Tips for Ensuring Your Child s Success in High School

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WELCOME Cypress Springs Class of 2014 Class of 2015. . Cypress Springs High School Principal: Barbara Weiman. 9th Grade10th GradeParent Orientation. Counselors. Coordinating Counselor Mary Blaschke(A-Ch) Betty McGinnis(Ci-Gom) Nina Williams (Gon-La) Anna Hill

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1. Tips for Ensuring Your Childs Success in High School 2011

2. WELCOME Cypress Springs Class of 2014 Class of 2015

3. Cypress Springs High School Principal: Barbara Weiman 9th Grade 10th Grade Parent Orientation

4. Counselors Coordinating Counselor Mary Blaschke (A-Ch) Betty McGinnis (Ci-Gom) Nina Williams (Gon-La) Anna Hill (Le-Os) Rhonda Schilling (Ot Se) Gloria Pickett (Sf-Z) Jessica Harris

5. Assistant Principals Associate Principal Linda Chacon Director of Instruction Anissa Kiener (A C) Sandra Cahee (D-Hern) Chris Love (Herr-Mi) Clay Smith (Mo-R) Mark Smith (S-Z) Virgil Maddox

6. Excessive Absences Lose credit after the 8th absence first semester Lose credit after the 9th absence second semester All Attendance concerns are handled by your students Assistant Principal

7. Graduation Requirements 26 Required Credits PACE (.5) or PACE PLUS (1) English (4) Math (4 Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, 1 additional) Science ( 4 Biology, Chem. I, Physics and an addtl science course) Min IPC, Biology or Biology, Chemistry, Physics Social Studies ( 3 - US History, World History, World Geography) Government (.5) Economics (.5) Health (.5) or Health Science Technology (1) PE (1.0) Foreign Language - Rec. (2 must be same language) Min. - None Speech-(Professional Communications) (.5) Fine Arts (1) Both Recommended and Minimum - 1 minimum Academic Elective(1) World Geography or Science Elective Electives (3) Recommended 3; Minimum 3.5-5.5

8. Core Courses Students should plan on taking the four core courses through their Senior year English Math Science Social Studies

9. End of Course Exams (EOC)for Class of 2015 Students enrolled in any of the following courses will need to take an EOC English I, II , III Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Biology, Chemistry, Physics World Geography, World History, US History

10. EOC Exams English III and Algebra II must be passed in order to graduate Students will accumulate the required points (TBA) EOC test scores will count as 15% of the course grade

11. Texas Legislature HB 3826 Added the requirement that students graduate under the Recommended High School Program in order to be admitted to a Texas four-year state college or university. Students graduating Recommended and in the top 10% of their class will automatically be accepted to a Texas public college or university. The University of Texas is the top 8%.

12. Sophomore Classification Standards One year of acceptable attendance Students must earn at least 5 credits, which should include English I and Algebra I

13. Junior Classification Standards Two years attendance 10 credits, including credit in English II, IPC or Biology and World History

14. PSAT Wednesday October 12th Juniors and seniors will pay $18.00 Practice for SAT Qualifier for National Merit Scholars Registration will be on-line from 9-12 until 9-30

15. PSAT / NMSQT Assess critical reading, math reasoning, and writing skills Get specific suggestions on improving academic skills Prepare for SAT- free personalized plan Enter National Merit competition

16. PSAT / NMSQT Request free information from colleges and universities Use College Quick Start for free college and career resources

17. PSAT Results Receive results after second semester begins English II teachers will review results with students then send results home

18. 10th Grade TAKS DATES ELA - March 7, 2012 Math - April 24, 2012 Science - April 26, 2012 Social Studies - April 27, 2012 Passing score is 2100 Commended score is 2400

19. 9th Grade STARR Dates STARR English I Writing - March 26, 2012 STARR English I Reading - March 27, 2012 End of Course Exam Window - May 7 - May 18

20. Grade Averaging Pass + Fail = Credit Fail + Pass and Average = 70+ = Full Credit

21. Career Readiness-Career Awareness Includes college, the military, and trade schools. Students need post secondary education/training to be financially independent.

22. Sharon Park College and Career Specialist at CySprings

23. Career Planning 9th Grade PGP Career Cruising 10th Grade PSAT/PLAN, Career Cruising, PGP 11th & 12th Grades ASVAB, College Night, PSAT, ACT, SAT, Career Cruising

24. Community Service Teaches students to give back to their community Important element of college entrance requirements Opportunities for special recognition and Scholarships with 100+ hours of documented service Special recognition for 50+ hours of documented service

25. Clubs and Organizations An opportunity to become involved with their school An essential element of college entrance requirements A way to exhibit leadership qualities and to foster camaraderie among students

26. Student/Parent/Teacher/School Communication Contact teacher Contact students counselor Students must sign up in Counselors office to see their Counselor If necessary, schedule conference Email is the most efficient way to contact teachers, counselors, and Aps. Check school website for additional information. Please add name to counselors email list.

27. Keep the school informed of changes in both your phone number and home address Ensure that you have access to Home Access Center (formerly PIV) & check both grades and attendance, including tardies once a week. Tips for Parents

28. More Tips Create a File for Your Student Report Cards EOC Results PSAT Scores SAT Scores ACT Scores Other School papers

29. Know the tutoring schedule for each of your childs teachers - Ensure that your child is attending appropriate tutorials - Know the schools Saturday tutorial schedule Monitor your childs homework Still, More Tips for Parents

31. Career Cruising College research tools Planning tools Scholarships & Financial Aid Career interest Build student profile\resume

32. Academic Help Sessions Saturday KEYS 8a.m. 12 Noon September 17th October 29th December 3rd February (TBA) March 24th May 5th

33. Academic Help Sessions EOC Blitz March 3rd 8 a.m.-11 a.m. English I April 28th Session I 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Session II Noon- 3 p.m. Algebra I, Geometry, Biology May 5th 8 a.m. 11 a.m. World Geography

34. Academic Help Academic Advisory will be held during the school day on Tues/Thurs. Tutoring is available after school (See Tutoring Schedule on Website) Late buses will be available for targeted students assigned to tutoring on Tues/Thurs at 4:15

35. Review the schools and districts website for important testing dates, including TAKS/EOC. Report card dates are also listed on each of these websites. Go to departments/guidance and counseling Resources

36. Important Date In September Open House September 13th 6:30 p.m.

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