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Title: 9th Grade Advising Session

  • Welcome!
  • 9th Grade Advising Session

Academic Journey Topics we will cover
  • Graduation and college requirements
  • Transcripts/GPAs
  • Post High School Options
  • Four Year Plan
  • Resources for Success

Counseling and Administrative Faculty
Counselors A-Ek Mrs. Gieck El-K Mrs. Orchard L-Ra Mr. Stordahl Re-Z Mrs. Cross Administrators Mr. Fischer Mrs. Healy Mr. McNulty Dr. Vujovich Principal Mrs. Leighton
Intervention/EL Counselor Mrs. Bussey Special
Services Counselor Mrs. Lucas
Role of the Counselor
  • Schedules
  • College and Career
  • Personal
  • Confidentiality
  • How to Contact Your School Counselor
  • Counselor Request Forms
  • Email
  • Drop ins before and after school and
  • during lunch

Other Resources
  • Resource OfficerOfficer Herrick
  • College and Career Center
  • Tech Mrs. Underwood
  • Nurse Mrs. Serrano
  • Learning Support Specialist Mrs. Nozue
  • Homelink Help Registrar Mrs. Hollwager
  • Naviance Help Counseling Secretary Mrs.
  • Counseling Website
  • http//granitebayhigh.org/domain/30

Graduation Requirements
  • 4 Years of English
  • 2 Years of Math (Must pass Integrated
  • Math 1 and Int Math 2/Geometry or higher)
  • 3 Years of Social Science
  • World Studies (or AP Euro) - Sophomore Year
  • US History - Junior Year
  • Government/Economics - Senior Year
  • 2 Years of Science (must be UC approved)
  • 1 Life Science
  • 1 Physical Science

Graduation Requirements Contd
  • 1 Year of Fine Art OR Foreign Language
  • 2 Years of PE
  • PE 9
  • PE 10
  • 1 Year of Health and Safety
  • 110 Additional Credits
  • 260 Credits Total
  • Pass Exit Exam

Grading Information
  • For graduation purposes, students must earn a D-
    or higher to pass the class
  • To be eligible to attend a 4-year University
    directly out of high school students must earn a
    C or higher in college prep. courses
  • Students earn four sets of permanent grades
    October, December, March, and May

Unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • A 4 B 3 C2 D 1 F 0
  • Assign the correct point value to each grade
  • Add up the total and divide by the number of
  • Eligibility
  • Assuming 4 classes, ALL students who wish to
    participate in school activities (athletics,
    band, cheer, color guard, etc.) must have a
    minimum 2.0 GPA AND have no more than one F

Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA
  • Students in an Honors, AP, or IB level course
    will be awarded an extra grade point for each
    grade earned with a C or better (with the
    exception of H English 10)
  • Adding in these extra points into the GPA
    calculation is necessary to determine a weighted

Honors vs. AP vs. IB
  • An Honors Course
  • Moves faster and goes into greater depth
  • An AP (Advanced Placement) Course
  • Is a college level class that culminates with a
    required exam in May
  • An IB (International Baccalaureate) Course
  • Is a college level class that has mandatory
    assignments and an exam in May. Some IB classes
    may be restricted to IB Diploma students only.

Post High School Options
  • Technical Schools
  • Military
  • Community College
  • Cal State Universities
  • UC (University of Calif.) Universities
  • Private Universities
  • Dont limit yourself to the name
  • brand schools. There are over 4000
  • colleges in the U.S. The key is finding a
  • good fit.

a. History 2 years b. English 4 years c.
Math(through Int Math 3/Alg. 2) 3 yrs d.
Lab Science 2 years e. Language other than
English 2 years (of the same language)
f. Visual/Performing Arts 1 year g. Elective
Courses 1 year Note You MUST pass the above
classes with a C grade or higher
What Colleges are Looking For?
  • Consistent performance in an appropriately
    challenging curriculum
  • GPA
  • Test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, IB)
  • Accomplishments beyond the classroom
  • Potential to contribute to a college community
  • Demonstrated interest in learning

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What Does it Take to Succeed?
  • Organization
  • Develop a system that works for you!
  • Time Management
  • Prioritize, create a schedule, and
  • be consistent
  • Study Skills
  • Be prepared for class, participate, ask for help,
    and set small, attainable goals when studying at

Places to Get Help
  • 1. GBHS Learning Center (a.k.a. Library) all
  • Walk in program offers a quiet place to study
  • Librarian and Peer Tutors will be available as a
  • Available Monday - Thursday from 245 345.
  • 2. Math Tutoring Center math support
  • Walk in program in room 650/651 after school
  • Available Monday-Friday from 235 335
  • 3. Student Tutors
  • There is a list of student tutors available from
    your counselor. These are good students who have
    expressed an interest in tutoring others.
    Student tutors typically charge 10-15 per hour.
    Students will need to contact the student tutors
    on their own to work out arrangements for
  • 4. 5th Period- in the Learning Center
  • Monday Thursday 245-345. Opportunity to make
    up missing assignments, tests, quizzes.

Goal Setting
  • What is a goal?
  • How do we create goals?
  • Types of goals
  • Short term one year or sooner
  • Intermediate 2-5 years
  • Long term 6 years or beyond
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • How do you see your future?
  • Where do you see your future?
  • What do you think you need to achieve your goals?

How to Stay Informed
  • Listen to the morning announcements
  • Read the Gazette (school newspaper)
  • Visit the school website www.granitebayhigh.org
  • Visit the Counseling website (under Quicklinks
    on GBHS website)
  • Read the School Newsletter
  • Utilize Naviance Computer Program
  • Check Aeries (Homelink) regularly

Ways to Get Involved
  • Join a club
  • Try out for a sport
  • Try out for a play
  • Consider joining student government, journalism,
    yearbook, debate, academic decathlon, etc.
  • Create your own club

What Students Can Do
  • School is your jobtake it seriously!
  • Realize you are in charge of your own fate
  • Realize you are free to make your own choices in
    life but you do not get to choose your
    consequences make wise choices!

New District Student Emails
  • Go to http//homelink.rjuhsd.us
  • (also located on GBHS website under grade us on
    left side of web page).
  • Click Log on to RJUHSD Homelink
  • You must use your new district email and password
    is your 6 digit student ID)
  • Parents are also able to set up their own account
    and will have access to the same information.
  • WHY? Homelink is the best way for you to keep up
    with current grades and to see what, if any,
    assignments you have missing!
  • Check your account on a weekly basis

NAVIANCE What it can do for you
  • Naviance is a comprehensive web site that you can
    use to help make decisions about academic
    planning, colleges and careers
  • It is an advising tool counselors use to better
    prepare students for their academic and
    post-secondary goals
  • Naviance is a phenomenal resource that we hope
    you will take full advantage of!
  • For log-in instructions, please refer to the
    Naviance hand-out https//connection.naviance.co
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