BETA 2013-2014 The purpose of this meeting is to introduce you to the various offerings that are a part of BETA. If you select BETA, with the combined efforts of home and school, the students will leave career and college ready.
BETA’S Mission Statement BETA students will thrive in a safe learning environment that provides opportunities for highest student achievement through the completion of chosen pathways, and technology certifications leading to careers or post-secondary education.
Industry Certifications are the “EOC” of your pathway class Students can get a jump start earning credentials and college credit by taking career education courses in high school and passing appropriate certifications exams. There are more than 150 certifications available statewide. We offer four here on campus-free of charge to the students.
Industry Certifications are the “EOC” of your pathway class INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS Industry Certifications are designations earned by a student that insures their qualifications to perform a job in a specific industry. In some cases, Industry Certification can qualify a high school graduate for employment directly out of high school. Most of Gibbs High School’s Industry Certifications are offered in the BETA program.
DUAL ENROLLMENT Dual Enrollment courses allow students to be enrolled simultaneously in high school and college. Students who pass Dual Enrollment courses with a grade of A, B, or C will receive high school and college credit. Our partner college in Dual Enrollment is St. Petersburg College (SPC). Through agreements within the University system, Dual Enrollment credits earned with SPC will transfer to any state university in Florida. These courses are also recognized at some colleges and universities nationwide.
DUAL ENROLLMENT PERT TESTING The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida’s customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate placement in Dual Enrollment courses, based on the student’s skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entryl evel college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
BETA ADVISORY BETA is a Center of Excellence! We have an advisory to support with partnerships between business and education. The advisory provides meaningful feedback on industry trends that serves to advise the students and staff. The BETA ADVISORY meets the second Tuesday of the following months at 1:00p.m. 09/10, 10/08, 11/12, 02/11, 03/11
ADVANCED ACADEMICS ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) Students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. College credit can be earned by passing the AP exam in the Spring with a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores on AP exams are recognized by most of the major colleges and universities across the United States.
DUES BETA Shirts are… $5.75 (front only) $6.75 (front and back) $5.75+$5.00 (front only with a school board appropriate name on the back) Seniors-$35.00 this includes… Graduation Cords and End of the year BETA Celebration Every BETA Student needs a shirt.
Speakers Your teachers will have speakers from business industries tied to our pathways come and speak to your classes. Your teachers will be reviewing speaker etiquette (manners). This will include asking questions, attire and assignments for the day.
College Tours BETA does several college tours throughout the year. Some of the colleges we are visiting are: Florida State University University South Florida University of Florida Santa Fe Tallahassee Community College Florida International University Florida Gulf Coast
Mandatory Requirements Parental attendance for the entire Parent Night 09/03/13 at 6:30p.m. An active member of a CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) i.e. FBLA Registration/take a test for the higher learning (ACT, PERT, SAT for the 2013-2014 school year)* exceptions are proof of acceptable scores for the college visiting Required BETA Dress Up Day ELP tutoring support (two hours total) OR Be an active member of the BETA Advisory/another school organization…key club, ROTC, athletics, Literacy Advisory, SR&R
What are your options after high school? State University Private Colleges and Universities Florida College System Career and Technical Centers
How Can I Get a Head Start in High School? AP-Advanced Placement courses offered here on campus (college level course offered during the day if a 3 or higher is earned on the AP Exam) Dual Enrollment courses offered here on campus (college course offered during the day in the in summers at no cost to public high school students) Industry Certification/Tech Prep offered here on campus (credential and college credit certificates)
BETA Dress DayCriteria Males: Dress shirt with a tie Dress slacks Dress shoes Ladies: Dresses Knee grazing skirts with a nice blouse/shirt OR… BETA T-Shirt with black bottoms for all Let’s vote… 3 rd (stand) or 4 th (sit ) Wednesday
http://beta-gibbs.pcsb.org/index.html BETA has Pathways! The first year students will take Introduction to Information Technology. During the student’s sophomore year the student selects which “pathway”. The pathways are: Journalism International Business/Business Supervision Management New Media Technology Network Support Specialist (Cisco) Gaming CUT to the video…
Classes in the Journalism Pathway Introduction to Informational Technology (9 th Grade)- This is the foundation course for all BETA classes that will give students basics of Microsoft Office and Windows. Journalism (10 th Grade)- This class gives students a foundation for print and broadcast writing. Students will produce a variety of videos and writing samples. (Reporter, Copy Editor, Script Writer) Industrial Communications (11 th Grade)- Students will become members of a television crew that produces the Morning Announcements. They will create a variety of videos of different lengths and formats, and prepare students for careers in the Communications Industry. (Videographer, Video Editor, Director, News Anchor) Digital Design (12 th Grade)- This class will give students a foundation for skills needed to enter careers in the digital publishing industry. (Graphic Designer, Print Editor, Photographer)
The New Media Technologies pathway could possibly be more accurately called the “Adobe Multimedia Web Design” pathway, because that is what the students learn to do during their three years of enrollment. In the first year, they take the “New Media and Digital Imaging Fundamentals” course, which is a course in Adobe Photoshop with an emphasis on attaining an Adobe Certified Associate certification in Visual Communication with Photoshop. This certification supports careers in the photography, graphic design and web design industries. In the second year, students are enrolled in “Digital Video and Sound Fundamentals,” pursuing the Adobe Certified Associate in Video Communication with Adobe Flash. They are learning to create animations, as well as learning to capture and edit digital video.
Flash professionals are in demand in the video gaming, applications development, and entertainment and animation career fields. In the final year of the pathway, our young professionals learn “Web Design” and work toward the ACA in Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver, which is a web design software application. They learn to design and host web sites; in addition, they take the skills that they learned in the first two years of the program in Photoshop and Flash, and learn how to translate those to the World Wide Web and to a global audience. Like all the pathways in BETA, the New Media Technologies pathway is poised to equip its students with both technology and soft skills to compete in today’s cutting edge industries – and our students leave us with credits that articulate to college programs, industry certifications, and skills that they will use throughout their lives in the real-world workplace.
Year 1: “New Media and Digital Imaging Fundamentals” - a course in Adobe Photoshop with an emphasis on attaining the Adobe Certified Associate certification in Visual Communication with Photoshop. This certification supports careers in the photography, graphic design and web design industries. Year 2: “Digital Video and Sound Fundamentals” - a course in Adobe Flash pursuing the Adobe Certified Associate in Video Communication with Adobe Flash. They are learning to create animations, as well as learning to capture and edit digital video. Flash professionals are in demand in the video gaming, applications development, and entertainment and animation career fields. Year 3: “Web Design I” - a course in Adobe Dreamweaver, working toward the Adobe Certified Associate in Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver. They learn to design and host web sites; in addition, they take the skills that they learned in the first two years of the program in Photoshop and Flash, and learn how to translate those to the World Wide Web and to a global audience. Like all the pathways in BETA, the New Media Technologies pathway is poised to equip its students with both the technology and soft skills to compete in today’s cutting edge industries – and our students leave us with credits that articulate to college programs, industry certifications, and skills that they will use throughout their lives in the real-world workplace. New Media Technologies Pathway (aka the “Adobe Multimedia Web Design” pathway)
Certification All classes in the Journalism Pathway will prepare students for Industry Certification in the Microsoft Office Bundle. Throughout all classes, students will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All of these skills will prepare students for college and/or their chosen career.
Academy Requirements Stand if you have at least one academic course (English, math, social studies, science, or other course outside the academy courses) in which you complete class activities that are directly connected to the work you are doing in the BETA.
Academy Requirements Put your right hand up if you have at least one academic teacher (from one of the core subjects who works closely with the BETA academy teacher. Put both hands in the air if you and your parents have been involved in BETA academy activities that have given you specific information related to Gold Seal opportunities that could provide you with financial assistance in postsecondary programs connected to your academy.
THE SCHOOL DAY Classes are in session from 7:05 am to 2:05 pm Monday through Friday. Students are scheduled for eight periods. Odd numbered periods (1, 3, 5, & 7) meet on “A” days. Even numbered periods (2, 4, 6, & 8) meet on “B” days. Monday and Thursday are always “A” days. Tuesday and Friday are always “B” days. Wednesdays alternate as “A” and “B” days week to week. Students are required to be on time for all instructional classes. Appointments with doctors, dentists, etc. should not ordinarily be made during school time. If this should be necessary, the student should bring a note signed by a parent or guardian stating the time it will be necessary to leave school and the reason. GIBBS HIGH SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE 1st or 2nd 7:05 – 8:35 3rd or 4th 8:40 – 10:16 LUNCH 10:21 - 10:55 5th or 6th 11:00 – 12:30 7th or 8th 12:35 – 2:05 SECTION A– A GUIDE TO ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL
College Fair USF St. Petersburg is proud to host the Pinellas County College Fair on Sunday, September 22. This annual event will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m