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What Freshmen Need To Know. Mrs. Wilson-Thompson Fall 2013. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmVOZ8WJKp4. High School Academics can be scary…. Come to school Try your best Do your homework Get to know your teachers Ask for help Zeros kill your grade. The Basics. 24 credits

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What freshmen need to know

What Freshmen Need To Know

Mrs. Wilson-Thompson

Fall 2013


High school academics can be scary

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmVOZ8WJKp4

High School Academics can be scary…


The basics

  • Come to school

  • Try your best

  • Do your homework

  • Get to know your teachers

  • Ask for help

  • Zeros kill your grade

The Basics


Credits registration is in the spring

  • 24 credits

  • 1 semester class=.5 credit

  • 1 year class=1 credit

  • Taking 8 classes and pass them all, you will end freshmen year with 8 credits!

  • You need a “D” or 60% to pass

  • No social promotion

CreditsRegistration is in the spring


What classes do i need to graduate

  • 4 Years of English

  • 3 Years of Math

  • 2 Years of Health Enhancement

  • Earth Science (During 9th grade)

  • Biology (During 10th grade)

What classes do I Need To Graduate?


What freshmen need to know

  • 1 Credit Fine Arts

    • Choir, Band, Introduction to Art, Drama…

  • 1 Credit Career and Technical Education

    • Ag Ed, Welding, Culinary, Personal Finance…

  • American History (11th grade)

  • U.S. Government

  • .5 Credit additional Social Studies

    • Native American Studies, Geography, History…

  • 9.5 of Your choice!

    • You should gain experience in what you like and what would help you in the future


If you are considering college

  • 2 of more years of Foreign Language

    • French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic

  • Global Studies Course

    • World History, Geography, Global Issues Seminar, etc.

  • Honors classes

  • The highest level of math you can progress to

If you are considering college…


Rigorous core classes

  • Rigorous Core

    • Prepare you best for college

    • Required for MUS Honor Scholarships

Rigorous Core Classes


For the health science academy

  • Core Course must be HSA specific

  • Principles of Biomedical Science (9th grade)

  • Human Body Systems (10th grade)

    AND/OR

    Applied Vet Sciences (10th grade)

  • Medical Interventions (11th grade)

  • Biomedical Engineering (12th grade)

For the Health Science Academy:



You also need to have good grades

  • NCAA core courses definition

    • An academic course in one or a combination of these areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.

    • A four-year college preparatory course and a course at or above the high school's regular academic level, for example, an AP® class or outside college course.

  • http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf

You also need to have good grades


For life in general

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Volunteer work

  • Leadership

  • Good grades

  • Good attendance

  • Good behavior

  • Good letters of recommendation (good relationships with your teachers)

For life in general…


How does my g p a work

How does my G.P.A work?


Help i m overwhelmed

Help! I’m overwhelmed!


Study skills

Study Skills


Study skills1

  • Review your classwork nightly.

  • Find a way to organize your notes that makes sense to you.

  • Be engaged in class then when you are studying, you’ll get a lot more out of it.

  • Take care of your health...eat a good breakfast...get enough sleep

Study Skills


Other resources

Other Resources


Why graduate

  • Students who learn more, earn more:

  • You’re less likely to be unemployed:

  • You’ll open your mind to new things:By increasing your education, you open your mind to discover opportunities in your life you never knew existed.

  • College is suddenly within reach:Virtually all post-secondary institutions, colleges, and universities require a high school diploma or GED. A high school diploma can give you the chance to go to college.

  • You’ll feel better about yourself:Research shows that confidence and self-esteem are linked to your education level. Those with a high school diploma had a higher level of self-esteem than those that did not.

Why Graduate?



What freshmen need to know

  • Chances are you’ll get a better job:

  • You’re setting a positive example:The work you put into earning your diploma will speak volumes to your family, friends, and community.

  • You’ll increase your knowledge:Learning more about math, science, English, history, and other subjects will help expand your knowledge of the world around you.

  • It’s your time to shine:Other people have had their time for success. Now is your time.

  • You’ll contribute more to your community:As a high school graduate, you’ll contribute greater amounts to local, state and federal taxes than dropouts throughout your career. These contributions go to schools, roadways and public programs that help promote and develop safe communities.