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Maryville Junior High School. Academic Expectations and Data Results –Lisa McGinley General Information –Lisa McGinley Registration Process and Timeline –Kim Taylor Athletics and Eligibility –MJHS/MHS Summer School –Nate Lee Questions –Freshmen Faculty. Tonight’s Agenda.

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tonight s agenda

Academic Expectations and Data Results –Lisa McGinley

  • General Information –Lisa McGinley
  • Registration Process and Timeline –Kim Taylor
  • Athletics and Eligibility –MJHS/MHS
  • Summer School –Nate Lee
  • Questions –Freshmen Faculty
Tonight’s Agenda
academic performance
Academic Performance




Where are they?




How’d they get there?

The academic intensity of the student’s high school curriculum still counts more than anything else in relation to completing a bachelor’s degree.

Clifford Adelman

U.S. Department of Education

mhs class of 2013
MHS Class of 2013

36% graduated with at least 3 hours college credit


16% graduated with 12 or more hours of college credit


77% enrolled in postsecondary institution after graduation

THE BIGGER PICTUREThe Explore Test is one part of the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) from ACT
  • Explore (8th Grade)
  • Plan (10th Grade)
  • ACT (11th Grade)
format of epas
Format of EPAS
  • Four Subtests
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Reading
    • Science Reasoning
  • Common content and skills
  • Scales Relationship
epas scales relationship
















EPAS Scales Relationship


Score Report

what do your scores mean

What do Your Scores Mean?

Composite Score 15

2013 14 8 th graders hs plans
2013-14 8th Graders - HS Plans

College (Apprentice, Career Technical, 2-yr and 4-yr Colleges and Graduate School)

act college readiness benchmarks

The Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses.

ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
college readiness benchmarks
College Readiness Benchmarks

College Course




English Composition

18 15 13

College Algebra

22 19 17

College Social Sciences

2218 16

College Biology

2320 18

high school assessments1
High School Assessments
  • TCAP End of Course Tests
    • Count as 25% of course grade
    • 9th - English 1, Biology 1, Algebra 1
    • 10th - English 2, Chemistry
    • 11th - English 3, Algebra 2, U.S. History
  • ACT
    • 10th – PLAN
    • 11th – ACT
  • TCAP Writing (11th)
freshmen specifics

Freshmen Specifics

Lisa McGinley, Principal

we need your help

Trust Us

  • Parental Support
  • Number 1 Priority Academic Study
  • Open Communication (Student/Teacher/Parent)
  • Increased Student Ownership of Academic Performance
  • Development of Student Self-Advocacy Skills
We Need Your Help
elective focus areas

Fine Arts

  • Humanities
  • Math and Science
  • Advanced Placement
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Exercise/Safety
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Architecture Construction
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Media/Communications
  • Human Services
  • Law Enforcement
Elective Focus Areas
9 th grade credits

Opportunity to earn 8 credits

  • Classes worth 1 credit
  • Twenty-eight (28) credits required for graduation
  • Courses failed = no credit, must be retaken if required for graduation
  • Must meet both academic and attendance requirements to earn a course credit
9th Grade Credits
unit of credit

Credit for each course taught at MJHS/MHS is based on the Carnegie Unit.

  • One unit is earned for the successful completion of one term of study in one course.
  • One-half unit is earned for the successful completion of one semester of study in one course.
  • A term at MJHS is one academic year (2 semesters) and is eighteen weeks in length at MHS.
  • A semester at MJHS is eighteen weeks (2 quarters) and a semester is nine weeks in length at MHS.
  • Exceptions include classes on an A/B schedule.

MJHS uses letter grades (A, B, C, D, F, P) to report student progress. Plus/minus may be added to the letter grade as an incentive/warning. The plus/minus will appear on the student’s record, but will have no quality point value when computing the GPA.

  • Grades reflect the level of mastery on course specific curriculum standards.

To calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA) add up all of the quality points for the courses taken and divide by the total number of credits that have been earned.

Q1(37.5%) + Q2(37.5) + Sem. Ex (25%) = S1 S1(50%)+S2(50%)=Final Grade

Q3(37.5%) + Q4(37.5%) + TCAP or Course Exam (25%) = S2

required assessments

First (1st) Semester Exams will compose 25% of first semester average

  • As per the State of Tennessee, state issued End-of-Course (EOC) exams will compose 25% of second semester average in the subject areas of English 1, Algebra 1, and Biology.
  • Courses without State Mandated assessments will issue course generated EOC exams that will compose 25% of the second semester average.
  • Course specific benchmark assessments will be given to assess student academic growth over the course of the school year.
school attendance

According to School Board Policy –to receive credit for passing any grade or course students must attend 90% of class time

  • Decreased flexibility regarding Prior Approvals
  • MJHS attendance policy requires students with excessive absences to complete time-for-time
School Attendance
academic study time

There is no perfect formula for determining the proper amount of academic study for each student. It is not unreasonable to expect a student to routinely have academic study each night and some weekends.

  • When completing projects, papers, and/or preparing for examinations; the amount of academic study may become significant for brief periods.
  • The time required for completion of academic study will vary with student ability, class schedule, and proper budgeting of time.
  • Students can expect to spend two hours each night of the five (5) day school week and on some weekends completing academic study.
  • Students enrolled in advanced classes may experience an increased academic study workload.
  • Due dates for academic work and deadlines and the issuance of partial credit for late work will be determined by the individual teacher, department, or instructional team
Academic Study Time
academic success suite

74 –minutes every other day or everyday

  • Required for students performing below grade level in reading and/or math
  • Read Intervention
  • Math Intervention
  • Study/Organization
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Response to Intervention and Standardized Progress Monitoring
  • Replaces 1 or 2 Electives
Academic Success Suite
special services

Comprehensive Development Class (CDC)

  • Organized Behavior Support Class
  • Full Inclusion with Support
  • ESL Courses
  • Bridge Courses
  • Tutoring
  • Organizational Skills Support
  • School Nurse
  • School Counselors
  • Maryville Academy
  • Academic Success Class
Special Services
registration timeline

Registration/Placement Information Send Home Feb. 14th

  • Registration/Placement Information Returned Feb. 24th
  • Registration Data Entry Begins March
  • Development of Master Schedule April
  • Schedules Generated and Attempts to Resolve Conflicts May
  • Schedules Mailed Home Prior to 1st Day of School
Registration Timeline
initial placement criteria

2012 -2013 ACT Projections (State Percentile)

  • EXPLORE (ACT) Assessment
  • Current Academic Performance
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Change of Placement Request
Initial Placement Criteria
freshmen course offerings


French 1 & 2

Latin 1 & 2

Spanish 1 & 2

Art 1

Drama 1 & 2

Band, Orchestra, Chorus

Introduction To Engineering Design


Family and Consumer Science

Leadership and Marketing

Construction Core

Physical Education

  • English -91 H, 92 CP, 93 CP, ESL
  • Algebra 1 -92 CP, 93 CP, 1A
  • Geometry -91 H, 92 CP
  • Biology -91 H, 92 CP
  • Environmental Sc. -93 CP
  • World History -91 H, 92 CP, ESL
  • AP Human Geography
  • Computer Apps –embedded
  • Wellness
  • Academic Success
Freshmen Course Offerings
change of schedule

The master schedule is made on the basis of student course requests received during the spring registration.

  • Normally, scheduling all student course requests is possible. Should unavoidable conflicts arise, students will be given an alternative requests.
  • Schedules will be adjusted within the first five (10) days of the fall semester for students who are misplaced in a course. A schedule change request form will be available in the school counseling office.
  • Changes in level can only take place prior to the end of the first quarter (1st 9 weeks) of the term through a collaborative process to include the student, parent and teacher.
  • After that time, level changes will only take place through a collaborative process with administrative approval following a student/parent/teacher/school counselor conference with or without administrative presence at a minimum.
Change of Schedule
sample freshmen schedule

1st Period (English)

  • 2nd Period (Math)
  • 3rd Period (Wellness//Social Studies)
  • 3rd Period Lunch (30 minutes)
  • 4th Period (Science)
  • 5th Period (Elective/Elective) or (Elective/Academic Success) or (Academic Success/Academic Success)
Sample Freshmen Schedule
freshmen athletics tssaa


  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Cross-country
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Tennis
  • Cheerleading
Freshmen Athletics TSSAA
spring try outs

Announced via Daily Announcements

  • Announced in Wellness Classes
  • Announced via Athletic Coaches
  • Announced via MJHS/MHS Websites
Spring Try-Outs
academic competitions

Energy Bowl Teams

  • Math Bowl Teams
  • Science Fair
  • Science Olympiad
  • Geography Bee
  • Patriots Pen Essay Contest
  • Spelling Bee
  • NCTE Writing and Poetry Contests
  • Health and Safety Poster Contests
  • Robotics (STEM) Competitions
Academic Competitions

Anime Club

  • Art Club
  • Archery Club
  • Bass Club
  • Climbing Team
  • Equestrian Club
  • Frisbee Club
  • Math Competitions
  • Running Club
  • Science Olympiad/Competitions
  • Student Council
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Robotics
  • Rowing Team
  • Cornerstone Club
2014 summer school
Wellness (H.S. Credit)

Opens up schedule for more elective opportunities

Promotion/Credit Recovery

Location MJHS Campus

May Registration

2014 Summer School
pac mission statement

The purpose of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is to be a support organization to Maryville Junior High School faculty, staff, and families by providing feedback, assistance and opportunities that will contribute to the success of every student

PAC Mission Statement
pac goals

Parent to parent communication and education: bridging the gap between school and families regarding news, updates, and events.

  • To create a consistent protocol for reaching out to new families at MJHS in the form of a Welcome Wagon.
  • Identify community assets and ways to foster a two-way alliance that translates into enrichment and mentoring opportunities inside the classroom.
  • To create and maintain a volunteer resource list.
  • To fund and operate a budget to perpetuate PAC goals and to provide above and beyond experiences for the student body.
PAC Goals
parent advisory council pac

Four Elected 8th Grade Parents

  • Four Elected 9th Grade Parents
  • 2 At-large Members (Flexible)
  • One 8th Grade Teacher
  • Once 9th Grade Teacher
  • Parent Liaison
  • Administrative Team
  • Open Meetings are held monthly at 12:00 (noon)
  • PAC Website
  • Brochure
  • Involvement Opportunities
Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
parent volunteer opportunities


  • Career Fair
  • Appreciation
  • Library
  • Book Fair
  • Art
  • STEM/Engineering
  • Open House
  • Field Days/Field Trips
  • Science Fair
  • Science Olympiad
  • Fundraising
  • East TN Band Tryouts
  • School Dances
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Spur of the Moment
  • Box Tops for Education
  • Music Boosters (Encore)
  • Technology
  • Drama
  • Cafeteria Monitoring
  • Guest Speaker
  • New Family Welcome Wagon
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
stay connected now

MJHS Daily Announcements

  • Set-up Planet High School Account (Set-up your custom page to follow your child’s classes, clubs, and teams)
  • Keep contact number and e-mail address current with the school office to receive School Messenger calls and e-mails from MJHS and MCS
  • MJHS Website
  • MJHS Information Handout
  • Review 4-year Plan Handout
  • Grades Online (monitor at least every two weeks)
  • Attend MJHS/MHS Events
  • Volunteer in school
Stay Connected Now