Etowah High School Administration Principal Mr. Keith L. Ball Assistant PrincipalsMr. Bob Van Alstyne (A-D)Mrs. Tonya Sebring (E-K) Mrs. Penny Valle (L-Q) Mr. Dan Snipes (R-Z)
Etowah High School Counseling DepartmentMrs. Jessica Whitley (A-D) 11th Grade ActivitiesMrs. Ashley Hall (E-K) 12th Grade ActivitiesMrs. Lisa Shull (L-Q) 9th Grade ActivitiesMs. Kelly Brangan (R-Z) 10th Grade Activities Counseling Office Secretaries Mrs. Otter Peabody Mrs. Cindy Umberger Registrar Mrs. Dana Dotson
B.A.L.D. Eagle Program Mrs. Penny Valle Assistant Principal
Etowah High School PTSA Ms. Viviana Morrison PTSA President
From the Counseling Office Mrs. Jessica Whitley Lead 11th Grade Counselor
Attendance Policy• Excused Absences (parent/guardian, doctor, etc.) must be handled in the attendance office within 5 days of returning to school.• 7 or more absences (excused/unexcused/OSS) per semester per class will result in NOT receiving credit for the course.• Appeals are automatically generated for students with passing grades.NOTE: The State of Georgia will revoke the driver’s license of any student with 10 or more unexcused absences.
Housekeeping• Make sure student transcript is up to date from summer school and online credits.• Verify student’s social security number to ensure timely HOPE processing.• Verify Contact Information such as mailing address, phone numbers and email address.
Family Portal• Don’t forget that you have access to your student’s grades, attendance and schedule.• Problems/Troubleshooting: – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Please include: • Your name • Student’s name • School student is attending
Class of 2014 Promotion to 12th GradeIn order to be placed in a Senior Homeroomnext year you must have earned the followingcredits prior to the beginning of senior year. 17 Total Units of credit that must include: 3 units of English 3 units of Math 2 units of Science 1 unit of Social Studies
Class of 2014 Graduation RequirementsCore Course Requirements Elective Course Requirements• 4 Units of English • 1 Unit of Health (.5) & – Must include 9th Lit & Am. Lit Personal Fitness (.5)• 4 Units of Math • 3 Units of Required Electives – Must include Math I & Math II – Any combination of• 4 Units of Science Foreign Language, Fine – Must include Biology & Art or Career/Technical Physical Science OR Physics courses• 3 Units of Social Studies • 4 Units of Misc. Electives – World History, U.S. History & Gov’t & Econ • 23 Total Units Required
Class of 2014 Graduation Testing Requirements• Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test – No exceptions, all students must take and pass• English/LA GHSGT OR 9th Lit EOCT OR Am. Lit EOCT• Math GHSGT OR Math I/Algebra EOCT OR Math 2/Geometry EOCT• Science GHSGT OR Biology EOCT OR Physical Science EOCT• Social Studies GHSGT OR U.S. History EOCT OR Economics EOCT
Credit Recovery OptionsCredit Connect Summer School•APEX computer based program •Recover 1 credit max•Rolling enrollment •3-4 Weeks in June•2:45 – 4:45 M-Th @ EHS •8:00 – 4:00 M-F•$200.00 per ½ credit (subject to •$200.00 per ½ credit (subject tochange) change)Polaris Evening Program (PEP) Online Options (BYU, GAVS, etc.)•Recover .5 credit per quarter •See Counselor for options•2 hour classes @ Woodstock HS •Must get advanced approval•4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 start times •Cost can vary•$200.00 per ½ credit (subject tochange) Retake class during school day•PEP can be utilized while enrolled at •No cost involvedEHS •May delay graduation
Class of 2014Critical Decisions to Make 1. Classes and Grades 2. Standardized Tests 3. College Planning 4. Career Research
Classes & Grades• If applying early action, the junior year is the last full year of grades that admissions officers will review when making an acceptance decision.• Stick to a rigorous schedule of courses, including some advanced-placement (AP) or other honors level classes.
Standardized Tests• PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test); measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. – Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – Test is paid for by Etowah High School – Good indicator and excellent preparation for the SAT that you will need to take in the spring of junior year. – PSAT score may qualify student for a select group of merit scholarships – One of the first opportunities student has to begin requesting college information.
Which test is best for me? SAT/ACT Comparisons• Both are nationally administered and are used to help colleges evaluate applicants.• The SAT is essentially a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Math, Writing)• ACT is more of an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading, Science) and an optional Writing section.• Most colleges will accept either test. Refer to the ACT/SAT Comparison handout for more detailed information.
SAT/ACT• SAT Test Dates • ACT Test Dates – October 6, 2012 (EHS) – September 8, 2012 (EHS) – November 3, 2012 (EHS) – October 27, 2012 (EHS) – December 1, 2012 (EHS) – December 8, 2012 – January 26, 2013 – February 9, 2013 (EHS) – March 9, 2013 (EHS) – April 13, 2013 (EHS) – May 4, 2013 – June 8, 2013 (EHS) – June 1, 2013
Important Test DatesWednesday, October 3, 2012• Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test (GHSWT)Wednesday, October 17, 2012• Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)December 10-14, 2012• End of Course Tests (EOCT)March 18-22, 2013• Georgia High School Graduation Tests (TBD)May 6-17, 2013• Advanced Placement (AP) Exams• End of Course Tests (EOCT)
College Planning Junior year is THE time to get organized!• Visit www.gacollege411.org• This website provides direct links to in-state and out-of- state colleges (along with a host of essential information for making decisions about your path after high school).• Get familiar with admission deadlines and entrance requirements for the schools of choice.• Start narrowing your list!
HOPE and Zell Miller ScholarshipsHOPE Scholarship requirements:• 3.0 academic GPA from an eligible high school.• Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to keep HOPE.• HOPE amount is capped at approximately 90% of the current tuition rateZell Miller Scholarship requirements:• 3.7 academic GPA from an eligible high school.• Combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or• 26 ACT Composite score• The valedictorian and salutatorian from each eligible high school may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or SAT/ACT requirements.Etowah High School does NOT calculate HOPE GPA! You must log-in toyour gacollege411 account to access your official HOPE GPA
Career Research• Your career choice(s) may have a big impact on the list of potential colleges you consider, so its important to at least try narrowing down career possibilities.• How do you discover possible career paths? Conduct research and take some career assessment tests.• www.gacollege411.org• www.careercruising.com• Participation in the TAA (Teachers as Advisors) activities on Wednesday will assist with this.
Governor’s Honors Program• Free summer program held on campus at Valdosta State University• The best and the brightest students from across the state compete for spots in academic and fine arts major areas• 10th and 11th graders can be nominated to apply and go through the interview/audition process
Post High School Options• 4 Year Colleges and Universities – Associates and Bachelors Degrees• 2 Year Colleges/Junior Colleges – Associates degrees and certificates• Technical Schools – Associates degrees, technical certificates and technical diplomas• Apprenticeships – On the job training• Military/Armed Services – On the job training – Financial assistance for college• Work Force – On the job training
Thank You & Good Night Mr. Keith L. BallEtowah High School Principal