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The blueprint to your child’s future! Incoming 8th & 9th Grade Course SelectionTuesday, February 5, 2013
Welcome -Dr. Sean O’Sullivan Penndale Middle School
Rising 8th Graders • Middle School Program of Studies • Rising 9th Graders • Grade 9-12 Booklet Program Of Studies
Incoming 8th Grade Course Selection
Assistant Principal 8th Grade Class of 2018 Mrs. Robbins
Mr. Harvey Guidance Counselor A-R Ms. Manalo Guidance Counselor S-Z
Bell Schedule • 6-day Cycle • E3 • Major Subjects • English • Social Studies • Mathematics • Science Commonalities (8th & 9th Grade)
Major Electives 8th Grade • Business & Banking Concepts • World Language • French 1 • German 1 • Latin 1 • Spanish 1
Required Minor Electives 8th Grade Quarterly • Art 2 • Health • Computer Applications 2 • Family and Consumer Science 2x/cycle • Exploring Technology • Physical Education • Music (Band, Chorus, Orchestra or Exploring Music)
January 11 - Guidance counselors meet with students E3 to discuss course selection. February 8-12Guidance counselors meet with students during math classes to complete course selection cards. April 24 -Verification letters distributed/mailed with 3rd MP report cards. May 3 - Verification letters returned to Penndale ONLY IF changes/corrections need to be made June 14-Deadline for schedule changes. 2013 Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Timeline
Incoming 9th Grade Course Selection
Assistant Principals 9th Grade Class of 2017 Mrs. Robbins & Mr. Bashaw
Mr. Joy Guidance Counselor A-R Ms. Manalo Guidance Counselor S-Z
8th GRADE Teaming Prescribed Courses 8th & 9th GRADE DIFFERENCES… • 9th GRADE • High School Model ~ Departmental Program • More choices for electives • Credits and GPA- 9th Grade Counts! • Tech School and AFJROTC
Credits: Graduation Requirements * Minimum number necessary for graduation. ** Qualifying courses: art, elective English, FCS, technology education, world language, music, computer science, & fourth year of social studies. One NMTCC credit can be substituted. *** Based upon PSSA proficiency.
Credits: Promotion Requirements • Students have the potential of earning up to 6.9 credits in their 9th grade year. • At NPHS, students have the potential to earn a up to 6.9 credits per year.
Grade Point Average (GPA) • GPA for graduation is cumulative for grades 9, 10, 11, & 12. • Is calculated using the 5 major courses that would yield the highest GPA. • There are some courses which are ineligible for exclusion from GPA calculation (IFE). • Class rank will be calculated at the end of the 9th grade year. • See pages 7-8 in the Program of Studies for calculation procedures.
Major Electives 9th Grade • World Language • Family Consumer Science Major • Applying Technology Major • Art Major • JROTC • Introduction to Business • NMTCC (TECH SCHOOL)
World Language Selections • French 1, 2 • German 1, 2 • Latin 1, 2 • Spanish 1, 2
Required Minor Electives 9th Grade 2x/cycle • Health • Physical Education • Computer Applications 3
Minor Electives 2x/cycle • Art • Family Consumer Science • Applying Technology • Tech Drawing • Exploratory Business • Theatre Arts • Related Fine Arts or Music Theory & Technology 2-4x/cycle • Band, Chorus, Orchestra (2-4x/cycle)
January 25 -Meet with 8th grade students to discuss the course selection process. February 6-7 Guidance counselors will meet with students to input electronic course selection . April 24 -Verification letters distributed/mailed with 3rd MP report cards. May 3 -Verification letters returned to Penndale ONLY IF changes/corrections need to be made June 14 -Deadline for schedule changes. 2013 Rising 9th Grade Course Selection Timeline
North Montco Technical Career Centeroffers 22 programs grouped in 8 career clusters Floral Design & Landscape Cluster Floral Design & Landscape Engineering/Manufacturing Design Cluster Computer Information Science Drafting & Design Robotics & Automation Precision Machining Welding & Fabrication Power & Transportation Cluster Automotive Collision Repair Automotive Diesel & Heavy Equipment Outdoor Power Equipment Retail & Distribution Visual Communications Commercial Arts Graphic Arts Construction Trades Technology Cluster Construction Carpentry HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Industrial Electrical Health & Human Services Technology Cluster Allied Health (12th grade only) Biotechnology (11th & 12th grades only) Health Occupations Protective Services Cosmetology Cluster Cosmetology Culinary Arts Cluster Culinary Arts
First year students at North Montco will rotate through all the individual programs in their selected cluster during the first marking period of the year. • The student will then select the program, in that cluster, that they would like to focus on for the remainder of the school year and beyond.
If you would like more information about the opportunities at North Montco Technical Career Center see Mrs. Novicki in the lobby after this presentation or call North Montco, during school hours, at 215-368-1177 and speak to one of the counselors.
JROTC Curriculum • Aerospace Science: • Science of Flight (9th-12th Grade) • Leadership Education: • Intercommunication Skills • Life Skills • Principles of Management • Summer Leadership School • Graduation Project • Science of Flight: Course #’s 3914 or 3915 Class Flight Simulators History of Aviation • AND YOU CAN EARN • CollegeCredit • Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado • $120 per course ($60 per course credit) • “B” Grade Required • 2 Elective College Credits/Class, which equals • 8-10 College Credits while attending High School Spacecraft Design/Flight
Summer Leadership School • July 8-12th: Open to all 8th-12th grades • Leadership Exercises and Challenges • McGuire Air Force Base Trip (Aircraft, Battlefield Simulators) • Interactive games at Laser Quest and Guppy Gulch Water Park • Obstacle Courses with the Pennsylvania National Guard at their Training Complex • More details, to include sign-ups in March
Home Access Center www.npenn.org For Families Home Access Center
Personnel from various departments of the school will be in the lobby to answer any specific questions More Information available in the lobby
The Penndale Administrative and Guidance Team would like to thank you for your support and participation in helping our students create the blueprintfor their futures! Penndale Middle School