Presentation on theme: "Leander High School PRIDE Night 8th Grade Parent/Student Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Leander High School PRIDE Night 8th Grade Parent/Student Night Senior Class of 2019(2015 Freshman)
2 Tiffany Spicer – Principal WelcomeTiffany Spicer – Principal@LeanderHS@Tiffany_Spicer@lhsROARBRAD
3 Introductions Shandalyn Porter – Dean of Instruction Counselors: Julie Cooper (Lead Counselor/IB Coordinator)Brent Parsons (Last Names A – F)Deborah McKenna (Last Names G – J, AVID)Duane Teets (Last Names K – Q)Marsha Simmons (Last Names R – Z)Melissa Wood – Transition Coordinator
4 Tonight’s Topics Credits and GPA Top 10%- Automatic Admissions FAFSA/TASFAGraduation RequirementsFreshman CurriculumAthleticsFine ArtsAdvanced Program optionsEndorsementsPerformance AcknowledgementsStudent SuccessMARSHA
5 Athletics or Band Sample Schedule A/B Block ScheduleMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYABHOLIDAYAthletics or Band Sample ScheduleSample ScheduleA DayB DayPE5. Elective2. English 16. Biology3. Prof. Comm.7. Elective4. Algebra 18. W GeographyA DayB DayFootball/Band5. Football/Band2. English 16. Biology3. Prof. Comm.7. Elective4. Algebra 18. W Geography
6 Credits & Grade Point Average 26 credits are required for graduationCredits are earned when you pass (70 or higher) a class.1 semester grade = .5 CreditFall semester + Spring semester = 1 creditStudent must have 90% attendance to get credit for class, so student cannot miss more than 4 class meetingsYou have the possibility to earn 7- 8 credits per year depending on double blocked courses like band and athletics.GPABased on a 6 point weighted scaleBegins the first day of 9th gradeMore information is available in course catalogMARSHA
7 4 Credits – Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, 4th Math Science English4 Credits – English 1, 2, 3, 4Math4 Credits – Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2,4th MathScience4 Credits – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 4th ScienceSocial Studies4 Credits – World Geo., W. Hist., US Hist.,Government & EconomicsForeign Language3 Credits – same languagePE1 credit* - Band/Cheer/ROTC/Athletics/DanceProfessional Communications or AVID1 creditFine ArtsElectives4 creditsEndorsementCredit requirements specific to at least one endorsementMARSHA
8 Graduation Plans Available Graduation Plans: 1. Foundation with Endorsements2. Distinguished Level of Achievement3. LISD Distinguished with HonorsAll students will enter 9th grade on the LISD Distinguished with Honors Graduation plan.Other options are available after the student’s sophomore year or through ARD committee decisions.
9 Distinguished Level of Achievement Allows you to compete for Top 10% Automatic Admission eligibility at any Texas public university.May allow you to be eligible for the Texas Grant (if you qualify financially).Ensures you as a more competitive applicant at the most selective colleges & universities, since it:Requires more Math & Science than the Foundation High School Program4 Math credits (Including Algebra 2)4 Science creditsSuccessful completion of 1 or more Endorsements
10 Top 10% Automatic Admission Policy Any student ranked in the Top 10% of their graduating high school class, after completing their junior year OR during their senior yearWho will graduate under the Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan (or above)Is eligible for automatic admission into ANY Texas state college/ university (with the exception of the University of Texas at Austin).Class of Top 7%/ Class of Top 8%Example: in the senior class…….#1-52 would be eligible for automatic admission
11 What is the FAFSA? Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The form that must be filled out (based on your income and/ or tax information) during your child’s Senior year in high school.Qualifies students for federal student loans, grants, the work-study program, scholarships and student/ parent loans (subsidized & unsubsidized).Many universities require the FAFSA be filled out, in order to be eligible for scholarships.The FAFSA should be completed if you are a:U.S. CitizenPermanent U.S. resident with an Alien Registration Card (I- 551)Conditional permanent U.S. resident with visa type I-551CEligible noncitizen with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing you as a :(a) Refugee (b) Asylum granted (c) Parolee (d) Cuban-Haitian entrant
12 The TASFA is the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. What is the TASFA?The TASFA is the Texas Application for State Financial Aid.If you're an undocumented student in Texas wondering about your college prospects, keep this in mind: Texas allows undocumented students to apply for state financial aid and state tuition under certain conditions.To be filled out during the Senior year in high schoolIs currently only available in paper formSee your counselor for additional information
13 Endorsement Areas Arts & Humanities Business & Industry Multi-disciplinary Studies*Public ServiceSTEM*All students will begin freshman year with the Multi-disciplinary Studies Endorsement and may change/add endorsements as desired.MARSHA
14 Endorsements are earned by successfully completing at least one of the Programs of Study listed below:
15 Performance Acknowledgements Passing Dual-Credit/ Articulated ClassesBeing Bilingual or Bi-literateEarning Qualifying Scores on a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) ExamSpecific Scores Achieved on the PSAT, ACT-PLAN, SAT or ACTEarning a Nationally or Internationally Recognized Business or Industry Certification and/or License
16 One more requirement...In addition to earning the required number of credits, each student must pass the required STAAR assessments to graduate!
17 Graduation Requirements and STAAR In addition to earning the required number of credits, each student must achieve the necessary score on the STAAR Assessment System to graduate.Students will take the STAAR tests for:English I and II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History.Students will have the opportunity to retest in any subject area where they do not meet the passing standard.
18 What Classes do Freshman Take? 9th Grade Required Courses:4 Academic Courses *(English, Math, Social Studies & Science)Professional Communications or AVIDPE or equivalent courseFine Arts/Endorsement ElectiveElective/ Foreign Language*Students have the opportunity to take aPre-AP/AP/ or Pre-IB course for these subjects.DUANE
19 Course Suggestions- 4 Academic Courses EnglishMathScienceSocial StudiesBased on data pointsParents will be given paperwork showing how the recommendation was made when verification forms go out.If a course is not “Suggested” for your child, please look at the data points to determine “WHY?”. However, please note that Parents/ Guardians ALWAYS have the option to self-select courses and override what was suggested.
20 Data Points Used for 4 Academic Course Suggestions:
21 English Suggestions: English 1 English 1 Pre-AP English 1 Pre-IB English 1 QUEST Pre-AP/IBDUANE
22 Math Suggestions: If in 8th grade Math= Algebra 1 If in Algebra 1= Geometry Pre-AP/IB If in Geometry= Algebra 2 Pre-AP/IBDUANE
24 Geography Suggestions: World GeographyAP Human GeographyStudents taking AP Human Geography should feel comfortable with challenging college prep curriculum..DUANE
25 Foreign Language Options Students need 2 years of the same foreign language for ALL graduation plans under the Foundation Program.Students need 3 years of the same foreign language for the LISD Distinguished with Honors Graduation Plan.Students who take and pass Spanish 1 in 8th grade should take Spanish 2 in 9th grade.DEBBIE
26 Students are not required to take a foreign language in 9th grade Students are not required to take a foreign language in 9th grade. A student can begin in 10th grade.Foreign Language Choices include:American Sign LanguageFrenchLatinSpanish
27 Lee Bridges – Boys Athletic Coordinator Jonathon Lamb – Girls Athletic CoordinatorSee LHS Athletics Webpage for more information regarding specific sportBRENT/COACH BRIDGES
28 PE or Equivalent Course Students may choose from the following courses:(Band and Athletics meet every day, so they count as 2 classes.)PEBandDanceDance Team PrepROTCGirls BasketballGirls VolleyballGirls SoccerGirls SoftballBoys FootballBoys BasketballBoys SoccerBoys BaseballCross CountryGolfSwimmingTennisWrestlingSports MedicineBRENT/COACH BRIDGES
29 Fine Arts Choices Art 1 General – Beginning Art 1 class Art 1 Studio – Experienced Art 1 class, this student is planning to take more Art 1 classes and planning to do Art in college.Band – Band directors will come to middle school for tryoutsChoir – Choir director will come to middle school for tryoutsDance 1 – PE/Fine Arts credit, survey of dance classDance 1 Team Prep – prepares to try-out for Blue BellesTheater 1 - ActingTheater Tech – Building sets, lighting, etc.BRENT/LINDA/NILS
30 Leander HS ChoirAll 9th grade students can participate in choir. No audition or prior musical experience needed.Minimal amount of before/after school mandatory requirements.Private voice lessons available during the school day.Focus on how to become a better singer and how to read music.Opportunity to sing a wide variety of musical styles and genres.Travel to renowned musical destinations around the U.S.Questions?(512)SPENCER
31 Professional Communications The freshman course that serves as a freshman orientation and includes:Knowledge of self in relation to college and career readinessAcademic skills like note taking, binder organization, time management, and goal settingResearch and planning for high school course selection, endorsements and four year plan developmentCommunication and presentation skillsPSAT preparationStudent-led conference/portfolioTexas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Speech courseDEBBIE
32 …Or AVIDIf your student is currently in AVID they can sign up for AVID.Students not currently in AVID must complete an application, and interview process. See your 8th grade counselor or AVID teacher.DEBBIE
33 Elective OptionsFreshman will take either one or two electives, depending on whether or not the student participates in band or athletics.Art 1 GeneralArt 1 StudioTheater Arts 1Tech Theater 1Girls ChoirBoys ChoirOR any Endorsement Level I coursePrinciples of Ag, Food, and Natural ResourcesPrinciples of Business, Marketing and FinanceBusiness Information Management 1 (BIM 1)Principles of Human ServicesPrinciples of Biomedical SciencesIntro. to Engineering DesignJournalism/Analysis of Visual MediaComputer Science 1 Pre-AP (student must also be taking Geometry Pre-AP/IB concurrently)DEBBIE
34 4 Year PlansYour child will complete a 4 year plan this spring, and Middle School counselors will meet with each 8th grade student (by the end of the school year), to review their 4 year plan and answer any questions they may have.It is a GUIDE for courses to be taken….with the end in mind!!It is a FLUID document!It will be REVIEWED & UPDATED yearly!Courses and Endorsement Areas can be CHANGED!NOTHING IS PERMANENT!!!
35 High School - Four Short Years “The single most important factor indetermining college success is the academic challenge of the courses taken in high school.”David T. Conley,College KnowledgeJULIE
36 Advanced Programs Options in Leander ISD Advanced Placement (AP)Shandalyn Porter, Dean of InstructionInternational Baccalaureate (IB)Julie Cooper, IB Coordinator/Lead CounselorJULIE
37 IB Information Meeting February 5, 20156:00 pmLeander High SchoolLittle TheaterJulie Cooper, IB Coordinator/Lead CounselorjULIE
38 Students interested in participating in the LHS IB Diploma Program should… Be prepared to take 4 years of the same language(French, Latin or Spanish)Take Pre-IB/AP classes in all 4 core subject areas both freshman and sophomore years to prepare for the rigor of IB courses junior and senior year.EnglishMath – It is recommended that Algebra 1 be completed in 8th grade.ScienceHistoryJULIE
39 IB Transfer PolicyAny student in LISD may transfer to LHS for the IB Diploma Program.Students are encouraged to transfer as 9th graders to enable them to participate in extracurricular programs available at LHS.Transportation is provided.Complete the online transfer form on the LISD website beginning _______. Applicants must complete the following:LISD Online transfer formIB ApplicationLHS Course Choice Sheet
40 Advanced Placement (AP) Shandalyn Porter, Dean of InstructionLHS Advanced Programs NightApril 14, 20155:30 p.m.Leander High SchoolSHANDY
41 How Can my Student be Successful in High School? Come to school every day and make sure that you pick up your assignments when you are absent.Do your homework and then turn it in. Create a time and a place at home to study.Use a planner!Go to tutorials.Communicate with teachers and your counselor.JULIE
42 Middle School Registration Schedule LHS Counselors will be at middle schools on the following days to do schedules with your incoming LHS Freshman.Leander Middle SchoolJanuary 29th and January 30thRunning Brushy Middle SchoolFebruary 5th and 6thTransfer Students for IB from other Middle SchoolsWill fill out the Course Request available online.JULIE
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