PROCEDURES FOR SEEING MS. NELMS Emergencies Before school,during lunch, after school (on alternating weeks I will be available until 3:30) Please sign in when you come into my office!! Contact me via email to setup an appointment
ANNOUNCEMENTS Ask you parent to complete the parent survey on my webpage. You can scan the QR code on my board to link directly to the website.
LET’S TALK ABOUT… Reading your transcript Knowing where you stand with graduation requirements Knowing your HOPE status STEPS TO REACHING GOAL
IMPORTANT INFORMATION! The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are selected by Shelby County Schools based on 1 st semester grades of the Senior year. Colleges will still look at 2 nd semester grades of the Senior year, and they can change the status of your acceptance letter
Total Credits Required: 22 Math: 4 Credits - Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course Science: 3 Credits - Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course English: 4 Credits Social Studies: 3 Credits Physical Education And Wellness: 1.5 Credits Personal Finance: 0.5 Credits Foreign Language: 2 Credits Fine Arts: 1 Credit - May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus Elective Focus: 3 Credits - Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Shelby County Schools Ready Core Tennessee Graduation Requirements
TRANSCRIPT CHECK Find your GPA Find the number of credits earned Make sure all credits earned (including middle school credits) are on your transcript Check your transcript against the graduation requirements
HOPE (LOTTERY ) SCHOLARSHIP Entering freshmen must have a Minimum of a 21 ACT (980 SAT), exclusive of the essay and optional subject area battery tests OR Overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (unweighted GPA)
VIRTUAL SCHOOL Earning additional high school credits/ classes not offered at Central Failed classes
CLEARINGHOUSE Students must be cleared in order to play collegiate sports Students must register, pay fee, send SAT/ACT test scores, and transcripts in order to qualify A certain GPA must meet a certain score on ACT/SAT (Sliding Scale)
DIVISIONS I AND II INITIAL-ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS DIVISION II 16 Core Courses 3 years of English. 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). 3 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. 2 years of social science. 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy). DIVISION I 16 Core Courses 4 years of English. 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). 1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. 2 years of social science. 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).
PSAT THE PRELIMINARY SAT/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST (PSAT/NMSQT) All 10 th grade students are required to take the PSAT October 15. There is no cost Standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT ® Gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs Gain access to college and career planning tools. Measures: Critical reading skills Math problem-solving skills Writing skills
SAT/SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST Tests verbal and math skills in 6 sections 3 hours in length Multiple choice plus a grid-in section on the math portion College Board does not recommend a student to take the official SAT until the 2 nd semester of their 11 th grade school year Does not test grammar or spelling
ACT PLAN 10 th grade students will take the PLAN October 30, free. Helps you prepare for the ACT Includes four multiple-choice tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. ACT Plan score report will help identify your strengths and areas where you need improvement. Subject Number of Questions How Long It Takes English30 minutes Usage/Mechanics30 Rhetorical Skills20 Math40 minutes Pre-Algebra/Algebra22 Geometry18 Reading2520 minutes Science3025 minutes
ACT/AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING Tests English, math, reading, and science reasoning in 4 subtests 2 hours and 55 minutes in length All multiple choice/does have a writing portion that’s optional Heavy focus on grammar; does not test spelling or vocabulary
ASVAB Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test Skills based test; does not mean that you will join the military Highly recommended that you take the test during your junior or senior year