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1 “Surging for Excellence”
Class of th Grade Orientation for Rising 9th Grade Students and Parents Date: February 8, 2011 Name: Rutland High School “Surging for Excellence”

2 Bibb County Schools: 2009-2010 School Year
AGENDA Welcome  Transition to High School High School “terms” Ways to be Successful What’s different in high school? Overview of Comprehensive Career Guidance Process Graduation Requirements Programs of Study/Career Pathways Four Year Plan of Study and Course Selection Spring Registration Process GACollege411 Website for Parents   Bibb County Specialty Program Offerings Magnet High Schools Advanced Placement RHS Information Questions Welcome parents State purpose as to discuss the 8th graders’ transition to high school and the processes that will be forthcoming in the Spring Our agenda is as follows for this evening… (review agenda) Bibb County Schools: School Year

3 High School “Terms” Block Schedule (4 X 4, A/B) Credits
GPA (Grade Point Average) Class Rank Graduation Verification Sheet Graduation Requirements SAT, PSAT, ACT AP (Advanced Placement) 4-Year Plan GHSGT, EOCT Hope Scholarship College Connections TAA (Teachers As Advisors) PBS (Positive Behavior Strategies) SIG (School Improvement Grant) Vortex School Store

4 Ways to Help Your Child be Successful in High School
Keep in contact with the teachers – is the easiest Parent Portal Encourage students to use a planner to write down assignments, tests, and activities Make sure you see progress reports which are sent home every 4 ½ weeks Attendance is VERY important - Provide documentation for every absence

5 Differences in High School
Block Scheduling Must pass Core Classes AND Earn Credits to be Promoted (see handout) Attendance Counts in Each Period (no more than 5 Unexcused Absences in a Class) 1st Class Begins at 7:30 a.m. (if you are not seated in class you are considered tardy) School Day Ends at 2:45 p.m. Lots of Activities and Clubs

6 Core Classes & Credits Core Classes Include: Math, Science,
Social Studies, & English/Language Arts Credits for Promotion: 9th to 10th: Credits 10th to 11th: Credits 11th to 12th: Credits Graduation: 28 Credits Diploma of Distinction: 30 Credits

7 Counselor Services Four-Year Plan Registration & Scheduling
Academic/Career Counseling Graduation Verification Forms Test Interpretation Classroom Guidance Individual Counseling (Social & Emotional) Provide Information on an On-Going Basis Gacollege411 Scholarships and Service Learning

8 Comprehensive Career Guidance
GOAL: GRADUATE ON TIME- IN FOUR YEARS Comprehensive process for transitioning students through schooling ensuring they are advised on an on-going basis to take the right courses and to stay on course for graduation and success in life beyond high school. Led by Guidance Counselors, Teachers, Parents, and Students Components include: Articulation Between Middle School and High School Planning Guide (provided to each 9th grader) On-Going Advisement Student Interest and Aptitude Inventories (available on ) Career Pathways Explain what Comprehensive Career Guidance is Bibb County Schools: School Year

9 Career Pathways A career pathway is established to help students align their academic and career studies to better prepare them for graduation, post-secondary education, and career opportunities. All students are expected to complete a pathway of study (see handout).

10 RHS Pathways Performing Arts & Visual Arts Modern Language
Small Business Development Interactive Media Computing Financial Management-Services Early Childhood Education Nutrition and Food Science Marketing and Management Architectural, Drawing, & Design Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

11 Elective Choices for 9th Grade
Team Sports Weight Training Drama Art Food, Nutrition, & Wellness Introduction to Early Childhood Care & Education Computing in the Modern World Jobs for GA Graduates MCJROTC Beginning Band Percussion Band Beginning Mixed Chorus Women’s Chorus

12 Four Year Plan Each student, with input from parents, will be guided to create a plan for what classes he or she will take each year in high school. The plan will be formed by the student, the student’s interest inventory results, the student’s career aspirations, and post high school options, aptitude, and future job market analysis.

13 SAMPLE Financial Management Pathway 4 x 4 Block: Possible 32 Units
Semester I Semester II 10th 11th 12th Math I & Math I Support or Elective Math II Math II Math III Math III English 12 or AP Literature Math IV Health/PE Conceptual Physics or Biology World History Biology or Chemistry U.S. History Environ-mental Science/ Chemistry or Physics I Economics 4th Science or AP Science Computer Applica- tions Fine Arts Foreign Language English 11 or AP Language Elective American Government English 9 Business Essentials English 10 Banking & Investing Insurance & Risk Manage-ment SAMPLE This is an example of what a Four Year Plan might look like for a student who selected Business and Computer Science as his career pathway. Notice that with Block scheduling, the student has 32 course possibilities which gives him or her room for all of the requirements for graduation (English, math, science, social studies, PE/Health, and computer applications) PLUS 14 other opportunities to take courses of the student’s choosing. Bibb County Schools: School Year

14 Documents in Packet Registration Form (8th Grade Teachers)
Bibb County Graduation Requirements 9th Grade Course Requirements RHS Pathways Elective Choices 4-Year Success Plan Pathway Examples Summer Bridge Survey

15 New Graduation Rule The State Department of Georgia enacted a new graduation rule. New graduation requirements began with students who enrolled in high school as a 9th grader in the school year.   There is now only one diploma type for all Georgia students. Bibb County School District also awards a Diploma of Distinction. 

16 New Bibb County Graduation Requirements
English 4 Units Math Science Social Studies Health/Physical Education 1 Unit Computer Applications Computer Tech, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language 3 Units minimum Electives (Career Pathway 3 units) 7 Units Total for Graduation *Diploma of Distinction 28 Units *30 Units Bibb County Schools: School Year

17 Honor Graduate Must have a 90 or Above Overall
Grade Point Average (GPA) Cannot be an …….

18 Spring Registration Process
All current 8th Graders will: Participate in the GA College 411 survey of career interests Tour the high school and learn about available programs Receive important information about high school Choose courses/program of study for 9th grade

19 Website for Parents and Students
Go to Students will set up account with middle school counselor. Has helpful information regarding student’s career research, educational plans, interest inventory results, etc. Students will use this account throughout high school.

20 High School Magnet Programs
Hutchings Career Center: Bibb County’s only full magnet high school; Offers 6 exciting career paths open to all students county-wide Southwest High School: Law Academy Magnet School Central High School: Fine Arts Magnet & International Baccalaureate Program Northeast High School: Health Science Magnet School Westside High School: Pre-Engineering Magnet School

21 Advanced Placement Advanced Placement( AP) courses are rigorous courses offered to high school students that are equivalent to college level courses. Bibb County School District has an open access policy for participation in these courses. AP students are required to do extensive reading, writing and studying. AP Exams are administered in May. Students who score a 3 or higher on the AP Exam may earn college credit. College credit for AP exams is determined by the college or university.

22 RHS Advanced Placement Course Offerings
Social Studies American Government & Politics – 9th Grade World History – 10th Grade U.S. History – 11th Grade Macroeconomics – 12th Grade English/Language Arts Language & Comprehension – 11th Grade Literature & Comprehension – 12th Grade Bibb County Schools: School Year

23 RHS Advanced Placement Course Offerings
Fine Arts Art Portfolio – 10th-12th Grades ************************************************************************************************************************** AP Courses that may be added: AP Calculus AP Biology and/or AP Environmental Science AP Psychology, AP European History, and/or AP Human Geography AP Music Theory AP Computer Science AP Spanish Literature

24 RHS School for International Studies
The SIS is designed to prepare future leaders in a global economy, to encourage students to be multi-dimensional thinkers, and to develop global perspectives on politics, culture, and science. The SIS targets interested 9th grade students who desire to commit to the rigorous, advanced course requirements.

25 RHS School for International Studies
It allows student choice regarding an area of concentrated study. It requires AP exams, allows for interest-focused accelerated academics, and a 4-year research project that will culminate with defense in a student’s senior year.

26 SIG Storm Watch Programs
The Storm Watch After-School Program operates 3 days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, and transportation is provided The Storm Watch Saturday Program & Holiday Programs operate on specified Saturdays and holidays

27 SIG Storm Watch Programs
Services Offered: Tutoring GHSGT Remediation EOCT Remediation Attendance Recovery Credit Recovery Credit Repair

28 Programs for Prospective Postsecondary Students
Work-Based Learning Programs (WBL): Marketing Education (Marketing Co-Op Internship) Youth Apprenticeship These programs allow students to receive course credit for supervised technical experiences in area businesses.

29 Programs for Prospective Postsecondary Students
ACCEL with Post-Secondary Institutions: Dual Enrollment Move On When Ready Early Admissions These programs are funded by the Lottery and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. A student must be classified as a junior or senior to participate.

30 Programs for Prospective Postsecondary Students
These programs allow students to apply, be accepted, and then pursue postsecondary study at approved public and private colleges and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed.

31 Governor’s Honors Program
Requirements: Nominated student must be a 10th or 11th grader Student must have been nominated in a specific instructional area Student must complete the GHP application and participate in the local screening / audition process Student must have taken the PSAT or the SAT

32 Governor’s Honors Program
Students can be nominated in the following areas: Communicative Arts and Visual Arts Foreign Language Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Dance, Music, and Theatre Executive Business Management Commercial & Industrial Design Technology

33 Governor’s Honors Program
The Governor's Honors Program is a six-week summer instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become independent life-long learners.

34 Hope Scholarship HOPE is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities and public technical colleges. The HOPE Scholarship award amount covers tuition, HOPE approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance of up to $300 per academic year at a public college or university. At a private college or university, the HOPE Scholarship award is $4,000 per academic year if you are a full time student (12 hours or more). If you enroll as a half-time student (6-11 hours), you may receive an award of $2,000 per year.

35 Hope Scholarship Eligibility
Be a legal resident of Georgia All students entering the scholarship program as freshmen must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for all English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language coursework This GPA is un-weighted - Any additional points assigned for AP or Gifted courses will not count Be registered with the Selective Service, if required Meet enrollment requirements for the prospective college or university

36 Hope Scholarship Eligibility
Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990 Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program All core coursework attempted in grades 9-12 will be counted toward the HOPE Scholarship cumulative GPA and un-weighted numeric grades will be converted to the 4.0 scale

37 Golden Eagle The Golden Eagle Award is an award for academic excellence that is presented to Middle Georgia high school seniors who have unselfishly used their talents and abilities to serve their schools and communities. Each winner will receive a Golden Eagle trophy and a $1,000 check. One honorable mention award will be made in each of the category and will receive a plaque and a $300 check. Each nominee will receive a certificate of merit.

38 Golden Eagle The competition is open to all high school seniors (public, private schools, and home schools) within the Telegraph delivery circulation area; only one nominee per category is permitted. Scholarship and service are essential qualifications for a Golden Eagle nominee. The Golden Eagle Award is given to the individual in each category whose record of achievement and service to school and community best exemplifies the unselfish use of his and her talents and abilities to help others, in relation to their category.

39 Golden Eagle Qualifications
Accomplishment (Accomplishments, honors, and recognition represent evidence of achievement, both in school and in the community.) Leadership (Initiative in constructive programs, poise in facing difficult problems and courage in meeting responsibilities are hallmarks of a good leader.) Character (The character of the individual can be judged by observing personal habits and attitudes.)

40 Golden Eagle Categories
Art Citizenship Drama English & Literature Foreign Language Industrial – Vocational Journalism Mathematics Music Science Social Studies Technology

41 500 Club The 500 Club recognizes those students who have scored a 500 on the Math, Verbal and Writing portions of the SAT. Students who are members are treated to a breakfast and a pizza party each semester. At the end of the year the names of all 500 Club members are entered in a drawing for a free laptop computer. All students are recognized at senior honors night in May.

42 Robert Byrd Scholarship
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is a federally-funded program established to promote student excellence and academic achievement. Each year, about 200 scholarships of $1500 each are awarded annually based on academic merit and promise of continued academic excellence. One student from each high school in the state of Georgia may be nominated for consideration. The award is made without consideration for the location of the institution of higher learning named by the applicant.

43 Robert Byrd Scholarship Eligibility
Show excellent academic achievement in high school. Be a legal resident of Georgia. Be an eligible U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, according to definitions in the regulations. Turn in all application materials and documentation no later than February 1. Graduate from a public or private high school or receive the GED during the same year that the application is submitted. Be accepted or have applied at an eligible college as a full-time student.

44 Georgia Scholar The Georgia Scholar Program is an effort by the Georgia Department of Education to identify and recognize high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Office of Student Learning and Assessment of the Georgia Department of Education through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools in the state. The Georgia Scholar must be a high school senior who exhibits excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home.

45 Georgia Scholar Student must have earned at least 28 Carnegie Units for graduation and have taken: 4 Units in English 4 Units in Mathematics 4 Units in Science 4 Units in Social Studies 2 Units in a single Foreign Language 1 Unit in Fine Arts

46 Georgia Scholar Student must have a minimum combined score of 1360 (math & verbal) on the SAT at one test administration. Student must have a non-weighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Student must be registered to vote if a United States citizen and 18 years of age on or before March 1. Student must have participated in at least 3 different competitive interscholastic activities. Student must show evidence of leadership.

47 Opportunities for Scholarships
Technology Fair Young Georgia Author’s Contest History Day Competition Science Fair Oratorical Contests Literary Team School Council Beta Club International Studies Athletics Community Service Band & Chorus Clubs Art Drama

48 Driver’s License Requirements
For Learner’s License & Driver’s License Approved Certificate of Attendance which includes: Cannot have more than 10 unexcused absences this school year or last school year Cannot have been found in violation of alcohol, drugs, a weapon or sexual offense.... or threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher, staff member, or another student Also For Driver’s License: Pass the ADAP (Alcohol & Drug Awareness Program) Test administered through PE/Health Class

49 Clubs & Organizations Academic Team Math Team Beta Club Dance Team
Student Council Book Club FCCLA DECA FBLA CTI Skills USA

50 Art Department Art I, Advanced Drawing/Painting, Photography, and AP Art Art Fees: $10

51 Athletics Fall: Football, Softball, Cross Country, Cheerleading
Winter: Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Cheerleading Spring: Baseball, Golf, Track, Tennis, Soccer

52 Athletics All First Time 9th Grade Students are Eligible 1st Semester
For 2nd Semester in order to remain Eligible, Students must have Accrued have 2.5 Credits From the time Students enter 9th Grade, they can only Participate 4 Years

53 Athletics Must have a Current Physical on File and Proof of Insurance Free Athletic Physicals will be Offered in the Spring at Rutland High Cheerleading Try-Outs: March 28, 2011 – April 1, 2011 Go Canes!

54 Questions? Capture all parent questions in the space above. Use additional slides of needed.

55 Be The Change You Wish To See In The World!
Mahatma Ghandi


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