Common Problems for Freshmen Not using the agenda book Not completing homework Not studying effectively Turning work in late Believing Ninth grade doesn’t matter Not asking for help
How to help Help with study skills Talk about different colleges and careers Make an appointment with me Rewards and consequences Require weekly progress reports Freshman Academy Teacher communication and office hours Parent teacher conferences Use Parent Portal to monitor progress
Freshman Academy Monday and Wednesday: Math Tuesdays and Thursdays: Science For all Freshmen Students Classroom teacher and student tutors Not just for struggling students 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Guided Study Peer Mentors Advisement lessons Homework, study, and reading time Homeroom Activities Announcements on Fridays
Four Year Plan Four year planning with students in February and March Provides a guide for course selection Can change based on interests and needs Choice Book has graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements 4 credits in Language Arts 4 credits in Math 4 credits in Science 3 credits in Social Science 3 credits in any combination of Modern or Classical Language, Fine Arts, or Technical Education 4 credits in Elective Areas Total: 23 credits
Promotion Requirements 9 th to 10 th 5 Carnegie Units Including no less than: 0.5 unit of Language Arts 0.5 unit of Mathematics 0.5 unit of Science
Important Dates AP Fair: February 8 2011-12 Registration: February 14-22 Summer School: TBA 5 weeks and tuition-based
Something to Remember Ideally: What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. George Bernard Shaw Reality: Children sometimes behave like little puppies. They must run after the ball many times before they become good at bringing it back.
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