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1 Montgomery Township School District Montgomery High School Class of 2018 Parent Orientation March 10, 2014

2 Montgomery Township School District Welcome to MHS Paul J. Popadiuk, Principal What to expect… Caring environment Challenging curriculum Excellent faculty Opportunity Preparation for successful life

3 Sample Student Schedule A DayB Day PeriodClassTime in Minutes PeriodClass 1AMath (HR)1BScience 2ASocial Studies842BStudy Hall Unit Lunch 50Unit Lunch 3APhys. Ed.843BElective (Art) 4AEnglish844BWorld Language

4 Montgomery Township School District Sample Student Schedule from Parent Resources (in block view)

5 Montgomery Township School District Sample Schedule from Parent Resources—list view

6 Montgomery Township School District Block Benefits A Unique Opportunity to Combine the Advantages of Block Scheduling and Collaborative Learning Teams Less Stress for Students – Focus on fewer subjects each day – Study Hall- The gift of time to complete HW – Unit lunch with friends – Deeper relationships with teachers and peers Similar to College Schedule

7 Montgomery Township School District Block Benefits Cont. Longer Classes: Differentiated Instruction –Teachers lecture less –Greater variety of activities –More time engaged in problem-solving –Greater retention and in-depth learning Social & Emotional Learning Skill Development

8 Montgomery Township School District Social and Emotional Learning Target Areas Self-EfficacyConscientiousnessSociabilityIntellect PersistenceGoal SettingBenevolenceCritical Thinking ResilienceOrganizationTeamworkCreativity FocusSelf-reflection and Self- evaluation Humility/ModestyLove of Learning Locus of ControlTime ManagementHumorWisdom Coping MechanismsMotivationGratitudeCuriosity ConfidenceHonestyCompassion and Forgiveness ValorPrudence/Self-controlResponsibility to others Leadership

9 Montgomery Township School District Communication Teacher first: establishing positive, conducive parent, student, teacher relations is paramount. Counselors may assist in this process. Supervisor second Principal last

10 Montgomery Township School District Guidance Department Corie Gaylord, Vice Principal The vision of the Guidance Department is for all students who graduate from Montgomery High School to have the ability and personal resources to: understand themselves and others, understand career pathways and options, resolve personal problems, make informed decisions, manage conflict, make a successful transition from school-to-college or school-to-career, and be life-long learners.

11 Montgomery Township School District Mission Transition! March 10 – Course Selection Program at UMS Distribute P.O.S. and Course Selection Worksheet March Scheduling Counselors meet with 8th grade students to discuss academic courses. Students should bring Course Selection Worksheet with them June – Rising Freshman visited at UMS by Peer Leaders Learn about student life at MHS August - Freshman Orientation Students will have the opportunity to meet with a Peer Leader, sign up for extra-curricular activities, walk their schedule and even visit their new locker!

12 Montgomery Township School District Peer Leaders Mission: to create a comfortable learning environment for freshmen to enable them to develop the self-confidence to overcome peer pressure and make good decisions. Reinforce SEL goals and assists with freshmen transition. All freshmen will be meeting with upper classmen who have been trained as Peer Leaders during Health/PE classes.

13 Montgomery Township School District Graduation Requirements English4 years Health/PE4 years US History2 years World Studies1 year Math3 years Science3 years World Language1 year Visual/Performing Arts1 year 21 st Century Life and Career1 year OR Tech Education Financial and Entrepreneurial½ year Literacy Beginning in spring 2015, high school students will be required to take six new PARCC tests: Language Arts tests in grades 9, 10 & 11, and math tests for Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II. The state’s current graduation tests, the HSPA and the AHSA, will disappear after the class of 2015 (current juniors) graduates.

14 Montgomery Township School District Special Education Joanne Tonkin, Supervisor of Pupil Services A full continuum of programs for eligible students to support overall success. Supports include: collaborative consultation, in-class support, replacement courses, and a comprehensive language-learning disabilities (LLD) program.

15 Montgomery Township School District Special Education Joanne Tonkin,Supervisor of Pupil Services Study skills, career planning and work study are also provided in response to individual student needs. Community-based instruction is an integral component to the LLD Program. Child study team case managers remain with their students from the 9 th grade through the 12 th grade.

16 Montgomery Township School District Special Education Joanne Tonkin, Supervisor of Pupil Services Study skills, career planning, work study and related services are also provided in response to individual student needs. Community-based instruction is an integral component to the LLD Program.

17 Montgomery Township School District Special Education Joanne Tonkin, Supervisor of Pupil Services The Montgomery High School Child Study Team will continue to case manage their respective students for their entire high school career.

18 Montgomery Township School District English Department Karen Stalowski, Supervisor of English 9th Grade English Introduction to Literature & Composition 9 Summer Reading: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time—Mark Haddon Introduction to Literature & Composition 9 – Honors Summer Reading: The Odyssey—Robert Fagles (translator)

19 Montgomery Township School District English Department Karen Stalowski, Supervisor of English Electives available for 9 th grade students Expository Writing Creative Writing

20 Montgomery Township School District Mathematics Department Jennifer Riddell, Supervisor of Mathematics Course Options as a 9 th grade student: –Algebra I/Lab, Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II Math Connections Course –Semester course to assist Freshmen who were partially proficient on NJASK8. Math Electives: –Discrete Math, Statistics CP, Statistics AP, Methods in Engineering, Calculus – all levels.

21 Montgomery Township School District Social Studies Department Melissa Hodgson, Supervisor of Social Studies 9th Grade Requirement World Studies or World Studies Honors Presents a global focus from The Renaissance through today Infuses Common Core Literacy Skills through the analysis of primary sources and non-fiction texts Honors: more in-depth & independent study of World History that challenges students with the study of complex texts and analytical writing

22 Montgomery Township School District Business, Technology & Family & Consumer Sciences Chris Reginio, Vice Principal Technology Education –21 st century –Options Business Education –Career Exploration Financial Literacy—graduation requirement Family & Consumer Sciences

23 Montgomery Township School District Visual & Performing Arts Adam Warshafsky, Supervisor Music –Band Program –Choir Program –Orchestra Program –Electives Drama I and II Public Speaking Art –Ceramics –Cultural Crafts –Creative Expressions –Studio Art –Photography –Digital 2D Design

24 Montgomery Township School District Spanish French German Latin 1 Mandarin 1 World Languages Department Alma Reyes, Supervisor

25 Montgomery Township School District Health/Physical Education Department Naoma Green, Vice Principal Health: Adolescent Wellness Fitness and Team Sports/Lifetime Activities Facilities

26 Montgomery Township School District Co-Curricular Activities Damian Pappa, Vice Principal Academic Clubs Service Clubs Student Government Visual and Performing Arts

27 Montgomery Township School District Athletic Department Tony Maselli, Director of Athletics Website - Great source for information: Important dates, schedules, forms. All students participating in a sport must have an annual physical examination. Eligibility Requirements All freshmen are eligible for fall sports – No requirements At the end of the 1 st Semester – Must be passing 15 Credits At the end of the year – Must have passed 30 credits Parent/Athlete Handbook

28 Montgomery Township School District Science Department Jason Sullivan, Supervisor of Science Sequence of Studies: Physics (9th grade) Chemistry (10th grade) Biology (11th grade) Elective (12 th grade)

29 Montgomery Township School District Science Department Jason Sullivan, Supervisor of Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are all offered at four levels) For example: General Physics Physics Physics Honors AP Physics C (calculus based course)

30 Montgomery Township School District Science Department Jason Sullivan, Supervisor of Science General Physics Physics Physics Honors Emphasis on guided-inquiry instruction Courses will meet for 84 minutes on the A/B Block Schedule –There is no additional lab period scheduled

31 Montgomery Township School District MHS – Physics First & Modeling Science Program of Study –Physics / Chemistry / Biology “In a beginning course in physics, students explore their own notions about common, everyday phenomena, discuss their observations with peers, and draw conclusions that can be tested. They begin to make predictions, practice data collection and graphing techniques, apply some mathematical skills to real situations, and start to make sense of their observations.” Physics First: An Informational Guide for Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Scientists, and the Public (AAPT 2009)Physics First: An Informational Guide for Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Scientists, and the Public (AAPT 2009)

32 Montgomery Township School District What Do We Mean by Model? with explicit statements of the relationships between these representations

33 Montgomery Township School District Multiple Representations with explicit statements describing relationships

34 Montgomery Township School District Preparing Whiteboard

35 Montgomery Township School District Making Presentation

36 Montgomery Township School District Choosing the Right Level Students and Parents may select the level they deem a best-fit for the student and aligned with academic goals. –8 th Grade Science Teacher Recommendation Class Performance Mathematical Reasoning (Epstein Diagnostic) Academic Maturity –Discuss options with others who have completed the course. –Waiver Process

37 Montgomery Township School District

38 Thank You for Coming


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