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Title: Course Selection Night JANUARY 14, 2015 Rising 9th-12th Graders


1
Course Selection Night JANUARY 14, 2015 Rising
9th-12thGraders
  • Welcome Parents and Students!

2
People to Know at WTHS
  • The Administrative and School Counseling Teams

3
High School Administration
  • Dr. Dennis Best, Principal
  • Mr. Joe Papeika, 9th Grade House Principal
  • Mr. Tim Keddie, 10th Grade House Principal
  • Ms. Julia Henrich, 11th Grade House Principal
  • Mr. Ryan Mulford, 12th Grade House Principal

4
School Counselors
  • Mrs. Michelle Weiss, Students A-C
  • Mr. Tom Gilroy, Students D-H
  • Mrs. Stacey Buterbaugh, Students I-Mc
  • Mrs. Shayna Kudgis, Students Me-R
  • Ms. Sarah Babins, Students S-Z
  • Mr. Matthew Tomlinson, CSSCA, ELL, Gifted

5
Requirements for Graduation
  • Classes of 2016-2019

6
Graduation Requirements
  • 24 Credit Maximum
  • 22 Credits Required to Graduate
  • Class of 2016- successful completion of a
    Graduation Project
  • Class of 2017 and beyond- proficiency on Keystone
    Examinations in Algebra 1, Biology, and
    Literature.

7
Graduation Project
  • Required for Graduation for the class of 2016
  • Successful completion of the computer
    applications course including
  • Creation of a Naviance account and student
    profile, along with completion of the career and
    personality tests
  • Completion of a resume, job application,
    statement of goals, and creation of a database
    using career research results
  • PSAT
  • Development of a timeline for completing the
    college application process with the school
    counselor
  • Written resume and college essay
  • Completion of a post-secondary application, which
    includes one of the following job application,
    college application, tech school application, or
    a military application.

8
Why Plan for Course Selection?
  • Student Success!

9
Planning for Your High School Program
  • What kind of curriculum is offered at WTHS?
  • A Standards-Based Curriculum that stresses
  • student demonstrated proficiency and
  • Integrates Pennsylvania Standards in all
    curricular areas
  • Prepares students for Keystone Exam Proficiency
    (class of 2017 beyond)
  • Assists students in completing the Graduation
    Project Requirement (Class of 2016)

10
Planning for Your High School Program
  • Preparation for Trade and Technical Employment
  • Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
  • WTHS Internship Program
  • WTHS Career Work Experience Program

11
Planning for Your High School Program
  • When do you choose your high school courses?
  • Course Selection begins now
  • Drag Sheets were distributed at WTHS today in
    science classes and should be returned by
    Wednesday, January 21st.
  • Current 8th grade students will have their Drag
    Sheets sent home the first week of February.

12
Planning for Your High School Program
  • Who is involved in the process?
  • Students, Parents, School Counselors and
    Teachers
  • What should be considered?
  • A students
  • Record of achievement
  • Educational and career goals
  • Interests and abilities

13
Planning for Your High School Program
  • Preparation for Post-High School Education
  • Undertake a rigorous program of study
  • Study beyond the minimum requirements
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT and ACT
  • AP Potential
  • Dual Enrollment Opportunities

14
Program of Studies
  • The POS can be found on the WTHS website.
  • Important program planning and departmental
    course listings can be found in this digital
    document.
  • It is important that families review course
    options with their students.
  • Students will enter elective requests in
    February.

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Graduation Requirements
24 credits maximum 22 credits required to graduate
9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12
English English English English English English English English
Math Math Math Math Math Math Elective Elective
Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Elective Elective Social Studies Social Studies
Science Science Science Science Science Science Elective Elective
Health/PE Computer Apps Health/PE Elective Elective Health/ PE Elective Elective
Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective
  • Gray Graduation Course Requirements
  • Beginning with the class of 2017,
    demonstrating proficiency on Keystone exams is a
    Graduation Requirement.
  • The successful completion of a Graduation
    Project is a Graduation Requirement for students
    in the class of 2016.

17
College Prep and General Academic Program
These schedules will prepare students to go on
to higher education or enter the work force
directly after high school. Students should
carefully select electives that further their
educational and career goals.
9th GRADE 9th GRADE 10th GRADE 10th GRADE 11th GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE 12th GRADE
English English English English English English English English
Algebra I or Algebra II Algebra I or Algebra II Algebra II or Geometry Algebra II or Geometry Geometry/Adv Math Geometry/Adv Math Elective Elective
Biology Biology Chemistry Chemistry Physics or Other Science Physics or Other Science Elective Elective
US History US History Global Studies Global Studies Elective Elective Government Public Policy Government Public Policy
PE/Health Comp Apps PE/Health Elective PE/Health Elective Elective Elective
Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective
18
College Prep/General Academic with Music and
World Language
We encourage our students who have an interest in
music to participate in performance music
courses. This sample schedule outlines how they
may take performance music courses throughout
high school and still have an opportunity to meet
graduation requirements and select electives that
help them achieve their personal goals.
9th GRADE 10th GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE
English English English English
Algebra I/Algebra II Algebra II/Geometry Geometry/Adv Math Elective
Biology Chemistry Physics or Other Science Elective
US History Global Studies Elective Government Public Policy
Comp Apps/Music (A/B) HPE/Music (A/B) HPE/Music (A/B) HPE/Music (A/B)
World Language or Electives World Language or Electives World Language or Electives World Language or Electives
19
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology
The following schedules will allow students to
participate fully in the program offered at
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and meet all
requirements for a William Tennent High School
diploma. Students who are considering attending
MBIT should make decisions about course selection
for 9th grade based on the information contained
within the sample schedule for MBIT students.
9th GRADE 9th GRADE 10th GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE
English English English English English
Math Math Math Math
Biology Biology Chemistry Physics or Other Science
US History US History Government Public Policy
Computer Applications PE/Health Global Studies
PE/Health Elective
MBIT (3.0) MBIT (3.0) MBIT (3.0)
20
AP Bound
9th GRADE 10th GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE
English (H) English (H) AP English AP English
Algebra I or Algebra II (H) Algebra II (H) or Geometry(H) Geometry (H)/ Adv Math (H) or AP Math AP Math
Biology (H) Chemistry (H) Physics (H) or AP Science AP Science
US History (H) AP World History AP Elective AP Government
Computer Applications And HPE Elective and HPE Elective and HPE AP Elective
World Language I or II World Language II or III World Language III or IV World Language IV or AP World Language
21
WTHS ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
  • Opportunities are offered beginning in grade 10.
  • Students will enter a contract agreement for
    admission into Advanced Placement Courses
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are extremely
    rigorous. They are taught at the college level
    by qualified WTHS teachers.
  • Students are required to assume responsibility
    for obtaining and completing their AP Summer
    Assignments.
  • Students may earn college credit at participating
    colleges and universities by achieving a
    designated score on the AP Exam.

22
WTHS Departmental Offerings of AP Courses
  • Art
  • AP Studio Art
  • BCTE
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Micro-Economics
  • English
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • Mathematics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • Music
  • AP Music Theory
  • Science
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • Social Studies
  • AP European History
  • AP Macro-Economics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US Government
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • World Languages
  • AP Spanish

23
Elective Programs
  • Students are encouraged to review the Program of
    Studies and speak to their counselors and
    teachers concerning appropriate elective courses.
  • ART
  • BUSINESS, COMPUTERS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES
  • FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE
  • HEALTH PE
  • MUSIC
  • TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
  • WORLD LANGUAGE

24
ACADEMIC DISTINCTION AND CLASS RANK
  • To acknowledge students academic achievement,
    academic distinction is awarded upon completion
    of high school. The levels of academic
    distinction reflect the students cumulative
    grade point averages for all subjects. Advanced
    Placement, Dual Enrollment and Honors courses
    carry a weighted factor, as shown in the Program
    of Studies.
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.6
  • Cum Laude 3.3
  • Beginning with the Class of 2017, a students
    class rank will be included on the William
    Tennent High School transcripts upon parent
    request.

25
Rising 9th graders and the WTHS Course Selection
Process
  • In conjunction with Log College and Klinger
    Middle Schools

26
Course Selection Process
  • In January teachers and counselors work together
    to make course recommendations.
  • Middle school core subject teachers will make
    course recommendations directly into Skyward.
  • Parents and students are notified of
    recommendations on the drag sheet.
  • In February parents and current 8th grade
    students choose elective course requests and will
    work with their schools counselors to upload
    their requests into Skyward.

27
Course Acceleration
  • Students may opt to take a test in order to Test
    Out of the Computer Applications course.
  • This is a required technology course however,
    students who demonstrate proficiency on a
    performance test may test out.
  • Request forms are available from a students
    counselor.
  • The performance test will be given on Saturday,
    April 25, 2015, from 830 to 1130 A.M.

28
WTHS Course Selection Process
  • WTHS

29
Course Selection Process Overview
  • In January, teachers and school counselors work
    together to make course recommendations.
  • WTHS core area teachers (English, Science, Math,
    Social Studies) make course recommendations
    directly into Skyward.
  • Parents and students choose elective courses
    using the drag sheet.
  • In February, students currently enrolled in
    grades 9-11 meet with their school counselors
    during English classes to upload their elective
    requests into Skyward.

30
Course Changes
  • All course changes are to be requested by April
    3rd, 2015.
  • After April 3rd, course changes will be made only
    under extenuating circumstances or due to a
    verified misplacement.
  • We expect that students and parents will work
    closely with their teachers and counselors to
    select the appropriate courses for the upcoming
    school year.

31
2015-2016 Schedules
  • Final Schedules will be available at the end of
    August for the 2015-2016 school year via Skyward.
  • All students will receive copies of their
    schedules in Period 1 on the first day of school.
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