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1 Harrison School District 2 Freshman Workshop Erica Riggs HHS Counseling Intern

2  Know how to contact your student’s counselor  Develop an increased understanding of why student learning is important  Gain resources for the following at HHS:  Graduation Requirements  Differentiated Diplomas  Calculating GPA  Attendance

3  High School Counselors (Alpha by Last Name)  Kelly Gallegos (A-Go) ▪ Erica Riggs - Intern  Angie Wright (Gr-M) ▪ Katie Pasqualetto - Intern  Kelli Schneegass (N-Z)  College & Career Counselor  Jeni Carrico

4  90% of our students will graduate from high school on time.  70% of the students graduating will be considered college and career-ready by Year  70% of our students will enter college, trade school or the military directly from high school. GRADUATE COLLEGE & CAREER-READY STUDENTS BY 2017

5  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czQXbv7 jqKk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czQXbv7 jqKk

6 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)

7  Measure of economic well- being and career attainment:  personal earnings  job satisfaction  full time employment  health benefits College graduates are outperforming their less educated peers  The gap has never been greater than it is today (Pew Research Center, 2014)

8 Harrison High School  90% of our students will graduate from high school on time.  70% of the students graduating will be considered college and career- ready by Year  70% of our students will enter college, trade school or the military directly from high school. We want your student to be successful!

9  English = 4 Years (4 credits)  Social Studies = 4 Years (4 credits)  Math = 4 Years (4 credits)  Science = 3 Years (3 credits)  World Language = 1 Year (1 credit)  Health = 1 Semester (.5 credit)  PE = 1 Semester (.5 credit) 17 credits + 6 credits  PLUS enough = 23 credits Pg. 22

10  Differentiated Diplomas Starting with the Class of Completion Diploma 2. Diploma 3. College Ready Diploma 4. Honors Diploma Pg 23

11  Completion Diploma Requirements  Accrue 23 credits (meeting all graduation course requirements) AND  Achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA

12  Diploma Requirements  Accrue 23 credits (meeting all graduation course requirements) AND  Achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA AND  Achieve minimum composite ACT score of 18 OR  Pass Accuplacer exam meeting minimum scores ▪ Reading comprehension 75 ▪ Writing (sentence skills) 90 ▪ Elementary algebra 80

13  College Ready Diploma Requirements  Accrue 23 credits (meeting all graduation course requirements) AND  Achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA AND  Achieve minimum composite ACT score of 21 OR  Pass Accuplacer exam meeting minimum scores ▪ Reading comprehension 80 ▪ Writing (sentence skills) 95 ▪ Elementary algebra 85

14  Honors Diploma Requirements  Accrue 23 credits (meeting all graduation course requirements) AND  Score a 3 or higher on at least 2 different AP exams AND  Achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA AND  Pass Accuplacer exam meeting minimum scores ▪ Reading comprehension 80 ▪ Writing (sentence skills) 95 ▪ Elementary algebra 85 AND  Achieve a minimum composite ACT score of 24

15  FRESHMEN  Start thinking about your plans beyond high school  Discuss High School graduation requirements  Understand GPA  Review a 4-year plan  Ask your counselors about Honors/AP level courses  Make use of your ICAP

16  FRESHMEN  Start researching colleges  Choose courses for your sophomore year  Keep studying!!  Keep planning!! “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” ― Harvey MacKayHarvey MacKay

17  Here are some ideas of how to be successful:  Know your grades & GPA  Do homework  Don’t miss school  Join a team or club  Win an honor

18  Parents and Students can check grades & attendance anytime when you login into the student’s Infinite Campus Account (IC)  Hsd2.org - Click on parent portal at the top of page  Questions about logging into IC? Contact Laura Taylor at

19  For every class taken, a letter grade will be assigned. (A,B,C,F)  GPA is calculated by assigning every letter grade a value. RegularHonorsAdvanced Placement (AP)  A’s = 4pts4.5pts5.0pts  B’s = 3pts3.5pts4.0pts  C’s = 2 pts2.5pts3.0pts  F’s = zero pts**00 **At HHS there are no longer D’s. 69% or below in a class is an F and it will count for zero points towards your GPA.  To calculate GPA, add up the total value of your grades and divide it by the total number of courses completed. Pg. 24

20  U.S. HistoryB+  AlgebraA  WeightsA-  EnglishA-  BiologyB+  General MusicC  The GPA for this student is 3.33  AP U.S. HistoryB+  Honors AlgebraA  WeightsA-  EnglishA-  BiologyB+  General MusicC  The GPA for this student is

21  Blue  Purple  Green  Red/Magenta  Red  Orange  Pink  Blue A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D/F = 0 Make one grade a plus Make one grade AP Make one grade a minus Make one grade Honors 1. Select 6 Skittles: 2. Select 2 Starbursts:

22 Most students, including 70% of Latino and 80% of African American high school students who display AP potential, fail to enroll in these courses. (The College Board, 2014)

23  At HHS completing homework is a requirement.  In core classes, expect at least 3 homework assignments a week and in all other classes expect at least 1 homework assignment a week.  Completing homework will not only help your grades, but will also ensure preparedness to learn each day.

24  The maximum number of unexcused absences a student may incur before judicial proceedings are initiated is 10.  A student may lose credit  Two (2) unexcused tardies to a single class period will equate to one unexcused absence for the class.  It is extremely important that you keep the school registrar notified of your most current phone number.Pg 12

25  Lack of involvement in extracurricular activities is one of the main areas students fall short in college and work applications.  Studies show that a majority of students who are involved in extracurricular activities also have better grades in school.

26  JROTC Color Guard  JROTC Drill Team  Link Crew  Concert Choir  Mixed Choir  Women’s Ensemble  Drama Club  Green Team  Math Club  Marching Band Pg  Football  Volleyball  Cross Country  Basketball  Wrestling  Cheerleading  Track  Newspaper  Softball  Baseball  Swimming  Tennis  Soccer  Concert Band  Jazz Ensemble  SGA  Yearbook  NHS  Art Club  Key Club

27  Academic Awards  Principal Honor Roll: Given to students who earn a 4.00 GPA.  Harrison Honor Roll: Given to students who earn a 3.5 to a 3.99 GPA.  Panther Honor Roll: Given to a student who earn a 3.00 to a 3.49 GPA.

28  Behavior Awards  Increase the Peace Tickets: Given to students who demonstrate consistent practice of the Peace character traits (weekly) Pg. 6  Athlete of the Week: Given to a student athlete playing an in-season sport and selected by coaches  Attendance Awards: Student of the month who consistently has perfect attendance

29  92% of students indicate they expect to earn a high school diploma  However, every year more than 1.3 million students drop out of school  This = 7,000 students a DAY (CPT12, 2013)

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34  Keep track of grades  Encourage homework  Make sure students are in school  Consider supporting your student joining a team or club  Encourage winning an honor

35  Pew Research Center, February, 2014, “The Rising Cost of Not Going to College” college/. college/  United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, March, 2014, “Employment Projections”  Colorado Public Television 12, High School Dropout Crisis,  The College Board: The 10 th Annual Report to Nation,


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