2Choosing Your Classes Planning for Graduation and Beyond RegistrationChoosing Your ClassesPlanning for Graduation and Beyond
3Welcome to Timberland High School IntroductionsGuidance Counseling Office offers support for Academics, College/Career Planning, and Emotional needsJeanne Sivewright and Kristen SchneiderStay informed (Announcements/Web/Twitter/ /Newsletters)Transition – Link Crew is a high school transition program that helps increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and improve academic performance.After School TutoringGet InvolvedEnvelope has all info we will be referring to.
4What’s Different about High School? Grades are looked at by colleges/military/employersMore independence/More Responsibility/More AccountabilityMore classes/More homework/More tests/More studyingMore technology!More choices and More opportunities!More sports/clubs/activities/leadership experiences!Keys to survival: staying organized, using a planning tool, taking advantage of tutoring, asking for help before it’s too late, keeping up with announcements, communicating with parents/teachers/counselors.
5Credits and GPA Semester classes = 0.5 credit Full year classes = 1.0 creditStudents need 25 credits in order to graduateIf you don’t pass a class:Don’t earn 0.5 creditMight have to retake classSummer school?!Graduation might be delayedGPA is computed: A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F=0GPA foundation starts first semester of 9th gradeCheck transcript on Portal
6High School Assessments End Of Course ExamsASPIREPSAT/NMSQTACTCompassASVABAPAll of this info can be found in more detail on website and are publicized prior to testing dates.
7Graduation Requirements English creditsSocial Studies 3 credits (including US History, US Government, and 1.0 Social Studies Elective)Science credits (including 1.0 Biology, 1.0 of a physical science, and 1.0 of a science elective)Math credits (4 rec)Fine Arts creditPractical Arts 1 creditPhysical Ed creditHealth creditPersonal Fin creditElectives Career Path Elective CoursesTOTAL Credits(page 6)
8Graduating with Academic Honors Timberland Graduation requirements PLUS:Math– need a total of 4 credits (at/above Algebra I)Additional Concentrated Core Electives – 3.0 credits of additional Math, Science, English, Social Studies, or World LanguageGPA of at least a 3.0ACT Score at or above 211 High School activity (club/sport)Record of good citizenship(page 6)
9Graduating with Cum Laude Honors All three levels require first earning Academic Honors and a record of good citizenship (course guide pg. 7)Cum Laude3. 5 minimum GPAOne credits from qualifying coursesTwo high school activitiesACT comp of 22Magna cum Laude3.75 minimum GPATwo credits from qualifying coursesThree high school activitiesACT comp of 23Summa cum Laude4.0 minimum GPAThree credits from qualifying coursesFour high school activitiesACT comp of 24
10Planning for your Future What are your plans after you graduate?4-year College or University2-year Community CollegeTrade or Technical CollegeMilitaryEmploymentWhat can you do to prepare for your goals?Take challenging classes that will prepare you for your chosen careerKeep track of your current grades, GPA and credits (Personal Plan of Study)Complete the A+ ProgramJoin school activities (clubs and athletics)Communicate, ask questions, volunteer, research
11A+ ProgramBe a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or lawfully present in the U.S.Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years prior to graduation.Maintain a 2.5 cumulative non-weighted GPA.Maintain a 95% cumulative attendance rate.Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring of which 25% may include job shadowing.Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.Achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I, II or Geometry End of Course Exam, or a higher level DESE approved assessment in the field of mathematics.BENEFIT – currently this program is covering most tuition expenses at Missouri community colleges or state supported technical schools. Some 4 year universities also offer scholarship money for finishing the A+ Program.
12College Admissions Requirements Colleges and Universities each determine their own requirements for admission.Course Planning guide (pg.7)Make sure to check college websites for specific requirements.What to look for:* minimum ACT/SAT score* GPA / Class Rank requirements* High School course requirements
13Collegiate SportsNCAA Division I or II and NAIA colleges and universities require specific course work, grade point average and ACT scores for eligibility.Communicate early with your coach and your guidance counselor to make sure you maintain eligibility.to register, check eligible courses, etcFor more information, see the College/Career/A+ websiteSee page 12 in the Course Planning Guide
14Selecting your classes Consider your Career Path (page 8)* Specific core courses and electives are designed for career exploration and college preparation* Use guides such as Missouri Connections Career Interest Inventory, Career Path Elective ChartConsider your post-high school plans* Taking rigorous courses prepares students for the ACT test, and for college-level course work* Think ahead (Personal Plans of Study) to all 4 years* Whatever your plans are, you need to be eligible, be prepared and be competitive!
15Picking your classes Course Guide Graduation requirements (Page 5) Honors/Cum Laude (Page 6)Admissions requirements for universities (Page 7)Career Paths/Clusters (Pages 8 & 9)Personal Plan of Study (Page 10)Weighted Courses (Page 14)Course Planning Worksheet (Page 17)Course descriptions and pre-requisites (Pages 18-60)
16Picking your classesConsider your teacher and counselor recommendations (and have a discussion with your parents)Consider your overall schedule (number of AP, PLTW, weighted courses as well as demands outside of school)Consider that there may not be an opportunity or the availability to change your schedule …choose wisely!Consider your 4 year plan….think ahead to theadvanced courses (page 11)
18Elective Classes Available to 9th grade students
19Reasons to consider taking a World Language World LanguagesReasons to consider taking a World LanguageAP(level 4) is weighted, which can help raise your GPA and possibly earn you College CreditMany 4 year colleges/universities require 2 years of the same world language for admissionsYou may test out of college courses at the university which can save your family moneyStrong Communication Arts skills are required in order to be successful in 9th grade foreign language
20Biomedical Sciences: -Interested in the medical field -Enjoy thinking “outside of the box” -Like working in groups and want a challenge -Weighted and possible college credit Engineering: -Interested in the engineering field -Enjoy hands on projects and designing -Like working in groups and problem solving Computers: -Interested in the computer field -Enjoy creativity and collaboration -App development, visual data, simulation, cybersecurity
21Business Technology Prerequisite for other computer courses Prepares students for high school and college computingStudents will:Learn social media responsibility and cyber securityBecome proficient with Chromebook and Google DriveCreate effective graphicsAnalyze data using Excel and AccessFormat and present information professionallyBasic codingHighly recommended new course
22Other Elective Courses Choir, Band, General MusicArt FundamentalsTheater Arts I/II (FA), Technical Theater I/II(PA)FACS (Clothing, Intro to Culinary Arts, Child Development, Career/Family Leadership)Business TechnologyJournalismHome Maintenance and RepairIndustrial Woods Technology IDrafting and Design TechnologyLEAD (Leading Effectively through Academic Development)
23Core Classes and Recommendations General standard English, Math, Science, SS and PE will already be listed. (Accurate courses should be viewable after 1/24)Algebra Strategies/Reading Enrichment may also be recommended (Summer School PE allows for an elective)Descriptions in Course Guide and green handout8th grade teachers will be conferencing with students regarding course recommendations.If you have a concern regarding a recommended course, please contact your 8th grade teachers. There is a process.Case managers will be recommending core courses for students with IEP’s.
24Embracing TechnologyAll students will be registering online via student portal (if you do not have internet access, you will be able to obtain assistance at the middle school).Core subjects as well as PE are already on there. Just choose 2 credits worth of electives. (If you have Algebra Strategies as well as Reading Enrichment or Read/Write Workshop, you will not have room for any electives unless you take PE in summer)If you plan on taking PE over summer school, delete PE (trashcan icon) and then choose 1 extra credit of an elective.Adjust the semester of courses that you need so they schedule in correct order (ex. Theater Arts I/II)Counselors may make necessary adjustments to your requests after you have submitted them due to missing prerequisites, cancelled courses, missing graduation requirements, etc.
25Dates, Deadlines, and Directions 1/15 – 1/29 Student Portal is open/availableFollow the orange instruction sheetLog into Student Portal/ Change year toEdit Requests/Find next year’s grade level drop down boxAdd check marks/Adjust specific semester if applicable(ex: Theater Arts I (1st sem), Theater Arts II (2nd sem)If you are definitely taking PE in summer school, select the trash can next to PE to delete. Then add 1 additional credit of electives.Make sure total equals 7 credits and saveGo to THS webpage/Click on 2015/2016 Alternates/complete GOOGLE Doc listing your alternate choices (must total 2 credits)Why choose alternates? (not every schedule works perfectly)
27Directions and Info on THS Website NoteworthySummer School forms available end of January (online and at SMS)Session 1: June 9 – June 25Session 2: July 6 – July 23(Mon-Thurs/THS/7:30-12:30/No bus)Adjust the semester of courses that must be taken in a specific order (ex. Theater Arts I (sem 1) and Theater Arts II (sem 2))Concerns regarding core course recommendations go through your current 8th grade teachers. They will let us know late spring of any adjustments.Don’t forget to complete the Google Doc with alternate coursesSummer information regarding Freshman Transition activities will be forthcomingActual schedules will be available in August.Meeting for Private/Parochial Parents briefly.Directions and Info on THS Website