Presentation on theme: "Highlands High School Freshman/Sophomore Parent Meeting"— Presentation transcript:
1 Highlands High School Freshman/Sophomore Parent Meeting September 7, 2010
2 Continuing the Path of Excellence ACT group composite increased in every area on the 11th grade assessment6 Governor’s Scholars2 potential National Merit Commended (or better) students47.2% graduates with AP credit585 AP tests given …15-9th grade credit earnersState Champions in academics, and athletics (We the People, 3rd year in a row HHS Girls’ track and football)2 National qualifiers for speech
3 And Even More…Most Scholastic Writing Awards in Region-2 representing HHS in New YorkOver 200 scholarships awarded to studentsJuniors 3rd in state for ACTHighest KCCT scores in Northern Kentucky (3rd in state)Freshmen Mentor programOver 780 AP enrollmentsNewsweek 367th in NationRobotics Team Engineering Award14 Cappie Nominations- most in school historyOne of 7 Kentucky Schools U.S. News Silver AwardForbes Magazine top 25 in NationOne of Cincinnati Magazine’s 30 Best
4 Making High School Count What should you expect in high school?More courses to choose fromNew teachers and classmatesMore extracurricular activitiesMore independence and more RESPONSIBILITYGreater emphasis on academic achievementMore social eventsGreater consequences for failing classesGreater need for time management and organization
5 Understanding the Academic Record Graduation RequirementsClass of 2012 and beyondEnglish – 4 creditsMathematics – 4 creditsScience – 3 creditsSocial Studies – 3 creditsHistory & Appreciation of the Visual & Performing Arts – 1 creditHealth – ½ credit & Phys. Ed. – ½ creditElectives – 6 credits22 CREDITS FOR GRADUATION
6 Understanding the Academic Record Class StatusFreshman Sophomore = 5 creditsSophomore Junior = 10 creditsJunior Senior = 16 creditsSenior Graduation = 22 credits
7 Understanding the Academic Record GPA (Grade Point Average) & Class RankGPA & Ranking starts on Day 1Don’t wait until Spring of Junior Year to “care” about GPA & RankHighlands uses a 4.0 scaleAdvanced & AP Classes are Weighted
8 Understanding the Academic Record Highlands High School TranscriptAll colleges, scholarships, the military, and many employers will see this “paper you.”
9 Curriculum & Diplomas Pre-College Curriculum Commonwealth Diploma Graduation RequirementsPLUS Two (2) Years of SAME Foreign LanguageCommonwealth DiplomaPLUS Four (4) AP Courses (English, Science, World Language, and Elective)Advanced Curriculum DiplomaTen (10) or more courses must be Advanced Level or APTwo (2) courses must be APMinimum GPA of 3.75Major of Intensive StudyFour (4) courses in specific field with “B” or better gradeTake “Senior Seminar” during Senior Year
10 Vocational Programs McCormick Area Technology Center Grades 11 & 12 OnlyNeed to know early if desiredSign up during scheduling of junior year courses3 courses at Highlands / 3 courses at McCormickMUST take Humanities as Freshman or SophomoreMUST be diligent about passing coursesAreas of Study:Auto Body RepairAutomotive TechnologyCarpentryComputer Aided DraftingElectrical TechnologyHealth SciencesInformation TechnologyMasonryWelding
11 Know Your School School Calendar Attendance/Tardy Policies Page 1 of student agenda/handbookAlways available atAttendance/Tardy PoliciesPage 33 of student agenda/handbookCode of Conduct/School RulesPage 36 of student agenda/handbookCell Phone Policy
12 Know Your School Eligibility Page 58 of student agenda/handbook Cannot be failing more than one class!Checked WEEKLY!Eligibility includes participation in ANY extracurricular activity. Including but not limited to: Sports, Clubs, Fine Arts Productions, AND Dances/Dance Related Activities.Letters sent home every other week.
13 Page 35 of student agenda/handbook Be in School EVERY DayGood attendance will not guarantee you good grades. Poor attendance will, however, pretty much guarantee you poor grades.MAKE-UP WORK“I wasn’t here,” is not an excuse to miss homework and assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to use all of their resources to gain access to missed work. Students should have the phone number/ address of at least one other student in each of their classes to ask about assignments missed or questions regarding completion of assignments. Students should check teacher websites or the teacher for assignments. Students should also know the policy that each of their teachers have about how long they have to make up the work.Page 35 of student agenda/handbook
14 Know How to Get Good Grades Be OrganizedUse agenda/plannerFolders/Notebooks for each classKeep Backpack/Locker NeatOrganize the night beforeManage Time WellCreate a study planBreak large assignments into smaller partsThis is always a work in progressBe Successful in the ClassroomLearn to adapt to each teacher’s expectationsLearn all rules and proceduresBe on timeHave everything you needParticipate in classTreat other (teachers, students, property) with respect
15 Know How to Get Good Grades Take Good NotesBe an active listenerNeat and Easy to read notesGet copies if absentKnow How to Read a TextbookScan to get an overviewRead the assignmentReview what has been readStudy SmartFind a good place to studyOrganize study timeAllow more time for homework than you think you will needUse tricks and tips to memorize thingsUse Test-Taking StrategiesHave everything you need for the testBefore starting, look over the testMark question to return toCheck answersUse all time available
16 Grading PoliciesAll questions about grades should be directed to the teacherGrading Policy – Must pass 2nd semester to pass the yearExam Policy - Page 1595 or higher (90 in math) during 2nd semester and 85 or higher 1st semester6 or fewer absencesMore details in agenda/handbook pg. 14Summer School Policy – Must have achieved minimum 60% (50% in math) to eligible for summer school classes – Page 21
17 To be a GOOD GOAL : 1.) SPECIFIC 2.) MEASURABLE 3.) ATTAINABLE Set GoalsWork with your student on setting realistic yet challenging goalsSHORT-TERM GOALSGet a “B” on tomorrow’s Algebra I testLONG-TERM GOALSGraduate with a 3.0 GPATo be a GOOD GOAL : 1.) SPECIFIC ) MEASURABLE ) ATTAINABLE
18 Get Involved High school is what YOU put into it Make High School CountSchool Activities (sports, organizations, clubs)Community ActivitiesCommunity Service (at HHS or “out in the world”)BenefitsSpend time with friends/make new onesEnjoy school moreBecome a leaderProvide a valuable serviceTry something newRelieve stressGreat for college/scholarship/job applicationsDevelop a variety of skills and talentsHave fun!
19 Parents & Highlands Staff “The Helpers” As adults we have the privilege of shaping our student’s futures. How can we do this successfully?Good Decisions & ChoicesHow to Handle StressUse Available ServicesPlan & Prepare for the Future
20 Academic SupportWhere can your student turn when they are having academic issues?1st stop should ALWAYS be the teacher of the class!National Honor Society TutorsAsk a previous teacher or teacher you have a good rapport withAsk parents/siblings for helpAcademic Saturday School
21 PLAN Testing PLAN Test Pre-ACT test (college admission & state test) All 9th & 10th gradersAcademic Section & Career/Goal Oriented SectionAreas include: English, math, reading, and science reasoningNo additional fee for this testSeptember 15th during school day
22 PSAT Testing PSAT Test Pre-SAT test (college admission test) All 10th graders (already paid for in regular school fees)9th graders optional ($13.00) – By Sept. 17 in Guidance Office (checks to Highlands High School)National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)Areas include: five sectionTwo 25-minute critical reading sectionsTwo 25-minute math sectionsOne 30-minute writing skills sectionThe whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes.October 13th during school day
23 Yearly Testing Overview 9th GradePLAN – September 15PSAT (Optional) – October 1310th GradePSAT – October 13C.A.T.S. – Late April (Just Reading Section)
24 College Planning Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair Tuesday, September 21 6:00pm – 8:00pm Northern Kentucky UniversityNational College FairSunday, October 3 1:00pm – 4:00pm The Duke Energy CenterPerforming & Visual Arts College FairTuesday, October 12 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. University of Cincinnati Tangeman University CenterWebsites
25 Opportunities Academic/Essay Competitions Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program10th GradersUse the internet to look for scholarship programs (even as a 9th or 10th grader there are scholarships out there)
26 The Student Athlete During High School… stay eligible! After High School … NCAA (for Div. I & II schools)Reference Sheet GivenApply to the NCAA Eligibility Center FALL of Senior YearEligibility is determined on a “sliding scale”Lower GPA Higher ACT/SAT score
27 Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Program Earn money for Kentucky Colleges/UniversitiesAny 2 year or 4 year college, community college or technical schoolScholarships from $125 to $500Based on Student Grade Point Average2.5 Minimum in high schoolMinimum GPA must be maintained in college2.75 freshman year3.0 sophomore - graduationOne time best ACT/SAT “Bonus”ACT – 15 SAT – 710Each high school year is figured separately5 years to use 4 year’s worth of moneyto check statusOnly AP classes are weighted not AdvancedUpdated at the end of each school year
28 The Internet is Your Friend Guidance Website on Fort Thomas Schools PageFormerly PrepHQ… Now Connect!
29 to show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard Respectto show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard to show consideration for; avoid intruding upon or interfering with to respect others' privacyRespect for Self:Appearance, Conduct, Language, Work EthicRespect for Others:Peers, Teachers, Administrators, Support StaffRespect for Property:Desks, lockers, bathrooms, classrooms whether old or newRespect for Learning:On task, demonstrating academic honesty, focused environmentRespect is a two way street. To gain respect, you must give it! Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
30 Upcoming Events Calendar September 15 – PLAN TestSeptember 16 – Open HouseSeptember 17 – PSAT registration deadline (freshmen only)September 20 – Progress ReportsOctober 1 – Fall Awards Program (9:00am)October 7 & 8 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development)October 13 – PSATOctober 15 – End of 1st QuarterOctober 22 – Report Cards Sent Home