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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 assessment 6 Governors Scholars 2 potential National Merit Commended (or better) students 47.2% graduates with AP credit 585 AP tests given …15-9th grade credit earners State Champions in academics, and athletics (We the People, 3 rd 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 York Over 200 scholarships awarded to students Juniors 3rd in state for ACT Highest KCCT scores in Northern Kentucky (3 rd in state) Freshmen Mentor program Over 780 AP enrollments Newsweek 367 th in Nation Robotics Team Engineering Award 14 Cappie Nominations- most in school history One of 7 Kentucky Schools U.S. News Silver Award Forbes Magazine top 25 in Nation One of Cincinnati Magazines 30 Best

4 Making High School Count What should you expect in high school? More courses to choose from New teachers and classmates More extracurricular activities More independence and more RESPONSIBILITY Greater emphasis on academic achievement More social events Greater consequences for failing classes Greater need for time management and organization

5 Understanding the Academic Record Graduation Requirements Class of 2012 and beyond English – 4 credits Mathematics – 4 credits Science – 3 credits Social Studies – 3 credits History & Appreciation of the Visual & Performing Arts – 1 credit Health – ½ credit & Phys. Ed. – ½ credit Electives – 6 credits 22 CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

6 Understanding the Academic Record Class Status Freshman Sophomore = 5 credits Sophomore Junior = 10 credits Junior Senior = 16 credits Senior Graduation = 22 credits

7 Understanding the Academic Record GPA (Grade Point Average) & Class Rank GPA & Ranking starts on Day 1 Dont wait until Spring of Junior Year to care about GPA & Rank Highlands uses a 4.0 scale Advanced & AP Classes are Weighted

8 Understanding the Academic Record Highlands High School Transcript All colleges, scholarships, the military, and many employers will see this paper you.

9 Curriculum & Diplomas Pre-College Curriculum Graduation Requirements PLUS Two (2) Years of SAME Foreign Language Commonwealth Diploma Pre-College Curriculum PLUS Four (4) AP Courses (English, Science, World Language, and Elective) Advanced Curriculum Diploma Pre-College Curriculum Ten (10) or more courses must be Advanced Level or AP Two (2) courses must be AP Minimum GPA of 3.75 Major of Intensive Study Pre-College Curriculum Four (4) courses in specific field with B or better grade Take Senior Seminar during Senior Year

10 Vocational Programs McCormick Area Technology Center Grades 11 & 12 Only Need to know early if desired Sign up during scheduling of junior year courses 3 courses at Highlands / 3 courses at McCormick MUST take Humanities as Freshman or Sophomore MUST be diligent about passing courses Areas of Study: Auto Body Repair Automotive Technology Carpentry Computer Aided Drafting Electrical Technology Health Sciences Information Technology Masonry Welding

11 Know Your School School Calendar Page 1 of student agenda/handbook Always available at Attendance/Tardy Policies Page 33 of student agenda/handbook Code of Conduct/School Rules Page 36 of student agenda/handbook Cell 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 Be in School EVERY Day Good attendance will not guarantee you good grades. Poor attendance will, however, pretty much guarantee you poor grades. MAKE-UP WORK I wasnt 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 Organized Use agenda/planner Folders/Notebooks for each class Keep Backpack/Locker Neat Organize the night before Manage Time Well Create a study plan Break large assignments into smaller parts This is always a work in progress Be Successful in the Classroom Learn to adapt to each teachers expectations Learn all rules and procedures Be on time Have everything you need Participate in class Treat other (teachers, students, property) with respect

15 Know How to Get Good Grades Take Good Notes Be an active listener Neat and Easy to read notes Get copies if absent Know How to Read a Textbook Scan to get an overview Read the assignment Review what has been read Study Smart Find a good place to study Organize study time Allow more time for homework than you think you will need Use tricks and tips to memorize things Use Test-Taking Strategies Have everything you need for the test Before starting, look over the test Mark question to return to Check answers Use all time available

16 Grading Policies All questions about grades should be directed to the teacher Grading Policy – Must pass 2 nd semester to pass the year Exam Policy - Page or higher (90 in math) during 2 nd semester and 85 or higher 1 st semester 6 or fewer absences More details in agenda/handbook pg. 14 Summer School Policy – Must have achieved minimum 60% (50% in math) to eligible for summer school classes – Page 21

17 Set Goals Work with your student on setting realistic yet challenging goals SHORT-TERM GOALS Get a B on tomorrows Algebra I test LONG-TERM GOALS Graduate with a 3.0 GPA To be a GOOD GOAL : 1.) SPECIFIC 2.) MEASURABLE 3.) ATTAINABLE

18 Get Involved High school is what YOU put into it Make High School Count School Activities (sports, organizations, clubs) Community Activities Community Service (at HHS or out in the world) Benefits Spend time with friends/make new ones Enjoy school more Become a leader Provide a valuable service Try something new Relieve stress Great for college/scholarship/job applications Develop a variety of skills and talents Have fun!

19 Parents & Highlands Staff The Helpers As adults we have the privilege of shaping our students futures. How can we do this successfully? 1. Good Decisions & Choices 2. How to Handle Stress 3. Use Available Services 4. Plan & Prepare for the Future

20 Academic Support Where can your student turn when they are having academic issues? 1 st stop should ALWAYS be the teacher of the class! National Honor Society Tutors Ask a previous teacher or teacher you have a good rapport with Ask parents/siblings for help Academic Saturday School

21 PLAN Testing PLAN Test Pre-ACT test (college admission & state test) All 9 th & 10 th graders Academic Section & Career/Goal Oriented Section Areas include: English, math, reading, and science reasoning No additional fee for this test September 15 th during school day

22 PSAT Testing PSAT Test Pre-SAT test (college admission test) All 10 th graders (already paid for in regular school fees) 9 th graders optional ($13.00) – By Sept. 17 in Guidance Office (checks to Highlands High School) National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) Areas include: five section Two 25-minute critical reading sections Two 25-minute math sections One 30-minute writing skills section The whole test requires two hours and 10 minutes. October 13 th during school day

23 Yearly Testing Overview 9 th Grade PLAN – September 15 PSAT (Optional) – October th Grade PLAN – September 15 PSAT – October 13 C.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 University National College Fair Sunday, October 3 1:00pm – 4:00pm The Duke Energy Center Performing & Visual Arts College Fair Tuesday, October 12 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. University of Cincinnati Tangeman University Center Websites

25 Opportunities Academic/Essay Competitions Hugh OBrian Youth Leadership Program 10 th Graders Use the internet to look for scholarship programs (even as a 9 th or 10 th 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 Given Apply to the NCAA Eligibility Center FALL of Senior Year Eligibility is determined on a sliding scale Lower GPA Higher ACT/SAT score

27 Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Program Earn money for Kentucky Colleges/Universities Any 2 year or 4 year college, community college or technical school Scholarships from $125 to $500 Based on Student Grade Point Average 2.5 Minimum in high school Minimum GPA must be maintained in college 2.75 freshman year 3.0 sophomore - graduation One time best ACT/SAT Bonus ACT – 15 SAT – 710 Each high school year is figured separately 5 years to use 4 years worth of money to check status Only AP classes are weighted not Advanced Updated at the end of each school year

28 The Internet is Your Friend Guidance Website on Fort Thomas Schools Page Formerly PrepHQ… Now Connect!

29 Respect to show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard to show consideration for; avoid intruding upon or interfering with to respect others' privacy Respect for Self: Appearance, Conduct, Language, Work Ethic Respect for Others: Peers, Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff Respect for Property: Desks, lockers, bathrooms, classrooms whether old or new Respect for Learning: On task, demonstrating academic honesty, focused environment Respect 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 Test September 16 – Open House September 17 – PSAT registration deadline (freshmen only) September 20 – Progress Reports October 1 – Fall Awards Program (9:00am) October 7 & 8 – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development) October 13 – PSAT October 15 – End of 1 st Quarter October 22 – Report Cards Sent Home

31 Contact Information Trinity Walsh 9 th & 10 th Grade Ann Meyer 11 th & 12 th Grade Janine Sharp Guidance Secretary


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