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  1. Catalyst 1. You have a broken piece of glass, what do you do with it? 2. Before you begin any lab, what do you need to put on? 3. What college do you want to go to?

  2. Density Lab

  3. Classroom Ambassadors Simontech Chemistry Student Ambassadors

  4. College!

  5. THINK-WRITE-PAIR-SHARE How did this activity make you feel? Describe some of the thoughts that were going through your head during this activity.

  6. A 35 Minute Drive Makes All the Difference… In 2007, 27% of 11th graders at Roosevelt in East L.A. scored proficient on the English CST. In the same year, 84% of 11th graders at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach scored proficient or higher on the English CST.

  7. A 57% Difference

  8. Manhattan Beach vs. East LA Manhattan Beach East Los Angeles Average SAT – 1235 Average ACT – 19 3.7% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree 66.1% have less than a high school diploma • Average SAT – 1732 • Average ACT – 25 • 67.6% of residents 25 and older have a four year degree • 3.1% have less than a high school diploma

  9. Mira Costa High School 2,300 students 67 % Caucasian (White) 77 students (total) qualify for free lunch 6.6% Latino/Hispanic

  10. Roosevelt High School 4,519 students 98 % Latino/Hispanic 35 % English Learners 90% or 4,067 Free or reduced lunch

  11. Partner Talk Why the difference?

  12. Change Begins With You Be the Change You Want to See in the World.

  13. Studio City vs. East LA Studio City East Los Angeles Average SAT – 1235 Average ACT – 19 3.7% of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree 66.1% have less than a high school diploma • Average SAT – 2012 • Average ACT – 30 • 49.4% of residents 25 and older have a four year degree • Less than 3% have less than a high school diploma

  14. Harvard-Westlake Studio City, CA Private School Tuition = $29,000 a year

  15. Facts About Harvard – Westlake Ranked 35th in the rankings of best high schools in the country. Los Angeles Magazine named it the most elite prep school in all of LA. 90% of students that took an AP class got a 3 or higher (i.e. they passed). Average Class Size = 13 students Average SAT Scores of 650 in verbal, 677 in math, and 685 in writing.

  16. Change Begins With You Be the Change You Want to See in the World.

  17. 100% of students will pass the Harvard Westlake final. Big Goal #1

  18. 5 Minute Break

  19. The ACT: Test Basics • Standardized test designed to test for “college-readiness” • 4 Multiple Choice Sections: • Reading, English, Math, and Science • Essay section • Each section scored out of 36

  20. College Ready = 24 composite score

  21. Graph Analysis • With your table look at the graphs and answer the following questions: • What are the trends that you notice on the graphs? • Are there differences between different races and ACT scores? Why? • What do you notice about API and SAT scores? • How do we reverse the trends?

  22. Wait I Thought Schools Were Getting Better?

  23. API Graph (Including State, County, and Simon Tech Scores)

  24. SAT Scores Graph

  25. Overlay of API and College Tests

  26. SCIENCE SECTION 35 Minutes—40 Questions 35 minutes (40 questions; 7 sections) ~40% charts & graphs (3 passages; 5 questions per passage) ~40% experiments (3 passages; 6 questions per passage) ~20% fighting scientists (1 passage; 7 questions per passage)

  27. If you are going to go to college, it takes much more than a good GPA

  28. 100% of students will get a 24 or higher on the ACT Science section Big Goal #2

  29. Big Goal #2 • Students will compete in the ACS Chemistry Olympiad to prove that we’re just as strong as everyone else in Southern California

  30. Wikispaces Art Activity • With your groups create a poster of what your futures will look like when these three big goals are accomplished. These will be showcased on your own personal wikispaces to give it a little personality.

  31. Closing Time • ACT Science section diagnostic Wednesday! • AP Chemistry Reading and Problems – If you dare!