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2 Curriculum Night 2015 AUDITORIUM 6:00-6:40Program for Parents of Rising 9 th Graders 6:45-7:45Program for Parents of Current WSHS Students CAFETERIA 6:45-7:45 Curriculum Fair Focus: Rising 9 th Grade Electives 7:45-8:45Curriculum Fair Focus: Certain AP Courses Focus: Electives for Upperclassmen

3 Curriculum Night 2015 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen Welcome & Overview of the evening PowerPoint for Students – key points Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information AP Specific Information

4 Curriculum Night 2015 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight PowerPoint for Students – key points Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information AP Specific Information

5 West Springfield High School Course Orientation 2015 Overview of the Registration Process Graduation Requirements Course Sequences Curriculum Updates

6 West Springfield High School Course Orientation 2015 Find this presentation on our website: ditsandcourses.html

7 Sophomore Year As an experienced WSHS Student, you should; Be Familiar with Academic Resources Identify Extracurricular Activities Improve or Stabilize Grades

8 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018 Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 44 Math 34 Algebra 1, Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Computer Sci Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) Science 34 History 44 Health/PE 22 World Language N/A3 or 2+2 Fine Arts OR CTE 2 (can include 1 WL)1 Econ & Personal Fin 11 Electives (must include seq electives) 33 CTE Credential (ii) YESNO Virtual Course YES

9 VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 2 (both during Junior year) Math 12 Science 12 History 12 Student Choice 11 TOTAL: 69 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2018 VERIFIED CREDITS

10 Schedule for 10 th Grade Courses for a 10 th Grader who has PASSED his/her Pre-Requisite Courses 1. English 10 / English 10 Honors 2. World History 2 / World History 2 Honors / AP World 3. Health and PE Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus) [HN Available at all levels] 5. Chemistry or Chemistry Honors (Active Physics if you fail Algebra 1) 6. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective 7. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance??)

11 Junior Year As an experienced WSHS Student, you should; Access Academic Resources Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP courses in area(s) of strength/interest. Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career sequence. Improve or Stabilize Grades

12 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017 Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 44 Math 34 Algebra 1, Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Computer Sci Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) Science 34 History 44 Health/PE 22 World Language N/A3 or 2+2 Fine Arts OR CTE 2 (can include 1 WL)1 Econ & Personal Fin 11 Electives (must include seq electives) 33 CTE Credential (ii) YESNO Virtual Course YES

13 VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 2 (both during Junior year) Math 12 Science 12 History 12 Student Choice 11 TOTAL: 69 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2017 VERIFIED CREDITS

14 Schedule for 11 th Grade Courses for a 11 th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses 1. English 11 / English 11 Honors / AP Language 2. US History / US History Honors / AP US History 3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Prob/Stats, Comp Sci*) 4. Physics, Geosystems, or Chemistry (if completed Active Physics) 5. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective 6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???) 7. Elective

15 Senior Year As an experienced WSHS Student, you should; Access Academic Resources Develop a schedule that reflects Post-Secondary Plans Choose challenging courses; consider Honors or AP courses in area(s) of strength/interest. Consider attending an Academy, or completing a career sequence. Improve or Stabilize Grades

16 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016 Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 44 Math 34 Algebra 1, Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Computer Sci Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) Science 34 History 44 Health/PE 22 World Language N/A3 or 2+2 Fine Arts OR CTE 2 (can include 1 WL)1 Econ & Personal Fin 11 Electives (must include seq electives) 33 CTE Credential (ii) N/ANO Virtual Course N/ANO

17 VERIFIED CREDITS = Pass course + End of Year SOL Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 2 (both during Junior year) Math 12 Science 12 History 12 Student Choice 11 TOTAL: 69 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2016 VERIFIED CREDITS

18 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2015 Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 44 Math 34 Algebra 1, Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Geom Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Computer Sci Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) Science 34 History 44 Health/PE 22 World Language N/A3 or 2+2 Fine Arts OR CTE 2 (can include 1 WL)1 Econ & Personal Fin 11 Electives (must include seq electives) 33 CTE Credential (ii) N/ANO Virtual Course N/ANO

19 VERIFIED CREDITS (Pass course/ End of Year SOL) Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 2 (both during Junior year) Math 12 Science 12 History 12 Student Choice 11 TOTAL: 69 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2015 VERIFIED CREDITS

20 Schedule for 12 th Grade Courses for a 12 th Grader who has PASSED his/her pre-requisite courses 1. English 12 / English 12 Honors / AP Literature 2. US Government / US Government Honors / AP US Government/ AP Comp Gov 3. Math (Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Prob/Stats, Comp Sci) 4. 4 th Science (Geosystems, Anatomy., AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, etc) 5. World Language 3, 4, or AP (Advanced Diploma 3 years or 2+2) or Elective 6. Elective (Economics and Personal Finance???) 7. Elective

21 Academic Levels College Level Curriculum Faster Pacing Significant Independent reading Significantly more HW AP Standard Curriculum Faster Pacing More independent work to go more in depth Independent projects Honors Standard Curriculum Standard Pacing Homework is for practice / review concepts from class Standard

22 How do I choose the appropriate level? Choose Honors/AP in courses where you enjoy the material and independent learning Seek input from teachers, parents, counselors, etc. Choose a BALANCED schedule where you are challenged in areas of interest or desired growth Beware of overscheduling; it becomes very difficult to maintain health and wellness, which is key to academic and personal success. Attend Curriculum Night or review AP Expectations on Blackboard to get a clear picture of the unique demands of an AP course.

23 ENGLISH 9 English 9 or English 9 Honors English 10 or English 10 Honors English 11, English 11 HONORS or AP English Language English 12, English 12 HONORS or AP English Literature

24 MATHEMATICS If you currently have below a “C”, you should work hard to bring up your grade for second semester. If you’re still unsuccessful, consider retaking the course or look at other math options (if available). Listen to your teacher’s recommendation! 9 ALGEBRA 1 PART 1/ ALGEBRA 1 DOUBLE BLOCK CLASS ALGEBRA 1 Or ALGEBRA 1 Honors GEOMETRY GEOMETRY HONORS 10 10GEOMETRYGEOMETRY ALGEBRA 2 ALGEBRA 2 HONORS ALGEBRA 2 PRECALCPROB/STAT PRECALC HONORS PRECALC, PROB/STAT, DISCRETE MATH PRECALC, PROB/STAT, DISCRETE MATH AP CALC AB AP STAT AP CALC BC AP STAT

25 SOCIAL STUDIES 9 World History & Geography 1 or World History & Geography HONORS 10 World History & Geography 2, World History & Geography 2 HONORS or AP World History 11 US/VA History, US/VA History HONORS or AP US History 12 US/VA Government, US/VA Government HONORS, AP Government or AP Comparative Government

26 SCIENCE 9 Biology or Biology Honors Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, or Active Physics (if the student has not passed Algebra 1) Physics, Physics Honors, AP Physics 1, Anatomy, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, Geosystems, Geosystems Honors Same as above plus AP Physics 2 and AP Physics B

27 AP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) In order to enroll in an AP Course at your registration appointment with your counselor, you must have an AP MOU. If you go against recommendation, you may need to sign this MOU. You can pick up an AP MOU in 5 Places 1. AP Curriculum on Monday, February 10 th 2. Curriculum Fair 3. Student Services or the 4. Student Services Webpage 5. Ms. Jackson-Pettine’s classroom

28 Caution For World Languages AND Mathematics, it is STRONGLY recommended that you have a C or better before moving to the next course and pass your PALS If you do not have a C or better, your parents may have to sign a permission slip for you to be allowed to advance.

29 Factors to Consider when Selecting Electives The purpose of electives is to allow you to explore subjects that may help you develop a new life or academic skill, develop career-specific skills or knowledge, or develop a skill/talent outside of the core curriculum areas. Attending the Curriculum Fair on February 11 Contacting Teachers Directly Speak with Peers, Siblings, Parents, or Counselor 1.

30 Academy Courses 1. Check out your options! Academy website: 2. Visit the Academy! During the Day!! Not only is it a great way to check out first-hand what you might be doing for the year and it is a huge bonus on your application for admittance. See your counselor to pick up a pass to visit your academy. During the Night!! Check out one of the Open House Dates. Some even include Dinner! 3. APPLY!! Complete this online so it is legible and more professional looking. A fillable pdf can be found online here, Applications DUE: March 27 th !!

31 Curriculum Night 2014 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight Power Point for Students – Key Points Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information AP Specific Information

32 What’s next? 1. Go to the Course Selection Guide and read descriptions of the courses. 2. Participate in the WSHS Electives Fair on Feb 11 th 3. Attend Curriculum Night on Feb 9 th 4. Select 7 Courses Plus 3 Alternatives. 5. Discuss your schedule with your parents and have them sign your course selection sheet. 6. Arrive prepared: Counselor is there for questions, but pre-planning is a must to have a productive session.

33 Important Upcoming Dates February & MarchRegistrationDuring the day February 9 th Curriculum Night6:30 pm February 11 th Electives FairSpartan Time Mid-May“Draft List of Courses”Mail Out June 19 th Last Day for Changes June 19 th - LAST DAY to make any schedule changes for School Year

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