language, Social Studies, Band Orchestra
  • Must choose at least 2 courses max 3
  • Be mindful that some courses are semester-long
    and some are year-long.

36
In Summary.
  • You received
  • Information on how to create your 9th grade
    schedule
  • Program of Studies (course catalog)
  • Blank Registration Worksheet
  • Skyward Access Registration Instruction w/
    Student Skyward Password (DO NOT LOSE!)
  • You created a first draft of your 9th grade
    schedule for next year.
  • A video and this PowerPoint presentation will be
    available on the MIHS website after January 31st

37
Adrienne Suhm
  • Sophomore Student Guest Speaker

38
What Happens Now?
  • Department Head Forum
  • Location Main Hallway
  • Special Student QA Table
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