2014-2015 Registration Choosing Your Classes Planning for Graduation and Beyond
Credits and GPA • Semester classes = 0.5 credit • Full year classes = 1.0 credit • Students need 25 credits in order to graduate • If you don’t pass a class: • Don’t earn 0.5 credit • Might have to retake class • Summer school?! • Graduation might be delayed • GPA is computed: A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F=0 • GPA foundation starts first semester of 9th grade • Check transcript on Portal
High School Assessments • EOC’s (End of Course Exams) instead of MAP are specific course based and count as final exams (Algebra I/Geometry/English I/II, US History/Government, Biology) others may be added. • ASPIRE (College Readiness exam linked to ACT) provided to 10th graders. • PSAT/NMSQT (Pre-SAT and National Merit Scholarship Exam) available for fee for 10th/11th • ACT (College Entrance Exam) students register and pay online. Recommended begin junior year. • Compass (Placement exam for Community College/Tech School Courses) • AP (Advanced Placement) National course based exams. Fee based. College benefit or credit possible. All of this info can be found in more detail on website and are publicized prior to testing dates.
Graduation Requirements English 4 credits (including 1.0 credit of English III) Social Studies 3 credits (including US History, US Government, and 1.0 Social Studies Elective) Science 3 credits (including 1.0 Biology, 1.0 of a physical science, and 1.0 of a science elective) Math 3 credits Fine Arts 1 credit Practical Arts 1 credit Physical Ed. 1 credit Health 0.5 credit Personal Fin. 0.5 credit Electives 8 Career Path Elective Courses TOTAL 25 Credits
Graduating with Academic Honors • Timberland Graduation requirements PLUS: • Math– need a total of 4 credits (at/above Algebra I) • Additional Concentrated Core Electives – 3.0 credits of additional Math, Science, English, Social Studies, or Foreign Language • GPA of at least a 3.0 • ACT Score at or above 21 • 1 High School activity (club/sport) • Record of good citizenship
Graduating with Cum LaudeHonors • All three levels require first earning Academic Honors and a record of good citizenship (course guide pg. 7) Magna cum Laude • 3.75 minimum GPA • Two credits from qualifying courses • Three high school activities • ACT comp of 23 Cum Laude • 3. 5 minimum GPA • One credits from qualifying courses • Two high school activities • ACT comp of 22 Summa cum Laude • 4.0 minimum GPA • Three credits from qualifying courses • Four high school activities • ACT comp of 24
Planning for Your Future • What are your plans after you graduate? • 4-year College or University • 2-year Community College • Trade or Technical College • Military • Employment • Take challenging classes that will prepare you for your chosen career • Keep track of your current grades, GPA and credits (Personal Plan of Study) • Complete the A+ Program • Join school activities (clubs and athletics) • Communicate, ask questions, volunteer, research What can you do to prepare for your goals?
A+ Program • Sign A+ Student Participation Agreement • Attend an A+ high school for 3 consecutive years prior to graduation • 2.5 cumulative non-weighted GPA • 95% cumulative attendance rate • Proficient score on Algebra I, II or Geometry EOC exam. • Maintain a record of good citizenship • 50 hours of unpaid supervised tutoring (25% may be preapproved job -shadowing) BENEFIT – currently Missouri is paying for two years of education at a Missouri community college or state supported technical school. Some 4 year universities are offering scholarship money for finishing the A+ Program.
College Admissions Requirements • Colleges and Universities each determine their own requirements for admission. • Course Planning guide (pg.8) • Make sure to check college websites for specific requirements. • What to look for: • * minimum ACT/SAT score * GPA / Class Rank * High School rigorand courses taken
Collegiate Sports • Colleges and Universities with sports programs which are designated as NCAA (Division I or Division II) or NAIA have eligibility requirements (Ex: GPA/ACT, core credits) • Communicate with your coach and your guidance counselor about making sure you maintain your eligibility. • http://eligibilitycenter.org to register, check eligible courses, etc • For more information, see Mrs. Stengel’s website • Page 12 in the Course Planning Guide
Picking your classes • Consider your Career Path (page 9) * Specific core courses and electives are designed for career exploration and college preparation * Use guides such as Missouri Connections Career Interest Inventory, Career Path Elective Chart www.missouriconnections.org • Consider your post-high school plans * Taking rigorous courses prepares students for the ACT test, and for college-level course work * Think ahead (Personal Plans of Study) to all 4 years * Whatever your plans are, you need to be eligible, be prepared and be competitive!!
Picking your classes • Course Guide • Graduation requirements (Page 6) • Honors/Cum Laude (Page 7) • Admissions requirements for universities (Page 8) • Career Paths/Clusters (Pages 9 & 10) • Personal Plan of Study (Page 11) • Weighted Courses (Page 15) • Course Planning Worksheet (Page 18) • Course descriptions and pre-requisites (Pages 19-59)
Picking your classes • Consider your teacher and counselor recommendations (and have a discussion with your parents) • Consider your overall schedule (number of AP, PLTW, weighted courses as well as demands outside of school) • Consider that there may not be an opportunity or the availability to change your schedule …choose wisely! • Consider your 4 year plan….think ahead to the advanced courses (page 11)
New Classes and Updates • Classes that are no longer offered: Analysis of Writing, PIC I and PIC II, College Board English and College Board Math • Name changes: Film Studies is now Film and Literature, Intro to Culinary Arts and Culinary Arts is now Foods I and Foods II. • New classes: Contemporary Literature (1 semester English elective), Chamber Choir (elite/audition), Biomedical Innovations (PLTW medical strand) • Oops: Investigations in Biochemistry was accidentally omitted in the course guide, AP Physics I is open to 10th-12th (read pre-reqs). Ask your science teacher regarding these courses.
Math Changes • College Algebra (new/1 sem/weighted/college credit) • Calculus (new/year/weighted) • Statistics (only 1 sem now) • AP Calculus BC (new/year/weighted) • Precalculus (was math analysis/year/weighted) • Discrete Math I/II (semesters/different) • Intro/Concepts now just called Geometry/Algebra II • Formal (Geometry/Algebra II) C or better in previous class • Honors (Geometry/Algebra II) B or better in previous class
Embracing Technology • All students will be registering online via student portal (if you do not have internet access, let us know). • Registration works on netbooks, chromebooks, laptops, desktops, iphones, etc. • Adjust the semester of courses that you need so they schedule in correct order (ex. Theater Arts I/II) • Counselors may make necessary adjustments to your requests after you have submitted them due to missing prerequisites, cancelled courses, missing graduation requirements, etc.
Dates, Deadlines, and Directions • 1/15 – 1/31 Student Portal is open/available • Follow the orange instruction sheet • Log into Student Portal/ Change year to 2014-2015 • Edit Requests/Find next year’s grade level drop down box • Add check marks/Adjust specific semester if applicable (ex: Theater Arts I (1stsem), Theater Arts II (2ndsem) • Make sure total equals7 creditsand save • Go to THS webpage/Click on 2014/2015 Alternates/complete GOOGLE Doc listing your alternate choices (must total 2 credits) • Why choose alternates? (not every schedule works perfectly)
Demonstration • Student Portal • Google Doc
Noteworthy • Summer School forms available end of January (online and at SMS) Session 1: June 9 – June 26 Session 2: July 7 – July 24 (Mon-Thurs/THS/7:30-12:30/No bus) • Adjust the semester of courses that must be taken in a specific order (ex. Theater Arts I (sem 1) and Theater Arts II (sem 2)) • Only 1 PE course per semester. (If you want weight training all year, you will need to add it twice and specify sem1/sem2 ) • If you will be a 12th grader and are interested in either: graduating early/being a Teacher Aide/or having a Release hour- you must still choose 7 full credits. • Don’t forget to complete the Google Doc with alternate courses • Actual schedules will be available in August. Directions and Info on THS Website
2014-2015 Here We Come!