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2 Freshman Academy creating “Agents of Change” “21 st Century Agents of Change creating 21 st Century Learners”

3  067w 067w  As teachers, how does this commercial remind you of students?  As students, how does this commercial remind you of teachers?

4  A small learning community within the school that strives to support freshman as they transition from middle to high school.  Teachers plan and communicate together in a professional learning community to help ensure that students achieve. Our Freshman Academy is a transition program based largely on the research-based, results-oriented smaller learning community (SLC) concept. An SLC is essentially a small, semi-autonomous school- within-a-school.

5  Research has revealed that SLC’s create a greater sense of connectedness and belonging for students as well as academic equity.  In addition, studies have shown that SLC’s, such as our Freshman Academy, produce improved academic achievement and decreased behavioral problems.

6  Study by Walt Haney, Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy, Boston College, presented at a conference sponsored by Harvard University's Civil Rights Project and Northeastern University's Institute on Race and Justice  "grade nine is a key valve in the education pipeline and is closing for many students, especially minority students."  African-American ninth-grade boys fare the worst  Those who fail to graduate are "far more likely to end up in prison."  high schools are increasingly "squeezing students out of the education pipeline" by flunking more students and forcing them to repeat ninth grade  Haney's research in Texas and other states, conducted in 2000 and 2001, show that 70 to 80 percent of students who fail to pass ninth grade will not graduate from high school

7  Many young adolescents experience: oa larger, more impersonal, more competitive, and grade-oriented environment than they experienced in middle school oa greater diversity of teachers and peers, and they have more choices to make in their curricular and extracurricular activities. ogrades drop, and they do not attend school as regularly as they did odevelop a more negative view of themselves and feel an increased need for peer friendships o concerned about how difficult the classes were o how to study and manage their time when they became involved in extracurricular activities.

8  What do you think Jay Hertzog meant when he stated, “ Ninth grade has become the “holding tank” for high schools. “  Discuss this quote at your table for the next 2 minutes.

9  English and Math are double-blocked classes. Students will be enrolled in Foundations of English and Algebra during the 1 st semester. They will take the credit course of English I and Algebra I during the 2 nd semester.  The classes are 90 minutes in length with 4 minute transition periods.  Science and Social Studies are on A/B Day schedule

10  If a student is failing a class during the 1 st quarter of each semester, teachers will…  Utilize content from the different objectives focusing in on the heaviest weighted objectives that have been covered (ex. Coach books, from ancillary materials, or teacher-constructed assignments).  Establish common plans for the assignments and distribute them to the student in the form of a packet. This will also be available on on-line.  Establish a deadline for the students to have their packet completed.

11  Upon successful completion of the packet, the student will be awarded a quarter grade of a 60.  This grading differential will only take place during the first quarters of the new courses (1 st and 3 rd nine weeks or 1 st quarter of each semester).  This will give the child the chance of passing the course even if they failed the first quarter.

12  Students MUST pass 4 out of 8 courses AND  1 EOC: either English I or Algebra I EOC

13  4 Core Subject Area Teachers  2 English teachers- Ms. Johnson and Ms. Lange  2 Math teachers-Mrs. Alston and Ms. Brown  1 Earth and Environmental Teacher-Mrs. Sanford  1 World History-Ms. Glaeser  including 1 Elective Course teacher such as …..  Band  Health/PE  Foreign Language  Art  CTE  JROTC  African American Studies  1 Designated Counselor-Ms. Morris  1 Designated Instructional Accountability Facilitator-Ms. Spisak  1 Dean of Students  1 ESL and EC Teacher

14  The Freshman Academy will be housed on the 400 hallway  Students should not be in any other area of the building unless it is during 2 nd block, which is their elective time  If you should see a member of the Class of 2015, please call for a CSA to have them escorted to their appropriate designation

15  Yes, the students will have a lock issued from their homeroom teacher.  The lockers will be located on the 400 hallway.  This should not be a reason for students to be allowed out of class. They should go to their lockers during class change only.

16  Each homeroom teacher of the Freshman Academy will advise their students with class scheduling, problem-solving skills, study skills, conflict resolution, attendance, and grades.  They will also contact parents when an issue arises academically or socially.  Coaching will take place on every Friday during DEAR. The students will report to their Homeroom after lunch has ended.


18 Colleges make A LOT of money through student-athlete participation. In particular, football and men’s basketball can bring the school hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Considering this, are full scholarships enough (if they have one) or should student-athletes be paid extra on top of their scholarship for their services? Explain your answer.

19  We are ALL responsible for making the Freshman Academy an integral part of Cochrane Collegiate Academy. Please know that by providing a meaningful, learning experience in a supportive environment can only aid in preparing each of our ninth graders for a successful high school career and beyond. In order to ensure the Class of 2015 Freshman Academy is a success, please feel free to see a member of the Freshman Academy Team with any positive input.

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