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Mentor Program Jr’s & Sr’s are chosen to mentor our freshman and guide them through an all day orientation and throughout the year in advisory meetings. Pirates Advisory Teams (PATS) Freshman Report card counseling & analysis Parental contact for every student at least once per six weeks

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    1. Mentor Program Jr’s & Sr’s are chosen to mentor our freshman and guide them through an all day orientation and throughout the year in advisory meetings.

    2. Pirates Advisory Teams (PATS) • Freshman • Report card counseling & analysis • Parental contact for every student at least once per six weeks • Test Taking strategies • Learning styles test • Setting of goals for iLeap based on 8th grade LEAP • LA4 Plan analysis • TOPS Opportunity & high school

    3. Pirates Advisory Teams (PATS) – Sophomores • Report card counseling & analysis • Parental contact for every student at least once per six weeks • Test Taking strategies and study skills review • LA4 Plan Opt Out • TOPS Opportunity • Career Identification-use of interest inventory tests, especially ASVAB & others, emphasize serious nature of tests. • Plan test-emphasize importance for dual enrollment scheduling • Dual enrollment

    4. Pirates Advisory Teams (PATS) – Juniors • Report card counseling & analysis • Parental contact for every student at least once per six weeks • Test Taking strategies and study skills review • Dual enrollment • ACT Prep • College placement based on ACT scores • Advanced placement • College requirements • College major & course load (catalogs) • Diploma endorsement

    5. Pirates Advisory Teams (PATS) – Seniors • Report card counseling & analysis • Parental contact for every student at least once per six weeks • Test Taking strategies and study skills review • Career options and plans • Scholarships • FASFA forms • ACT planning • College selection/applying for college

    6. KAPLAN HIGH SKULL & CROSSBONES TRANSITIONS 101

    7. Students are more likely to apply themselves to more rigorous academic studies if they have a vision of their future and if they understand that what they do in school means something to their future. They need to know what’s in it for me. VISION + ENERGY=SUCCESS

    8. “Mandatory” elective for all freshman • Meets the Education for Careers Criteria which allows the course to count towards a technical career endorsement. • Curriculum is interdisciplinary-English, math, business, life skills. • Major course in our Freshman Academy.

    9. FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM • Student Planners • Learning & Using Study Skills, a guide for academic success. • Achieve 3000 (reading program) • Career Choice Curriculum • LA eportal • Advisory

    10. Kaplan High’s Plan for Transitions • Monday/Achieve 3000 • Tuesday/Skull & Crossbones 101 • Wednesday/Skull & Crossbones 101 • Thursday/Skull & Crossbones 101 • Friday/Laeportal & Study Skills

    11. Outline of Curriculum Section One: WHO AM I? Chapter 1—Envisioning Your Future Chapter 2—Your Personal Profile Section Two: WHAT DO I WANT? Chapter 3—Lifestyles of Satisfied & Happy Chapter 4—What Cost This Lifestyle? Chapter 5—Your Ideal Career Chapter 6—Career Research Chapter 7—Decision Making

    12. Outline (continued) Section Three: HOW DO I GET IT? Chapter 8—Setting Goals & Solving Problems Chapter 9—Avoiding Detours & Roadblocks Chapter 10— Attitude is Everything Chapter 11— Getting Experience Chapter 12—Where Do You Go from Here?

    13. Study Skills Outline • Time Management • Study Environment • Personal Aspects • Study-Reading • Listening for Note taking • Exam Strategies • Writing Non-Fiction Assignments • Library Research

    14. Study Skills (continued) • Learning How to Improve Math Skills • Memory for Learning • Reading for Speed & Comprehension • Vocabulary Development • Concentration While Learning • Health & Vision • Attitudes • Campus Involvement

    15. Career Research & Student Portfolio’s www.laeportal.com Kaplan, LA

    16. LOUISIANA’S EDUCATIONAL GOAL “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION… SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION”

    17. HOW CAN I APPLY THIS TO MY CLASS?

    18. Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I remember. But involve me… and I understand! We need to start motivating students and encourage them to create their future no matter the obstacles. http://spiritclips.com/films/thelittlefrog

    19. If you don’t have time in your school schedule to devote to a freshman transition course you can integrate in English or communications class. You can also team teach with school counselor, career instructors, family and consumer sciences, tech courses, or integrate with 2 classes such as: Transitions/English English/Business Transitions/Keyboarding

    20. ADOPTION PREVIEW STANDARD SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION • Class Guidelines • Expectations • Positive Academic System • Positive Discipline System • Interventions (academics, discipline, attendance) • Grade Recovery • Study Skills • Life Style Math • Learning Styles • Visualization • Parent Communication

    21. Grade Recovery • Grade Recoveryis meant to assist students who have made an effort to be successful in a course but have failed to make adequate progress to meet standards during a grading period.  Grade Recovery is not a vested right automatically conferred upon a student who receives a failing grade. • Recover points on test (set a time other than class) . • You can require tutoring or extra help periods (I-contracts) to raise grades from F and D’s to C.

    22. Organize, Organize, Organize • Agendas –keep up with assignments/projects • Divided Binder—onlyone binder to keep up with • Whiteboard Calendars – Each classroom has a calendar with assignments for all classes • Consistent Rules and Consequences!!!

    23. integration • Time Management • Study Environment • Personal Aspects • Study-Reading • Listening for Notetaking • Exam Strategies • Writing Non-Fiction Assignments • Library Research • Learn How to Improve Your Math Skills • Memory for Learning • Efficient Reading for Speed & Comprehension • Vocabulary Development • Concentration While Learning • Health and Vision • Attitudes • Campus Involvement

    24. Real-World Math Lifestyle Math

    25. Learning Styles PERSONALITY TEST

    26. PICTURE YOURSELF GRADUATING!! Students took pictures in graduation gowns so they could visualize themselves as graduates.

    27. Parent Communication Email distribution list set up first 6 weeks of school. Team teachers collaborate and compile information to send out weekly. Ongoing correspondence with parents through email, mail, and/or telephone Parent Nights with FRESHMEN & PARENTS ONLY “I have had children in school for more than 15 years and this is the first time I have felt a true connection with my children’s teachers. Thank you so much Freshmen Academy and Kaplan High School.” --Freshman Parent

    28. “Good teachers do not cover material…they uncover material!” --Harry Wong

    29. Real“Lifesavers”