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WELCOME to Algonac High School JUNIOR PARENT PRESENTATION Mrs. Nicole Coss Freshman & Junior Students (810) 794-4911 ext. 1281 ncoss@algonac.k12.mi.us Mrs. Karen Blair Sophomore & Senior Students (810) 794-4911 ext. 1282 kblair@algonac.k12.mi.us To Contact the Counselors

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welcome to algonac high school junior parent presentation


Algonac High School


to contact the counselors
Mrs. Nicole Coss

Freshman & Junior Students

(810) 794-4911 ext. 1281


Mrs. Karen Blair

Sophomore & Senior Students

(810) 794-4911 ext. 1282


To Contact the Counselors
visit the ahs counseling center website

Visit the AHS Counseling Center Website

Go to the ACS website at www.algonac.k12.mi.us

Click on the High School

Click on the Counseling Center

counseling services
Crisis Intervention

Academic Issues

504 plan Facilitators

Credit Checks/ Graduation Audits

Scheduling of Students

Peer Mediation

Career Counseling

TEC Placement

College Applications

Financial Aide help

Local/National Scholarship Coordinators

Military Liasions

And much more!

Counseling Services
ahs counseling center website
AHS Counseling Center Website
  • ACT/SAT Information
  • College and Financial Aid Information
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Contact Information on Counseling Agencies in our Community
  • All public and private colleges and universities in Michigan
  • Transfer guides
  • Much more …
counseling center weekly newsletter
Counseling Center Weekly Newsletter
  • The Counseling Center publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter that contains scholarship notices, internship/job opportunities, college open houses, etc.
  • To sign up, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Nicole Coss – ncoss@algonac.k12.mi.us
parent connect
  • Parents may view all student data online at at http://access.sccresa.org
  • Up-to-date attendance information.
  • Current grades and missing assignments
  • Classroom announcements and more!
  • Get information on username and password from the AHS Main Office
graduation requirements class of 2010 and beyond
Class of 2010 and beyond …

23.5 Overall Credits

4 English credits

4 Math Credits

4 Science Credits (unless they pass the MME)

3 Social Studies Credits

1 Health/PE Credit

1 Visual, Performing, Applied Arts Credit

6.5 Elective credits

Graduation Requirements Class of 2010 and Beyond
additional credits
Additional Credits
  • Extra-Curricular Activities

(.25 Credit Each)

  • All Sports
  • Student Council
  • Quiz Bowl
credit recovery
Credit Recovery

Algonac Community Schools Credit Recovery

  • Meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at Algonac High School.
  • Classes are taken through the E 20/20 platform. This platform enables our students to complete classes at their own pace.
  • Students can start up another class as soon as they have finished one.
  • Classes cost $150.00 for .5 credit
grade level status
Grade Level Status
  • Students are only promoted to the next grade level when they have attained the required number of credits.
credits required for sophomore junior and senior status
Credits Required for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Status

üSophomore Status – 5 credits

  • (to be on track - no credit recovery 5.5)

üJunior Status – 11 credits

  • (to be on track – no credit recovery 11.5)

üSenior Status – 16.5 credits

  • (to be on track – no credit recovery 17.5)
  • Attending school on a regular basis is a key element to success in high school.Research shows that there is a direct relationship between good attendance and classroom success.
  • AHS allows for nine (9) absences a semester.
  • Any student exceeding nine (9) absences is placed on attendance contract and may lose credit.
  • Once on contract, if the student misses any additional days that are “unexcused” the student will lose credit.
  • Students who are on attendance contract may only earn credit “G” in class. They forfeit the letter grade. Credit is granted if the student doesn’t violate the attendance contract for the remainder of the semester. If the student does violate the attendance contract no credit or an “H” will appear on the high school transcript.
ahs ranking system
AHS Ranking System

Beginning with the class of 2007,

AHS put in place a new ranking system:

  • Suma Cum Laude: 4.0 – 3.67
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.66 – 3.3
  • Cum Laude: 3.29 – 3.0
  • Ten (10)Summa Cum Laude speakers will be selected to compete for the opportunity to speak at graduation. The rubric is as follows:

1. Overall Grade Point Average

2. ACT Score

3. Class Selection Rigor

  • These ten candidates will be invited to audition in front of a selection committee if they wish to be one of three speakers at graduation.
testing out
Testing Out
  • Students may elect to test out of any course except for Federal Government, Physical Education, Health, and AP Courses.
  • Applications are available in the Spring
  • Students must receive a 78% or better on all required course work and the exam.
  • Students will receive elective credit for the classes that they successfully test out of and will be able to move on to the next course in that subject area.
distance learning
Courses are taught by an off-site instructor

German I and II – Port Huron High School

Lessons are taught/watched LIVE via the TV from a satellite

Assignments are delivered and turned in via fax or mail

Distance Learning classes are designed for independent, high motivated students

Classes are year-long therefore students are only allowed to drop at semester.

Distance Learning
advanced placement ap courses
AHS offers 6 courses:

AP History

AP Biology

AP English

AP Statistics

AP Calculus

AP Psychology

Courses follow a rigorous nationally recognized curriculum which prepares them to take the subject area AP test.

Students will receive college credit if they receive a qualifying score on the AP exam.

Colleges and Universities want to see AP classes on their applicants transcripts.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
advanced placement ap courses18
AP grades are not weighted any differently when figured into a student’s cumulative GPA. However in AP courses, an 85% is the cutoff for an A-, and the grade scale goes down from there.

AP Grade Scale

100% - 85% = A

84% - 75% = B

74% - 65% = C

64% - 55% = D

54% or lower = E

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
more on ap classes
More on AP Classes
  • AP History is offered in 10th grade – there is no prerequisite.
  • AP Biology – prerequisite is successful completion of Biology I & II.
  • AP English – must have taken College Composition and to take College Composition, must have taken a literature class.
  • AP Statistics may be taken concurrently with Core IV with instructor approval – Ms. Burns.
  • AP Calculus – prerequisite successful completion of Core IV.
  • AP Psychology – no prerequisite (junior/senior class)
dual enrollment

Allows for students to attend college courses

while enrolled in high school.


  • Student must have taken and passed all sections of the MME.
  • Must have taken and passed highest level of course offered at high school.
  • Must be on track to graduate.
michigan promise scholarship
The Michigan Promise Scholarship provides up to $4,000 to high school graduates for post secondary schooling.

All students who take the MME qualify for the $4,000.

Those who earn qualifying scores prior to graduating are deemed – EPAW (Early Promise Scholarship Winners).

Michigan Promise Scholarship
epaw early promise scholarship winners
EPAW – Early Promise Scholarship Winners
  • Students who receive qualifying scores (Level II or above) in each of the required components on the test are eligible to receive up to half of their scholarship in the first two years.
  • Installments of $1,000 in the first year and $1,000 in the second year of enrollment). The other $2,000 is paid out after student has successfully, with a 2.5 GPA, completed two years of post secondary schooling.
promise scholarship receipents
Promise Scholarship Receipents
  • Those who DO NOT earn qualifying scores prior to graduating will still be eligible for $4,000 for post secondary schooling.
  • They will be paid out the award after they successfully complete two years of school, maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • For more information visit the Michigan Department of Education website at http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid
mme test dates for juniors
MME Test Dates for Juniors
  • Act Plus Writing will be given March 10, 2009
  • ACT Work Keys (Applied Math, Reading for Information and Michigan Math Components) – March 11, 2009
  • Michigan Science and Social Studies Components- March 12, 2009
When is it? What’s the cost?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cost is $13.00

8:00 am until 12:00 pm

Registration deadline is September 24 , 2008. Checks need to be made out to AHS and turned into the counseling center.

Why take it???

It is the national qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Competition

Practice for SAT Reasoning Test

Get feedback about critical academic skills

Seek information from colleges

Start the college planning process


The PSAT Measures:

  • critical reading skills
  • math problem-solving skills
  • writing skills

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
college visits
College Visits
  • Junior students may attend two in-house (AHS) college presentations. If a student would like to attend more, they must be pre-approved by his/her counselor.
  • Students NEED to visit campus during the summer between their junior and senior year. To arrange a campus visit, go to that college’s website and sign-up.
college visitation on campus
College Visitation(On-Campus)
  • The counseling center hosts visits from many colleges in the State of Michigan.
  • Representatives from the respective college will set up a time during our school day to visit with any prospective applicant.
  • Juniors are allowed two (2) on-campus college visits. The absence will be marked as school business.
  • College visits are publicized in the daily announcements. Students can sign up in the counseling center.
ahs college visits
AHS College Visits
  • Northern Michigan University Sept 22 5th hr
  • Lake Superior State University Oct 2 5th hr
  • Sienna Heights University Oct 9 6th hr
  • University of Michigan Oct 17 2nd hr
  • University of Michigan – Flint Oct 28 2nd hr
  • Grand Valley State University Oct 17 3rd hr
  • Northwood University Sept 30 3rd hr
  • Central Michigan University Oct 2 2nd hr
  • University of Detroit – Mercy Oct 28 3rd hr
  • Olivet College Nov 24 5th hr
  • Alma College Oct 16 5th hr
  • Kettering University Oct 21 5th hr
  • Oakland University Oct 29 2nd hr
fall 2008 junior year
Fall 2008 – Junior Year
  • Take the PSAT October 15, 2008. As a junior you will automatically entered into the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
  • Keep your grades up. Study every night. Stay organized. Use your planner.
  • Begin to look at colleges you are interested in attending. Attend college visits in the counseling center.
  • Attend College Open House on the campuses of colleges that you are interested in attending.
  • Keep notes on what you are finding.
  • Attend a College Fair.
winter 2009 junior year
Winter 2009 – Junior Year
  • Keep your grades up.
  • Get involved in extra curricular activities
  • Do volunteer work.
  • Continue to look at colleges and career options.
  • Get ready to take the MME in March 2009.
  • Look for scholarship information.
  • March 2009 – schedule classes for senior year.
  • Make sure you are selecting classes that will challenge you and that are rigorous.
spring 2009 junior year
Spring 2009 – Junior Year
  • Continue to work on your grades. Study for exams and do your best.
  • Meet with your counselor about course selections for senior year.
  • Continue to look at colleges and careers.
  • Visit campuses over the summer.
  • Take enrichment classes over the summer.
  • Look at getting a part-time job and continue to do volunteer work and to stay involved with extra-curricular activiteis.
  • Fall of Senior year – apply to colleges!
importance of rigorous senior year
Importance of Rigorous Senior Year
  • Does the rigor of the senior year matter?
  • Students without a rigorous senior schedule may limit or jeopardize chance of admission to many colleges and universities.
  • A rigorous senior year prepares the student for the freshmen year in college.
  • Most colleges & universities want to see courses in all four (4) core subject areas (English, math, science & social studies)
  • Colleges & universities look at the final transcript and in some situations that may rescind an offer to a student.
need help
Need Help?
  • Mrs. Coss and Mrs. Blair are always happy to help.
  • Students can see their counselor by requesting an appointment in the counseling center.
  • Parents feel free to call or email.
  • Thanks for coming.
the end
The End
  • Thanks for attending our third annual “Parent Night”
  • We hope you found the format interesting and informative.
  • Thanks again for coming!