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So you want to be a High-Schooler?. High School Counselor Mr. Hass. Scared Stiff or Can’t Wait?. By show of hands, who is ready? By show of hands, who is NOT! By show of hands, who isn’t sure?. Differences between M.S. and H.S. Courses tend to be more difficult Expectations are higher

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so you want to be a high schooler

So you want to be a High-Schooler?

High School Counselor

Mr. Hass

scared stiff or can t wait
Scared Stiff or Can’t Wait?
  • By show of hands, who is ready?
  • By show of hands, who is NOT!
  • By show of hands, who isn’t sure?
differences between m s and h s
Differences between M.S. and H.S.
  • Courses tend to be more difficult
  • Expectations are higher
  • Teachers expect you to be more responsible
  • Students need to be more accountable
  • More choices in terms of courses: requirements and electives
  • Less emphasis on homework and more on tests and quizzes
  • High School really counts…follows you forever
  • Ability to join numerous clubs and organizations…FFA, FBLA, etc.
  • Phy. Ed. meets everyday
  • Ability to leave early for work (11th-12th)
  • Ability to take online classes & distance learning
  • High School prepares for the “Real” World”…Everyone will be college ready!!!
outline overview
Outline / Overview
  • What is a semester anyway?
  • What exactly is a credit?
  • GPA...?????
  • Class Rank
  • Choosing your schedule
  • Developing a 4-year plan
outline overview cont
Outline / Overview (cont.)
  • How to choose a class
  • Study Halls / Lunch
  • People To Know
  • Post-Secondary Options
  • Budgeting…Show me the money
  • Questions???
what is a semester
What is a semester?
  • Two semesters in a year…divided into two quarters each
  • Semester grades are based on quarter grades and final exam/project
  • You are given credit only for semester grades
  • What if I fail one of the quarters but not the other?
  • Typical semester course load
  • All of your semester grades will be recorded on your high school transcript
what is a credit
What is a credit?
  • Anyone know how many credits the high school requires for graduation?
  • 8 Periods in a day
      • One hour for Study Hall
      • Each class is worth ½ credit
      • Phy. Ed. every day in HS
      • How many credits will you earn in a semester and a year?
  • Making up failed classes
grade point average g p a
Grade Point AverageG.P.A.
  • Each grade is assigned a grade point
  • Semester and cumulative GPA
  • Take the average of all your classes to determine your GPA


Sum of all grade points/course taken=GPA

  • A=4.0 A-=3.667 B+=3.333 B=3.0 B-=2.667 C+=2.333 C=2.0 C-=1.667 D+=1.333 D=1.0 D-=0.667 F=0.0
impact of poor coursework
Scenario A


A, A-, B, B+, B, B, B-

GPA= 3.24

Scenario B


A, A-, B, B+

B, B, F


Impact of Poor Coursework

Scenario C


B+, B, B, C+,

D, D, F

GPA= 1.95

Scenario D


B, C, C, C+,

D, F, F

GPA= 1.47

class rank
Class Rank
  • Students in each class are ranked from the highest to the lowest
  • Class Rank is based on every student in the class’ GPA
  • The student with the highest GRA is ranked #1 and the student with the lowest GPA is XYZ (number of students in class)
  • Valedictorian????
why is gpa and class rank so important
Why is GPA and Class Rank so important?
  • Your GPA & Class Rank highly influences where you can and can’t attend college
  • Students with higher GPA and Class Ranks have increased rates of obtaining scholarships
  • Students with higher GPA/Class Rank’s tend to score higher on college entrance exams (ACT, SAT, Compass)
  • Very difficult to raise your GPA/Class Rank very easy for it to drop
  • GPA has a direct relationship to your class rank
gpa and class rank distinctions
GPA and Class Rank Distinctions…
  • Students who rank in the top ten of each class are recognized
  • Highest Honors- GPA from 3.7-4.0
  • High Honors- GPA from 3.4-3.69
  • Honors- GPA from 3.0-3.39
  • Honor Roll students are students with GPA’s of 3.0 or higher during a particular semester
choosing your schedule
Choosing your schedule
  • More than one way to fry an egg…
  • Consider post-secondary plans
  • Sample Schedule…
      • Position yourself for competitive post-secondary entry
how to choose a class
How to Choose a Class
  • Prerequi—what?...Prerequisite
  • What are your interests?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses
  • Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself
reasons for taking a course
Good Reasons

Content is interesting

Will be helpful for my future career

Will help prepare me for college

The course will challenge me

Poor Reasons

All my friends are taking it

I get to go on a trip

“I heard it is easy”

My sibling took that class

That teacher coaches my sport

Reasons for taking a course…
schedule changes
Schedule Changes
  • Students are committed to classes chosen during registration process
  • Formal process in the beginning of each semester
  • MUST be a proper reason for drops
  • Request is subject to numbers
sample schedule
First Semester

World Geography (125)

Physical Science (183)

Algebra (111)

English 9 (103)

Phy. Ed. 9 (191)

Band (511)

Ag. Exploration (151)

Study Hall

Second Semester

World Geography (126)

Physical Science (184)

Algebra (112)

English 9 (104)

Comp. Applications (136)

Band (512)

Intro to Woods (144)

Study Hall

Sample Schedule
developing a 4 year plan
Developing a 4 year plan
  • Can be very helpful
  • Helps maintain focus on goals
  • Helps you develop foresight
  • Can be done using required and/or elective classes
study halls lunch
Study Halls / Lunch
  • Study Hall is large room format or in teachers classrooms
  • Lunch
    • 12:36-1:06
    • Students can go

outside to picnic area

    • Students can

leave at lunch

as seniors

good people to know
Good People to Know
  • Mr. Bruning
      • Principal
  • Mrs. Moe
      • Middle/High School Secretary
  • Mr. Bauer
      • Dean of Students
  • Mr. Hass
      • Guidance Counselor
  • Mrs. Brenner
      • Guidance/Lunch Secretary
post secondary options
Post-Secondary Options
  • 4 year colleges
    • Admissions can be very competitive
    • Admissions is based on the following:
      • Rigor of schedule
      • ACT
      • Grade Point Average (GPA)
      • Class Rank
  • 2 Year Schools aka Junior/Community College
    • Feeder schools for 4 year colleges
    • Makes transition from high school to college easier
    • Students focus on general course work, before transferring
    • Class sizes are smaller and credits are cheaper
    • Not a guarantee with just a H.S. diploma
options continued
Options continued…
  • Technical Colleges
    • 1-2 years of schools
    • Students learn a specific trade and/or skill
    • Most programs require just a H.S. diploma (space limited)
    • The exceptions involve the medical related degrees…high demand and student interest
  • Specialty Schools
    • Typically 2 years of schooling
    • Study in a particular field: Art, Mechanics, Cooking, etc
    • Subjective entry (portfolio)
  • Military
    • 4-6 year commitment
    • Students learn more than just combat
    • Many interesting careers available all over the world
    • ASVAB and H.S. Diploma
career clusters
Ag., Food, & Natural Resources

Architecture & Construction

Arts, A/V, & Technology





Health Sciences

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, & Corrections



Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Transportation & Logistics

Career Clusters
reasons for post secondary education
Reasons for Post-SecondaryEducation…
  • Gain knowledge…knowledge is power
  • Lead better and more healthy lifestyles
  • Much higher job satisfaction
  • Education is the equalizer
  • Increased ability to discover and develop you talents
  • Increases your ability to be a more cultured individual
  • Vastly increase your earnings potential

Bring ‘em on!