Welcome to Berea High School 8 th Grade Parent Meeting Agenda January 21, 2009 Welcome & Introductions Mr. Vincenzo Ruggiero, Principal Modified Block Schedule/Freshmen Mentoring Mr. Michael Draves, Asst. Principal Scheduling Process - Mrs. Susan Kelley, Guidance Curriculum Leader
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Berea High School
8th Grade Parent MeetingAgendaJanuary 21, 2009
- Mrs. Susan Kelley, Guidance Curriculum Leader
Principal Mr. Ruggiero
Gr. 11 and A-G of Gr. 12 Mr. Korey
Gr. 10 and P-Z of Gr. 12 Mr. Mucha
Gr. 9 and H-O of Gr. 12 Mr. Draves
A-G Mrs. May Ext. 5819
H-O Miss Kolis Ext. 5826
P-Z Mr. Schuff Ext. 5812
Gr. 12 Mrs. Kelley Ext. 5829
Alternative Block Schedule
SIP A / Lunch A 10:42 – 11:25
SIP B / Lunch B 11:30 – 12:12
SIP C / Lunch C 12:17 – 12:55
Lunch A: 10:42 – 11:20
Lunch B: 11:30 – 12 :08
Lunch C: 12:17 – 12:55
Freshman Mentoring Program
2008-2009 School Year
The Freshman Mentoring Program was designed to provide freshmen with upper-class mentors to assist freshmen with the social and educational transition from middle school to high school. During the first semester, freshmen will participate in various activities each week to encourage their success at the high school level. These activities will be led by the mentors. Freshmen attendance is mandatory.
The Freshman Mentoring Program will take place on Wednesdays during the SIP block. All freshmen and mentors will meet in the auditorium. Students will then be dismissed to their individual classroom with their mentoring group. Each group will consist of 10-12 freshmen and two mentors.
Below are a few topics that have been covered during Freshman Mentoring:
Getting to Know Your Freshmen Mentoring Group
Berea High School Scavenger Hunt
Be A History Maker/Coat of Arms
Getting Involved at Berea High School-BHS Activities
Under the Influence
Transitions Part 1 / Guest Speaker - F. Christopher Reynolds
Making High School Count – National Presentation
Transitions Part 2/ Guest Speaker - F. Christopher Reynolds
Celebration – End of the first quarter
Grades, Transcript, etc.
Respecting Differences/ Guest Speaker - Mr. Hairston
Time Management Activity
Preparing for Exams Activity
What is Excellence? Guest Speaker – Mr. Derran Wimer
What motivates you? Guest Speaker - Mr. Matt Deevers
End of First Semester Activity
FOUR YEAR PLAN
GRADE NINE GRADE TEN GRADE ELEVEN GRADE TWELVE REQUIRED
Credit is earned (.50 per semester) for successful completion of Algebra 1, World Language and CPE at the eighth-grade level. These credits are not
part of the student’s high school grade point average.
District standards require students to earn 22 credits to graduate. These standards require four English credits, three Science credits, three Math credits, and three Social Studies credits. Additionally, several courses listed below meet the graduation requirement in Business/Technology/Fine Arts/World Languages:
Art Department All Courses
English Department Drama Performance
Music All Courses
World Languages All Courses
Business Education All Courses
Technology Education All Courses
Computer Information Science All Courses
Ford (PAS) Building Foundations
Managing and Marketing with Data
Internship in Business
Participants in interscholastic sports and activities must enroll in andpass a minimum of 2.5 credits per semester (excluding MVP and RSVP) and have a 1.5 or higher grade point average in the 9 weeks grading period preceding the sport to be eligible to compete. Students who do not pass 2.5 credits are ineligible for the entire next grading period. If the age of 19 is attained on or after August 1, the athlete is eligible to participate through the school year. An athlete has only eight semesters of eligibility, counting ninth grade, regardless of whether he/she has participated in athletics. Summer school credits do not pertain to athletic eligibility.
It should be noted that the minimum requirements for a high school diploma do not necessarily meet the entrance requirements for post high school education. The following are the Ohio Board of Regents recommendations of college preparatory programs for unconditional acceptance at Ohio private and public college and universities:
4 units of English, with emphasis on composition
3 units of Social Studies
3 units of Mathematics (beginning with Algebra 1)
3 units of Science
2 units of World Language (same language)
1 unit of Fine Arts
1. THE STUDENT WHO COMPLETES THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM IN THE HIGH SCHOOL SHALL MEET AT LEAST SEVEN OF THE FOLLOWING EIGHT CRITERIA:
A. Earn four units of English.
B. Earn four units of mathematics, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and another higher level math course.
C. Earn four units of science, including physics and chemistry.
D. Earn four units of social studies.
E. Earn a minimum of four units of Career-Technical Instruction.
F. Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 or a 4.0 scale, through the first semester of the senior year.
G. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Test (ACT) or a total score of 1210 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) based on critical reading and math.
H. Achieve proficiency benchmark established for Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or equivalent.
1. All students who pass French 1, Spanish 1, German 1, Latin 1, Algebra 1, or CPE at the middle school level will earn credit(s), which can count toward the requirement for the earning of the Diploma with Honors. Such credit earned at the middle school level will not be considered in the high school grade point average (GPA), but will be counted towards the twenty-two required for graduation.
2. A middle school student who enrolls in a high school course not offered at the middle school level will have the opportunity to earn a high school credit for the course and will have the course count in their high school GPA and as a credit toward their high school graduation requirement. If applicable, this credit will also count in the credits earned toward the Diploma with Honors.
3. A middle school student who takes French 1, Spanish 1, German 1, Latin 1, Algebra 1, or CPE at the middle school level, and who enrolls again in the same course at the high school level cannot use the middle school credit toward the Diploma with Honors.
4. Post-secondary option courses or math and science courses that are part of an integrated curriculum may count towards the honors diploma.
Students who wish to participate in Division I/II intercollegiate athletics as freshmen or receive athletic grant-in-aid scholarships must meet specific criteria. The requirements are intended to ensure that entering student-athletes are prepared and motivated adequately to handle college-level course work. Courses that meet these requirements are identified in this planner by the following: (NCAA course).
Courses taken in the 8th grade that are high school courses may not be used to satisfy NCAA core course requirements.
Student-athletes should consult with their coaches, the web site (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) and/or Berea High School’s Athletic Director for copies of NCAA Freshman Eligibility requirements.
The NCAA requires all high school students to be registered with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse after the completion of their junior year if they intend to play sports at a Division I/II college. Official college entrance test scores (ACT and SAT) must be submitted from the testing company to the NCAA Clearinghouse. Students may request this action by properly coding the test registration data forms. Please see your counselor or Athletic Director for details.
FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
Students who are identified as having special educational needs should meet with their IEP chairperson to select appropriate classes. Parents may also contact the IEP chairperson during the early class selection process if there are questions. Names of IEP chair-persons may be obtained by contacting the special education department at Berea High School : (440) 234-5418
Students will be required to take the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) and pass the writing, reading, math, social studies and science portions in order to receive a diploma. If after five attempts students are unsuccessful in passing all five portions of the OGT, there is an alternative for students to receive a diploma. Students may graduate and receive a diploma without passing all five tests of the OGT if they meet the following requirements:
-pass four of the five tests and have missed passing the fifth test by no
more than 10 points;
-have had a 97 percent attendance rate through all four years of high
school and must not have had an expulsion in high school;
-have a grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 in the subject area missed
and have completed the curriculum requirement in the subject area
-have participated in any intervention programs offered by the school
and must have had a 97 percent attendance rate in any program offered
outside the normal school day; and
-obtain letters recommending graduation from each teacher in the
subject area not passed and from the high school principal.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN COURSE SELECTIONS
The remainder of this brochure lists and describes the course offerings at Berea and Midpark High Schools. Each course has a title and course number. The last digit in the hyphenated course number indicates what grade level of students may register for the course.
0 = 9th Graders
1 = 9th – 10th Graders
2 = 9th – 12th Graders
3 = 10th Graders
4 = 10th – 11th Graders
5 = 10th – 12th Graders
6 = 11th Graders
7 = 11th – 12th Graders
8 = 12th Graders
Example: 102 - 2 Art Exploration
The “2” indicates that the course is open to ninth through twelfth graders.
Some classes may be offered in a double period format.
In order to begin the actual process of selecting courses for next year you should first read the course descriptions. The descriptions are divided into departments in alphabetical order, beginning with Art and ending with World Languages.
-Parents need to sign the selection sheets.
-Parents will receive a verification letter of selected courses in the spring.
2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR
A. F. S.
FOCUS STUDENT NEWSPAPER
FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLUBS
FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA
J. S. A. (JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA)
MODEL U. N.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR
PAS (PARTNERSHIP FOR ADVANCED STUDIES)
RECYCLING CLUB (A. P. E. S.)
R.S.V.P. (RESPONSIVE STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM)
S. A. D. D.
SERC (STUDENT EQUAL RIGHTS COALITION)
SPEECH AND DEBATE
T-CAD (TEENS COPING AFTER DEATH)
UNIIQUE YET UNITED (U.Y.U.)
YEARBOOK “THE BEREAN”
Cross country, Boys and Girls
Football, Varsity, JV
Girls Tennis, Varsity and JV
Golf – Boys Team/Girls Team
Soccer – Boys Team/Girls Team, Varsity and JV
Volleyball - Girls, Varsity, JV, and Freshman
Basketball – Boys Teams/Girls Teams, Varsity, JV, and Freshman
Swimming and Diving – Boys/Girls
Baseball, Varsity, JV, Freshman
Boys Tennis, Varsity and JV
Softball, Varsity, JV, Freshman
Track – Boys/Girls
Friday, February 20, 2009
Parochial students shadow with host student from
7:30am – 11:45am
lunch will be provided
11:00am – 11:45am
Please RSVP to Mr. Bob Schuff at 440-234-5418 x5812