Welcome class of 2015 Sophomore FORECASTING Choosing Classes for next year and MORE Benson Counseling Ms Henry A to L Mr Wren M to Z Winter 2013
Participate in Your Education Someone is going to plan your future.... It may as well be you.
Your Transcript • Check your personal information for accuracy. • Semester Grades are permanent. • Note Overall GPA.
Graduation Requirements table from a transcript. What grade is this student?
Credit Recovery • Failed classes must be made up to count toward graduation. • No retakes are allowed at Benson. • Portland Evening Scholars. • Summer Scholars. • Virtual Scholars (online learning at Benson, must have an F) • Other online programs. See your counselor.
Pre AP and AP Classes More challenging higher level classes in English, US History, Biology, Physics, Calculus, and Government are available. There are good reasons to step up the challenge of these classes: • Earn college credit through AP tests. • Stand out in the college admission process. • Gain skills to help you succeed in college. A brochure with more details is available.
Pre AP and AP Classes Before selecting a pre AP or AP class you should consider: • Did I earn at least a C in prerequisite classes? • Do I have a passion for this subject? • Am I willing to employ more time and do more work to meet higher standards? If you sign up for an AP class you will be invited to an informational session in the Spring.
Why Forecast? • Open Course Guide to page 1. • Read the first two paragraphs. We will use your choices to make classes, hire teachers, and set up the schedule. Choices cannot be changed in the Fall.
Steps in forecasting • 1 Fill out your forecasting sheet clearly. • 2 Discuss choices with teachers, parents, classmates. CHOOSE WELL. • 3 Mark your sheet with all classes you plan to take and collect signatures. • 4 Bring signed sheet to class to meet with your counselor next week.
Using The Course Guide • Inside Cover – complete list of majors • Table of Contents • Researching majors • Researching Academic classes • The Benson Diploma; page 3
Other Graduation Requirementsfor sophomores class of 2015 • In addition to earning the 24 credits you will have to meet other requirements: • Pass state OAKS tests in reading, writing, and math. Reading and Math will be taken this Spring. Writing is taken Junior year. • Personalized Learning Requirements: Complete a resume and career related learning experience. Record in Naviance. Complete an extended application project.
Planning Ahead for Collegefor sophomores • Most colleges require a GPA of 3.0, some require higher, some lower. See page 4 for details. • Colleges require a C or higher in 15 core classes. You must retake Ds in core classes. • Juniors take the ACT in April at Benson. This is a college admission test. • You should also take the SAT in the Spring of your Junior year if you plan to go to college. • Begin thinking of your college major.
(Note GPA) Should this student make up the D?
Extracurricular Activities • Athletic Teams. Course guide to page 49. • (NCAA Eligibility see page 5) • Clubs. Page 50. • Leadership. • Volunteering/ Community Service
Resources • Counseling. • College/ Career Center. • School Nurse. • See Course Guide page 6 for details.
Getting Help • Yourself: set goals, manage time, • Teachers: the expert on their topic. Try going in after school. • Parents • Classmates: form a study group. • Tutors
CAREER EXPO • March 19th, 2013 • Bring a resume and do a mock interview this year!
SEE YOU SOON • Counselors will come back to your class to answer any final questions and collect your forecasting sheet. • BE READY.