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Title: Freshman Year Counts


1
Freshman Year Counts
  • Presented by
  • Battlefield HS School Counselors
  • 2011-2012

2
Workshop Agenda
  • Who is my counselor and how can he/she help me?
  • Diploma types and graduation requirements
  • GPA and a brief look at college
  • Study Skills video and discussion
  • Resources for help
  • Question Answer

3
Counselors Responsibilities
  • Help students succeed academically, personally,
    and socially
  • Academic planning
  • Collaborate with teachers, principals, students,
    and parents
  • College and career planning

4
Meeting with your Counselor
  • How to see your counselor
  • Come to the Counseling Center outside of class
    time to schedule an appointment with the
    Counseling Center secretaries Mrs. Burchfield
    or Ms. Hummel.
  • If you have an emergency or you need immediate
    assistance
  • Let your teacher know, get a pass, and come down
    right away.
  • Let the Counseling secretary know it is an
    emergency.

5
Ms. Julie Byrne
  • Director of School Counseling

6
Mr. Eric McCaslin
  • A - Cg

7
Ms. Carol ODonnell
  • Ch-Fo

8
Ms. Elizabeth Chase-Kang
  • Fr-Ji

9
Ms. Tiffany Kaufman
  • Jk-Mb

10
Mr. Matt Sisson
  • Mc-Po

11
Ms. Vanessa Smith
  • Pr-Sta

12
Ms. Elle Nguyen
  • Ste-Z

13
Student Helpers
  • Psychologist - Mrs. Leazer
  • Social Worker - Mrs. Romano
  • New Horizons Counselor -Ms. Gubitosa
  • School Nurse - Mrs. Fairbanks
  • School Principal - Mrs. Ethridge-Conti
  • Teachers
  • Assistant Principals
  • Security Office

14
Career/College Counseling Center
  • Career Assessment - BRIDGES (Finds Career Matches
    through your interests and abilities.)
  • College Research Tools Family Connection,
    Virginia Wizard, college view books.
  • Test Prep for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT Tests.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship Info Brochures,
    Search Engines, Scholarship File.
  • Alternative Career Paths Military,
    Apprenticeships, Trade Schools.

15
Diploma Types (for students who entered 9th Grade
in 2011)
  • Standard Diploma
  • 4 English
  • 3 Math
  • 3 Science
  • 3 Social Studies
  • 2 HPE
  • 1 Economics Personal Finance
  • 2 Fine Arts, CTE or Foreign Language
  • 4 Additional Electives (including 2 sequential
    electives)
  • For a total of 22 credits
  • 6 Verified Credits/Passing the class and the SOL
  • Advanced Studies Diploma
  • 4 English
  • 4 Math
  • 4 Science
  • 4 Social Studies
  • 2 HPE
  • 1 Economics Personal Finance
  • 1 Fine/Practical Art
  • 3 Foreign Language or 2/2
  • 3 Additional Electives
  • For a total of 26 credits
  • 9 Verified Credits/Passing the class and the SOL

16
Think Ahead
  • Its very helpful to have a sense of direction
    for your future
  • Its also helpful to know whats required for
    what you want to do
  • Its okay to change your mind on what you plan to
    do
  • Its never too early to start thinking about and
    exploring careers

17
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18
Grades
  • Grading Scale
  • A 90 100----------- 4.0
  • B 87 89------------ 3.4
  • B 80 86------------- 3.0
  • C 77 - 79------------- 2.4
  • C 70 76------------- 2.0
  • D 67 69------------ 1.4
  • D 60 - 66------------ 1.0
  • F 59 and below------ 0.0
  • Passing grades earn 1 credit for each class
    each year
  • How many credits do you need to earn to be a 10th
    Grader?

19
How GPAs work
  • Student A
  • 9th grade 2.1
  • 10th grade 3.3
  • 11th grade 3.3
  • Cum GPA 2.9
  • Student B
  • 9th grade 3.5
  • 10th grade 3.3
  • 11th grade 3.3
  • Cum GPA 3.4

20
What colleges are looking for
  • Challenging courses even 9th grade!
  • GPA
  • Test scores
  • Athletics/Activities
  • Essays and letters of recommendation

21
Colleges are getting harder to get into
  • Average GPAs for college admission are going up.
  • George Mason 3.56
  • James Madison 3.75
  • Virginia Tech 3.85
  • Most Virginia state schools are looking for a 3.0
    GPA or higher

22
Family Connection
  • A website we use as a family-student-school
    communication device and a college application
    tool
  • Features include resume building, scattergrams,
    college searches, scholarships, enrichment
    programs
  • Visit the school website, For Students, Family
    Connection to log on

23
  • Study Skills Video
  • Importance of studying
  • Best ways to study
  • Preparing to study
  • Concentration
  • Role of reading
  • Memory and study tips

24
Classroom Tips
  • Know your learning style visual, auditory, or
    kinesthetic
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Actively listen
  • Attend school regularly

25
Attendance Policies Procedures
  • If you are absent, you have 2 school days to turn
    in an excuse note
  • If you miss 5 or more days consecutively, you
    need a doctors note
  • If you know ahead of time that you will be out of
    school for a trip or special event, please see
    your Asst. Principal to get it pre-approved.
  • Students who miss 10 or more class periods in any
    one class for the year excused or unexcused
    and who have completed little or no make-up work,
    may fail that class for the year.

26
Raising Low Grades
  • NHS Peer Tutoring Every Tuesday in Room 1124
    and every Thursday in Trailer 13 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Lunch and Learn Room 1113
  • Stay after for extra help with the teacher
    arrange with them beforehand
  • Establish a study group
  • Increase class participation
  • Re-evaluate priorities

27
Things to consider
  • Maintain a balance of course selections,
    extracurricular activities in and out of school,
    family/home commitments
  • Find strategies that help to manage stress such
    as exercising, talking with friends, watching
    comedies, etc.
  • Avoid the temptation of cheating, copying others
    work, plagiarizing
  • Try to make wise choices in and out of school
    and avoid peer pressures

28
Freshman Year Counts!
  • When a student enters high school all the doors
    are open.
  • Dont close any of the doors this year by getting
    poor grades or making poor choices.
  • Senior year will be here before you realize
  • Begin planning for June of 2015 NOW!
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