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  1. Welcome to Junior 2014/2015 Parent Night May 1, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  2. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! • Angel Paxton Sanchez Principal • Cynthia Thompson Assistant Principal • Yolanda Chamberlain ECHS Counselor • Delia Pesina College & Career Liaison • Maggie Benavides Registrar

  3. Graduation Requirements Effective with the freshman entering in 2011-2012 and beyond, the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) recognizes students who demonstrate levels of performance equivalent to those of college students or work done by professionals in the areas of art, science, business, industry, or community service.

  4. GPA – Grade Point Average • Do your best! • Applying for college starts fall 2015 • Junior year GPA will be on applications

  5. Summer School at TSTC • Only courses that do not have an EOC attached to them • Courses that students may need to catch up on from freshmen or sophomore year

  6. State of Texas Assessment for Academic Readiness (STAAR) • Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the state of Texas implemented a new state assessment program that will eventually replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). • STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. High School students must take and pass certain required courses and the end-of-course exams for those courses. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the state curriculum standards. The end-of-course exams are designed to ensure that students are learning the specific course material and are prepared to succeed in college and/or careers • Beginning with the 2011-2012 entering freshman class and all subsequent classes, students must take and earn a passing score 5 STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams. STAAR End-of-Course exams will be required for the following courses: · English I, English II · Algebra I · Biology · U.S. History.

  7. PSAT/NMSQT • Measures • Critical reading skills • Math problem-solving skills • Writing skills • Why Take It? • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC • Help prepare for the SAT • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service

  8. College Entrance Exams • SAT • ACT • Early College High School Code is 443127

  9. SAT Fees • Basic fees $51.00 for the SAT (with plus writing) (other charges may apply, i.e. late registration)

  10. SAT Tests • The SAT measure what you have learned in school and how well you can apply that knowledge • Assesses how well you analyze and solve problems • SAT scores are used for college admissions purposes because the test predicts college success • All scores are reported on the 200-800 scale • Most students take the SAT in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of their senior year of high school

  11. ACT • The ACT is universally accepted for college admission. • The ACT is curriculum-based. • The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test • Questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science. • The ACT also provides test takers with a unique interest inventory that provides valuable information for career and educational planning and a student profile section that provides a comprehensive profile of a student's work in high school and his or her future plans. • The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).

  12. ACT Fees • Basic fees $36.50 for the ACT (No Writing) $52.50 for the ACT Plus Writing (other charges may apply)

  13. Scholarships • Monthly Bulletin: ECHS’s web page • at http://www.hcisd.org/Page/2734 • Start searching for scholarships NOW • Go to www.fastweb.com for more information • See Ms. Pesina or Mrs. Chamberlain for questions

  14. PTSA • Student of the month • Applications at ECHS front office • Submit applications to front office • Scholarship • Membership since enrolled at ECHS

  15. Community service logs available in the GO Center and on our school webpage under the “for student” tab – important documents. 200 hours needed

  16. Questions? Thank you, have a great evening!