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1 George Washington Carver High School Parent Night
WELCOME PARENTS George Washington Carver High School Parent Night

2 Agenda Wednesday September 6, 2011
Welcome/ Introduction of G.W. Guidance and Counseling Department Parent Night Presentation Introduction of Parent Liaison/ Parent University - Mrs. O'Neal Introduction of Guest Speaker- Mr. Jonathan Stroble of Georgia Student Finance Commission Break Out Session – Opportunity to Speak with your child’s grade level Counselor

3 The Importance of Being Involved
Parents' expectations have a powerful effect on children's academic performance: "It is clear that high achieving children tend to come from families which have high expectations for them, and who consequently are likely to 'set standards' and to make greater demands at an earlier age" (Boocock, 1972, p. 60). Vollmer (1986) There is a strong correlation between parental expectations and children's school performance: "Many empirical studies have found positive linear relationships between expectancy and subsequent academic achievement" Henderson (1988) found that this held true across all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Parental expectations, however, will have little effect unless communicated to their children, this process may reflect cultural differences.

4 How Can I Help My Child Succeed?
Help Them Choose Courses Each Year. Your son or daughter will bring a form for you to sign. The form lists the different choices/courses. You must first decide weather or not your child is planning to attend college, if the answer is: Yes.. Choose the appropriate College Preparatory Program No/Not Sure...Choose the appropriate Technology/Career program It is important to go over the courses with your child and make sure that they are taking courses that are appropriate for their interests and abilities. It is your responsibility to approve the choices. “A” is for Attendance Regular Attendance has an overall positive effect on academic success The Magic Hour Devoting at least one hour each day to studying can help your child retain more information than trying to remember a lot of information in a short amount of time Good study habits are vital to overall success

5 A Dozen Ways to Improve Your Child’s Academic Performance

6 Policies & Procedures Attendance
Every parent, guardian or other person residing in the State of GA is required by law to enroll and send children in their care, between the ages of 7-17 to school unless the child is specifically exempt (mentally or physically incapacitated). Students may not be absent for more than seven (7) days per school semester. Students who miss more than 7 days shall not receive credit for that semester Parents/guardians of students with excessive absences (both excused and unexcused) will be referred to the MCSD truancy officer for violation of GA compulsory education laws.

7 Policies & Procedures Cont….
Tardiness Students who are not in class and seated before the 8:25a.m. bell are considered tardy. Students who are tardy to school must check in through the Attendance office. Consequences for tardiness…. 1st Tardy-Verbal Warning 2nd Tardy-Verbal Warning 3rd Tardy-In-School Suspension (ISSP) 4th Tardy-Saturday School Any student not attending assigned Saturday School will receive a three day Out-of- School Suspension 5th Tardy-Two Days Out-Of-School Suspension Students who drive will lose parking privileges for two weeks (violators will be towed at owners expense)

8 Policies & Procedures Cont….
Grades Be sure to emphasize to your student the importance of attaining and maintaining good grades. THESE GRADES WILL COUNT TOWARDS GRADUATION AND CONSIDERATION FOR VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN!!!!!! For those students who are considering going to college or technical school after high school will be required to maintain at least an 3.0 GPA (college prep) to qualify for GEORGIA HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Grades are very important for any student wishing to take part in Honor Societies, as well as Scholarships and other recognition programs. See MCSD and Carver H.S. handbooks for further policies and procedures

9 Helpful Resources to Promote Good Study Habits
Lesson Tutor More than just room for listing homework, it's a time manager, too. Good study habits always start with a plan Homework Help: Helpful homework tips for everyone including students with ADD/ADHD Helping Your Child Study for Tests More resources by: Katherine West

10 How Can I Help My Child Make Good Academic Choices?
Talk to your child about what he or she would like to do after high school. Help your child with their graduation plan Keep up with your child’s graduation track: the school board's course calendar is available on our district website Pick up copies of the course lists from the schools in your area or read the school profile on the school website . Not all schools offer the same types of courses. Go to high school Open Houses. Make an appointment with the school guidance counselor, vice-principal or principal to get help making choices that best suit your child's interests and strengths. Join and support the PTSA

11 Parent, Teacher, Student, Association (PTSA)
The Mission of the PTSA is to: To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; To encourage parent and community involvement in the schools The Purposes of the PTSA are: To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school and community To raise the standards of home life. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

The Georgia Graduation Rule is being revised in conjunction with the implementation of the new Georgia Performance Standards in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and in other electives. The new curriculum and the new graduation requirements will help students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and the workplace.  Georgia’s “tiered” diploma system has been eliminated. Prior to the school year there were four tiers, each with different requirements: College Preparatory (CP), College Preparatory with Distinction (CP+), Technology/Career (TC) and Technology/Career with Distinction (TC+). The new rule has one common set of requirements for all students with various options for meeting those requirements, including students in special education programs and students in advanced courses such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, post-secondary options and career-oriented courses offered under our Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs. It is important that all students – regardless of their post-secondary plans – have a rigorous core of classes. These requirements are effective for students enrolling in the ninth grade for the first time in the school year. The Muscogee County School District offers several programs leading to completion of high school. Special programs such as Magnet Schools, Performance-Based, and Special Education may have different requirements.

13 What are the requirements for graduating from high school in Muscogee County ?
Students earn a minimum of twenty-eight (28) total units between grades 9 and 12 Complete one Term (18 weeks) of attendance immediately preceding graduation in a Muscogee County School District high school.. Pass specific courses, required courses for graduation. Make a passing score on all required sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test or passing score in that area on the End of Course Test (EOCT).

14 Course Requirements for All Students
All students will take: 4 units of English 4 units of Science 4 units of Mathematics 4 units of Social Studies 1 Health/Physical education course 3 units (at least) of Career/Technical/Agricultural and/or Modern (Foreign) Language /Latin and/or Fine Arts 8 (at least ) Electives A total of 28 Carnegie Units are required by the Muscogee County School District.

15 Curriculum Requirements for High School Diploma
AREA UNITS COURSE/INSTRUCTIONAL EMPHASIS ENGLISH 4.0 English I Literature/Composition English II Literature/Composition English III American Literature English IV English Literature MATHEMATICS Example 1 Mathematics I Mathematics II Mathematics III Mathematics IV Example 2 Accelerated Mathematics I Accelerated Mathematics II Accelerated Mathematics III Discrete Mathematics AP Statistics AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC SCIENCE • Physical Science or Physics (required) • Biology (required) • Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science or an AP/IB course • A science course identified from the academic sciences, CTAE or electives as designated in the List of State Funded Rule (IDA2) SOCIAL STUDIES American Government/Civics History World History Economics HEALTH/ PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1.0 Comprehensive health course focusing on decision making for life/ Personal Fitness ELECTIVES, REQUIRED 3.0 CTAE, Fine Arts, and/or Modern (foreign) Language/Latin ELECTIVES, ADDITIONAL 8.0 English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, CTAE, Modern Languages/Latin, Fine Arts TOTAL UNITS 28 * Students planning to enter or transfer into a University System of Georgia institution or other post-secondary institution must take to units of the same modern (foreign) language/Latin.



18 What are Core Courses? Defined: Courses chosen from English/ Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language for a high school diploma. For a Tech Career Prep program of study, four Tech Career Prep units are also considered to be core courses.

19 Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) PROGRAMS
The CTAE programs in Muscogee County School District (MCSD) Designed to help students develop skills and work habits needed for competitive employment in a variety of careers. CTAE Programs offered at GW Carver High Automotive Service Technology Health Occupations Business & Computer Science Heating, Ventilation, AC Construction Technology Information Technology Drafting & Design Metal Working Technology Education & Teaching (1st two Classes) ROTC Family & Consumer Science

20 Carver Integrated Math/ Science/Technology Magnet (IMST)
The Carver High School Magnet Program is a rigorous college preparatory program for students with an… interest in the areas of math, science, and/or technology. The goal of this program is to provide a strong, hands-on, individualized curriculum. This curriculum prepares students to be successful in mastering the challenges that they will meet in the future. The students are provided with state-of-the-art technology, which enhances their academic achievement. This advanced equipment includes computers, graphing calculators, laptop computers, etc. Carver Magnet students are extremely successful in their post secondary endeavors, including university, military, and professional careers.

21 Graduation and Grade Placement for current Muscogee Co. Students
Students must ….. Earn 6 credit hours to be classified as a sophomore Earn 13 credits to be classified as a junior Earn 20 credits to be classified as a senior Earn a minimum of 28 credits to graduate NOTE-Students have the opportunity to earn 8 credits per academic school year.

22 So….How Many Credits Do I Have?
For every class that you have taken and you received a grade of 70 or above, you received 1 credit for that class. First Semester Second Semester Math PE/ Health Math Support American Gov’t ROTC Lit Physical Science Comp Apps How many credits does this student have?

23 Total Credits Attempted: 8.00
High School Transcript Sample Name: Jane Doe Gender: F Birth Date: 01/04/1994 Address: 2306 Avery Lane Big Town, State, Zip School Name: G.W. Carver High School Graduation Date: 5/2014 Phone: Person to Contact: Dad or Mom’s Name Course Title Mark Credit Attempted Earned G.W Carver High School Grd 09 10-11 Math 1 Math Support PE and Health Lit / Comp 9 Physical Science American Government Comp Apps Human Growth and Development 80 82 91 93 53 81 70 88 1.00 0.00 NGA Summary Total NGA: GPA Summery Total GPA: Total Credits Attempted: Total Credits Earned: 7.00

ACT - The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination. The ACT Assessment contains four curriculum-based tests that measure academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. A perfect score on the ACT Assessment is 36. SAT - Originally, SAT was an acronym for Scholastic Aptitude Test. The New SAT includes sections on critical reading, mathematics through third-year college preparatory math (through Algebra II) and students are asked to write a 25-minute essay that requires them to take a position on an issue and use examples to support their position. Scores on each section range from points, with 2400 being a perfect score

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) provide students with opportunities to take practice college entrance exams during the high school day. The PSAT and PLAN are offered at no cost to each tenth grade student. Test date is October Carver Visit


27 Important Dates to Remember:
Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) September 27, 2011 Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)-Academic Blitz Week Mar.12-16, 2012 March 19, English Language Arts March 20, Mathematics March 21, Science March 22, Social Studies March 23, Make Up Date

28 Important Dates Cont… Progress Reports Report Cards Sept. 7 Oct. 12
Nov. 10 Feb. 9 April 21 2 Report Cards Oct. 12 Jan. 11 Mar. 22 May 25 Guidance After Hours will begin shortly after first report cards are issued. Counselors will be available at later times for parents who get off work at five; in order to answer questions or handle concerns that will keep your child on track for graduation

29 Important Dates Cont… End-of-Course Testing (EOCT) will be Dec. 5-9, 2011 & April 30-May 4, 2012 The EOCT is 15-20% of final average. Subjects that are normally covered for EOCT are English I, English III, Math I, Math III, Biology, Physical Science, U.S. History, and Government. PSAT/NMSQT Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Given to all 9th graders; usually in Mid-October It's a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. It gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) programs. Measures: critical reading skills math problem-solving skills writing skills

30 Handbook Review

31 If In Doubt Ask A School bus is like a classroom and the drivers will set rules for proper behavior Telephones in the offices are for official business. Please don’t ask your child to call home for instructions. Instruct your child to see a school official in emergency situations Prescribe drugs and medicines are to be kept in the clinic with the school nurse Students impersonating a parent to checking out face a minimum of one day home suspension

32 Restroom are not for social gatherings
All situations involving drugs, alcohol, weapons, or unlawful situations will be reported to the police Students are not allowed to sleep in class, and will face disciplinary action if this becomes a repeated behavior Eating in school is only allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch hour.

33 Hall Passes Students are not to be out of class without the classroom teacher’s permission. Teachers may allow students to leave class only when absolutely necessary and then will issue a student a hall pass. Students are not to leave the lunchroom during lunch periods without a pass from the teacher. Students out of class without a pass from the teacher are considered to be skipping.

34 Fighting Settle your difference in a way other than fighting. Let a teacher know or administrator know when there is a potential problem so we can help before a fight erupts. We don’t want anyone to get hurt fighting, and this practice will not be tolerated at school.

35 Electronic Devices Students shall not be permitted to use any personal electronic communication devices including - cell phones - pagers - MP3 players - CD, DVD players - two way radios

36 Dress Code Students who fail to follow dress code guidelines are to be referred to the office. This will be an unexcused absence from class, and work missed may not be made up. Students corrected more than once for dress code violations may receive disciplinary actions.

37 Guidance And Counseling Department Services and Programs

38 Individual Counseling
1:1/ Graduation Plan/ 2+ failing grades on Progress Reports The School Counselor works with individual students to help them better express their concerns and problems, to better understand themselves and others, and to work towards positive education, personal, and social development Students can make an appointment (self-refer), parent can set up appointment, or teacher can refer student to the counselor.

39 Individual Counseling
Coping Strategies Relaxation Stress Management Peer Relationships Effective social skills Personal Safety and awareness Decision making Career Awareness World of Work Substance abuse awareness Communication Post secondary plans

40 Group Counseling The Counselor also conducts small group counseling sessions to enhance developmental areas Small and Large Group Parents, teachers, administrators may refer students to group counseling

41 Family issues, such as divorce, grief, and loss
Group Counseling Friendship skills Family issues, such as divorce, grief, and loss Advisement Carver will have a grief group starting in December.

42 Peer Mediation Peer mediation is both a program and a process where students of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two people or small groups.  This process has proven effective in schools around the United States, changing the way students understand and resolve conflict in their lives.  Changes include improved self-esteem, listening and critical thinking skills, and school climate for learning, as well as reduced disciplinary actions and less fights.  These skills are transferable outside of the classroom.

43 G.W. Carver Guidance and Counseling Department Page

44 2. Click on “Guidance” to the left of the screen
Go to 2. Click on “Guidance” to the left of the screen

45 3. Click on Different tabs to retrieve information

46 4. Click on different grade level counselor for Scholarship and Newsletter information

47 Thank You For Choosing George Washington Carver High School
We Look Forward to a Great Year; Thanks For Coming.

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