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1 Nashville School of the Arts July 24 and August 1, 2013
Senior Orientation Nashville School of the Arts July 24 and August 1, 2013

2 Welcome to Senior Year!

3 Agenda Introduction from Dr. Gregory Stewart, Executive Principal of NSA, and Oceana Sheehan, Assistant Principal Introduction of NSA School Counseling Team Exemptions/Diplomas & More General scheduling information Senior Committee Starting Off Your Senior Year Right Don’t forget to sign-in Parents: Senior listserve will be used to send senior newsletters, college/scholarship updates, important information, etc. Students

4 2013-14 NSA School Counseling Team
Rebecca Frame: Freshman- Juniors, Last names A-K April Gung Seniors Julia Hoge Freshman- Juniors, Last names L-Z

5 Contact Information April Gung, Senior Counselor Office: , ext. 307 Fax: College counseling website: seling A note about communication & s…

6 How to Reach Ms. Gung me quick questions or to set up an appointment Stop by during lunch, after school, or ask to see me during advisory If I’m unavailable, complete a referral form hanging on my door and put in my box.

7 Remind 101 Take out your phone and sign up now! Via text: Via e-mail
to Via You can leave the subject blank.

8 Senior Exemption Criteria
Have a 90 average or higher in the class At least one of your 9 weeks grades must be a 93 or higher You must not be suspended out of school for any reason You must not miss more than 6 days each semester (includes Excused and Unexcused) You must not have more than 7 discipline referrals total Three tardies to a class will equal one day’s absence. Each of your teachers will track attendance for his/her class. An exemption from one class does not automatically mean an exemption from all classes.

9 College Visit Days Seniors get 3 days that will be counted as excused absences BUT will not count against exam exemptions Must bring documentation from college showing you were there – give copy to your teachers for their records and to Ms. Street in the main office for attendance

10 Diploma with Honors/Distinction
ACT English: 18 ACT Math: 22 ACT Science: 24 ACT Reading: 21 Diploma with Distinction Earn a B average (85 or higher) AND one of the following: Nationally recognized industry certification Participate in Governor’s School Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi- Finalist Attain an ACT composite of 31 or higher Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two AP exams Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted college credit

11 NSA AP Scholars & Honors Recognition
Criteria is tentative – may be adjusted NSA AP Scholars program Take and pass 3 or more AP classes (full-year) by graduation Expected to take the PSAT (at least twice for rising 10th/11th graders and once for rising 12th graders) Expected to take AP exam – no requirement to receive a specific score Benefits: Extra award during graduation season, potential field trips, resume, rec letters, etc. NSA Honors recognition Take and pass 8 Honors classes by graduation Maintain an overall B average Benefits: Extra honor during graduation season, resume, rec letters, etc.

12 TN Scholars Benefits: medallion at graduation, seal on diploma, tuition assistance at some colleges, resume, etc. Criteria: All regular diploma requirements 4 math credits (Bridge Math does not count) 80 hours of volunteer service Overall “C” average with no F’s as final grades 95% attendance required (no more than 36 absences in high school) No out-of-school suspensions

13 Graduation Requirements
Course # of Credits English 4 Math (Algebra 1 and above; take at least one class each year) Science (Biology, Chemistry, and one additional) 3 Social Studies - World History or World Geography or AP Human Geo 1 - US History - Government .5 - Economics - Personal Finance

14 Graduation Requirements (cont.)
Course # of Credits World Languages (two years of same language) 2 Lifetime Wellness 1 Physical Education Fine or Performing Arts 6 Elective TOTAL 25.5

15 New Master Schedule - DRAFT

16 Most Common Scheduling Issues
Changes in the Master Schedule – conflict between classes offered on block schedule and those offered on 50 minute schedule Overlooking graduation requirements Bridge Math: Seniors with a 19 or below on ACT math subtest Seniors with no ACT score No teacher recommendation for Arts classes Summer A+ not complete Office worker – if you requested it but you have outstanding credits to make up, you won’t be assigned. Even if you’re planning to do them through Virtual School or Dual Enrollment, until that’s finalized and it’s clearly documented you’re on track to graduate, you will not be assigned to office worker At least 3.0 GPA; priority given to those with 3.2 and above Bridge Math: If you got a 19 and want to see me to discuss, please do If you have a rec for another class and want to discuss math options, please do.

17 Most Common Scheduling Issues (cont.)
Missing Dual Enrollment application packet (not just initial interest form) Missing Virtual School application packet (not just initial interest form) Academic rigor Should have at least 3 academic classes on senior schedule Colleges look for rigor and advanced coursework in junior/senior year schedules Personal challenge – fight senioritis! Rigor You do it in the arts, do it in academics as well. Colleges are looking at rigor of junior/senior coursework. Also looking to see if you took advantage of all of the opportunities provided to you at your school. Rigor can help in job force too – school is your full time job right now, and potential employers want examples of how you’ve challenged yourself Repeating low level course senior year or just taking English/Math is not the best first impression you want to give Credits Cannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra II Can’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken it

18 Scheduling Considerations
Bridge Math Designed for students who made below a 19 on ACT Math Will be online at NSA Will count as “Learning Support Math” for college, which is required for students with below a 19 on ACT Math before they can take college math classes Psychology and Yearbook will be offered at NSA Independent Study – no credit received In general, cannot repeat Wellness Credits Cannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra II Can’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken it Grade averaging – if you need to get the class credit and it won’t fit in your schedule or it’s a class you really struggled in and it’s been a while, consider grade averaging. See me about it. It does NOT change your GPA – the failed semester will still be on your transcript. If you’re concerned about your GPA and it was just a bad semester or you think you’d do better now, retake it and the higher grade will be included in GPA

19 Scheduling Considerations (cont)
Auditing Arts classes - do not get new credit for repeating courses or “auditing” class Retake class you failed but received credit for through grade averaging Retake class you made a D in for grade improvement Virtual School and Dual Enrollment classes Senior Capstone Regular Senior Capstone College Counseling Intern with Ms. Gung “NSA Presents” Intern with Ms. Hoge Credits Cannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra II Can’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken it Grade averaging – if you need to get the class credit and it won’t fit in your schedule or it’s a class you really struggled in and it’s been a while, consider grade averaging. See me about it. It does NOT change your GPA – the failed semester will still be on your transcript. If you’re concerned about your GPA and it was just a bad semester or you think you’d do better now, retake it and the higher grade will be included in GPA

20 Virtual School For those who have already submitted required forms:
Grab a handout with important virtual details Report to computer lab (Ms. Sheehan’s old office) unless otherwise directed You must sign in daily. Students will be written up if found to be skipping. May request permission slip to leave campus if you have virtual classes 7th period or 6/7th block. REQUIRED orientation: Saturday, August 10th Expect course to start on August 1st. Remember, weekly deadlines count for grades and for attendance.

21 Virtual School (cont.) For those who have NOT already submitted required forms: Deadline to register for Fall: Thursday, August 1st. Three steps: Must setup MNPS address on school computer Must get online application link from Ms. Gung Must submit parent form to Ms. Gung Free if part of regular day schedule; $175 per ½ credit if it’s in addition to school day Can put the class in any open period on your schedule Cannot drop class mid-semester

22 Virtual School (cont.) Expect 5-10 hours/week of work for standard courses Courses offered: All standard academic course plus several Honors options not offered at NSA (Government Honors, Economics Honors, etc.), plus Wellness & PE Others: Psychology, Sociology, Art History, Physical Science New courses (one semester each): Introduction to Information Technology Image Design & Editing Principles of Business Principles of Accounting Introduction to Social Media Web Design Digital Arts Principles of Marketing Principles of Finance

23 Dual Enrollment For those who have already submitted required forms:
Look for registration confirmation from Meaghan Oliver at NSCC. Once you have this, look at course info online to find textbook information and start searching. Don’t forget the Dual Enrollment Grant application! Deadline: September 15th Look for from me about MNPS Gap Fee Application For those who have NOT yet applied: Grab handout with info and NSCC links Could take a course to satisfy high school graduation requirements or just a class for fun Get college credit that transfers to the college you attend in most cases; in most cases get high school credit too Chance to explore content related to potential career interests while the cost is subsidized by Dual Enrollment Grant - NSA DE agreement is different than NSCC application – need both.

24 Dual Enrollment (cont.)
Potential courses: Macroeconomics (at NSCC or web) Government (at NSCC or web) Psychology Sociology Spanish/French (at NSCC or web) Art Appreciation Computer Science Computer Aided Drafting Beginning HTML Computer Applications Intro to Political Science Social Problems Intro to Criminal Justice - NSA DE agreement is different than NSCC application – need both.

25 Dual Enrollment (cont.)
Intro to Animal Science (web) Culinary Arts: Baking Skills, Culinary I Child Growth & Development Intro to Women’s Studies (at NSCC and web) Studio Recording Music Appreciation Classical Piano I and II Basic Photography Introduction to Social Work (at NSCC and web) Human Behavior and Social Environments Introduction to Theater Intro to Paralegal Studies - NSA DE agreement is different than NSCC application – need both.

26 Dual Enrollment (cont.)
Deadline to register for Fall: Monday, August 5th Must reapply for DEG grant each semester; do not have to reapply for admission if you’ve already taken a course General requirements (except for Arts-related courses): 3.0 minimum GPA requirement (with some exceptions) 19 ACT subscore in specific subject area Can go to NSCC at Main Campus or Hickory Hollow or do online Generally, must be 7th period or after school – make sure this works for the NSCC class schedule. In general, must leave campus – complete permission form for this Student’s responsibility to submit application, purchase materials, apply for DEG, pay tuition, pay withdrawal fees (if applicable) - NSA DE agreement is different than NSCC application – need both.

27 Why Honors/AP and/or DE?
Colleges want to know that you’ve taken rigorous curriculum, as much as they want to know your GPA Makes you more competitive for colleges and scholarships Prepares you for college-level coursework AP/Dual Enrollment (DE) can give you college credit  saves you money! Impacts weighted GPA From the Common App

28 Making Up Credits/Content Recovery
All summer A+ coursework must be finished and the final exam (Review Test) passed by July 31st. If not, your Arts/elective will be dropped to fit it into your schedule. Must come test by July 30th to allow for a makeup day in case you don’t pass the first time Virtual School is not a content recovery option

29 Legitimate Reasons for Schedule Changes
Acceptable Reasons: You have already received credit for the class you’re in You have not met the pre-requisites for the class There is another class you need for graduation this year You have 2 classes in the same period You have already taken the course with the same teacher and failed it - These are noted on the schedule change request form

30 Legitimate Reasons for Schedule Changes
Unacceptable Reasons: To take the class with a different teacher (if you have not already had the course) To take the class a different period To be in a different lunch period You changed your mind about taking the class You think the class is going to be too hard Your job and/or other responsibilities are interfering You want to be in the same class as your friends Do NOT request schedule changes for any of these reasons. - These are noted on the schedule change request form

31 Next Steps Schedule your A+ test for July 30th or before ( Ms. Gung) Look for from Ms. Gung to say your schedule is as complete as possible. If you can, come in to fix schedule. Come to gym on first day of school for schedule. Plan to report directly to auditorium. - Rework classes and get necessary forms before you see me.

32 Next Steps (cont.) Take master schedule and make choices.
Complete and submit additional materials, if necessary Art teacher recommendations AP contracts Parent signatures on course registration forms Dual Enrollment application (August 5th) Virtual School Registration (August 1st) Request form to leave campus for Virtual School/Dual Enrollment (August 1st) Schedule change form Complete schedule change request form and leave it for me.

33 Don’t freak out! It will all get done  Next Steps (cont.)
Most important thing… Don’t freak out! It will all get done 

34 Now, moving on from scheduling. Let’s talk about senior year!

35 Poll: What's the top thing you're looking forw...
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36 Poll: What's the top thing that you're worried...
Don’t forget: You can copy-paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll. Poll: What's the top thing that you're worried... In an emergency during your presentation, if the poll isn't showing, navigate to this link in your web browser: If you like, you can use this slide as a template for your own voting slides. You might use a slide like this if you feel your audience would benefit from the picture showing a text message on a phone. Poll: What's the top thing that you're worried... 36

37 Senior Committee Ms. Gung & Ms. Painter are co-Senior Sponsors
Ms. Gung – Senior Committee Chair Approximately 10 student leaders to help plan events Pick up handout from the back with some general Senior Year information.

38 Tips for Starting Off Senior Year
Get organized! Use your NSA planner to enter school/college/personal deadlines and plan ahead from there. Use Google alerts for reminders or your phone notepad feature to make a to-do list Set a few goals What are 3-5 specific things you’d like to accomplish this year? Build time into your schedule for working on these.

39 Tips for Starting Off Senior Year (cont.)
Stress management What calms you when you’re stressed and brings you joy? Build in time for that (DAILY!) Don’t overload yourself. Prioritize the things on your plate. Balance work and play. Build your time management skills Prioritize and plan ahead Work a little each week on big projects/deadlines instead of cramming it in at the last minute. Build in more time than you think you need for tasks. Be wary of senioritis  Junior and Senior year grades matter the most for college.

40 Tips for Starting Off the College Process
Read/use the materials you’re given (newsletter, website, etc.) Be politely persistent. Plan ahead for recommendations, applications, etc. Set aside minutes each week for the college process. Use your Fall Break wisely. Create a professional address Have a college folder ready for tracking college/financial aid info (document everything!)

41 Tips for Starting Off the College Process (cont.)
Sign up to retake the ACT (particularly if you made less than a 19 on Eng/Rdg/Math) Next test date: September 21 Registration deadline: August 23 Students on FRL can get 2 free waivers (not in yet). Students who didn’t take it in April can get free voucher (not in yet). Remember 21 makes you Hope eligible; average ACT score at UTK in 2012 was a 27 Try taking the SAT

42 Tips for Starting Off the College Process (cont.)
Start to explore potential career interests and colleges using the following websites: (set up a free account; click the “Career Planning” and “College Planning” tabs) (use the “College Search” engine) Look for college visit days at schools your interested in. Remember seniors get 3 college visit days. Get on a few scholarship listserves: fastweb.com, zinch.com.

43 Mark Your Calendars Colleges that Change Lives (CCTL): Wednesday, August 14th, 7pm, Music City Center Advisory classroom visits: Week of August 26th Lunch with Ms. Gung NSA Parent College Night: Thursday, September 5th, 6:30pm MNPS College Fair: September 24th


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