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1 Solon High School 9 th Grade and New Student Orientation Thursday, August 15 7:00PM *Parents- Grab two handouts (white, orange)

2 The mission of the Solon Community School District is to nurture positive, productive, and responsible members of society by providing diverse and challenging school experiences that enable students to be lifelong learners.

3 Staff and Community Introductions Booster Club Solon Education Foundation Solon Spotlight

4 High School Media Center Mrs. Kaldenberg Mrs. Pentico

5 Here are the most important things you need to know about Solon High School Grading Building Counseling Communication Academics/Activities Expectations Parking Seminar Attendance Culture

6 Grading Parents, you are going back to school! Students, don’t give your parents the answer!

7 Grading When a student’s score in the grade book are below proficiency, consider asking your student the following questions: ● What standards do you think you still need to learn? ● When was the last time you practiced / worked on [standard]? ● When was the last time you were assessed (i.e. test, quiz, project) on [standard]? ● When is your next opportunity to reassess on [standard]? ● What practice, studying and/or re-teaching opportunities have you completed in preparation for the next reassessment opportunity? When contacting a teacher about below proficiency standards in the grade book, consider asking the following questions: ● When was the last time all students were assessed on [standard]? ● When is the next opportunity my student will have to reassess on [standard]? ● What practice, studying and/or re-teaching opportunities should my student take advantage of related to [standard] before reassessing?

8 Grading- But isn’t grading subjective? 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 69 4 3.5 3 2 1 0

9 Grading Guidelines 1.Entries in the grade book that count towards the final grade will be limited to course or grade level standards.** 2.Extra credit will not be given at any time. 3.Students will be allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of classroom standards in various ways. Retakes and revisions will be allowed. 4.Teachers will determine grade book entries by considering multiple points of data emphasizing the most recent data and provide evidence to support their determination. 5.Students will be provided multiple opportunities to practice standards independently through homework or other class work. Practice assignments and activities will be consistent with classroom standards for the purpose of providing feedback. Practice assignments, including homework, will not be included as part of the final grade. **Exceptions will be made for midterm and/or final summative assessments. These assessments, limited to no more than one per nine-week period may be reported as a whole in the grade book.

10 High School Building Daily Schedule Block 1 8:20-9:44 am Block 2 9:49-11:13 am A Lunch 9 th and 12th/Seminar 10 th and 11th 11:16-11:46 am B Lunch 10 th and 11th/Seminar 9 th 11:49-12:19 pm Block 3 12:22-1:46 pm Block 4 1:51-3:15 pm 1:00 Dismissal Schedule Block 1 8:20-9:10 am Block 2 9:15-10:05 am Block 3 10:10-11:00 am A Lunch/Sem 11:05-11:30 am B Lunch/Sem 11:35-12:00 pm Block 4 12:05-1:00 pm First Day/Week- lockers, welcome reception

11 High School Building Technology –Laptop cart in every department Emergency Management Plan Video Surveillance Lockers and locker room Commons area Media Center Block Scheduling Teacher Accessibility –Email and phone –Scheduled parent teacher conferences High quality food service program Open campus only for 11th and 12 th graders Handbook onlineHandbook

12 Counseling High School Counselor Mr. Mike Thompson Courage

13 Counseling Opportunities

14 Communication Student Communication- School email – Email and phone Office hours 7:30-4:00 Solon High School Facebook page Teacher blogs Twitter District email messenger system New website (coming 2013-2014 school year) *Word of mouth from a student, parent, and/or neighbor is not our district approved method of communication


16 Academics/Activities Sports Music Jazz choir/band Drumline Trapshooting team Archery club READZ Ambassadors Principal Advisory Group Anti-Bullying Group Local eligibility policy State eligibility policy 90/25 Goal

17 Academics/Activities Eligibility- Solon local rule- Starts Week 4 of each quarter Weeks 1-3: Students are working on classroom assessments Week 4: Sept. 10-14 Notification of D or F given to student by seminar teacher (student conference) Week 5: Sept. 17-21 2nd Notification for D or F in same course Probation- Send notice to parent via email or phone Week 6: Sept. 24-28 3rd Notification for F in same course (D they are still eligible) Ineligible- Must sit out activities for one week A student who starts on the D or F list after week 4 would follow the same process.

18 Expectations Be here! Your choices now define who you will be Where you are right now does not have to determine where you will end up Respect for peers, self, staff, and property Do no harm with words or actions Be a Spartan!

19 Expectations 2007 Iowa Law- Bullying defined (1) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property. (2) Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health. (3) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance. (4) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school

20 Parking All students that drive to school will need to register their car in the high school office. To register and receive a parking pass students will need to have the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle. There is no cost to register and students can register multiple vehicles.

21 Parking

22 Seminar Daily 11:16-11:46 11:49-12:19 Developing relationships, grade check-in, executive function skills, intervention, team buidling Required for 9-10 th graders, 11 th graders on Mondays Mondays- Homework/Grade check-in “Stay put day” Tuesdays- Move day- Club Meetings/Music Practice Wednesdays- Move day- Club Meetings/Music Practice Thursdays- Move day- Club Meetings/Music Practice Fridays- Team building activities “Stay put day”

23 Attendance Notify the office of a student absence. Office will code as UNEXCUSED until written documentation is given for absence. Examples of excused absences: –Medical documented Illness (From Doctor or School Nurse) –Medical documented appointments (Physician, Dentist, etc.) –Funeral –Court documented appointments (Juvenile Court, DHS, etc.) –School Sponsored Activities –Religious Holiday –College Visit (High School)

24 Attendance A parent or guardian may call his/her student out of school 6 days a year for other reasons. These days are considered unexcused because they do not meet the definition on the previous slide. Parent requests for the absence to be excused must be accompanied by documentation. Without documentation, the absence will be unexcused. Any day(s) beyond six, without a documented excuse for the absence, is considered truant. Steps will begin towards mediation for excessive absenteeism. Steps in the Attendance Process: –Step 1: 6 th non-excused day= Letter from school notifying parent/guardian that his/her 6 days have been reached and future absences require documentation. –Step 2: 9 th non-excused day= Phone contact and/or meeting with school officials. –Step 3: 12 th non-excused day= Mandatory Administrative Attendance Hearing. Parent or Guardian will be served notice and a copy of the meeting request will be sent to the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. –Step 4: Continued non-excused absences= Referral for legal action

25 New StaffFirst Day Teachers Chris Anderson- Math Martín Chapa- Spanish Melanie Miller- Part-time Science Jacob Munson- Success Teacher Kalle Richmann- Special Education Associates Heather Pentico- Media Center Claire Shafer- Special Education- Learning Center Michelle Dvorsky- Special Education- Learning Center Steve Callaway- Special Education- Learning Center Office Kelly Foster- Main office Amy Link- MS/HS Nurse Student Stations Starting at 1:00 PM Students will rotate through stations to orient them to high school expectations Homework Reassessment Technology Google Apps Seminar Parking And others! Sessions will be video taped and posted to district website/shared with students

26 Culture of Excellence Our guarantee is that your Solon High School diploma will be better than all other high school diplomas Best in the state (example from administrative conference) Best in the nation We are Solon! School starts Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00 Thank you!

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