WelcomeGateway Regional High School 8th Grade Orientation Night
State Testing• April 29th-May 2nd• NJ ASK 7 and 8• Minimal Level of Proficiency (200)
Instructional Levels• Leveling General College Prep Honors EXAMPLE: Algebra I, Algebra I-CP, Honors Algebra I Advanced Placement
GuidanceREQUIRED COURSES CREDITS English (4 yr.) 20 Mathematics (3 yr.) 15 Science (3 yr.) 15 World History 5 U.S. History I, II 10 Physical Education (4 yr.) 12 Health (4 yr.) 4 21st Century Skills 5 (Computers, Family & Consumer Science)
Guidance Visual, Fine, & Performing Arts 5 (Music, Art, Theater) Financial Literacy 2.5 World Language 5Total Required Credits 98.5 + ELECTIVE COURSES 26.5 __________________________________________TOTAL CREDITS NEEDEDTO GRADUATE 125
Course Options Each Department has numerous requiredcourses needed towards graduation as well as ELECTIVE OPTIONS
Language Arts• English I, II, III, IV• Shakespeare/Shakespeare Made Relevant• Creative Writing• Cinema/Film Studies• SAT Prep
Science• Physics or Honors Physics (new sequence for 9th grade)• Chemistry (new for 10th)• Biology (new for 11th)• AP Biology or Chemistry• Human Anatomy and Physiology
Math• Geometry, Geometry CP, Geometry Honors• Algebra I – CP (for anyone unsuccessful in 8th grade)• Algebra II, Algebra II CP Algebra II (Honors)• Precalculus, H. Precalculus, H. Calculus, AP Calculus• SAT Prep
Social Studies • Grade 9 – World History • Grades 10 and 11 – US History 1 and 2 • Personal Finance/Civics are required courses for 11th grade • Success in the Workforce
Physical Education/Health• All students must take and pass 4 years of Physical Education and Health in order to graduate.• PE Option II is an opportunity for 3 sport athletes or year round athletes to have their activity counted as a Physical Education course at Gateway. This allows students the opportunity to take a study hall or another course in its place. SEE A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IF INTERESTED! Example: Student plays varsity Football, Basketball, Baseball. This could replace 11th grade Physical Education. Student could choose to take Health at Gateway or in the community.
More Elective OptionsWhile in high school students have avariety of options they can explore!
Education Academy• For students interesting in the field of education.• Open to all 11-12th grade students who feel they would be successful in this program.• In school and out of school experiences. Field experiences can be at Gateway or elementary schools depending upon grade level.• Partnership with Rowan University.• Teacher Cadet 1 and 2
Technology Education• Foundations of Technology Literacy• Technology, Design and Engineering I and II• Capstone (senior only course)
Music• Concert Choir• Senior High Band• Musical Theater• Technology & Fundamentals of Music• Guitar I
World Language• Latin• German• Spanish• French• Exploratory Spanish• Exploratory FrenchStudents exiting 8th grade world languages and continuing in the same language will take level 2 in 9th grade.
Business• Microsoft Office*• Accounting I• Personal Finance/Marketing with Social Media (option to take in 11th grade in lieu of Civics)• Multimedia Design** Count towards Practical Arts Requirements
Family and Consumer Science• Life Skills• Independent Living• Gourmet Cooking I & II• American/International Foods• Creative Sewing• Fashion Design I & II
Art Art Course Offerings•Creative Design I and II•Computer Graphics & Introduction toPhotography•Introduction to Filmmaking•Advanced Photography•Art I, II, III, IV, AP
How will students Schedule?• Mrs. Joniec provided students with information regarding scheduling online. Directions were also sent home in a letter earlier this month.• Students will need to log into their Powerschool accounts.• Click on “Class Registrations”• Students can view courses they have been registered for and teacher recommendations.
Additional Information• Dual Credit Program• Students enrolled in the following courses are eligible to receive college credits for those courses IF they adhere to the rules set forth by the community college sponsoring their class. If your student does this, they will be considered a dual student of both Gateway and the community college. AP BIOLOGY, AP CALCULUS, AP CHEMISTRY, AP ENGLISH IV, AP ART, AP US I AND II, FRENCH III-IV, GERMAN III-IV, SPANISH III-IV, and Latin III-IV• Requirements: Fill out application in October and pay the small fee. Receive a “B” or better in that class.• After you have graduated, ask for a transcript from the sponsoring college (GCC or CCC).• The OTHER way to receive Dual Credit is to have your student take an AP class and then the appropriate AP test in May. They must have a certain score to receive college credit.
Additional Information• Option II is a way for students to gain high school credit outside the traditional classroom. Examples include: Senior Option (going to GCC and Gateway as seniors), School to Work, Practical Art credit for community music lessons, Health credits for a community based First Aid course.
Waivers• Waiver Information Students are able to waive into a level 3, Honors, or AP course. Students must understand that they may not have had the recommended grade and/or teacher recommendation. Parents must submit a waiver letter to the Director of Guidance by the last day in June. See your counselor for more specific information.
The Extras• Extracurricular activities are essential. It is just as important to be involved outside the classroom as in it!• Volunteering is a very important way to obtain scholarships for college.• Always keep future goals in mind because it is essential to align your current classes to potential future career goals.
NHS Requirements• Four-part procedure for selection into the National Honor Society at Gateway, which corresponds to national NHS guidelines.• The guidance department issues an adjusted grade point average list that identifies students with a cumulative average of 93.0 or higher.• Those students who meet the proper GPA requirement are given an application that they must complete in order to go through the selection procedure.• Each member of the faculty is given a list of nominees. They are asked to rate them in the areas of character, leadership and service. They are also asked to make appropriate comments about the students regarding the three areas.• The advisor(s) will assemble a committee representing five academic departments of the faculty. This committee will meet to discuss the findings of the faculty survey and of the student application. A student will be accepted in the NHS if he or she receives a majority of the five votes.
NHS• Current Advisors are Dana Layng and Christina Gailliout• Sampling of NHS activities include: Gator Day events Unicef Coin Collection Food Drive that benefits residents in the Gateway communities Clean Communities Program
Linking it all TogetherIt will be essential to link past, current, and future goals together will in high school.
College-Academic Requirements• 4 year colleges Most require at least 16 academic credits English (4 yr), Algebra I, II, Geometry, W. History, 2 more years of History, 3 years of science (Environmental, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology), 2 years of world language, 1 year of an elective• 2 year colleges Most require high school diploma
College and Athletics• Students interested in playing college athletics need to let their high school coaches and guidance counselors know.• Parents and Students can begin to review NCAA Eligibility Center information. www.eligibilitycenter.org
NJ STARS• When thinking of college remember the NJ STARS program.• NJ STARS is a scholarship program exclusively for New Jersey residents that covers the cost of tuition at New Jerseys 19 community colleges.• Students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class may be eligible.• Students must complete a rigorous series of high school courses as a first step toward eligibility, as determined by the NJ Commission on Higher Education in consultation with the NJ Commissioner of Education.
Additional Financial Aid• There are additional financial aid opportunities for students who meet free and reduced lunch criteria when applying to colleges or taking the SAT’s.• If this applies to you, speak with the guidance department during 10 th grade.
Naviance Do you know what it is?•It is a comprehensive online tool for students tobetter understand who they are and where theywant to go•It also provides a means for parents andcounselors to track a student’s progress in theseareas•You may hear us use these termsinterchangeably... Naviance Succeed is what educators see Family Connection is for students and parents
Naviance (Continued)• Constant email correspondence with counselors.• Counselors can email news and tips through Family Connection as well as emails you supply.• Allows for parents to view what student is working on in school for careers.• Provides comprehensive 7-12 career and college structure for parents and students to explore together.
Naviance (Continued)• Students will complete resumes through their accounts which can also be sent to colleges.• Gateway will be requiring all students to request transcripts through Naviance. These transcripts will then be able to be sent electronically or hardcopy to colleges, scholarships, etc. as appropriate.
Thank you Guidance Department Philosophy –Decide where you want to end up and take the steps needed to get there. Start TODAY! Thank you for coming out this evening.Please feel free to speak more specifically with any of us.