1 9th & 10th Grade Parent Night Chattahoochee High SchoolAugust 27, 2013
2 A Tradition of Excellence… Graduation Rate in 2013: 94%Ranked #136 in Newsweek Magazine’s Top 500 High Schools in USA (Ranked #1 High School in North Fulton County)24 AP courses offeredOver 90 clubs & sportsCheck out our website!( Addresses; Edmodo; Upcoming Events;Home Access Center)
3 Meet the CHS Admin Team! Principal Mr. Tim Duncan Assistant Principals are assigned to students based on the first letter of their last name. Counselors and Assistant Principals serve the same caseload of students and should be paired with your student for the duration of their high school career. Please take a moment to identify your Assistant Principal.A - Fe Mrs. Debra BryantFi - Ko Dr. Gladys PeoplesKr - Rh Mrs. Camille ChristopherRi - Z Mr. Tim Corrigan
4 Meet the Counseling Office Staff!! CounselorsA - Fe Ms. Lauren CorbettFi - Ko Ms. Julie GraceyKr - Rh Ms. Deborah BlountRi - Z Ms. Ebony Payno_______________________________________________________________Support StaffGraduation Coach Ms. Rebbie LichliterRecords Coordinator Ms. Jan TurnerProfessional Assistant Ms. Rita JensenSchool Social Worker Ms. Alicia McClungBilingual Parent Liaison Ms. Christina KimCluster Nurse Ms. Rose MoroNote that the administrative team is broken down by the same alphabet as the counselorsTranscript/records request go to Ms. Turner. You may also print a transcript using Home Access.
5 What happens in the Counseling office? Individual Student PlanningAcademic Planning; College/Career Planning; Problem Solving; Goal Setting; Recommendation Letters; Transcript Requests; Graduation Status Tracking; Transition Planning; College VisitsClassroom GuidanceWhat you need to know as a freshman; Study Skills & Test Taking Tips; Signs of Suicide; Career Awareness; Postsecondary Planning; College Application Timeline; Financial Aid Planning; Scholarship SearchingResponsive ServicesIndividual & Small Group Counseling; Peer Mediation; Crisis Intervention; Consultation/Collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators; Referrals to outside agenciesSystem SupportNew student enrollments; Withdrawals; Academic Placement & Scheduling; Standardized Test Coordination & Interpretation; Special Programs (GHP, Honors Night, National Merit, Parent Nights, Nominated Scholarships, Freshman Advisory, Graduation)
6 Freshman Advisory Program The Freshman Advisory program involves all freshmen students at CHSFacilitates a sense of community and assists in building cohesiveness as all three middle schools merge into our Hooch Family!Weekly Lessons / Team Building Activities delivered by Chattahoochee’s Junior Advisors
7 Freshman Advisory Program Each Junior Advisor was recommended as a Sophomore by Chattahoochee staff membersEach Freshman homeroom is paired with Junior Advisors (Monday - Thursday)Junior Advisors deliver lessons and team-building activities, provide tutoring, and serve as mentorsLessons address a multitude of academic and social issues which many students have questions about during the sometimes difficult transition to high school
8 Freshman Advisory Program Sample Lesson TopicsWho’s who at Chattahoochee Managing homeworkGetting involved Goal -settingEffective organization BullyingLearning styles Working with your teachersTime management Stress managementTest-taking tips Peer pressureTardy – being late in the real world! Understanding progress reports
9 HOME ACCESS CENTERHome Access Center is a web-based home-to-school collaboration resource that allows parents/guardians to examine up-to-date information on their child’s grades, attendance, discipline, unofficial transcripts, and more through a secure online link to school records.You will use the same login and password for the Home Access Center each year as long as your have at least one child active in Fulton County SchoolsParents/Guardians can pick up log-in and password information by a showing photo ID in the main office. Home Access Center can be found at -> Parents -> Home Access Center
10 Edmodo! Students obtain student code from their teacher Parents obtain parent code from their student’s profile
11 Stay Connected! Find us on Facebook and like our official page! Follow us onSign up for important reminders and notifications via text with Remind101.Every teacher has a blog with a current syllabus, weekly assignments, and other key information.
12 What is Remind101 & Why is it Safe? Remind101 is a one-way text messaging and system.With Remind101, all personal information remains completely confidential. Teachers/Staff will never see your phone number, nor will you ever see theirs.Visit to learn moreTo receive Chattahoochee messages via text, text to(678) You can opt-out of messages at anytimeby replying,To receive messages via , send an to To unsubscribe, reply with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.Every teacher has a blog with a current syllabus, weekly assignments, and other key information.
13 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Class of 2016 & Class of 2017 English creditsMathematics creditsScience creditsSocial Studies creditsHealth/Personal Fitness credit ea.World Language/Fine Arts/Career Tech creditsElectives creditsSemester-long class= 0.5 credits; Year-long class= 1.0 credit**23 total credits required to graduate**Foreign Language is no longer a requirement for graduation; however, almost all 4 year colleges will require at least 2 years of the same language
14 Track your student’s graduation status! A copy of this graduation status report is included at the back of your packet. This will allow you to keep up with your child’s graduation status from home.
15 Typical 9th Grade Schedule 9th Literature or 9th Literature H (1.0)CCGPS Coordinate Algebra orCCGPS Accelerated Coordinate Algebra H (1.0)Biology or Biology H (1.0)American Government (one semester) (0.5) *General Health (one semester) (0.5)World Language (1.0)Elective (1.0)*designates AP Gov’t (1.0) as an alternative** Some 9th grade students were recommended for AP Gov’t by their Middle School teachers.
16 Typical 10th Grade Schedule 10th Literature or 10th Literature H (1.0)CCGPS Analytic Geom orCCGPS Accelerated Analytic Geom H (1.0)Chemistry / Chemistry H / Physical Science (1.0)World History or AP World History (1.0)World Language (1.0)Elective (1.0)
17 Typical 11th Grade Schedule 11th Literature / 11th Literature H / AP Language (1.0)CCGPS Advanced Algebra orCCGPS Accelerated Pre-Calc H (1.0)3rd Science option (examples are Environmental Science, Physics, AP Chemistry) (1.0)US History or AP US History (1.0)World Language (1.0)Elective (1.0)
18 Typical 12th Grade Schedule World Lit & Multicultural Lit (0.5 credit each, 1.0 total) / AP Literature (1.0) / College English (2.0)Advanced Math Decision Making / CCGPS Pre-calculus / AP Statistics / AP Calculus AB / AP Calculus BC (all 1.0 each) orGA Tech Distance Calculus (by application and GA Techadmission only) (2.0 total)4th Science option (examples are AP Science, Astronomy, Human Anatomy H, Earth Systems) (1.0)Economics (0.5)Personal Fitness (0.5)World Language or Elective (1.0)Elective (1.0)
19 What if a class is failed? Retention Policy5 credits to be promoted to the 10th grade11 credits to be promoted to the 11th grade17 credits to be promoted to the 12th gradeMaking Up Failed CoursesIn schedulePLATOGeorgia Virtual SchoolFulton Virtual SchoolSummer SchoolEach school year, students earn a maximum of 6 credits. This means if a student doesn’t earn at least 5 credits in 9th grade, he/she will be retained in a 9th grade homeroom next year. However, these students will still progress into other 10th grade classes. Failed classes must be made up at some point before graduation. Students need to see their counselor to sign up for night school, FVS, GVS, or summer school.
20 No Pass, No PlayTo participate in sports, students must have passed FIVE classes the previous semesterMust be on track to graduate (Not retained in a lower grade)Summer School does combine with Spring semester for Fall sports eligibility
21 How do Honors Points work? Course Base Grade Grade on Transcript9th Lit/Comp HCCGPS AlgebraBiology HAmerican Gov’tIntro to ArtSpanishTotalGrade Average*Must earn a 70 or above in an Honors or AP course to receive the 7 Honors points!
24 End of Course Tests (EOCT) As of December 2003, the Georgia Department of Education requires students to take an End of Course Test (EOCT) in certain courses.9th grade courses with EOCT’s 10th grade courses with EOCT’s9th Grade Lit/Comp CCGPS Analytic GeometryCCGPS Coordinate Algebra Physical ScienceBiologyOther courses with EOCT’s: 11th Am Lit/Comp, US History, EconomicsCounts 20% of final course gradeStudents who take the courses listed above in Summer School or online must take the End of Course Test as well.EOCTs are state-wide final exams. So, every student in Georgia taking Biology will take the same exam at the end of the year.
25 Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) Every student must take and pass the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) in order to graduate from high school.The test helps to ensure students are prepared to meet the challenges of further education or successful transition into their working career.Results are part of students’ permanent records but do not appear on their transcripts.First administration of GHSWT is in September of 11th grade.Repeat administrations are in February of 11th grade, Summer between 11th and 12th grades, and September and February of 12th grade.
26 When to take the SAT/ACT… We typically recommend that students take the SAT and/or ACT for the first time in the Spring of the 11th grade (after they have reviewed their 11th grade PSAT results)9th, 10th, and 11th grade students take the PSAT each October (this year: October 16th)For now, sign up for the “SAT Question of the Day” at
27 An overview of… the ACT: the SAT: Structure of Test Critical Reading sectionMath section: Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced AlgebraWriting sectionPenalty for Wrong Answers? YESScore RangeStructure of TestMath section: through Advanced Algebra and TrigonometryEnglish sectionReading sectionScience sectionWriting sectionPenalty for Wrong Answers?NOScore Range1-36
28 Preparation & Registration for the SAT www.collegeboard.com
29 Preparation & Registration for the ACT www.actstudent.org
30 HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships Eligible students receive financialassistance covering tuition andHOPE-approved mandatory fees.Qualifications:Be a U.S. citizen and legalresident of GeorgiaBe a graduate of an eligiblehigh school
31 HOPE/Zell Miller Rigor Requirements for the Classes of 2016 and 2017 Students in the graduating class of 2016 (current Sophomores) must pass at least 3 courses from the following list:Advanced Math (ex. Advanced Algebra or higher)Advanced Science (ex. Chemistry, Physics, or higher)Advanced Foreign Language (ex. level 2 and above)Advanced Placement (AP) in core subjectsCore subjects taken at a University System of Georgia (USG) InstitutionStudents in the graduating class of 2017 (current Freshmen) must pass at least 4 courses from the list.
32 HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships GPA’s are calculated by the GA Student Finance CommissionFinal calculations are done after the student graduates from high schoolALL academic classes (English, math, science, social studies, and world language) are used for the calculationConversion:Remove all honors pointsConvert to 4.0 scale90 – 100 = 4.080 – 89 = 3.070 – 79 = 2.00 – 69 = 0.0 (failing grades are included in calculation)Add 0.5 to only AP courses (up to 4.0)Divide by the total number of grades
33 HOPE ScholarshipMust earn a 3.0 cumulative academic GPA ( does not round up!)Beginning Fall 2011, the HOPE award will pay a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year. Recently, it has been about 87%.Mandatory fees are covered, but institutional fees must be paid by the student/parent.*HOPE Scholarship recipients must maintain a3.0 GPA throughout college
34 Zell Miller Scholarship (1) Graduate as the Valedictorian or SalutatorianOR(2) Earn a 3.7 GPA in high school, AND eitherEarn a 1200 combined score of Reading and Math on a single administration of the SAT, orEarn a composite score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT by your graduation date.*Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must maintaina 3.3 GPA throughout college.*If a student’s GPA falls below a 3.3, they remain eligible for the HOPE Scholarship if their GPA is above a 3.0.
35 Dual Enrollment Admission Requirements: A rising Junior or SeniorMinimum GPA of 3.0 in core classes on a 4.0 scaleMinimum SAT I score of 970 total (Critical Reading 480 and Math 440) OR Minimum ACT score of 20 Composite (English 20 and Math 18)Most students take College English 1101 and 1102 at Chattahoochee taught by a GA Perimeter College professor; however, accepted students are also eligible to take college classes on the college campus.
36 GA Tech Distance Calculus Complete GA Tech Calculus II & III for high school and college creditMinimum Admission Requirements:A rising Junior or SeniorScore of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus AB exam OR score of 3, 4 or 5 on AP Calculus BC examOverall GPA of 3.5 and Math GPA of 3.5 on Georgia Tech's recalculated scaleCompetitive Ranges (based on admitted students):Mid 50% SAT:Mid 50% ACT:Mid 50% GPA:
37 Early College Planning: What are colleges looking for? Academic GPARigor of courses taken (difficulty level)Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT)Class RankExtracurricular ActivitiesCollege Application EssaysLetters of RecommendationInterviews/portfolios
38 College Planning Checklist Freshman/Sophomore Year Take challenging coursesAttend the PROBE college fair (September/October)Join clubs and volunteer for activities related to your interestsVisit college websites; talk to classmates, parents, teachers, and recent graduates to learn about collegesTake the PSAT in October to practice for the SATKeep your grades upTalk with your parents about colleges that interest youStart/update your resume highlighting your academic achievements, awards, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, special skills, and talentsReview PSAT score results to target areas for improvement.Explore summer activities related to your career goals
39 What Resources Are Available in the College & Career Center? Information regarding careers, options for after high school, scholarships, and summer opportunitiesThe virtual Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) is available for research in the above areasSAT/ACT information and study guides
40 Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) User name: chattahoocheehs Password: gcis458
42 Tips for Parents Improving Your Child’s Study Habits Provide a proper study setting (free from distractions)Plan a regular time for studying each day (1 ½ hrs/day)Ask to see your child’s homework and/or agenda frequentlyCheck Home Access Center and/or contact teachers if needed ( addresses available onHelp your child with organizational skillsEncourage your child to talk with you about schoolProper sleep, diet, and exercise with help with alertnessBe sensitive to your child’s frustrations about schoolwork
43 Important Facts about School Attendance Georgia’s Compulsory Attendance law states that children between the ages of 6-16 years old must attend school on a regular basis5 unexcused absences within a school year is considered a violation of the lawTeenage & Adult Driver Responsibility ActA note from home or the doctor must be received in the attendance office within 3 days of the absence
44 "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”Frank Lloyd Wright, American architectThank you for coming!!!