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2  Time: Family and friends? Activities/commitments? “Down” time?  Requirements in your schedule: Four core (at least one IGCSE/Pre-AICE course if in Cambridge Program) Health & PE I Foreign Language? (required for an advanced diploma) Horticulture? (program requirement) At most time for one elective… Only so many hours in the day, and… Only so much room in your schedule…

3  CIE Cambridge International Examinations Character, Integrity, and Excellence CIE Block: Coaching, Intervention, and Enrichment  IGCSE or Pre-AICE International General Certificate of Secondary Education  AICE AS/A Advanced International Certificate of Education AS and A are “levels,” and A is the upper/more difficult level  HORT Horticulture Program, which is part of CTE curriculum CTE is Career and Technical Education

4 The next few slides make some comparisons between regular and IGCSE or Pre-AICE courses in the four core: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. We do NOT recommend you take four Cambridge courses (to include honors foreign language) your freshmen year. Remember the freshmen year is an acclimation year. We recommend you take one or two Cambridge courses in areas of interest. You may always add more Cambridge courses in other disciplines later in your high school career. Be sure to think through the time you will need to devote to non-academic commitments and academic ones. In high school, teachers assign about 20 minutes of homework a night for regular courses, and more for Cambridge courses. You will attend four classes every day. You will need to balance and manage your time!

5 ENGLISH 9  Short stories – mainly read in class. Homework would be to answer the side questions in the book. Tests are usually in the form of multiple choice quizzes.  Writings – one formal per quarter. Format is developed as the year progresses.  Novels – 1-2 required for the year. Students assigned roughly 10-15 pages to read per night. Worksheets given to help with comprehension.  Plays – 1 required, read in class with audio. We summarize each scene together. We also watch each act after reading it. Final test is multiple choice. IGCSE ENGLISH 9  Short stories – students are asked to read the entire story at home and annotate all personal comments, define any unknown vocabulary and identify specific literary devices. Tests are short answer that show the student’s understanding of the deeper meanings presented by the author.  Writing – formal writings at least every other week requiring proper formatting and it needs to be typed.  Novels – 4-5 for the year. Students are assigned roughly 30-50 pages a night to read and annotate for personal comments, define unknown vocabulary, write chapter summaries, and identify specific literary devices.  Plays – 2-3. Only Romeo and Juliet is solely read in class. The others are read in class and on own at home. Visual versions only happen if time permits. Final test is a written test.

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9 ALGEBRA II  Sequences and Series Find the missing terms of the arithmetic sequence below: 3, _____, _____, _____, 44 ALGEBRA II/TRIG  Sequences and Series A) Complete the table for Star 5, Star 7, and Star n. Find the sum of the number of dots in i) Star 10 and Star 11 ii) Star n and Star (n + 1) iii) Star (n + 7) and Star (n + 8)

10 BIOLOGY  Projects– each quarter biology students complete 1 projects based on topics. It is guided with time in class to complete  Labs – Students complete multiple labs based on each unit of study. The labs are set up and directed by the instructor. Students are guided through the wrap up.  Lecture- Lecture notes are provided and helps students learn how to listen and prepare to study.  Test– 1 test per unit of study. Time is given for review and outlines/review guides are provided. IGCSE BIOLOGY  Projects– each quarter biology students complete 2 projects based on topics. It is guided but students are expected to complete this on their own time.  Labs – Students complete multiple labs based on each unit of study. The labs are set up by the instructor. Students are expected to review information before lab begins and are responsible for formal lab write-ups.  Lecture- Lecture notes are provided and helps students learn how to listen and prepare to study. On top of this students are not always provided notes and will learn the skills of individual note taking and outline units of study.  Test– 1 test per unit of study. Time may not be given in class for review and outlines/review guides are provided, but it is up to the student to study independently.

11 Following water from clouds to plants and back Directions: Diagram how the water cycle and plants work together to move water through a system. Follow water from the clouds down to the ground and then how it moves through the roots up through the stem to the leaves and then out through the leaves back to the clouds. Make sure to show all the different parts necessary to make this occur. Make sure to incorporate these words into your steps. Precipitation, Seepage, Water intake, Root hairs, Xylem, Phloem, Transpiration, Stomata, Osmosis, evaporation A. Support 1. Describes at least 4 methods of support, including that of the plant kingdom. 2. Diagram of turgor pressure is large, neat and labeled. 3. Turgor pressure clearly explained. 4 22 4 22 B. Transport 1. a. Xylem is accurately diagramed. Diagram is large, neat, and labeled. b. Water passage is explained. Includes roots, stem, xylem, and leaf. 2. a. Phloem is accurately diagramed. Diagram is large, neat, and labeled. b. Defines translocation. 3. a. Vascular bundle is accurately diagramed. Diagram is large, neat, and labeled. b. Accurate and clear explanation of difference in monocots & dicots. 24 222 2 24 222 2 C. Water and Food 1. Explains transpiration. 2. Describes at least 2 environmental factors that can affect transpiration. 3. Accurately writes reaction for photosynthesis in words and symbols. Equation is balanced. 4. Makes reference to phloem and respiration. 5. Explains at least 2 adaptations and how they work. 6. Accurately explains why leaves change colors referring to temperature and moisture. 242 242 242 242 D. IGCSE Questions These questions will be graded in class. You get 40 pts for completion and effort. 40 E. Overall neatness. Reference list. Name, Class Period, Date on Project Completed self-evaluation. 2

12 WORLD HISTORY I  SOL-based content  Develop basic Social Studies skills (e.g. analysis, critical thinking, writing in content area)  Nightly textbook reading for homework (30 minutes/night)  In class projects and short written assignments PRE-AICE WORLD HISTORY I  Prepares students for Cambridge History exams taken in 11 th /12 th grade  1-2 written assignments (essays, projects, etc.) per marking period  SOL-based content covered in depth, plus additional content  Longer nightly reading assignments (45- 60 minutes) from varied sources (textbooks, scholarly articles, historical documents, etc.)  Course moves at a faster pace  Refines students’ analytical and critical thinking skills  Students must possess strong reading and writing skills

13  Who is Petrarch? What did he write?  Who is Machiavelli? What ideas did he express in “The Prince?”  Explain how the works of Petrarch and Machiavelli reflect Renaissance ideas.

14  Horticulture One entry level course—Horticulture I  Foreign Language Level II courses are “regular” Level III: language dependent; the differences in rigor between regular and IGCSE are similar to those delineated in the four core

15  Electives Art: art and photography CTE: construction tech, technical drawing, business, and family and consumer science classes English: journalism and yearbook Music: choirs, orchestras, and bands  Gifted Our gifted program for freshmen is a pull-out program. Our teacher also collaborates and presents with other teachers.

16  Freshmen Scheduling Form  Graduation requirements for those entering 9 th grade after the fall of 2013  “Ready to Go” pages which delineate areas of focus for the freshmen year through the junior year Please note all of these forms can be found on the “Course Requests for 2015 – 2016” page linked through the left hand menu on the Brentsville home page. The Brentsville catalog is there also.

17  Retaking a class If a student is currently taking a class (e.g., Spanish I) and wishes to retake the course their freshmen year, a form asking the grade they received this year be expunged must be submitted (please see page 5 of the division course catalog).  Taking a course in summer school Whether or not students may take a course in summer school (e.g., HPE I) to open up an elective slot is up to the summer school administration. If you are interested, please talk to your counselor or a BDHS counselor about this option.

18 The Brentsville counselors will be visiting each middle schools to discuss course requests with students. They will use the scheduling form shared at the information night. Please note a carbon of this will be sent home for parent approval. The carbon copy is the student’s/parents’ first chance to approve or make a change. A list of requested courses will again be sent home late in the spring. Students and parents will have until the last day of school to submit changes. This will also be the last opportunity to make changes.

19  Tuesday, March 10: Stonewall  Wednesday, March 11: Nokesville  Friday, March 13: Pennington  Monday, March 16: Gainesville  Tuesday, March 17: Benton  Wednesday, March 18: Marsteller  Wednesday, March 23: Parkside

20  Katherine Meints, Principal meintskj@pwcs.edu  Matt Carbo, Specialty Programs Coordinator carbomm@pwcs.edu  Debra Beasley, Director of School Counseling beasledo@pwcs.edu


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