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  • 1. Welcome to 8th Grade Parent Night!
    Academics: Planning the Next Four Years
    Practical Tips for Success
    Co-Curricular Activities
  • 2. Course Selection Book2011-2012
    The updated course selection book is available online at http://www.howellschools.com
    (follow the links to the High School Guidance Department).
    Copies will be available to use at the guidance office and media center.
  • 3. The Course Selection Book Has Helpful Info…
    Course descriptions
    Information on prerequisites
    Graduation requirements
    Testing-out procedures
    Dual Enrollment
    Career Pathways / 4-year plan (EDP)
    Co-op
    Out of District classes
    Co-Curricular Activities
    And much, much, more!
  • 4. Credits for Graduation
    • To earn a diploma, a student must earn at least 22 credits.
    • 5. Each year, a student can earn 6 credits.
    • 6. A student can earn 24 credits during four years of high school.
  • Promotion Guidelines
    Freshman students must accumulate at least 5 credits to be promoted to 10th grade.
  • 7. What is a Personal Curriculum Modification ?
    This is a documented process that modifies certain requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (graduation requirements).
    Modification is allowed for only two reasons:
    A student wishes to go beyond the academic credit requirements by adding more math, science, or English.
    A student with an IEP needs to modify the credit requirements based on his or her disability.
  • 8. When would I be able to request a Personal Curriculum Modification?
    Students are not able to request a modification of graduation requirements until his/her junior year.
    At this time he/she needs to have either an EDP (Educational Development Plan) or an IEP (Individualized Education Program)
  • 9. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsMATHEMATICS
    RequirementSpecifics
    4 credits Algebra I 1 credit
    Geometry 1 credit
    Algebra II 1 credit
    1 additional credit, such as:
    Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST), Intro. to Probability and Stats, Building Wealth.
    1 credit must be earned in the senior year
  • 10. Mathematics (continued)
    A math class must be successfully completed in the senior year, with no exceptions.
    Earning four credits prior to the senior year, including 8th grade, does not satisfy the requirement of having to take a math class in the senior year.
  • 11. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
    RequirementExample
    4 credits English 9 1 credit
    English 10 1 credit
    Advanced Amer. Lit. 1 credit
    Advanced Comp. 1 credit
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    No modification allowed.
  • 12. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsSCIENCE
    RequirementSpecifics
    3 credits Biology 1 credit
    Chemistry or Physics 1 credit
    Additional Sci. Credit 1 credit
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    No modification allowed.
    General Notes:
    Colleges strongly encourage 4 credits of science.
  • 13. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsSOCIAL STUDIES
    RequirementSpecifics
    3 credits World History 1 credit
    U.S. History 1 credit
    Government/Civics 0.5 credit
    Economics 0.5
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    No modification of Government
    Modifications only if student has earned 2 credits and takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.
  • 14. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsPHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH
    RequirementSpecifics
    1 credit Health 0.5 credit
    Physical Education 0.5 credit
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    Modification only if the student takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.
  • 15. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsVISUAL, PERFORMING, OR APPLIED ARTS
    RequirementSpecifics
    1 credit 1 credit in any combination of these categories.
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    Modification only if the student takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.
  • 16. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
    RequirementSpecifics
    Transcript Requirement may be fulfilled
    Notation in an online course, online learning experience, or integrated online learning in required graduation credit courses.
    Personal Curriculum Modification
    No modification allowed.
  • 17. What classes will provide the online learning requirement?
    These are some examples, however, other classes will offer the opportunity to meet this requirement, as well, through online classroom activities.
    608 Introduction to TV/Video Production
    501 Introduction to Business
    505 Computer Applications
    506 Computer Applications II
    504 Entrepreneurship
    509 Introduction to Web Page Design
    510 Advanced Web Page Design
  • 18. Review of Graduation Requirements
    English 4 Credits (8 semesters)
    World History 1 Credit (2 semesters)
    U. S. History 1 Credit (2 semesters)
    Government ½ Credit (1 semester)
    Economics ½ Credit (1 semester)
    Math 4 Credits (8 semesters)
    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Additional Math or Math Related Credit
    Science 3 Credits (6 semesters)
    Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Additional Science Credit
    Health ½ Credit (1 semester)
    PE ½ Credit (1 semester)
    Visual, Performing, Applied Arts 1 credit (2 semesters)
    Online Learning Experience
    (Total = 16 required)
    Plus 6.0 Credits (12 semesters) Electives
    Total for Graduation = minimum of 22 credits
  • 19. Students Must Also Take the MME (Michigan Merit Exam) to Graduate
    The MME is the state assessment administered in March of a student’s junior year.
    The MME consists of three major components:
    The ACT college entrance exam
    Work Keys job skills assessments in reading and math
    Michigan assessments in math, science, social studies, and persuasive writing.
    The combined MME assessment measures student learning in the Michigan high school standards, benchmarks, and core content expectations.
  • 20. Curriculum Howell High School
  • 21. Science Sequencing Options
    AP Physics B ( non – science majors )
    pre-req: Chemistry
    co-req: FST
    AP Physics C ( science majors )
    pre-req: Chemistry, FST
    co-req: AP Calculus
  • 22. Math Sequencing
    Algebra
    Geometry
    Algebra II
    Functions Statistics and Trig. or Trig. & Stats.
    Pre-Calculus and Discrete Math
    AP Statistics
    AP Calculus
    Additional Math Classes
    Consumer Math
    Building Wealth
  • 23. English Sequence Options
  • 24. Social Studies
  • 25. ELECTIVES
    Required Elective in 9th grade
    • Health Education
    • 33. Basic Physical Education/Swimming or Basic Aerobics/Swimming
  • Scheduling
    Students will meet with a guidance counselor to select classes for next year.
    Students select a total of 6 credits and 4 alternate classes.
    Students who have demonstrated a need for assistance (MEAP SCORES, SRI, course grades) in Math and/or English, will be scheduled for additional support during the school day.
  • 34. FOUR-YEAR PLANComponent of Educational Development Plan (EDP)
  • 35. SAMPLE: FOUR-YEAR PLANComponent of Educational Development Plan (EDP)
    10 Grade
    English
  • 36. AP Classes Available at Howell High School
    AP Calculus
    AP Statistics
    AP Biology
    AP Physics B
    AP Physics C
    AP Chemistry
    AP Computer Science
    AP English
    AP European History
    AP U.S. History
    AP Government
    AP Comparative Gov. and Politics
    AP Psychology
  • 37. Out-Of-District Applied Tech Education Programs
    • Great opportunities for hands-on learning!
    Programs are offered at an out-of-district site (Brighton, Hartland or Pinckney High Schools).
    Transportation is not provided.
    See Course Selection Book for more detailed information on classes.
    Counselors can provide additional information regarding registration procedures.
  • 38. Out of District LATEC Courses for School year 2011-2012
    Advanced Automotive/Brakes & Electronic Systems (FHS 3 credits)
    Cisco Networking (PHS 3 credits)
    Graphic Communications (BHS 3 credits)
    Network Administrator (Cleary University 2 credits)
    Robotics and Industrial Automation I and II (PHS 3 credits)
  • 39. Career Pathways
    A career pathway is a plan determined by a student’s interests and abilities that ensures that what he/she learns in school connects to his/her long term goals.
    Encourage your son/daughter to choose classes that support his/her career pathway.
  • 40. Career Pathways
    • Arts and Communications
    • 41. Business, Management, Marketing and Technology
    • 42. Engineering / Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
    • 43. Health Sciences
    • 44. Human Services
    • 45. Natural Resources and Agriscience
  • Getting the Most Out of High School
  • 46. The Key to Success in High School…
    Study Skills
  • 47. Understanding the Difference Between Homework and Studying
    Homework – completing an assignment
    Studying – outlining a chapter, rewriting notes, or making flashcards.
  • 48. Homework
    • Use a planner everyday!
    • 49. Set up a study space free from distractions
    • 50. Determine what time of day is best to study
    • 51. Turn off the TV and phone
    • 52. Organize – use three-ring binders and homework folders
    • 53. Go to tutoring if struggling
    • 54. Make up missed assignments right away
  • On Taking Notes In Class…
    Write key points (i.e. names, dates, terms)
    Write information teacher repeats or emphasizes
    Copy what teacher writes on board or overheads
    Rewrite notes
    Write questions on material
  • 55. On Studying for Tests…
    Prepared students perform better
    Cramming for tests is never best!
    Review notes, highlight important points
    Create flash cards (review frequently)
    Review quizzes and homework from same unit
    look up correct answers to missed questions
    Read chapter summaries
    Take notes and make outline from reading
    Study with a buddy!
    Quiz your student
  • 56. If Your Student is Not Successful in Class
    Require use of a planner
    Make arrangements to meet with teacher(s) before or after school
    Communicate with teachers via email
    Check PowerSchool frequently
    Expect that your student make up missed assignments
    Monitor student’s attendance record
  • 57. Attendance Policy
    Parents call attendance office for explained absence.
    The attendance policy is most effective if parents call the absence in within two days.
  • 58. Attendance Continued…Tardies and Lateness
    • Parent will receive a phone call from the automated system (ParentLink) for each occurrence.
    • 59. Lates, tardies, and unexcused absences may affect student grades.
    • 60. Progression of consequences are:
    • 61. Warning
    • 62. Detention
    • 63. Saturday School
    • 64. Out-of-School
  • Student ConcernsWhere to go for help…
    Academic Assistance
    Meet with teachers after school
    NHS tutoring Tuesday and Thursdays after school
    Talk to counselors/administrators
    Student Issues & Concerns
    Parents
    Teachers
    Guidance counselors
    Safety Team (hall monitors)
    Assistant Principal/Principal
  • 65. Information
    Daily Announcements
    PowerSchool
    School web page @ www.howellschools.com
    ParentLink
    Staff
    Principal’s View Blog
  • 66. Testing
  • 67. Testing Sequence
    11th Grade:
    • PSAT* – qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship
    • 68. ACT – ($28/42) required for college admissions
    • 69. SAT – ($41.50) may be required for some college admissions
    • 70. MME/ACT required for graduation and to receive state money for college
    9th Grade:
    • MEAP (Oct.) – Social Studies
    • 71. PSAT* (Oct.) – practice ($15)
    • 72. Explore – pre-ACT (March)
    10th Grade:
    • PSAT* - practice
    • 73. PLAN *– pre-ACT
    *Necessary scores for dual-enrollment in 11th or 12th grade
  • 74. PSATPreliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
    9th and 10th grade students are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT
    11th grade students compete for scholarships through PSAT test score
    Administered 3rd Saturday of October
    Cost = $15
    Students register in Guidance Office
    Counselors review scores with students
  • 75. EXPLORE TestPractice ACT
    Excellent predictor of ACT scores
    EXPLORE is designed for 9th grade students
    Taken during ACT/MME testing window early March
    PLAN test taken as 10th grade student
  • 76. ACT or SAT?National Testing Companies
    Test scores are part of the college application process
    90-95% of colleges, nationwide, accept the ACT
    Most colleges accept either test score
    Which test is required? Check resources in Guidance Office
    Scores are listed on high school transcript
    ACT website: www.act.org
    SAT website: www.collegeboard.com
  • 77. Can a student take the ACT more than once?
    YES!
    Statistics show scores rise 1-4 points
    Future classes may be required to take writing portion; check requirements for specific college
    ACT Registration includes: completed ACT packet from Guidance Office, pay fees and mail to ACT. Online registration available, too, at www.actstudent.org
  • 78. Preparation for National TestsACT & SAT
    KAPLAN Test Prep
    Practice tests available for both tests
    MSU, U of M and other colleges offer ACT and SAT prep workshops
    CD-ROM from ACT – “ACTive Prep”
    Private Test Prep Companies
    Practice books available at bookstores
  • 79. Dual Enrollment
    Allows a student to enroll in postsecondary for high school credit, or postsecondary credit, or both.
    Eligibility:
    Must be enrolled in at least one high school class.
    Must take the PSAT or PLAN in 10th grade to dual enroll in 11th grade (qualifying scores are required; see course selection book pg. 6)
    If student decides not to take HHS’s AP same subject course, he/she does so at own expense.
    3 - 4 credit college courses transfer to HHS as 1.0 credit.
    1 - 2 credit college courses transfer to HHS as 0.5 credit.
  • 80. Qualifying Scores for Dual Enrollment
    PLAN Test (or ACT) – Minimum Scores Required
    Mathematics 18
    Reading 17
    Science 19
    English 21
    PSAT Test – Minimum Scores Required
    Reading 44
    Writing 49
    Mathematics 45
  • 81. Testing Out Procedures
    High School credit may be earned in any course offered by the school by testing out. This applies to all HHS courses (except courses lower in sequence of those already passed).
    Student must attain a 77% or above on the semester exam.
  • 82. Testing Out Timelines
    Sign Up:
    Guidance Office (each building) 4th quarter
    Pick Up Materials:
    Media Center (each building) first two weeks after school is out for Summer
    Test Out Dates: (Located at 10-12 Building)
    Aug 8th - PE in AM, Health in PM:
    Aug 9 Math in AM, ELA in PM,
    Aug 10 Science in AM, Soc. Stud in PM
    Exact Times and Room numbers to follow.
  • 83. Athletics & Co-Curricular At HHS
  • 84. Athletics and Co-Curricular Eligibility
    1. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA
    Student must have earned this 2.0 GPA in the quarter or semester immediately preceding the beginning of the sport or activity.
    GPA must be maintained throughout the period of continuous involvement in the co-curricular program.
    2. Must have passed five out of six classes in the quarter or semester (or six of seven) immediately preceding the beginning of the sport or activity.
    The student must continue to pass five (or more) classes through the period of continuous involvement in the co-curricular program.
     
  • 85. A PHYSICAL MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO TRY-OUTS FOR ANY TEAM
    THE PHYSICAL MUST BE DATED APRIL 15, 2011 OR AFTER.
    A PHYSICAL IS REQUIRED ANNUALLY
    ATHLETIC OFFICE HOURS DAILY 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    SUMMER HOURS TUESDAY/THURSDAY 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    2.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE PASSING 5 OUT OF 6 CLASSESIS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE ON AN ATHLETIC TEAMAthletic Director: Dan Hutcheson 517 540-8335
  • 86. FALL SPORTS
    Cross Country (B/G)
    Equestrian** (B/G)
    Football
    Golf (G)
    Soccer* (B)
    Swimming (G)
    Tennis (B)
    Volleyball*
    Cheerleading*
    *TRY-OUTS REQUIRED
    **Not a Michigan High School Athletic Association recognized sport
  • 87. WINTER SPORTS
    Basketball* (B/G)
    Bowling (B/G)
    Competitive Cheer*
    Gymnastics
    Hockey*
    Inline Hockey
    Skiing
    Swimming (B)
    Wrestling
    *TRY-OUTS REQUIRED
  • 88. SPRING SPORTS
    Baseball* (B)
    Golf* (B)
    Inline Hockey
    Lacrosse (B)
    Soccer* (G)
    Softball* (G –V)
    Softball* (G – JV)
    Tennis (G)
    Track (B/G)
    * TRY-OUTS REQUIRED
  • 89. It is important to get involved in high school, balancing academics and extra-curricular activities. The following are great ways to be involved!
  • Thank You!