Helping HandsDay 2 South Mecklenburg High School November 13, 2013
WhatDidwelearnyesterday? • Administration? • How to contact counselors and teachers? • Navigating the South Meck Website? • School sports and clubs? • Rules?
ParentInvolvement • Parent involvement has been consistently shown to help students succeed in school • Studies show that parents have more influence on a student’s success in school than any other factor
Work Shops • Day 1 – About South Meck • Day 2 – Graduation Requirements • Day 3 – Beyond High School
Ground Rules • Confidentiality. • Honesty. • Punctuality. • Thisseminarisaboutthe BIG picture. (No personal cases.)
What are sometoolsyouneed in ordertoensureyourstudentgraduates?
Overview of Tonight’s Session • Understand the role of a counselor. • Registering for Classes. • PowerSchool • Graduation Requirements • Graduation Project • College Planning
Have you ever had a parent-teacher conference? A conference with the guidance counselor?
Successful parent teacher Conference • Whatisthepurpose of a parent-teacherconference? • What are some of thebarriersthatyouencounter in thistype of meeting? • Whatyou can do: • Bring a wirttenlist of questions. • Mentiontopics of concern. • Take notes. • Tellyourchildtheresults of theconference.
Counselor CaseLoads • Counselors • Abbasi – Andreasenand Ch – Gi Naples • Andrew – AzuaandGl – K Faccone • Babb – Belk and L – O Strickland • Bell – Boukedes and P – SM Preacher • Bounphasayol – ByunandSn – Z Jurusik • Caballero – Cervantes Gordon • How to make an appointment: • Call the school at 980.343.3600 OR go to the South Meck Website to contact counselors via email. • Please no drop-ins.
Meetings with the Guidance Counselor • Parents, encourage your child to ask for help from their school guidance counselors. • They can help in areas such as personal and social growth, and educational and career planning. • They WANT to help you!!
Counselors • The role of a Counselor: • Use resources to guide students towards their educational goals. • Encourage students to achieve their goals. • Help students determine courses of study. • Understand what the student's motivations and skills are. • Understand student's needs and struggles.
Counselors • Counselors continued: • What to communicate about: • Academics • Attendance • Discipline • Bullying • Family Emergencies • Health issues • What NOT to communicate about: • Behavior at home (unless it affects other students at school)
Counselors • Helpful Questions to ask: • 1. What are the required and recommended courses—for graduation and for college prep? • 2. Which elective courses do you recommend? • 3. What options are there for higher education for a student like me? • 4. How can I qualify for work study in college? Scholarships? Grants? • 5. What kind of groups are in the school that I can get involved with? • 6. Do you have any information to help me start exploring my interest and related careers?
About South Meck • Power School Parent • How to log on • How to check grades and attendance • South Meck Website • What is on it. • How does it benefit you?
About South Meck • Credits Required for Graduation • 24 Credits • a . 9th to 10th Grade: Students must earn six (6) credits during the 9th grade . Credits may be earned in any courses . • b . 10th to 11th Grade: Students must have earned a cumulative total of 12 credits (which must include English I, English II and Algebra I) . • c . 11th to 12th Grade: Students must have earned a cumulative total of 18 credits .
Graduation • Graduation Project: • Junior Exit Paper • Written either fall or spring semester of Junior Year. • Senior Exit Project • Presented either fall or spring semester of Senior Year.
About South Meck • Courses offered • AP - 2 quality points • AP classes are offered in every core subject (Math, Science, Social Studies, English and World Languages) • Honors – 1 quality point • Standard • CTE – Career Technology Education
How to register for classes • Students will receive a form in February that they will take home. • Students are responsible for picking their classes and returning the forms to their counselors. • How classes should be chosen: • A. Communication with current and former teachers. • B. Choose classes that go in the correct sequence. • C. Family discussion and what is best. • D. Consider the level: standard, Honors, AP • Take work ethic into consideration.
Exams • North Carolina requires that students take certain tests each year: • EOC = End Of Course (grades 9-12) • Math I, English II, Biology. • Common exams – In most subjects. • CTE EOC’s. • PSAT – 10 th 11th Grade • PLAN – 10th Grade • ACT – 11th Grade
GPA • The GPA is an average score and measures the student’s performance • It is used to decide 1) if the student will be admitted to a certain college and 2) if the student qualifies for scholarships • What is your child’s GPA?
GPA • Every 9 weeks, schools generally send home report cards • GPA = Grade Point Average: 1-4 • Add 1 point for “Honors” and 2 points for “AP” or “IB”
….AND GABE? • Remember Gabe? • In his first semester of 9th grade, he received the following grades • English 90 • Algebra 71 • PE 90 • Art 88 • He began second semester with a GPA of 2.6
Getting ready for college • Check List for College • Transcripts • Recommendation letters • Brag Sheet • Application
About South Meck • Networking! • Parents United! Get the phone number of someone else so that together you can always keep abreast of what is happening at school.