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1 Presented by the Lake Dallas High School Academic Center
2012 8th Grade Family Night Presented by the Lake Dallas High School Academic Center Welcome PARENTS of the CLASS OF 2016!

Dr. Kristi Strickland Principal Fernando Natividad, Associate Principal Billy Humphries, Assistant Principal Corey Hailey, Assistant Principal Bob Plagge, Assistant Principal LDHS is a Recognized Campus

3 Academic Advisors Lake Dallas High School
Academic Center Academic Advisors Lake Dallas High School Angela Clouse A-F Lori Tipton G-M Debbie Cantrell N-Z LDHS is a Recognized Campus

4 Pre-AP Information Meeting Feb. 7th
AP Coordinator Cynthia Powers 6:30 Performance Hall LDHS is a Recognized Campus


6 Bell Schedule Modified Block 1st Block (45 minutes) 2A (90 minutes)
8:30-9:15 1st Block (45 minutes) Meets every day 9:20-10:55 2A (90 minutes) 2B (90 minutes) 11:00-1:05 3A (90 minutes + lunch) 3B (90 minutes + lunch) 1:10-2:40 4A (90 minutes) 4B (90 minutes) 2:45-3:30 5th Block (45 minutes)

7 Terminology Credits- earned by semester-every class each semester receives ½ credit for passing grades and acceptable attendance Excessive absences may equal loss of credit Pre-requisite- a course required before taking another course Elective Course- courses that are not specified as required Required Course- courses mandated for graduation GPA- (Grade Point Average) of all courses except Physical Ed. Numerical grades are converted to a weighted 4.0 scale Class Rank- GPA provides ranking within a class; Refer to LDHS Course Guide for specific information EOC- End of Course Exams- H.S. version of STAAR testing; Refer to LDHS Course Guide for specific information

8 8TH GRADE ORIENTATION Welcome Class of 2016!!!!!!

9 How many credits do I need to graduate?
You must earn 27 credits to graduate from LDHS. You can earn 8 credits each year. It’s possible to earn 32 credits in four years. Most graduates earn 30 credits or more by passing all classes.

10 What if I fail a class or miss a credit?
If you fail a class, you have the opportunity to recover the credit during Tier II at the end of the school year. If the credit is not earned during Tier II, you will need to attend Summer School. Graduations Requirements. 4 credits of math 4 credits of science 4 credits of english 4 credits of social studies 2 credits of a foreign language 1 computer credit 1 fine arts credit 1 health/speech credit 1 ½ P.E. credits

11 What are 9th grade Core and Required Courses?
Core Courses (4): English I, Algebra or Geometry, World Geography and Biology. Additional Required Courses (5): Physical Education, Fine Arts, Technology (BIM), Foreign Language, Health/Speech

12 American Sign Language and Spanish
What foreign language classes are offered? American Sign Language and Spanish

13 What credit do I get for band?
Each year of Band fulfills ½ P.E. credit and ½ Fine Arts credit. Fall semester=1/2 P.E., Spring= Fine Arts. LDHS requires 1 PE credit for graduation.

14 What classes count as “fine art” credits?
Art, Choir, Band (also ½ P.E.), Dance (also counts for a P.E.), Music, Theatre, Technical Theatre Each of these classes have additional classes for further study in subsequent years.

15 What is a Pre-AP class? A Pre-AP class is one that is more challenging in subject material and depth of study. Pre-AP courses are prerequisites for AP classes in most subject areas. AP courses are available to grades

16 Graduation Requirements: Class of 2016
Recommended Distinguished Achievement English 4 Math Science Social Studies Physical Education 1 Health .5 Communication Applications Technology Fine Arts Foreign Language 2 3 Electives 5 Advanced Measures 4 measures Total 27 credits 27 credits plus 4 measures

17 What’s the difference between Recommended and Distinguished Diplomas?
Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) is the same as the Recommended Plan but with an added 3rd year of a Foreign Language and four (4) additional advanced measures.

18 How are “Advanced Measures” earned ?
Passing score on an AP Exam B Average in Anatomy Physiology National Merit Scholar Finalist Dual Credit Courses with a grade of “B” or better

19 What’s a Dual Credit Course?
Dual credit courses are those that will earn both high school and college credit. We offer dual credit courses (online and with an instructor) on LDHS campus, while others can be taken on the college campuses of NCTC, UNT, or TWU. You will be eligible for these classes during the summer after your sophomore year. 19

20 What classes need signatures of recommendation by my teachers?
You must get the signature of the appropriate teacher, sponsor or coach to participate in these areas: Sports Pre-AP classes Band Spanish 2

21 What courses should I choose?
Here’s an example of a typical 9th grade schedule: 1. Athletics 2. Algebra 1 3. Biology 4. World Geography 5. English 1 6. Principles of Agriculture 7. Spanish 1 8. Comm.App./Health 1.

22 Football Golf Softball Soccer
Basketball Golf Tennis Volleyball Softball Baseball Cross Country Soccer

Classes Subject Course Name Teacher Signature Required For Pre-AP Courses 1 English 2 Science 3 Social Studies 4 Math Algebra 1 or Geometry or Pre-AP Geometry 5 Physical Education PE Athletics Band Cheerleading Dance High-steppers Band/Athletics Signature 6 CTE (Career & Technology Education) Principles Courses (Intro courses) (Select your top 3 choices by placing a 1, 2, or 3 in the blanks.) ____ Principles of Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources ____ Principles of Human Services ____ Principles of Education & Training ____ Principles of Business, Marketing, & Finance 7 Elective ASL Theatre Tech Pre-AP Art Choir Spanish Theatre Entrepreneurship BIM (formerly BCIS) Spanish Music A - Z Comm. App./Health Art 1 Signature Required For Spanish 2 and Pre-AP Art 8 Signature Required For Spanish 2 and Pre-AP Art * Alternate Circle one in each box English 1 or Pre-AP English 1 Biology or Pre-AP Biology World Geography or Pre-AP World Geography

24 Purpose of CTE Classes (Career and Technical Education)
Build skills toward college/career choices Provide opportunity for students to apply the core curriculum skills in a different, more practical way Principles CTE courses are pre-requisites for more in depth applications of a specific career or vocation Refer to the LDHS Course Guide for detailed descriptions of each CTE course as they relate to specific Career Clusters

25 DATES TO REMEMBER: Pre-Registration Forms Due: Friday, February 3 Turn in these forms to your Middle School Counselor, Ms. Smith Pre-AP/AP Parent Meeting, Tuesday Feb. 7th 6:30pm in the High School Performance Hall Sports, Cheerleading, Drill Team and Band will have parent meetings later in the year

26 Department Contact Scheduled Meeting
Athletics Scott Head You will get an invitation by mail Information available on web-site Each sport will have a meeting FCCLA and CTE Tonya Monden FFA Chris Bean Pre –AP/AP Cynthia Powers Feb. 7, 6:30pm LDHS Performance Hall Cheerleading Kim Dennis Feb. 21, 6pm LDHS Lecture Hall Band Denise Kennedy Color Guard Try-outs: Apr 16-20 :30-7:30 Drill Team Amy Huff April 2, 6pm LDH Lecture Hall Counseling /Advising Debbie Cantrell

27 For Questions Regarding Sports:
Michael Young-Boys Heather Vannoy-Girls LDHS is a Recognized Campus


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