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January 13, 2010
MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Valley View School District as an educational community is to develop a rigorous and relevant curriculum and a nurturing environment which will empower all students with the resources and abilities needed to:
become contributing members of our changing society
access and process information into useful lifelong learning skills
develop critical thinking and leadership skills and
promote responsible citizenship.
leads to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate and beyond
Relevance & rigor leading
To help focus on a career area that matches interests
To help set goals and discover classes
To create career awareness
To encourage planning for post-secondary education and opportunities
To provide knowledge that relates your high school education to the world after graduation
Research various career fields and complete designated career development activities
Example: building a career portfolio beginning in 9th grade
Counselors, parents and teachers can assist you
Complete the self-assessment in Career Cruising
This Pathway is designed to cultivate students’ awareness, interpretation,
application and production of visual, verbal and written work.
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you might consider a future in one
of the sample occupations listed below which are categorized by level of post-secondary training.
PATHWAY FOCUS AREAS
◊ Performing Arts (PA) ◊ Visual Arts (VA) ◊ Publishing Arts (PU)
*High Priority Occupations–Job categories that are in demand by employers,
have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.
This four-year plan of study should serve as a guide as you develop your
academic core requirements and electives.
All plans should meet VVHS graduation requirements.
Please Note: Before selecting any elective, be sure all prerequisites have been met.
Check the course description pages of this booklet for elective requirements.
Note: The recommended pathway electives are to be used as a guide.
Students may not repeat courses that they have passed and earned credit, except for the CTC and Band and Chorus.
Business Management (BM)
Marketing & Sales (MS)
Information technology (IT)
Pathway Option: Business, Management, and Administration
Construction & Architecture (CA)
Engineering & Engineering Technology (ET)
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL)
Law, Public Safety, & Government (LPG)
Counseling & Personal Care (CPC)
Hospitality & Tourism (HT)
Pathway Option: Health Science Mathematics
Enrollment in an elective subject
related to the pathway choice
Participation in career related activities
directly related to a career pathway in elective and required courses
Career focused graduation project
completed in the senior year
All relate to Student’s Pathway Choice:
Opportunities for shadowing
Presentations by speakers
Counselor directed career activities
High School GPA and Class Rank Mathematics
Prepare by taking PSAT
SAT – ACT
Co-curricular activities or work
Community ServiceWhat is Important?
MySpace - Internet Accounts
Colleges and universities along with future employers are checking internet sites before admitting students
Many schools now ask if you have ever been suspended or expelled. Most ask if you have had a drug or alcohol violation
Federal Financial Aid Form now asks if student has been convicted of a drug violation
Students need to take challenging courses
Need to balance:
Student Ability vs. Work Load
A “C” average will not get your child into a selective college today
More than ever are applying
It is hard to “fix” a low GPA
9th grade classes can come back to haunt you!
Biological & Physical Sciences
Math Score: 200 - 800
Critical Reading Score: 200 – 800
Writing: 200 – 800
Writing Sub scores
Multiple choice: 20-80
What is important to you?
Critical Math & Reading Scores only – Reported by The College Handbook
How Do You Get Ready? Mathematics
Help your child balance academics, co-curricular activities and social demands
Discuss career plans and goals
Use critical information to set a realistic path
Student’s strengths & interests
Students will take PSAT
Prepare for the SAT/ACT
Develop a career plan
Focus on broad career strands
Meet with your school counselor
Do I need a two/ four year program or certificate?
What schools offer the program?
What are the school’s requirements? Do I need the SAT or ACT? Am I taking the right classes?
Sophomore Year Mathematics
Continue to stress–Academics are Important!
Fall, take mandatory PSAT
Begin to look at college requirements
Narrow career/college choices & visit
Fall, take PSAT
SAT prep courses
Spring – take SAT (March, May or June) exam
Attend Post-Secondary Information Night (March 11, 2010),Valley View Career Fair (March 12, 2010), Northeast College Fair (April 26, 2010)
Focus on future course options