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1 Welcome Highlanders

2 This Presentation Comprehensive Honest Helpful

3 This Presentation From the perspective that you have never had a child in secondary school Will answer almost any question you could have and I believe you will feel better when you depart All information will be located at our website in the district Program of Studies and the McCullough supplement

4 Documents Available Either Now or Soon on our Website District Program of Studies McCullough Supplement District math flyer Private P.E. links (April 16) Summer School flyer (May) This presentation in: –English –Spanish

5 Welcome Looking forward to a new year New challenges for students in secondary education New responsibilities New opportunities

6 Snapshot Of Our School Composed of young people literally from around the country and the globe Wonderful students Supportive parents Tremendous staff All are expected to be successful

7 Snapshot of our school T.E.A. Exemplary Campus

8 At McCullough We do things for a reason (We have kids here too!) Kid-friendly and preparing for the future Grading Projects Discipline Testing Procedurally

9 Goal 1 Academic Preparation Paradigm Shift

10 Goal 1A: Safety Visitors sign-in and sign-out Full-time officer for our campus Visibility of administrators and police Building opens at 8:00 a.m. Monitored video surveillance system Safety letters home

11 Goal 2: Preparing Students for High School 356 working days over two years to prepare students for high school once they enter our doors for the first time Students are in high school the day they walk in the door if they take Algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade Procedures are age- appropriate and have a reason

12 Personal Vision Is that we will be the best secondary school in Texas

13 Success For Your Child Many schools prepare students to qualify for admittance to a college or university We are preparing students to be successful when they arrive at college and to have the tools to stay there

14 Important Dates to be Determined Student Orientation Dates Football Equipment Issue Day Semester Exams First semester exam dates –Hinges on district adoption of district calendar –Two drafts of the district calendar on website for your review and feedback at this time

15 Student Orientation Final date will be announced this spring –Will publicize through Tartan Tribune –Dependent on the C.I.S.D. School Calendar once adopted for 2013-2014 –Need volunteers to make it happen –Social event of the summer –Attendance is not required, but is enormously beneficial

16 First Day of School Report to Alpha Homerooms until 10:00 a.m. Obtain final schedules Car line longer first two days Buses a little later due to third run and K Help everyone get where they need to go

17 A Typical Day Students can enter building at 8:00 a.m. –Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:00 a.m. Students wait in Commons Go to classes at 8:34 a.m. Lockers/Backpacks School begins – 8:50 a.m.

18 A Typical Day Lunch/3 rd Period –11:45 a.m. Students encouraged to eat breakfast Which lunch you eat depends on the subject of the class you are in during third block on that day Lunch time can be different on red or green days depending on your class Advisory – 1:55 p.m. – 2:19 p.m. School Ends – 3:50 p.m. Pick-up –Car/Bus

19 Advisory Meets each day (1:55 p.m. – 2:19 p.m.) Distribute information Pledges Moment of silence

20 Advisory Work on completing homework Tutoring STAAR remediation interventions SPARKS Homework Help Make A Difference Anti-Bullying Campaign monthly activities Red Ribbon Week Generation Texas career activities Announcements

21 Free Academic Assistance Tutoring- Most days of the week with your academic teachers (most important)

22 Free Academic Assistance PAWS Homework Help- –Tuesdays and Thursdays –4:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. –Located in downstairs library –McCullough teacher –TWHS Interact students

23 Free Academic Assistance SPARKS- –Advisory –Elite eighth grade students –Ms. Donna Meyer

24 Information to Help A Guide to Success

25 Communication E-Mail – Easiest, quickest, preferred Please give us a day or so as we are with students as opposed to in front of a computer Teacher e-mail addresses are listed on the left green column of our website If you have a question about the classroom please email the teacher first

26 Communication McCullough Webpage – –Links to teacher webpages –Important spring registration documents –Athletic schedules –Tartan Tribune online –Constantly updated

27 Communication Conferences –Most at 8:05 a.m. –Try to do a good job of communicating and prevent the need for you to come in –This is the time normally that the teacher is tutoring children –Important to have your child present –Most center around a young person not turning in assignments

28 Communication Parent Newsletter The Tartan Tribune –Sent home through students –Online 24 hours a day at our Parent Services Page

29 SchoolMessenger System that calls your phone or emails you I try to limit the phone calls to really important items –Expect numerous calls in the immediate days leading up to the start of school –Do not worry, the 6:30 p.m. phone calls will end for the most part once school begins –You can opt out at any time if you want by clicking at the link at the lower portion of the email

30 SchoolMessenger We will email when breaking news happens or information becomes available you need to know Important to have the correct phone number and email address in our database system

31 Remind 101 Text Message Alert System for Students A system that allows me to text students, or anyone who signs up, immediately in the case of: –School cancellation due to weather –STAAR testing reminders –Any situation needing immediate and accurate contact –Never has been used but there if needed –Information on how to sign up appears periodically in the Tartan Tribune has been used but there when needed

32 PTO Volunteer Appreciate the help! Campus Enhancement PTO –Front Desk –Student Orientation –Socials –Library –Copy Room

33 Daily Announcements Online

34 Common Assessments (Tests) Tests are high quality and developed over time to choose the most accurate/fair questions Not the type of tests we took years ago with random questions, purple ink, and an odor that would make you nauseous Are now Common Assessments in the district developed in the summer to address the specific TEKS of STAAR Sixty percent of grade for marking period

35 Common Assessments (Tests) Exams, and exam questions, are now being utilized as common assessment exams among teachers in the district, school, and within departments Tests are now developed in the summer to have questions which are asked at the rigor level wanted by the state for these tests and STAAR exams

36 Common Assessments (Tests) Enormous time goes into the development of each question to ensure it addresses the TEKS and is at the level of questioning required Exams are used not only among different teachers in same discipline but also other CISD junior highs

37 Common Assessments (Tests) Exams are being utilized more extensively among all CISD campuses to supplement benchmark testing throughout the district and inserted into Eduphoria program to optimize individual academic support As the exams are utilized throughout the campus and district throughout the years, they do not go home

38 Common Assessments (Tests) View at school with student and/or instructor Stumble Sheets in class to learn from mistakes –Students correct any errors, with the teacher, in class

39 Semester Exams Last four days of each semester –Two options of calendars at our district website –One has the semester ending before the holidays and another after –Feel free to go to district website and email your thoughts on the calendar options –Please do not plan vacations during this time so that students have every chance to do his/her best on the exams Prior week students will complete review packet and prepare in the classroom

40 Semester Exams Modified schedule in exams Grading percentages –Junior high finals – 10 percent –High school finals- 15 percent Synthesize learning and practice taking major exams as they will in the future

41 Student Success Initiative (SSI) Students must pass Reading and Math STAAR in eighth grade to advance to high school

42 Student Success Initiative (SSI) As of now, students must pass 12 End of Course Exams developed by the Texas Education Agency in order to graduate from high school

43 Parent Access Student Access Free opportunity to view grades, attendance, discipline, STAAR, etc. –Supplements planner Places you on a school e-mail list to receive breaking news and routine e- mail communication View on computer, droid, iPhone, iPad, tablet, etc…

44 Parent Access Student Access Unparalleled and unprecedented communication and access to data This program exists to supplement, not replace student accountability for grades and assignments Student should have accountability Sign up at

45 Parent Access This system will literally email you every time your child receives a grade in the gradebook if you select for it to do so

46 Dress Code Critical Worth the battle if you are a parent Cannot battle everything We have to and will enforce The way a student dresses affects the way he/she feels about education and success

47 Dress Code One of the first steps to caring in any area of life is to dress like you care Always feel free to drop in with food at lunch to see what they are actually wearing four hours later after leaving your house We are a junior high, not a nightclub For the most part, a non-issue with our students

48 Transition to Secondary School Kids transition quickly –Tardies 3 free each quarter 7 minutes between classes (most around) Resets each nine weeks First two weeks amnesty

49 Tardies Email notification to your Parent Access Account when processed Normally email comes same day to your email address in our database Being in class for the first five to ten minutes of instruction/review/plan for the day is critical to academic success –Plans for the day –How it is to be done –What is on the exam –When is the review

50 Discipline Follow student handbook Use good common sense Administrators, teachers, police, and counselors, are proactive and visible in building

51 Discipline Expectation meeting with students through LA classes first week of school Classroom expectations are high so that all children can be successful We do everything humanly possible to prevent a situation before it happens

52 Ongoing Make A Difference Monthly Anti-Bullying Program Bullying- Let the childs AP know –Make A Difference monthly program –Administrative meetings –Ongoing intervention activities through Advisory –Access to Facebook or PDAs with video ability Full discipline information is available for you on your child 24 hours a day at Parent Access Center

53 How Parents Make the Difference! Talk to your student Know where they are in the evenings and on weekends, who they are with, and why When you have a question, go to the source and e-mail the teacher

54 How Parents Make the Difference! Check the P.T.O. Planner nightly and make sure all homework is complete Hold students responsible for their actions (behaviorally and academically) Give your child a chance to work out some problems on their own –Studies show students who self-advocate do better in high school and beyond

55 Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough Encourage students to eat breakfast Monitor the amount of sleep they really get –Is the TV, gaming system, iPad, and/or computer in their bedroom? –Recent dangers of children and energy drinks Lack of sleep Heart issues

56 Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough Is their cell phone in their room at night (charging??) when you go to bed? Every day more research comes out clearly articulating the critical aspect of sleep for adolescent growth and success in school The phone never sleeps in 2013 –If the phone does not sleep, neither does the child

57 Easy Things to do to Help your Child be Successful at McCullough Hold students accountable for a planner –Positives and Negatives Encourage students to be involved in school organizations Attend his/her activities at McCullough

58 Top 2 Indicators for Student Success Attendance at school Involvement in a school activity

59 School Supplies Basic school supply list posted in The Tartan Tribune this summer P.T.O. will sell basic minimal set again online this year (optional) Look for information coming soon

60 Questions I Really Get What is the policy on cell phones and electronics? –Off 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. –Outside of these times, call away! –Please do not call and/or text your child in school

61 Questions I Really Get –Lost and Found –Theft of above devices- What really happens Kids leave locker open and/or rigged Phone on the floor or bench –Name on items is invaluable I have enough lost Vera Bradley lunch kits to start our own store

62 Questions I Really Get Can I wear makeup? –Yes

63 Questions I Really Get Can I wear flip-flops? Yes Where are the bathrooms? At the ends of the hallways and in the cafeteria

64 Cell Phones What You Need to Know from Our Perspective Best and worst thing to happen to parents/guardians Great for contacting and staying in touch with children Negative is that smartphones give children access to texting and the entire internet when they are least ready for this responsibility

65 Cell Phones What You Need to Know from Our Perspective Instagram is quickly replacing Facebook with your children SnapChat is the new big thing coming online with American youth –You might want to research this and you might not like what you find Sexting is an issue with teens across the nation –Equal opportunity offense

66 Cell Phones What You Need to Know from Our Perspective Rarely, if ever, has there been any case on our campus of sexting happening Do realize that when this happens outside of school and this is brought to our attention we are required to investigate and report to authorities Montgomery County D.A. may take the phones and prosecute Usually no school consequences as this is not a school issue unless it was to occur here

67 Social Networking Sites What You Need to Know from Our Perspective Social networking sites are the root of most of the issues we face They are a great idea, in theory A very large percentage of harassment issues we deal with originate here off campus Please think carefully before allowing your child to access and then be diligent in following whether they are showing you the social networking page they actually use

68 Elective Information Night 6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m. February 12 th McCullough Commons 6:00 p.m. until 7:05 p.m. Carpooling is recommended, and will help Convention-style setup in the cafeteria (Commons) Students and parents can meet and speak to the elective teaching staff

69 Elective Information Night 6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m. Special presentations this evening –Girls athletics 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium –Boys athletics 6:35 p.m. in the auditorium

70 Elective Information Night 6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m. Counselors in the Commons LGI area –Optional assistance if needed in completing the Elective Course Request Sheets 6:00 p.m. 6:35 p.m.

71 Elective Information Night 6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m. Very casual come and go Students are welcome Seventh grade elective teachers will be present to answer your questions Be aware in advance there will be a lot of people here

72 Elective Information Night 6:00 p.m until 7:05 p.m. Eighth grade elective teachers representing high school electives will be present Some activities which are not elective classes such as Cheerleading, Color Guard, and Highland Girls may have a booth with information

73 Registration Deadline – May 1 Final deadline to make any change, elective request or core level change, is May 1st at 4:00 p.m. Teachers are hired with specific teaching certifications (NCLB Act) based on requests of parents on this date No changes will be made after this time

74 Registration Deadline – May 1 Master schedule is constructed based on parent/guardian course requests on Decisions earlier help us hire better staff for your child

75 The Registration Process We will contact you repeatedly in the spring via SchoolMessenger with information and reminders you need to know Students receive tentative schedules at Student Orientation in August or on the first day of school if they cannot attend Orientation

76 Factors Which Affect an Individual Students Schedule Formation Staffing (based on enrollment) Availability of Course Students Core Course Selection Elective course requests by students Seniority Specialty Classes –Athletics –Fine Arts –Algebra Number of electives –11 unique choices in seventh grade –23 unique choices in eighth grade –Will take 4 in 7 th grade –Will take 5 in 8 th grade

77 High School Information Mr. McCord, why are we talking about high school?

78 Looking ahead to high school… What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Program?

79 What is the Advanced Placement Program? College level courses taught in high school 27 nationwide courses in 19 subject areas (TWHS offers 26) Examinations scores can lead to college credit and which validate program success An opportunity for students to think, read, and write critically and analytically.

80 What AP Courses Does TWHS Offer? English Language English Literature Computer Science A Spanish Language Calculus AB, BC US History Chemistry Government and Politics Macroeconomics Human Geography Chinese Japanese Biology Environmental Science German Language French Language Music Theory Statistics Art History European History Studio Art Physics C, E, M World History Psychology Art Drawing Art 2D Art 3D

81 Why AP? Challenges students Consistent teaching strategies Prepares them for college

82 Why AP? Provides opportunities for our young people to compete post high school Opportunities to earn college credit in high school (up to 45 hours) Saves parents $$$$

83 So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the AP Tests? Fact:: In 2011, TWHS administered 2058 tests to 933 students Fact: TWHS mean score was 3.60 The mean state score was 2.48 The mean national score was 2.84

84 So How Well Do TWHS Students Perform on the AP Tests? Fact: 82.4% of the students passed with a 3 or higher Fact: 57% of the students passed with a 4 or higher Fact: TWHS consistently ranks in the top schools in the world in the number of tests given

85 Who Should Take PreAP or AP Courses? The most successful AP students are willing to work hard. More than ability, whether the student (not just the parent) is willing to invest the time and energy to be successful is most important. The earlier the preparation, the easier the transition.

86 Grades in Secondary Schools Everyone wants As Grades in Pre-AP courses of a B or high C may very well indicate tremendous learning and hard work by the student

87 Grades in Secondary Schools In secondary school it takes effort to make an A. It also takes effort to fail.

88 Adventure into Academics Core Subject Information

89 State Required Courses – 7 th grade Language Arts Mathematics Science Texas History Physical Education –Can Substitute Athletics Cheer Highland Girls Private P.E. Electives – 4 choices

90 Science Pre-AP Science –Strongly encourage any student be enrolled in pre-algebra Pre-AP Math Skills –Science Fair Project –Time –Independent

91 Independent Study Science Fair Project Runs November through February All students in Pre-AP Science will complete the Independent Study Science Fair Project This is a research based endeavor

92 Independent Study Science Fair Project- Approximate Hours One of the best things we do –Protocols- 4 hours –Introduction- 5 hours –Materials and Methods- 3 hours –Experimenting- 10 hours –Final Paper- 10 hours –Board- 6 hours –Hours are just averages- can be more or less –Have checkpoints along the way –Fair is over a weekend in February at Lone Star Convention Center

93 Pre-AP Science Need to make sure you understand the real rigor and expectations of the independent study science fair project prior to making the year-long commitment to Pre-AP science

94 Texas History Pre-AP Texas History –Strong reading comprehension and writing skills are a plus

95 Language Arts Pre-AP Language Arts –Need to be self- motivated reader and writer –Grade differential –Everything starts with reading

96 Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D. Incoming seventh graders will automatically roll by default to the next appropriate grade level sequence –6 th grade regular history to 7 th regular Texas History –6 th GT Language Arts to 7 th Pre-AP Language Arts –Etc.

97 Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D. Sixth grade students identified as GT will be automatically rolled initially to Pre-AP in the area of their GT identification for language arts, social studies, or science –Indicated on form your child has brought home –You can move your child from Pre-AP to level classes by indicating your choice on the document

98 Class Placement of Your Child in LA, Social Studies, and Science in C.I.S.D. Ultimately, you can place your regular education child in any level of class you want in LA, Social Studies, or Science –Encourage you to closely read the C.I.S.D. Program of Studies and the McCullough supplement in order to fully understand the rigor and expectations of Pre-AP courses –Recommend considering taking no more than two Pre-AP courses –Need to understand in advance that an A in secondary Texas education is not the same as an A in elementary education

99 Core Placement Sheet Sent Home On this sheet you choose your childs level you want for LA, SS, and Science.

100 In order to properly choose classes for seventh grade students, it is extremely helpful to know where you would like for your child to finish his/her senior year. This applies most directly to the math progression.

101 Math Placement History The advanced math placement procedures have been in place and articulated for several years Children have been tested to be placed into advanced math since they were in fourth grade

102 Where Will I Finish in Math? To make good choices for placement in seventh grade, it is critical to know where you as a parent, as well as your child, want to finish his/her senior year Applies most directly to math due to its linear nature

103 Where Will I Finish in Math? Unlike the other disciplines, hard work alone in math may not always ensure success Involves math knowledge and mental math maturity

104 State Math Courses for Seventh Grade Seventh grade math Pre-Algebra Pre-AP (one year ahead) High School Algebra Pre-AP (high school course, two years ahead)

105 District Math Progression Majority of Students 6 th Grade- Level Math 7th Grade – 7th Math 8th Grade - Pre-Algebra 9th Grade - Algebra 10th Grade - Geometry 11th Grade - Algebra II 12th Grade – Pre-Calculus Student could still take Calculus if he/she doubled up somewhere along the way

106 District Math Sequence (Advanced 1 year) Some Students 6 th Grade- Advanced Math 7th Grade – Pre-Algebra Pre-AP 8th Grade – Algebra Pre-AP (High School) 9th Grade - Geometry 10th Grade - Algebra II 11th Grade - Pre-Calculus 12th Grade – Calculus

107 District Math Sequence (Advanced 2 years) Very Few Students 7th Grade – Algebra Pre-AP (High School) 8th Grade – Geometry Pre-AP (High School) 9th Grade - Algebra II 10th Grade – Pre-AP Pre-Calculus/AP Statistics I 11th Grade – Pre-AP Pre-Calculus 12th Grade – Calculus AB/BC

108 District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders Students will be initially rolled to the next appropriate level of class in the progression of their math development based on the real data See Course Description Guide for exact progression

109 Upcoming District Placement Exams Placement Exam for entrance into Pre- Algebra Pre-AP –Taken February 1-11 at home intermediate campus Algebra Readiness Exam –Taken February 14 th through February 25th at home intermediate campus –Taken by 6 th grade advanced math students if they make an 80 or higher on the District Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP –Evaluates current mastery of eighth grade math concepts

110 District Math Placement Testing Details District Math Placement Exams will occur in February at the home intermediate campus The tests are designed to be given in February and are given only at that time There is no continual retesting

111 District Math Placement Testing Details Students in Level Sixth Grade Level Math Sixth grade students currently in regular on level (majority of students) math will take the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP during the February 1-11 window if they have an 80 average for the current year in sixth grade level math. This is to see if they qualify to move to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

112 District Math Placement Testing Details Students Currently in Level Sixth Grade Level Math If a student in level sixth grade math takes the Placement Exam for entrance in to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP and qualifies to skip seventh grade math parents can still ask to have their child take seventh math Many make this request so that their child does not miss key math concepts and skip seventh math An 80 or higher is required on the test to accelerate and bypass seventh math and thus enter into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

113 District Math Placement Testing Details Students Currently in Sixth Grade Level Math Students are not allowed to bypass and skip two years of math instruction For example, students cannot go from level sixth grade math to high school Algebra in seventh grade

114 District Math Placement Testing Details for Students Currently in Advanced Sixth Grade Math Remember, students in the GT/Advanced math in sixth grade are in seventh math now and are going to Pre-Algebra Pre- AP, the next course in sequence

115 District Math Placement Testing Details for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math All students who are currently enrolled in the GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math class will take the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP They are taking the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre- AP only to see if they qualify with the needed skills to then later take the Algebra Readiness Exam

116 District Math Placement Testing Details for Students Currently in GT/Advanced Sixth Grade Math This window is February 14th through February 25 th for qualifying students in advanced math to take the Algebra Readiness Test 80 percent is required for passing on this accelerated exam

117 District Math Placement Testing Details Both placement tests are designed to be administered in February based on TEKS covered during that time Intermediate campuses will attempt to makeup test any student who misses on the day of testing at his/her campus in February

118 District Math Placement Testing Details There is no later testing or additional retake of the tests which were designed for February administration Important for students to do his/her best 80 is the percentage required for passing on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP and the Algebra Readiness Test.

119 District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders CISD students in regular sixth grade math will be initially enrolled in regular on level seventh grade math which is the next appropriate course in the math sequence. Majority of our students Will receive the appropriate next level of math instruction in proper sequence necessary, as we all received, for the student to be successful in all following math courses at McCullough, the high school, and beyond

120 Looking at Math Placement a Different Way

121 District Math Placement Standards for Incoming Seventh Graders For a student to move from Sixth Grade Math to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP, students must meet all of the following criteria: * 80 average in 6 th grade Math * Minimum score of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

122 District Math Placement Standards for Incoming Seventh Graders For a student to move from sixth grade Advanced Math to Algebra 1 (HS), students must meet all of the following criteria: * 80 average in sixth grade Gifted and Talented/Advanced Math * Minimum of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Placement Exam for entrance into Pre- Algebra Pre-AP * Minimum score of 80% on the C.I.S.D. Algebra Readiness Exam

123 What if My Child Qualifies for High School Algebra Pre-AP? If your child qualifies for High School Algebra Pre-AP we will contact you via phone and/or email before placing them into this math class which is operating two years ahead of grade level Student would be bypassing TEKS and math instruction presented in Pre-Algebra You will need to opt your child in to the advanced class once they qualify Otherwise, student will remain in Pre-Algebra Pre-AP

124 District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders A C.I.S.D. sixth grade Gifted and Talented/Advanced math student who successfully passes the C.I.S.D. Placement for Pre-Algebra Pre-AP but does not pass the Algebra Readiness Test will be placed in Pre-Algebra Pre- AP

125 District Math Assignments for Incoming Seventh Graders Students currently in Advanced sixth grade math are completing much of the state seventh grade math instruction and the State of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for this level at this current time in sixth grade

126 Question What if I want my child in regular sixth grade math to bypass seventh grade math course and go from sixth grade regular math to Pre-Algebra Pre-AP in seventh grade in CISD and he/she did not demonstrate success on the placement examinations?

127 Option I –Enroll and successfully complete with a grade of 85 or higher the C.I.S.D. spring class offering of Seventh Grade Math for first time takers –Details will be available soon –Starts in April and runs through July –Class is the full course –Hybrid online and classroom instruction –Must meet summer school for acceleration attendance requirements –The class is dependent on enough students signing up for the course to make –Far and away the best option if you did not qualify and this is what you want them to do

128 Option II Enroll to take the Texas Tech Credit by Exam No seat time, just a one time test Must notify your childs counselor in advance you wish for your child to take this test for acceleration so that we can order the exam Information is available at the district website Students need to obtain a score of 90 or better on both parts A and B since the Texas Tech exam is being taken for acceleration There is a deadline

129 Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or High School Algebra Pre-AP in Seventh Grade May allow more flexibility in choice of level of science class in high school Much more rigorous

130 Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade First few weeks of Pre-Algebra Pre-AP are review of seventh grade math Around November the accelerated course takes off with rigorous state expectations It is not the same math course we took in junior high

131 Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-Algebra Pre-AP or Algebra Pre-AP in Seventh Grade Students are generally not successful in subsequent math courses if they skip a major core building block component of math knowledge by missing the seventh grade math course We all likely took seventh grade math at some point This missing information, in the form of the missing course, usually manifests itself in eighth grade in High School Algebra around November 1 st, and beyond

132 Advantages and Disadvantages of taking Pre-AP Pre-Algebra or Pre-AP Algebra in Seventh Grade In short, missing the seventh grade math course and the State of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills it covers can be like credit card debt It may take awhile for the debt to accrue and the pain to hit, but sooner or later, it may occur if you miss the course U.I.L. Eligibility is subject to all courses, including advanced math classes

133 How Does My Childs Math Placement affect the STAAR Exam for which he/she is responsible? 7 th Graders in pre-algebra pre-AP are responsible for taking the 8 th grade math STAAR examination 7 th graders in high school algebra are responsible for the STAAR high school end of course exams (EOCs) for that high school subject area The state-required high school algebra EOC exam by may count for 15 percent of the students total grade

134 High School Math Notes Students are required to take four years of math and science in high school For math, four high school courses can include high school math courses taken in junior high school At least three math courses must be taken on the high school campus beginning with Algebra 1

135 Considerations for High School G.P.A. If accelerating by taking high school courses in junior high, your grade point average in high school will be based on more difficult classes at TWHS

136 Considerations for High School G.P.A. The flip side is taking accelerated math courses in junior high will also allow you to have more opportunities in your schedule to take rigorous classes in high school which are weighted higher for G.P.A. (consider reviewing the district G.P.A. information for high school in the C.I.S.D. Program of Studies available at our website

137 Pre-AP Class Considerations No guarantee it will be easy No guarantee your child will make an A or B Not a guarantee they will pass Class the parent/guardian has chosen on the deadline will be the course the student is in for the year

138 Qualifying Students for Pre-AP Can choose to opt out of some or all before May 1st deadline at 4:00 p.m. –May want to pick and choose among strengths and interest –Normal recommendation is a maximum of two Pre-AP courses –Email your childs counselor to be taken out of a core Pre-AP class your for which your child may have qualified

139 Analogy Just because someone qualifies for a million dollar home does not always make it a great idea to purchase the house Qualifying for four Pre-AP core classes does not necessarily make it the best of idea to take them all

140 Student Success in Pre-AP Need to be a doer, and a thinker Just as in real-life Just as in the job place

141 Considerations When Choosing Level of LA, Social Studies, and Science class Where do you want them to be at the finish line (12 th grade)

142 Homework Considerations Time varies widely among students to complete assignments –Think about your workplace and how much range occurs for your coworkers to complete the same task Effectiveness of your childs study strategies Where the student completes homework matters most –Kitchen –Study –Away from electronics

143 Homework Considerations Any type of media or technology distraction makes a difference in delaying the time for successful student homework completion –TV –iPad –PDA Consider projects included in each class –We try to limit the number of projects and 8:45 p.m. emergency trips to the craft store you must make (I have been there and done that also)

144 Homework Considerations How much time is it going to take for your child to complete work outside of school for him/her to achieve the grade you want them to achieve in the course Consider activities outside of school –Dance –Gymnastics –Baseball –Equestrian –Swimming –Etc.

145 Homework TEKS State expectations are very different from when we were in junior high The nation and world job competition is very different from when we were young

146 Homework Much more extensive preparation required by the Texas Education Agency for students to be successful on the new STAAR exams required to be passed by students in order to advance to ninth grade –In your downtime it would be worthwhile to visit the T.E.A. website to see the example STAAR questions –You may be shocked Repetitions lead to understanding

147 Homework Relevant A limited amount of homework can be finished in Advisory

148 Homework There is homework in our regular classes, albeit considerably less than Pre-AP classes Will increase greatly in high school and college

149 Homework Scenarios Scenarios we see –Student who gets it done –Students who struggle to physically get the assignment from home to the classroom but did actually do the work at some point –Student who obsesses and needs to know when to say when and go to bed

150 Major Homework Point for Junior High and Beyond –Our society evaluates students, and us, on what we demonstrate that we know Just like your job place That is why schools still give grades and we are evaluated in the workplace –Turning and completing work has to be a top priority for students in junior high and into regular life, even if it is not perfect As a sidenote to this, the student will do well gradewise and actually learn the material if he/she does it and turns it in

151 Organizational Skills Assisting your son/daughter in developing organizational skills would be one of the best gifts you could ever give them –Better gift than an X Box 360, iPhone, or Dr. Dre Beats headphones Planners –Free –Check nightly –Designed to help

152 Organizational Skills Leading cause of parent conferences If students do not turn in their work, it is difficult to help them Reward system at home is a positive

153 Planner Provided by the P.T.O. Idea originated from site-based by parents for parents

154 Planner Parents view each night Teaches critical organizational skills Quizzes Ad Purchase?

155 High School Course Considerations Once you enter into these classes you are on an established track As a high school class, they are much more challenging It is not necessary to get your student on the fast track to get all the courses in the four years at TWHS

156 High School Course Considerations in Junior High Grades achieved do not figure in high school class rank or G.P.A.

157 Junior High Course Considerations All general ed classes, Level and Pre-AP, are college preparatory Most students taking Pre-AP courses just take two at the most

158 Choices Please make your decisions based on what is right for your child, not your friends child from Bunco or down the street

159 Choices The ultimate choice on which core course you wish your child to be in lies with you, as long as it is made before the final deadline on May 1st

160 Choices I would not advise letting grades from intermediate school be the only determining factor in my decision

161 Physical Education Requirements The State of Texas requires all students take P.E. for one year (2 semesters) in seventh grade Physical education is not considered one of a seventh grade students four elective choices as this course is a requirement

162 Physical Education Requirements Athletics may substitute for P.E. –Athletics substitutions include: Girls or Boys Basketball Girls Volleyball Girls or Boys Cross Country Girls/Boys Football Cheerleading Highland Girls Drill Team

163 Electives A Taste of Adventure

164 Very Important Documents Coming Home Course Request Sheets for Elective and Core Classes –Coming home through students at intermediate campuses –Extras are at Intermediate Campuses –Please read the asterisks, bullets, etc. –Writing in pencil is a good plan


166 Elective Request Sheet Please try to make the sheet as accurate as possible

167 Elective Request Sheet Have until the May 1st deadline to change Accuracy early would really help us out –Recruiting teachers –Job fairs –Etc

168 Elective Course Request Sheet Student needs to request four electives in seventh grade –Two electives in the fall –Two potentially different electives in the spring –All available seventh grade options as electives are listed on the Elective Course Request Sheet

169 Elective Course Request Sheet Two semester courses occupy two blanks Fine Arts classes (Band, Choir, or Orchestra) should be listed first if taken and should not be listed as an alternate selection as they are a serious commitment which last all year

170 Elective Course Request Sheet Need to choose a P.E class (two semesters required in seventh grade) –Choose initially on Elective Course Request Sheet either P.E., Football, or Cross Country –Other athletic endeavors which have tryouts would replace the P.E. selection should the student make the squad Classes will change from initial August schedule for most students if they are moved into an Athletics class


172 Elective Course Request Sheet Private P.E. –Private P.E. will be an option around mid-April when the district publishes the 2013-2014 list of approved Private P.E facilities –Students who want to take Private P.E. can indicate their choice on the sheet They will not be in Private P.E. until they have successfully completed and turned in all required forms with signatures prior to the May 1 st deadline. –Private P.E Application forms for students will then, in mid-April, be online at our district website –We will link to the Private P.E. list of facilities and the application form at the front page of our website

173 The Elective Course Registration Process Our administration and counselors will sit down individually at the intermediate campuses with each incoming seventh grade student to discuss his/her elective requests

174 The Elective Course Registration Process We will review the Elective Request Sheet with the child for accuracy Answer any questions the student may have

175 The Elective Course Registration Process The request will be entered into our computer system with the student at each intermediate campus

176 McCullough Informational Meetings with Students –MitchellJanuary 25 –DeretchinJanuary 29 –Coulson ToughJanuary 30 –WilkersonJanuary 31 – All dates are tentative

177 The Elective Course Registration Entry Process with Students –WilkersonFebruary 19 –DeretchinFebruary 21 –Coulson ToughFebruary 22 –MitchellFebruary 26 – All dates tentative We will be on these campuses on the dates listed above to meet with students. If a student is absent, we will enter his/her requests based on sheets turned in to his/her intermediate teacher.

178 Information Coming Home Later in the spring Please check the Course Request sheet very closely to confirm these are the elective and core courses (LA, Math, and Social Studies) you want to request for your child next year This sheet will also indicate core courses which your child has been initially placed in based on testing

179 Elective Choices (7 th Grade) Art I Band (counts as 2 choices) Exploring Career Connections Career Portals: Computer Applications Career Portals: Human Services Career Portals: Technology Choir (counts as 2 choices) Exploring Languages Orchestra (counts as 2 choices) Teen Leadership Theater Arts

180 High School Elective Choices Available in Eighth Grade for CISD High School Health High School Communications High School Spanish I (taught over two semesters in eighth grade) High School Spanish II for Native Speakers (must qualify) Plus all the electives listed on the previous slide

181 Private P.E. Option for students engaged in 15 or more hours of individual Olympic-type athletic instruction outside of the school day –Team sports, such as baseball, are not a part of Private P.E. for the Texas Education Agency –Most do golf, swimming, tennis, and equestrian –Replaces regular physical education on the schedule –Leave at 2:50 p.m. on both red and green days

182 Private P.E. The facility you wish for your child to attend must be an approved facility for 2013-2014 –If your facility is not on the list, I encourage you to contact the facility and have them to properly apply in a timely fashion before the district deadlines –The facilities can apply with C.I.S.D. between April 1 and April 15 –The facility must apply for membership

183 Private P.E. All completed and signed Private P.E. paperwork is due to the McCullough front office by Wednesday, May 1 st, at 4:00 p.m. Applications and all needed paperwork will be online at the district and McCullough website on April 16 th Applications must be original copies

184 Private P.E. Please make sure as a parent/guardian you are certain you can pick your child up every day at 2:50 p.m. and have a firm transportation plan for the entire year prior to requesting Private P.E. for your child

185 Private P.E. Approved students can change a facility only at semester Private P.E. is a commitment for both the fall and spring semesters –Schedules are created over the entire year Make sure you will like your facility and instructor for the long haul prior to submitting the application

186 Private P.E. Students who are not picked up daily at the designated time (2:50 p.m.) will be removed and placed into a physical education class Students will be in a fourth period class on campus from 2:26 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. The Texas Education Agency allows us to dismiss approved Private P.E. students one hour early each day (2:50 p.m)

187 Private P.E. Does not work with sports which have an athletic period such as cross country, volleyball, basketball, drill team, cheerleading, and football Texas students are not allowed by law to have two athletic or physical education classes in their schedules Students in Private P.E. can participate in school sports which are a club activity such as golf, tennis, track, and soccer which do not meet as an athletic class during the school day

188 Private P.E. If choosing this option, parents/guardians must be flexible on the pickup schedule as it will change periodically due to pep rallies, STAAR testing, semester exams, etc. Every three weeks the facility submits a grade and attendance report directly to the Counseling Center Grade forms are available in the Counseling Center and at our website

189 Private P.E. A seventh grade student in Private P.E. will still receive two elective choices (one class per semester) The aspiring Private P.E. student should still make all of his/her elective requests on the Course Request Sheet

190 Level 2 Private P.E. Level 2 Private P.E. is for students who attend five hours or more weekly of physical education activity at an approved facility These students do not leave early each day and would not be in regular physical education

191 Level 2 Private P.E. They receive two additional classroom courses above and beyond For participation in this program, the student must be in band, choir, or orchestra so that space is available for the extra classes to be accommodated in the student schedule in lieu of them being in the physical education classroom

192 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders All seventh grade students will take four electives

193 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Band, Choir, or Orchestra, each take up two elective slots (class lasts entire year) Two blanks on elective course request sheet Fine Arts

194 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Example A: Student takes Choir (2 choices), Careers, and Exploring Technology = 4 classes

195 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Example B: Student takes Choir (2 choices) and Band (2 choices) = 4 classes Yes, you can take two fine arts classes

196 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Example C: Student takes Athletics (does not count since it replaces P.E.), Exploring Technology, Careers, Exploring Computer Applications, and Exploring Languages = 4 classes

197 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Example D: Student takes Athletics (replaces P.E.), Band (2 classes), Teen Leadership, and Exploring Computer Applications

198 Number of Elective Requests for Seventh Graders Example E: Student takes Athletics, Band (2 choices), and Orchestra (2 choices)

199 Elective Requests Please note that during the spring you will receive information on elective choices for your child Please note that these sheets will indicate your childs request, not an assignment to that class Eighth grade student requests will be filled first

200 Elective Requests Students will include regular and alternate requests It is possible a student may receive an elective in seventh grade he/she did not request to complete his/her schedule By the time a student completes eighth grade at McCullough, it is highly likely your student will have been enrolled in any particular elective class he/she would like to take

201 The Schedule (No fine arts or athletics) P.E. is included in schedule, not counting as an elective choice since a full year is required in seventh grade.

202 The Schedule (Athletic Schedule) Athletics simply replaces required P.E.

203 The Schedule (Band, Choir, or Orchestra) Please note Fine Arts electives last all year, and thus count as two selections each.

204 The Schedule (Student taking Choir and Orch) Many students take more than one fine arts course and they are encouraged to do so.

205 The Schedule (Student in Athletics and Band) Many students have this schedule. There are very few conflicts, and we work hard to resolve them when they do occur. If a student is unsure about which activity to participate in during high school, I encourage doing both.

206 Fine Arts and Athletics Can be involved in both Many are involved in a fine art and athletics Many are involved in two fine arts Encourage you to do more than one Very few, if any conflicts

207 Fine Arts and Athletics Fall under the C.I.S.D. secondary code of conduct Expectations are greater of the students as they represent the organization –Be wise about allowing your child to use Facebook or PDAs but especially if they represent an organization Understand in advance that classroom teachers will visit with sponsors/coaches regarding encouragement, concerns, and ways to help the child

208 Fine Arts and Athletics Learn invaluable life lessons which are difficult to teach anywhere else Not about the sport –About the: Teamwork Fellowship Friends Stories you embellish twenty years later

209 Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra Unlike other electives, if you sign up for a muscial fine art elective you are automatically enrolled Tryouts are held for placement which then determines your exact class period –Schedule would be built around this time block –Placements announced on schedule in August –Occupies two slots on request sheet as it runs all year

210 Signing up for Band, Choir, or Orchestra Encouraged to do multiple musical fine arts if you are interested Step up in commitment from intermediate campus Prepares students for participation in these activities at TWHS

211 Bands Concert IV Concert III Concert II Concert I Symphonic Wind Ensemble Commitment for the year

212 Percussion Class Year long class on percussion skills Course is for advanced percussionists who will have Percussion Class only the first semester and band the second semester

213 Percussion Class Prerequisite- Students must have played and participated school percussion at their intermediate campus Class is exploding (figuratively)- kids like to bang on things and get school credit for it!

214 Band May practice before or after school Big step up from the opportunity and responsibility aspects from elementary band programs

215 Band Sectionals Competitions Honor Band

216 Band Football games –McCullough –High School events Concerts Pep Rallies Spring contests Currently 422 students

217 For more information on band contact Ms. Meyer-Patterson

218 For more information on band contact Ms. Liebst

219 For more information on band contact Ms. Maher

220 Band Over a 200 students are in band and a combination of: –Athletics –Choir –Theatre –Drill Team –Other

221 Orchestra All students can participate in orchestra Five orchestras including Beginner, Philharmonic, Symphony, Concert, and Chamber

222 Orchestra Concert and Chamber orchestras have before and/or after school practices Need to purchase tuxedo shirts Commitment for the year

223 For more information on Orchestra contact Michelle Reinhardt –

224 Choir Most, but not all, practices are during the school day Some specialized activities such as region choir and preparation for solo contests occur before or after school

225 Choir All students can participate in choir Performs 4-5 concerts a year Good musical fine art to double with another Fine Art or Athletics as choir has far less outside of the regular school day requirements

226 Choir Purchase of a uniform is required Girls have Treble, Concert, Advanced Girls, Acappella, and Chamber Choirs Boys have the Boys Choir Mixed Choir –Composed of Boys and Mixed Choirs

227 Choir Students can audition for Solo and Ensemble Contests, Region Choir, and the spring Pop Concert Commitment for the year

228 For more information on choir contact Connie Horton

229 Fine Arts Commitment Band, choir, and orchestra commitments in junior high far exceed the expectations of elementary school organizations in these areas Make sure everyone is aware of what is expected for the year in band, choir, or orchestra before signing up on May 1 st The commitment made for these organizations is firm for the entire 2013-2014 school year –Websites gives give a good indication of expectations –A student who request these courses for 2013-2014 will have his/her schedule built around this course –Final class assignment announced at Student Orientation in August

230 Cheerleading Meets during the school day Replaces P.E. credit Practice does also occur after school Not an elective class (do not sign up on sheet)

231 Cheerleading Purchase of clothing Tryout process Need to be completely committed to the McCullough team if you plan to tryout

232 Cheerleading This programs entails a large commitment of time outside of school during the spring of this year, summer, and the regular school year Video located at a booth during Elective Information night will give you an idea of what athletic skills are involved in cheerleading.

233 Cheerleader Spring Tryout Information Tentative Dates February 4- Tryout Info Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in the Bock Auditorium (packets will be available for pick up at the meeting only) February 19 - Packets due to McCullough office by 4:00 p.m. March 5 - Tryout Clinic begins 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

234 Cheerleader Spring Tryout Information March 8- Tryouts approximately @ 4:30 p.m. March 9 - Results posted March 19 - New member info meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in the Commons LGI March 21st- Fitting at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons LGI All dates and times are subject to change.

235 Cheerleader Responsibilities Summer Camp Spring Practice after tryouts After school practices during the year Student Orientation Competitions

236 Cheerleader Responsibilities Commitment to the team and your teammates Cheer –Games –Pep Rallies –Parades –Open Houses –Others as needed

237 For more information on cheerleading contact Shelly Newitt

238 For more information on cheerleading contact Lindsay Nichols –

239 Color Guard Preparation for TWHS Color Guard and Winter Guard Most practices are inside Occasionally practices are outside Tryouts- try to keep everyone Everyone is generally starting from the same place- the beginning Competitive

240 Color Guard Limited practices through the end of football season Ramp up practices beginning in December for performance season in January Performance season is from January until April May perform live toward the end of basketball season

241 Color Guard Sponsor Kellie Martin

242 Highland Girls –Requires significant time before and after school –Practice times are subject to change –Contests are on weekends –Meets as a class during the school day and practices also outside of the regular day –Do not sign up for on elective request sheet –Receive P.E. credit

243 Highland Girls –Runs all year –Practice times do vary –Serious dance troop –Preparation for TWHS Highsteppers –Discipline Need to be able to take direction and enjoy being part of a team

244 Highland Girls Highland Girl Spring Tryout Information tentative dates: 3/19 - Tryout information meeting 3/28- Tryout packets due 4/1- Tryout clinic begins 4/13 - Team tryouts 4/14 - Results posted All dates and times are subject to change.

245 Highland Girl Commitments Include Practice Performances Parades Football Games Playoff Games Basketball Games Pep Rallies Competitions

246 For more information on Highland Girls contact Ms. Talley

247 Athletics

248 Schoolwork Responsibilities All fine arts students, athletes, and any other student involved in a school organization is responsible for schoolwork, homework, and tests the day after an event

249 State Eligibility for Participation in Fine Arts, Athletics, and Organizations No classes are exempt in junior high from U.I.L. Eligibility Pre-AP and high school courses all count for eligibility to participate –Consider this when choosing your childs schedule

250 7 th Grade Athletics Birth Certificate Commitment for the year Replaces P.E.

251 Elective Night Presentations On Athletics in the Bock Auditorium February 12th Girls Presentation 6:00 p.m. Boys Presentation 6:35 p.m. Please give us an opportunity to have the girls parents/guardians exit before boys parents enter

252 Athletics Competitive interschool UIL State of Texas competition Play to win Has been very successful

253 Physicals Has to be dated after April 15, 2013 or later to be good for next year Please note that doctors do not have many slots open in the summer for physicals

254 What Sports Can I Play Fall Sports –Girls Cross Country –Boys Cross Country –Boys/Girls Football –Volleyball Winter Sports –Girls Basketball –Boys Basketball Early spring –Boys Club Track –Girls Club Track Late spring –Club Soccer –Club Tennis –Club Golf One season of sports ends before the next groups of seasons begins

255 What Sports Can I Play Fall Sports –Girls Cross Country –Boys Cross Country –Boys/Girls Football –Volleyball Winter Sports –Girls Basketball –Boys Basketball Early spring –Boys Club Track –Girls Club Track Late spring –Club Soccer –Club Tennis –Club Golf For example: Many athletes who play basketball also play volleyball, cross country, or football

256 Cross Country Season is in the fall Student remains in cross country throughout the year Most meets (6) are on Friday evening

257 Cross Country P.E. Substitute Sign up for class on elective request sheet

258 Cross Country Serious running and commitment is required

259 Cross Country Runs in the Houston heat and humidity from the second day of school Summer preparation is critical

260 Cross Country Athletes normally run 15-30 miles a week with the class These athletes may run more outside of the school day on their own

261 Cross Country Competitive Four district championships this year 300 plus students

262 Cross Country If your student is not positive he/she wants to make the year long commitment to this endeavor, have him/her sign up for regular physical education and he/she can run before or after school with the team The student would need to make an arrangement with the cross country coaches and run before or after school with the team –This student could later choose to run cross country in eighth grade if he/she wanted

263 Cross Country It is critical that the student, and not just mom/dad/guardian, wants to take on this endeavor

264 Coach Collins Girls Cross Country Contact at

265 Coach Cantu Boys Cross Country Contact at

266 Cross Country Class Will remain in the cross country class once the competitive season is over Year-long commitment Replaces P.E. credit

267 Cross Country Required that students participate and dress out on a daily basis Would not join just because your friend is in the class Be sure this is what your child wants to do before you make this selection which is a commitment for the school year

268 Cross Country Frequently Asked Questions Answered To be in the classroom portion of Cross Country, a student needs to be able to run one mile in less than 10 minutes –Meets start races approximately every 20 minutes due to a limited amount of daylight

269 Cross Country Frequently Asked Questions Answered For perspective, the winning boys time is generally around 11 minutes for two miles and the girls slightly under 12 minutes for two miles Students optimally need to train rigorously in the summer and become acclimatized to the heat and humidity prior to school beginning

270 Volleyball Tryouts are the first week of school If students make the team, their schedule will change

271 Volleyball Meets as an athletics class during the school day Must attend all three days of tryouts

272 Volleyball After volleyball is over, athletes will remain in the volleyball class where they will continue to work on skills, condition, and lift weights Students wishing to play volleyball should initially sign up for physical education

273 Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball Will replace physical education and students will be in athletics throughout the school year if they make the offseason class

274 Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball Tryouts are during the school day for the off- season basketball class. A student who does not make the offseason basketball class will be in a physical education class which occurs at the same time.

275 Girls and Boys Offseason Basketball Students will tryout for the basketball team in November at the conclusion of the volleyball/football seasons. Students can tryout for the basketball team whether they made the basketball offseason class or not.

276 Girls and Boys Basketball Teams Commitment for the year Student will go through offseason at the conclusion of basketball competition season

277 Boys and Girls Football Equipment handed out in August If a student cannot attend on this date, he/she will receive equipment the first week of school

278 Boys and Girls Football Hard Work 577 athletes this year Houston hot and humid Over a quarter of campus population plays football August

279 Boys and Girls Football Boy/Girl needs to want to play, not just the parent/guardian Sign up for yearlong commitment on elective request sheet –Replaces P.E.

280 Boys and Girls Football Doors open for athletes at 6:30 a.m. in the morning Athletes must be dressed and on the field at 7:00 a.m. Practice starts the second day of school

281 Boys and Girls Football Once games have begun, students normally do not come in early on Mondays (day of most games) and Tuesdays (morning after most games)

282 Boys and Girls Football A lot of work, especially the first two weeks of school Becomes much easier for everyone once the games begin and athletes come in early only three days a week Need to remind your child of this once practices begin in August Child and parent need to understand this in advance

283 Fall Athletic Class Morning Car Line Drop Off (6:30-7:00) Please understand in advance that there will be days in the fall when drop off is occurring simultaneously for volleyball, football, and Highland Girls. On these days traffic will be much heavier. Please be patient, stay in the car line, pull up as far as possible, do not ask your student to walk across traffic, and refrain from using your phone in the lot during this time.

284 Club Sports Fun opportunities we provide Do not replace physical education credit These activities supplement other organizations of which your child may be involved

285 Club Sports Students who chose to be in Private P.E. can participate in these sports Please do not plan your childs entire year around these club sports as they have brief seasons

286 Boys and Girls Club Track Begins in January Club sport Everyone makes the team Tryouts occur within the team each week for the opportunity to participate in the meets Practice –Boys- morning –Girls- afternoon

287 Boys and Girls Club Track No tryouts Try to take as many to meets as we can We are limited by rules on how many athletes we can take to each meet Student does not need to be in athletics class to participate in track and field Practice does not occur during an athletics class

288 Boys and Girls Club Golf Spring sport Tryouts No formal team practice For more information contact Coach Lilley at

289 Boys and Girls Club Tennis Spring sport Tryouts Meets before and after school Play home matches at McCullough and Creekwood Park For more information contact Coach Wildman at

290 Boys and Girls Club Soccer Club sport after track Most soccer players participate in track and field Complete information is available at our website Coach Redmon-Boys Coach Brown - Girls

291 General Questions Regarding Athletics Please contact Lance Skinner –Girls and Boys Athletic Coordinator –

292 People to Help if You Have Questions The following slides contain pictures of: –Counselors –Administrators –Department Heads These individuals will be located in the Cafeteria (Commons) on your way out if you have questions

293 P.TO. Gear P.T.O. gear will also be available in the Commons (Cafeteria) on the way out –Hoodies –T-shirts –Car decals –Bags

294 Jerry Horan Assistant Principal 2013- 2014 Seventh Grade A-K Located in A100 Administrative Duties Textbooks

295 Wes Henson Assistant Principal 2013-2014 Seventh Grade L-Z Located in A100 504

296 Steve Skidmore Assistant Principal 2013-2014 Eighth Grade A-K Located in A101 Scheduling

297 Shannon York Assistant Principal 2013- 2014 Eighth Grade L-Z Located in A101 Technology

298 Counselors

299 Marti Meerscheidt 2013-2014 Seventh Grade Grade A-K

300 Steve Jessen 2013-2014 Seventh Grade L-Z

301 Lindsay Hollomon 2013-2014 Eighth Grade A-K

302 Jana Shriver 2012-2013 Eighth Grade L-Z

303 Tanya Gorka Math Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding math

304 Language Arts Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding language arts Jeff Murrin

305 April Phillips Social Studies Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding social studies

306 Charles Roberts Special Education Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding special education

307 Lynne Archer Special Education Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding special education

308 Janene Fowler Science Department Head Please see at the conclusion of our presentation if you have questions regarding science Will have some example science fair boards

309 Questions Department Heads –Questions about Math, LA, Texas History, Science Counselors –Program questions Administrators –General Rev 1/22/13

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