3 AgendaIntroduction from Dr. Gregory Stewart, Executive Principal of NSA, and Oceana Sheehan, Assistant PrincipalIntroduction of NSA School Counseling TeamExemptions/Diplomas & MoreGeneral scheduling informationSenior CommitteeStarting Off Your Senior Year RightDon’t forget to sign-inParents: 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-KApril GungSeniorsJulia HogeFreshman- Juniors, Last names L-Z
5 Contact InformationApril Gung, Senior CounselorOffice: , ext. 307Fax:College counseling website: selingA note about communication & s…
6 How to Reach Ms. Gungme quick questions or to set up an appointmentStop by during lunch, after school, or ask to see me during advisoryIf 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 toViaYou can leave the subject blank.
8 Senior Exemption Criteria Have a 90 average or higher in the classAt least one of your 9 weeks grades must be a 93 or higherYou must not be suspended out of school for any reasonYou must not miss more than 6 days each semester (includes Excused and Unexcused)You must not have more than 7 discipline referrals totalThree 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 DaysSeniors get 3 days that will be counted as excused absences BUT will not count against exam exemptionsMust 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: 18ACT Math: 22ACT Science: 24ACT Reading: 21Diploma with DistinctionEarn a B average (85 or higher) AND one of the following:Nationally recognized industry certificationParticipate in Governor’s SchoolBe selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi- FinalistAttain an ACT composite of 31 or higherAttain a score of 3 or higher on at least two AP examsEarn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted college credit
11 NSA AP Scholars & Honors Recognition Criteria is tentative – may be adjustedNSA AP Scholars programTake and pass 3 or more AP classes (full-year) by graduationExpected 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 scoreBenefits: Extra award during graduation season, potential field trips, resume, rec letters, etc.NSA Honors recognitionTake and pass 8 Honors classes by graduationMaintain an overall B averageBenefits: Extra honor during graduation season, resume, rec letters, etc.
12 TN ScholarsBenefits: medallion at graduation, seal on diploma, tuition assistance at some colleges, resume, etc.Criteria:All regular diploma requirements4 math credits (Bridge Math does not count)80 hours of volunteer serviceOverall “C” average with no F’s as final grades95% attendance required (no more than 36 absences in high school)No out-of-school suspensions
13 Graduation Requirements Course# of CreditsEnglish4Math (Algebra 1 and above; take at least one class each year)Science (Biology, Chemistry, and one additional)3Social Studies- World History or World Geography or AP Human Geo1- US History- Government.5- Economics- Personal Finance
14 Graduation Requirements (cont.) Course# of CreditsWorld Languages (two years of same language)2Lifetime Wellness1Physical EducationFine or Performing Arts6ElectiveTOTAL25.5
16 Most Common Scheduling Issues Changes in the Master Schedule – conflict between classes offered on block schedule and those offered on 50 minute scheduleOverlooking graduation requirementsBridge Math:Seniors with a 19 or below on ACT math subtestSeniors with no ACT scoreNo teacher recommendation for Arts classesSummer A+ not completeOffice 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 workerAt least 3.0 GPA; priority given to those with 3.2 and aboveBridge Math:If you got a 19 and want to see me to discuss, please doIf 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 rigorShould have at least 3 academic classes on senior scheduleColleges look for rigor and advanced coursework in junior/senior year schedulesPersonal challenge – fight senioritis!RigorYou 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 yourselfRepeating low level course senior year or just taking English/Math is not the best first impression you want to giveCreditsCannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra IICan’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken it
18 Scheduling Considerations Bridge MathDesigned for students who made below a 19 on ACT MathWill be online at NSAWill 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 classesPsychology and Yearbook will be offered at NSAIndependent Study – no credit receivedIn general, cannot repeat WellnessCreditsCannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra IICan’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken itGrade 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” classRetake class you failed but received credit for through grade averagingRetake class you made a D in for grade improvementVirtual School and Dual Enrollment classesSenior CapstoneRegular Senior CapstoneCollege Counseling Intern with Ms. Gung“NSA Presents” Intern with Ms. HogeCreditsCannot retake Algebra 1 after Geometry/Algebra IICan’t retake Theater Production and receive credit if you’ve already taken itGrade 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 detailsReport to computer lab (Ms. Sheehan’s old office) unless otherwise directedYou 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 10thExpect 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 computerMust get online application link from Ms. GungMust submit parent form to Ms. GungFree if part of regular day schedule; $175 per ½ credit if it’s in addition to school dayCan put the class in any open period on your scheduleCannot drop class mid-semester
22 Virtual School (cont.)Expect 5-10 hours/week of work for standard coursesCourses offered:All standard academic course plus several Honors options not offered at NSA (Government Honors, Economics Honors, etc.), plus Wellness & PEOthers: Psychology, Sociology, Art History, Physical ScienceNew courses (one semester each):Introduction to Information TechnologyImage Design & EditingPrinciples of BusinessPrinciples of AccountingIntroduction to Social MediaWeb DesignDigital ArtsPrinciples of MarketingPrinciples 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 15thLook for from me about MNPS Gap Fee ApplicationFor those who have NOT yet applied:Grab handout with info and NSCC linksCould take a course to satisfy high school graduation requirements or just a class for funGet college credit that transfers to the college you attend in most cases; in most cases get high school credit tooChance 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)PsychologySociologySpanish/French (at NSCC or web)Art AppreciationComputer ScienceComputer Aided DraftingBeginning HTMLComputer ApplicationsIntro to Political ScienceSocial ProblemsIntro 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 IChild Growth & DevelopmentIntro to Women’s Studies (at NSCC and web)Studio RecordingMusic AppreciationClassical Piano I and IIBasic PhotographyIntroduction to Social Work (at NSCC and web)Human Behavior and Social EnvironmentsIntroduction to TheaterIntro to Paralegal Studies- NSA DE agreement is different than NSCC application – need both.
26 Dual Enrollment (cont.) Deadline to register for Fall: Monday, August 5thMust reapply for DEG grant each semester; do not have to reapply for admission if you’ve already taken a courseGeneral requirements (except for Arts-related courses):3.0 minimum GPA requirement (with some exceptions)19 ACT subscore in specific subject areaCan go to NSCC at Main Campus or Hickory Hollow or do onlineGenerally, 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 thisStudent’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 GPAMakes you more competitive for colleges and scholarshipsPrepares you for college-level courseworkAP/Dual Enrollment (DE) can give you college credit saves you money!Impacts weighted GPAFrom 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 timeVirtual 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 inYou have not met the pre-requisites for the classThere is another class you need for graduation this yearYou have 2 classes in the same periodYou 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 periodTo be in a different lunch periodYou changed your mind about taking the classYou think the class is going to be too hardYour job and/or other responsibilities are interferingYou want to be in the same class as your friendsDo NOT request schedule changes for any of these reasons.- These are noted on the schedule change request form
31 Next StepsSchedule 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 necessaryArt teacher recommendationsAP contractsParent signatures on course registration formsDual Enrollment application (August 5th)Virtual School Registration (August 1st)Request form to leave campus for Virtual School/Dual Enrollment (August 1st)Schedule change formComplete 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!
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37 Senior Committee Ms. Gung & Ms. Painter are co-Senior Sponsors Ms. Gung – Senior Committee ChairApproximately 10 student leaders to help plan eventsPick 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 listSet a few goalsWhat 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 managementWhat 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 skillsPrioritize and plan aheadWork 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 addressHave 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 21Registration deadline: August 23Students 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 27Try 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 CalendarsColleges that Change Lives (CCTL): Wednesday, August 14th, 7pm, Music City CenterAdvisory classroom visits: Week of August 26thLunch with Ms. GungNSA Parent College Night: Thursday, September 5th, 6:30pmMNPS College Fair: September 24th