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1 Minisink Valley High School Freshman Orientation WELCOME CLASS OF 2011

2 AGENDA Welcome Welcome Graduation Requirements - Class of 2011 Graduation Requirements - Class of 2011 HS Programs, Services, Policies HS Programs, Services, Policies Extracurricular & Athletic Programs Extracurricular & Athletic Programs Societal Pressures Societal Pressures Attributes for Success Attributes for Success Subject Information - Cafe Subject Information - Cafe

3 Expanding the Conversation Sharing experiences, observations, research, opinions, philosophy, feelings, etc. Sharing experiences, observations, research, opinions, philosophy, feelings, etc.

4 Graduation Requirements Class of 2011 Class of 2011

5 HS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Guidance, PPS & Special Education Guidance, PPS & Special Education Comprehensive Academic Program Comprehensive Academic Program –Regents Program –Safety Net Program –College/University/A.P. Courses Extensive and Exciting Elective Program Extensive and Exciting Elective Program

6 HS POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS Attendance Attendance Citizenship Citizenship Extracurricular Eligibility Extracurricular Eligibility NCAA NCAA Grading Grading Parking Parking Internet Use Internet Use Etc. Etc.

7 HARD WORK IS OK Education is the only business where the consumer must do the work. Education is the only business where the consumer must do the work. How much HW is enough? How much HW is enough?

8 Other than HS graduation four+ years from now, this is typically the largest parent meeting of any high school class. Other than HS graduation four+ years from now, this is typically the largest parent meeting of any high school class. Your child will experience a lot of changes during these next four+ years. Your child will experience a lot of changes during these next four+ years. In some cases more than you or I will ever know. In some cases more than you or I will ever know.

9 Can you relate to this?

10 How Things Have Changed Most of us lived through the assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. This has as much meaning to our children as did the assassinations of James Garfield and William McKinley had to us. Most of us lived through the assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. This has as much meaning to our children as did the assassinations of James Garfield and William McKinley had to us. Most of us felt uncomfortable when MTV was created, and probably have not watched more than a few minutes of it. Most of our kids only watch it. Most of us felt uncomfortable when MTV was created, and probably have not watched more than a few minutes of it. Most of our kids only watch it. We readily identify John Wayne as a hero figure. Most of our kids have never seen him or heard of him. We readily identify John Wayne as a hero figure. Most of our kids have never seen him or heard of him. Who were our heroes? Who are the heroes of our children? Who were our heroes? Who are the heroes of our children?

11 How Things Have Changed When we were young, we used 8 track and cassette tapes, slide rules, four function calculators, Princess telephones, toaster ovens and transistor radios. Our children use IPods, PDAs, PCs, MP3 players, cell phones, pagers, GPS units, laptops, Play Stations, PS3s, Bluetooth devices, etc. When we were young, we used 8 track and cassette tapes, slide rules, four function calculators, Princess telephones, toaster ovens and transistor radios. Our children use IPods, PDAs, PCs, MP3 players, cell phones, pagers, GPS units, laptops, Play Stations, PS3s, Bluetooth devices, etc. When we were young, our parents worried about us contracting polio, scarlet fever, and whooping cough. We now worry about our children contacting AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs, smallpox and anthrax. When we were young, our parents worried about us contracting polio, scarlet fever, and whooping cough. We now worry about our children contacting AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs, smallpox and anthrax. Our parents never wanted us to go to war. We now worry about war being brought to our children. Our parents never wanted us to go to war. We now worry about war being brought to our children.

12 Imagine, within the next five years, your child will…. Graduate high school Graduate high school Select a college/career/military that will affect them for years to come – if not for ever. Select a college/career/military that will affect them for years to come – if not for ever. Develop new friendships that may last a lifetime Develop new friendships that may last a lifetime –even if you resent it Start dating Start dating –even if you resent it Drive a car Drive a car –even if you are fearful of it Be exposed to alcohol and drugs Be exposed to alcohol and drugs –even if you are overprotective and are perfect role models Decide whether to use alcohol and drugs Decide whether to use alcohol and drugs –even if your family values/practices oppose it and you are perfect role models Make decisions about their sexual activity Make decisions about their sexual activity –even if you have those uncomfortable conversations with them

13 The Gray Look The first time your child….. Goes on a date Goes on a date Goes on a date – unsupervised Goes on a date – unsupervised Gets in a car driven by a peer Gets in a car driven by a peer Gets their drivers license Gets their drivers license Drives away, in your car, by themselves Drives away, in your car, by themselves

14 The Gray Look The first time you….. Open the envelope with the auto insurance bill Open the envelope with the auto insurance bill Realize the significance of the Hepatitis vaccine Realize the significance of the Hepatitis vaccine Realize that most college dorms are co-ed Realize that most college dorms are co-ed –and they are minimally supervised Open the envelope with the college tuition bill Open the envelope with the college tuition bill Hear you child say they want to interrupt their college education to find themselves. Hear you child say they want to interrupt their college education to find themselves.

15 Epidemic of Substance Abuse in America Substance Abuse: Substance Abuse: –…..an equal opportunity offender –…..spans all ages, cultures, economic brackets, geographic regions, religions, –…..impacts hopes, dreams, aspirations, potentials, and –…..affects the entire family.

16 Tobacco – The Gateway Drug Tobacco - 3,000+ youths start smoking each day Tobacco - 3,000+ youths start smoking each day Tobacco – selected for nicotine content - addictive Tobacco – selected for nicotine content - addictive More youth involved than ever before More youth involved than ever before Earlier starting age than ever before Earlier starting age than ever before More potent chemicals More potent chemicals Children of the drug culture Children of the drug culture

17 Tobacco Harvard School of Public Health – Jan. 2007 Nicotine levels in cigarettes increased 11% from 1997 until 2005. Nicotine levels in cigarettes increased 11% from 1997 until 2005. Cigarettes are finely tuned drug delivery devices designed to perpetuate a tobacco pandemic. Cigarettes are finely tuned drug delivery devices designed to perpetuate a tobacco pandemic.

18 A Dose of Reality Campus Safety Journal, Dec. 2001, p 25 Bureau of Juvenile Justice Statistics, US Dept. of Justice: One out of every eighteen 6th graders has tried marijuana One out of every eighteen 6th graders has tried marijuana One out of every five 7 th graders has tried marijuana One out of every five 7 th graders has tried marijuana One out of every four HS students has tried marijuana One out of every four HS students has tried marijuana kids need to be told the absolute harsh truth of what drug involvement will bring to their lives in the future. kids need to be told the absolute harsh truth of what drug involvement will bring to their lives in the future.

19 Recent TV public service advertisement: Forty percent of students who use marijuana live in the cities. Forty percent of students who use marijuana live in the cities. Where do the other sixty percent live? Where do the other sixty percent live?

20 National Institute on Drug Abuse Annual Survey Released 12/20/2006, University of Michigan The annual study, in its 32nd year, surveyed 50,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades at more than 400 schools nationwide. It found, that over the last year: "...An estimated 840,000 fewer teens reported using illegal drugs now compared to five years ago, [John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy] "...An estimated 840,000 fewer teens reported using illegal drugs now compared to five years ago, [John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy]

21 That was the good news, the rest isnt so good. Underage drinkers buy $22.5B of alcohol annually. This represents 20% of US alcohol purchases. (Columbia Univ., 2006) Underage drinkers buy $22.5B of alcohol annually. This represents 20% of US alcohol purchases. (Columbia Univ., 2006) An estimated 36.5 percent of high school seniors reported using illicit drugs at some point in the year. An estimated 36.5 percent of high school seniors reported using illicit drugs at some point in the year. One-third of 8th graders said they had consumed alcoholic beverages, compared to more than a half of 10th graders and two-thirds of seniors surveyed. That also was a small decrease among the three grade levels. But the number of 10th and 12th graders who reported getting drunk increased slightly. One-third of 8th graders said they had consumed alcoholic beverages, compared to more than a half of 10th graders and two-thirds of seniors surveyed. That also was a small decrease among the three grade levels. But the number of 10th and 12th graders who reported getting drunk increased slightly. "Teens increasingly are getting high with legal drugs like painkillers and mood stimulants, and theyre turning to cough syrup as well. "Teens increasingly are getting high with legal drugs like painkillers and mood stimulants, and theyre turning to cough syrup as well. As many as one in every 14 high school seniors said they used cold medicine fairly recently to get high. As many as one in every 14 high school seniors said they used cold medicine fairly recently to get high.

22 Fewer teens overall drank alcohol or used illegal drugs in the last year; a small but growing number were popping prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin and stimulants like Ritalin. Fewer teens overall drank alcohol or used illegal drugs in the last year; a small but growing number were popping prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin and stimulants like Ritalin. Marijuana remained the single most abused drug among teens, although its use also dropped slightly. Nearly 12 percent of 8th graders reported using it, compared to 25 percent of 10th graders and 31 percent of high school seniors. Marijuana remained the single most abused drug among teens, although its use also dropped slightly. Nearly 12 percent of 8th graders reported using it, compared to 25 percent of 10th graders and 31 percent of high school seniors.

23 Nearly 10 percent of high school seniors admitted to using excessive dosages of Vicodin, a slight increase over the last year. Nine percent of 8th graders sniffed glue, spray paints, cleaning fluids or other inhalants, a slight decrease from past years. Nearly 10 percent of high school seniors admitted to using excessive dosages of Vicodin, a slight increase over the last year. Nine percent of 8th graders sniffed glue, spray paints, cleaning fluids or other inhalants, a slight decrease from past years. "...There is this mistaken belief that intentionally abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs is somehow safer than abusing street drugs, said Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive of the New York-based Partnership for Drug Free America. 'What parents dont realize is that this is about your kids taking six pills with a beer.' "...There is this mistaken belief that intentionally abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs is somehow safer than abusing street drugs, said Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive of the New York-based Partnership for Drug Free America. 'What parents dont realize is that this is about your kids taking six pills with a beer.'

24 In its own surveys, The Partnership has seen an increase over three years in the number of kids who said they get a buzz from cold medicine that contains dextromethorphan commonly known as Dex or skittles. In its own surveys, The Partnership has seen an increase over three years in the number of kids who said they get a buzz from cold medicine that contains dextromethorphan commonly known as Dex or skittles. People may say this is a passing fad, but it represents a whole new tier of substance abuse, Pasierb said. People may say this is a passing fad, but it represents a whole new tier of substance abuse, Pasierb said.

25 NY Times, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, A14 NY Times, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, A14 My kid doesnt smoke pot. Shes either at school, soccer practice, piano lessons or at a friends house. My kid doesnt smoke pot. Shes either at school, soccer practice, piano lessons or at a friends house.

26 I usually get stoned at school, after soccer practice, before piano lessons, or at my friends house. I usually get stoned at school, after soccer practice, before piano lessons, or at my friends house.

27 Just because you know where your kids are doesnt mean you know what theyre doing. So if you dont want your children smoking pot, talk to them. Just because you know where your kids are doesnt mean you know what theyre doing. So if you dont want your children smoking pot, talk to them. Talking with your children doesnt mean telling them you are going to break their legs if you find they are using drugs. Talking with your children doesnt mean telling them you are going to break their legs if you find they are using drugs. Questions, and Parents – The Anti Drug. Questions, and Parents – The Anti Drug. Partnership for a Drug-Free America Partnership for a Drug-Free America

28 PARENTAL AWARENESS Behaviors Behaviors Peer Groups Peer Groups Apathy/Depression Apathy/Depression Avoids Family Avoids Family Hides on weekends Hides on weekends Hygiene Hygiene Power Struggle Power Struggle Grades/Citizenship Grades/Citizenship Rebellious/Defiant Rebellious/Defiant Angry Angry Rely on your instincts If something feels wrong, it probably is wrong.

29 ATTITUDE - ATTITUDE IS ANGER

30 DENIAL It cant happen to my child. It cant happen to my child. –It can, and it may. –Our children are extensions of ourselves. –Do as I say, not as I do doesnt work. That must belong to someone else. That must belong to someone else. –We all need to look beyond the obvious.

31 Good kids can, and will, make bad decisions. Good kids can, and will, make bad decisions. Expect it. We all learn from our mistakes. Thats part of growing up. Expect it. We all learn from our mistakes. Thats part of growing up.

32 Even though they may say so, or think so, most teenagers are not... Buying it Buying it Wearing it Wearing it Drinking it Drinking it Doing it Doing it Saying it Saying it Smoking it Smoking it Etc. Etc.

33 APPROPRIATE ADULT SUPERVISION Whos going to be there? Whos going to be there? What will you be doing? What will you be doing? Will the parents be there? Will the parents be there? Remember – Remember – –Other parents are asking the same questions. Call if you have any doubts. Call if you have any doubts. Hug and kiss them when they come home. Hug and kiss them when they come home.

34 BELIEVE IN YOUR INSTINCTS True love means you care enough to question, confront, test, and search. True love means you care enough to question, confront, test, and search. Children are entitled to unquestionable love, not unquestionable trust. Children are entitled to unquestionable love, not unquestionable trust.

35 From a 9/2001- 1/2002 NPR PSA: Its not pestering, its parenting.

36 Guilt Guilt The gift that lasts a life time. The gift that lasts a life time.

37 one (symbolic) parenting tip…. one (symbolic) parenting tip….

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39 ENCOURAGE INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

40 Minisink Valley High School Education - A Caring and Sharing Process All students can achieve success. All students can achieve success. Successful Schools - Successful Partnership Successful Schools - Successful Partnership –school staff –parents –students Please feel free to communicate with us and become involved in your school. Please feel free to communicate with us and become involved in your school.

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42 INTRODUCTIONS Counselors Counselors A-COO : Brian Rosenberger A-COO : Brian Rosenberger COP-GOU : Matthew Caputo COP-GOU : Matthew Caputo GOV-KIS : Brian Golden GOV-KIS : Brian Golden KIT-MZ: Allison Vreeland KIT-MZ: Allison Vreeland N-SEA : Christine Thomas N-SEA : Christine Thomas SEB-Z : Loretta Bogdanski SEB-Z : Loretta Bogdanski MEET THE DEPARTMENTS: MEET THE DEPARTMENTS: –Department Chairs in Cafeteria following presentation.

43 Graduation Requirements Class of 2011 Course requirements = The subjects you must take to earn a high school diploma. Course requirements = The subjects you must take to earn a high school diploma. Credit requirements=The number of courses (Units of Credit) in Credit requirements=The number of courses (Units of Credit) in each subject that you must take. each subject that you must take. Testing Requirements=The tests that you must take and pass in these subjects. Testing Requirements=The tests that you must take and pass in these subjects. Scoring requirements=The minimum grade you must achieve on these tests to be granted credit for the courses in each subject you must take. Scoring requirements=The minimum grade you must achieve on these tests to be granted credit for the courses in each subject you must take. Four major topics dealing with what students must do in order to graduate:

44 COURSE / CREDIT REQUIREMENTS MVHS 07-08 CHOICES www.minisink.com MVHS 07-08 CHOICES www.minisink.com English4 Credits English4 Credits Social Studies4 Credits Social Studies4 Credits Math3 Credits Math3 Credits Science3 Credits Science3 Credits Foreign Language1 Credit Foreign Language1 Credit Physical Education2 Credit (1/2 per yr.) Physical Education2 Credit (1/2 per yr.) Health.5 Credit Health.5 Credit Art or Music 1 Credit Art or Music 1 Credit Free Electives Free Electives –JROTC, Business, Tech., Photography, etc.3.5 Credits 22 Total (Minimum for Graduation)

45 NYS TEST REQUIREMENTS REGENTS DIPLOMA REGENTS DIPLOMA Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents –1- English –1- Math –2- Social Studies –1- Science ADVANCED REGENTS DIPLOMA ADVANCED REGENTS DIPLOMA Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. –1-English –2-Math –2-Social Studies –2-Science –1-Foreign Language

46 LOCAL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS: STUDENTS MUST PASS AT LEAST FOUR REGENTS EXAMS WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF 65, AND RECEIVE NO LESS THAN A 55 ON A FIFTH REGENTS EXAM.

47 MINISINK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

48 THE TWELVE STEPS TO SUCCESS Be a winner!!!!!

49 BE CONFIDENT Successful people believe in themselves.

50 BE RESPONSIBLE Successful people choose to respond with appropriate behavior and accept the consequences of their actions.

51 BE HERE Successful people go to work or school regularly.

52 BE ON TIME Successful people are prompt.

53 BE FRIENDLY Successful people accept the differences of others.

54 BE POLITE Successful people show courtesy.

55 BE PREPARED Successful people have their materials when needed.

56 BE A LISTENER Successful people listen to instructions and follow directions.

57 BE A DOER Successful people do their work to the best of their ability.

58 BE A TOUGH WORKER Successful people keep trying.

59 BE A RISK TAKER Successful people have courage and are willing to run the risk of failure.

60 BE A GOAL SETTER Successful people plan for the future.


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