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  • 1. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2017! The quality of your decisions today influences the quality of your life in the future! OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL EIGHTH GRADE PARENT/STUDENT ORIENTATION AGENDA • Welcome and Counselor Introduction • The High School Guidance Program • Graduation Requirements and Testing • The Honors and Advanced Placement Program • Special Programs – see Program of Studies • Academic Information ­ Grading Scale, Grade Point Average and Class Rank • The High School Transcript • Activity and Athletic Eligibility • College Entrance Requirements • Family Connection • The High School Bell Schedule • ADJOURNMENT TO INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS
  • 2. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 OCHS GUIDANCE STAFF COUNSELORS (a phone call away 399­1290 ) • Mr. Ortolf ­ Director ext. 8720 eortolf@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mr. Martin ext. 8719 rmartin@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mr. Banks ext. 8718 cbanks@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mrs. Oves ext. 8716 toves@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mrs. McDowell­Campo ext. 8717 mmcdowell­campo@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mrs. Roach ext. 8722 eroach@ocean.city.k12.nj.us • Mrs. Horvath (STUDENT ASSISTANCE) ext. 8706 phorvath@ocean.city.k12.nj.us COUNSELOR FUNCTIONS “Jacks of all Trades” • Involved in just about every aspect of HS program • Serve as student advocate • Primary function is to help students make DECISIONS re: ­ Planning their academic program ­ Future career planning ­ Post­secondary schooling ­ Personal problems/relationships • Resource for information ­ home/school liaison ­ progress reports
  • 3. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 135 MINIMUM CREDIT REQUIREMENT State Testing Requirement? 1. Four years of English (20 credits) 2. Two years of United States History (10 credits) 3. Three years of Mathematics (15 credits) 4. One year of Health and Physical Education for each year of attendance (20 credits) 5. One year of World History (5 credits) ­ Freshman yr. req.
  • 4. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 6. Three years of Science (15 credits) 7. Technology Integrated Education Skills (T.I.E.S.) / Financial Literacy that meets the career/technical/life skills graduation requirement. ALL FRESHMEN MUST TAKE & PASS (2.5 credits each) 8. One year of World Language (5 credits) 9. Five credits in the Visual and Performing Arts OCHS COURSE LEVELS 1. Standard – Resource Room ­ STN 2. College Preparatory – CP 3. Advanced – ADV 4. Honors – HN 5. Advanced Placement ­ AP
  • 5. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 THE HONORS PROGRAM Offered in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Spanish and French THE HONORS PROGRAM Offers an expanded and accelerated approach to the curriculum for those students who are motivated and academically talented Courses receive an extra 20% weighting in calculating Class Rank and GPA
  • 6. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PROGRAM ­The most rigorous program available ­ provides colleges with a national measuring stick to evaluate candidates. ­Students take a national exam at the end of each course ­ scored on a 1­5 scale ­ each college determines credit THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PROGRAM ­$89 per exam (varies) paid by family ­Courses receive an extra 30% in value for GPA and Rank.
  • 7. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 AP Courses offered in 2013­2014: AP LIT/COMP AP PHYSICS B AP WORLD HIST. AP CALCULUS 1 AB AP CHEMISTRY AP CALCULUS 2 BC AP AMER. GOVT. AP COMP. SCI AP BIOLOGY AP PSYCHOLOGY AP FRENCH LANG AP STAT. & PROB. AP US HIST. 1 & 2 AP SPAN LANG AP LANG/COMP AP STUDIO ART 2D AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY SPECIAL PROGRAMS 1. STEM Program in Science and Tech • Project Lead the Way (Pathway to Engineering) • TV/Media Productions 2. Performing Arts: Dance Fitness or Instrumental 3. Ocean City Academy of Finance 4. DECA – Distributive Education Clubs of America
  • 8. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 ACADEMIC INFORMATION GRADING SCALE Report Card Gr Letter Gr Equiv Conversion for GPA/Rank 98­100 A+ 4.33 95­97 A 4.00 92­94 A­ 3.67 89­91 B+ 3.33 86­88 B 3.00 83­85 B­ 2.67 80­82 C+ 2.33 77­79 C 2.00 74­76 C­ 1.67 71­73 D+ 1.33 68­70 D 1.00 65­67 D­ .67 0­64 F 0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE ( GPA ) CALCULATION (WEIGHTED) Simple calculation which involves multiplying the converted numerical grade by the number of credits to equal the quality points. If a weighted course is taken, the quality points are then multiplied by the appropriate factor. The quality points are then divided by the total number of credits attempted.
  • 9. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 EXAMPLE Numer. Convert. Qual. Wt. Qual. Grade Grade Credit Pts. Fact. Pts. 95 = 4.00 X 5 = 20 X 1.20 = 24 84 = 2.67 X 2.5 = 6.675 X 1 = 6.675 89 = 3.33 X 5 = 16.65 X 1.30 = 21.645 12.5 52.32 credits q. pts. **52.32 divided by 12.5 = 4.186 GPA (weighted) CLASS RANK Class rank is computed twice each school year ­ at the end of the first semester and again at the end of the year. Important for college admissions and for scholarship opportunities
  • 10. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 CLASS RANK Rank is weighted ­ Advanced Placement courses are given an extra 30%. Honors level courses are given an extra 20%, Academy of Finance and advanced courses in TV Media & Engineering are given an extra 10% Example HN Eng. Grade = 98 = 4.33 X 5 cr. = 21.65 Qual. Pts. 21.65 X 1.2 (20% Wt. Factor) = 25.98 Q. Pts. for rank calc. ­ Additional 4.33 Quality Pts.
  • 11. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 ACADEMIC HONORS Published after each marking period • 3.3 WT. GPA = Honors • 3.8 WT. GPA = Distinguished Honors Honors Reception­ Students and families are invited to the Honors Dessert and Awards Presentation at the end of the year if the student has maintained a 3.3 average or higher each marking period.
  • 12. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 Honor Society • First induction in fall of junior year • 3.75 cumulative weighted GPA required. • Evidence of Service, Character and Leadership • Gold seal on diploma Graduation Honors • 3.8 Wt. GPA or above ­ gold tassel • 3.3 ­ 3.79 WT. GPA ­ silver tassel Valedictorian and Salutatorian receive a special seal on their diploma
  • 13. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 SAMPLE OCHS TRANSCRIPT OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADE: 9 YEAR: 2012 SEM FIN CREDIT ENGLISH 9 ADV 88 89 5 WORLD HISTORY ADV 89 86 5 TIES 9 99 99 2.5 FINANCIAL LITERACY 93 94 2.5 HEALTH/PE 9 99 98 5 PHYSICAL SCIENCE ADV 88 86 5 ALGEBRA 1 ADV 91 89 5 SPANISH 2 ADV 96 94 5 FRESHMEN CHOIR 95 96 5 YEARLY WT GPA: 3.57 CUM. CREDIT: 40 WEIGHTED RANK: 67 / 320 WT. CUM. GPA: 3.57 INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS • BASEBALL • BASKETBALL • CREW TEAM • CROSS COUNTRY • FIELD HOCKEY • FOOTBALL • GOLF • TRACK (WINTER & SPRING)
  • 14. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS • SOCCER • SOFTBALL • SURF TEAM • SWIMMING • TENNIS • LACROSSE • WRESTLING ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS for 2012­2013 • ART CLUB • BAND FRONT • BILLOWS ­ SCHOOL NEWSPAPER • CHEERLEADING ­ FALL AND WINTER • CINEMA PRODUCTION GROUP • CHOIR • CLASS ACTIVITIES 9­12 • COMPUTER CLUB • DECA • DRAMA CLUB – FALL AND SPRING
  • 15. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS for 2012­2013 • FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES • FRENCH CLUB • GRAPHIC AND PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB • HISTORY CLUB • INTERACT (ROTARY) • INTRAMURAL CLUB • JUNIOR STATESMAN (JSA) • KEY CLUB (KIWANIS) • LATIN CLUB ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS for 2012­2013 • LEADERSHIP CLUB • LITERARY MAGAZINE • MARCHING BAND/JAZZ ENSEMBLE • NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY • PEER MEDIATION • PSYCHOLOGY CLUB • SADD • (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • 16. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS for 2012­2013 • SCAT (Student Coalition Against Tobacco) • SEA (Student Environmental Assoc) • STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) • SCIENCE CLUB • SPANISH CLUB • STAGE CREW – FALL ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS for 2012­2013 • STAGE CREW – SPRING • STUDENT COUNCIL • TECHNICAL CREW • WEIGHT ROOM • YEARBOOK
  • 17. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 ACTIVITY AND ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY I. State of New Jersey Eligibility Requirements Students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits (6 courses) the year prior to participation. Students must be passing 6 courses (15 credits) at mid­term in order to participate in spring sports and activities. ACTIVITY AND ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY II. Ocean City High School Eligibility Requirements Students who earn two U’s for poor citizenship and/or two F’s for lack of achievement will be ineligible until interims are published. NOTE: ALL FRESHMEN ARE ELIGIBLE AT THE  BEGINNING OF THEIR FRESHMEN YEAR.
  • 18. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 GUIDELINES FOR FOUR­YEAR COLLEGE ADMISSION • English Four Years • Mathematics Three –Four years­ Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 (min) • World Language Two years of the same language ­ 3­5 years desirable • Science Two or three years ­ including at least 2 lab sciences • History Three years ­ including World History CP, US History 1 CP and 2 CP GUIDELINES FOR FOUR­YEAR COLLEGE ADMISSION • MINIMUM OF 16 ACADEMIC UNITS • THE STRENGTH OF A STUDENT’S SCHEDULE AND THE GRADES ACHIEVED WITHIN THAT PROGRAM ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
  • 19. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 Family Connection & OCHS 1. Web­based resource that supports course, career and college planning 2. Specific to our school 3. Linked with Naviance Succeed – a service we use in the counseling office Family Connection & OCHS 4. Students will have accounts and so will parents 5. Using for course selection for the first time this year with upperclassmen
  • 20. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 FAMILY CONNECTION – Graduation Plans These plans provide a guide for course selection and post­secondary planning. Samples: • Grad Plan A – Basic – Work/Post-Secondary • Grad Plan B – Basic – Work/ 2-Year College • Grad Plan C – 4-Year College – Minimum • Grad Plan D – 4-Year College – Competitive • Grad Plan E – 4-Year College – Very Competitive THE SIX PERIOD ROTATION  SCHEDULE
  • 21. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 BELL SCHEDULE SAMPLE GRADE 9 SCHEDULE
  • 22. 8th Grade Orientation Night February 2013 STUDENT SCHEDULE sample of mailed copy COUNSELOR ROOM ASSIGNMENTS Mr. Martin A ­ D Library Mr. Banks E ­ K AUD Mrs. Oves L – Q CAFÉ Mrs. McDowell Campo R – Z AUD Mrs. Roach (Special requests and other CP students) CAFÉ