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From the Counseling Office Ms. Kelly Brangan 10th Grade Lead Counselor (R-Z)
Class of 2015• Classes are divided into two semesters – 1st Semester August – December – 2nd Semester January - May• A student will take 6 classes each semester• Each semester course is worth .5 units of credit per class• Credit is issued at the end of each semester (December & May)• Students must earn 23 units to graduate
Requirements for 2015 GraduatesCore Course Requirements Elective Requirements• 4 Units of English • 1 Unit of Health (.5) and• 4 Units of Math Personal Fitness (.5) – Math Support is an ELECTIVE • 3 Units of required electives o ANY combination from:• 4 Units of Science Foreign Language, Fine Arts• 3 Units of Social Studies and/or Career/Technical • 4 additional electives 23 total units are required for graduation
Beyond 2015• 4 year colleges will require a minimum of two years of the same foreign language• Technical Colleges will not require a foreign language
Zero Credit Credit will NOT be issued if:• A student has 7 or more absences per semester – Absences are counted in each class separately• A student does not pass the class with a grade of 70 or higher• A student does not take the required End of Course Test
Attendance Policy• Excuse notes (parent/guardian, doctor, etc.) will not be accepted unless received in the attendance office within FIVE school days after returning to school• At 7 or more absences and a passing grade, an appeal is generated, reviewed by the Attendance Committee and approved by the principal before credit is awarded• Appeals are automatically generated by the attendance office• Excused, unexcused and out-of-school suspension absences are considered PLEASE NOTE: The State of Georgia will revoke the driver’s license of any student under the age of 18 with 10 or more unexcused absences
To be Placed in an 11th Grade Homeroom (Fall 2013)• A student must earn at least 11 total units of credit by the end of their sophomore year• These units MUST include: – 2 units of English – 2 units of Math – 1 unit of Science• Students will NOT be promoted to a Junior homeroom mid-year during their sophomore year.• If your student is retained in a 10th grade homeroom, they will not have access to a parking pass
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 to change) 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 by• 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 start times counselor/administrator• $200.00 per ½ credit (subject to • Cost can vary change)• PEP can be utilized while enrolled at EHS or full-time enrollment at Retake class during school day PEP • No cost involved • May delay graduation
Family Portal• Provides Real-Time Access to: – Grades – Attendance – Student Schedule For information/troubleshooting E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Automatically created from your school contact records – Subject line type: Request login information for family portal – Your email must include: your name, student’s name and the school currently attending – We must have an accurate and updated email address
HOUSEKEEPING• Review your student’s transcript to be sure it is up to date (are summer school & online credits posted?)• Unofficial transcripts were given during the student’s first TAA meeting.• Verify that your student’s social security number is correct (timely processing of HOPE)• Verify contact information – Mailing address – Phone numbers – E-mail address
End of Course Tests 9th Grade-Taken Spring 2012 CCGPS 9 Literature CCGPS Algebra GPS Biology 10th Grade-Spring 2013 GPS Geometry GPS Physical Science 11th Grade-Spring 2014 CCGPS 11 American Literature GPS US History 12th Grade-Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 GPS Economics
2015 Cohort EOCT Information• These rules apply to 10th grade students (those who entered 9th grade for the first time during the 2011-12 school year ) An EOCT counts for 20% of the FINAL COURSE GRADE in all eight EOCT courses. Passing the EOCT is not required to graduate. However, passing the required course is necessary for graduation.
HOPE Requirements• The Georgia Student Finance Commission is responsible for calculating the final HOPE average after graduation• www.gacollege411.org• Information regarding HOPE Scholarship:• http://www.gacollege411.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/H OPE_Program/Georgia_s_HOPE_Scholarship_Program_O verview.aspx
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HOPE and the Zell Miller Scholarship (as it Currently Exists)• HOPE Scholarship: – 3.0 academic GPA, covers approximately 90% of the 2010 - 2011 tuition rates• Zell Miller scholarship: – 3.7 academic GPA—covers 100% of current tuition rates• GPA’s are NOT rounded for HOPE eligibility!• Track your student’s HOPE GPA throughout high school using www.GAcollege411.org (Georgia Student Finance Commission)• The most current information about changes to HOPE can be found at: http://www.gacollege411.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/HOPE_P rogram/Georgia_s_HOPE_Scholarship_Program_Overview.aspx
Teachers As Advisors• TAA gives and additional layer of support to students• 26 minutes every Wednesday with advisors• Develop strong bonds w/a group of peers and advisors• Focus • academic • career • character education • personal/social topics• Goal • Who am I? • Where am I going? • How am I going to get there?
Get Involved!• Extra-Curricular activities can help your student feel connected to the school, and are a factor in the college admissions process. – Clubs – Sports – Community Service
PSAT• October 17, 2012 at Etowah• All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students• Sophomores take the PSAT at no cost!!!• Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills• Prepares students to take the SAT• In 11th grade, PSAT scores are used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship
Governor’s Honors Program (GHP)• Free summer program held on campus at Valdosta State University – Four-Week Program – June and July• 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
From the Athletic Director• Activity Passes for athletic events – $75.00 admission to all on-campus events ($350.00 value).• Master Calendar and Athletic Schedules are available on the Etowah High School Home Page
Final Thoughts! Mr. Keith L. BallEtowah High School Principal