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Grade 8 Parent Information Evening:
Course Requests for Grade 9
February 24th, 2014
ZIS Links
• This PowerPoint will be available on
the Parents’ Portal.
• You are welcome to take notes, but it
is not requi...
Tonight’s Purpose

• Begin transition process
• Basic background information
about the Upper School
• Outline process for ...
Assumptions

• Child in Grade 8 at ZIS
• Know about ZIS Middle School
• Don’t know as much about ZIS
Upper School
• Excite...
Welcome to the Upper School
• Amy Greene
Upper School Assistant Principal

• Adrian Castelli
History Teacher
Grade 9 Progr...
Class of 2018
Welcome to the Upper School
• Tonight is the beginning of an
important transition: Middle School
→ High School
• Many tran...
Upper
School
=
Seriou
s
Parent Transition Events
• Parent Transition Tours:
• Tuesday, March 18th, 14:25 – 15:35
• Friday, April 11th, 10:30 – 11:...
Student Transition Events
• Course Selection Information Meetings
(March)

• Advisory Q & A (April)
• Student Tours of Upp...
Upper School Schedule

2014/15
D
Upper School Schedule
• 8 courses (A to H)
• Each course meets 5 times every 2
weeks
• 4 periods per day
• Periods are 85 ...
Upper School Schedule

2014/15
D
Upper School Schedule

2014/15
Upper School Schedule

2014/15
Graduation Requirements
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•
•

4 credits English
2 credits World Language
3 credits Social Studies
3 credits S...
Graduation Requirements
• Each class counts as 1
credit
English 9 = 1 English
Credit

• By the end of Grade 12 you
need to...
Graduation Requirements
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

4 credits English
2 credits World Language
3 credits Social Studies
3 credits S...
Graduation Requirements
• 4 credits English
• 2 credits World
Language
• 3 credits Social Studies Helpful to fulfill
Creat...
All Grade 9 students take
EIGHT classes
•
•
•
•
•
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•

History I
Coordinated Science I
PE / Health 9
English 9
German
Ma...
All Grade 9 students take
EIGHT classes
•
•
•
•

History I
Coordinated Science I No selection
English 9
required
PE / Heal...
All Grade 9 students take
EIGHT classes
•
•
•
•

History I
Coordinated Science I No selection
English 9
required**
PE / He...
Grade 9 Humanities Option
• Interdisciplinary course
• Explore issues that challenge human
societies
• Extends their under...
Grade 9 Outdoor Pursuits
• Semester Long Elective.
• Can be taken in grade 9 or grade 10.
• Experience Based Outdoor Adven...
Upper School Schedule

2014/15
All Grade 9 students take
EIGHT classes
•
•
•
•

History I
Coordinated Science I No selection
English 9
required
PE / Heal...
Math Options
• Math 9 Studies
• Math 9
• Math 9 Honors
Current Math
teacher will help
you determine
which course is
most
a...
German Options
All students must enroll in one German
class.
• German I
• German 1b / 2a
• German II
• German 2b
• German ...
German – from MS to US
MS German Course

US German Course

German:
Beginner/Basics
Intermediate
Advanced

German I, Ib, II...
All Grade 9 students take
EIGHT classes
•
•
•
•

History I
Coordinated Science I No selection
English 9
required
PE / Heal...
Elective Options
Languages
• French
• Spanish
Creative Arts
• Concert Band
• Concert Choir
• Creative Music
• Essential Th...
French Options
•
•
•
•
•

French
French
French
French
French

I
II
III
IV
for Fluent Speakers

Current French teacher will...
Spanish Options
•
•
•
•
•

Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Spanish for Fluent
Speakers

Current Spanish teache...
Creative Arts Requirements
• 2 Creative Arts credits
needed to graduate.
• Art, Music and Drama
classes all count towards
...
Music Options
• Creative Music
Gives students a chance to explore music and musicianship
through a wide range of activitie...
Art Option


Foundation Art and Design

Aims to provide a firm foundation in the fundamentals of Art
and Design. The curr...
Drama Option


Essential Theater

Introductory course
designed to give
students a sampling of
what the theater has to
off...
English Elective Options
Digital Journalism
Multimedia

news, opinion features
and investigative reports.
Publication

o...
Virtual High School (VHS)
• More information at http://www.govhs.org
• Not a common course for grade 9 students.
• Student...
Mandatory “Electives”
Some Students may be “required” to take
certain electives based on teacher
recommendations.
 EAL
St...
What’s Next?
• Student Meetings:

Students will have a
chance to hear this same information on
Wednesday.

• Conversations...
Course Selection Timeline:
• February 24th: Parent Information
Meeting
• February 26th / March 5th : Student
Information M...
Questions???
• Right Now: General interest questions as a
large group
• In A Moment: Specific questions about
personal sit...
Key Dates
• March 7th – Course Request Forms
Due
• March 18th – Parent “Transition
Tour” #1
• April 11th – Parent “Transit...
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    1. 1. Grade 8 Parent Information Evening: Course Requests for Grade 9 February 24th, 2014
    2. 2. ZIS Links • This PowerPoint will be available on the Parents’ Portal. • You are welcome to take notes, but it is not required 
    3. 3. Tonight’s Purpose • Begin transition process • Basic background information about the Upper School • Outline process for course selection • Go over the course selection choices
    4. 4. Assumptions • Child in Grade 8 at ZIS • Know about ZIS Middle School • Don’t know as much about ZIS Upper School • Excited (& nervous) for child to be in “High School”
    5. 5. Welcome to the Upper School • Amy Greene Upper School Assistant Principal • Adrian Castelli History Teacher Grade 9 Program Coordinator
    6. 6. Class of 2018
    7. 7. Welcome to the Upper School • Tonight is the beginning of an important transition: Middle School → High School • Many transition events planned for Students, Parents and Teachers • “Transition Program” is outlined on handout • August 18th = First day of High School!
    8. 8. Upper School = Seriou s
    9. 9. Parent Transition Events • Parent Transition Tours: • Tuesday, March 18th, 14:25 – 15:35 • Friday, April 11th, 10:30 – 11:15 • Monday, May 5th, 9:00 – 10:15 – An email with information on how to register will be sent by PA rep • Grade 8 Parent Transition Information Evening: – Student and teacher perspectives/ Panel Discussion – May 13th at 18:30 in the Upper School Theater
    10. 10. Student Transition Events • Course Selection Information Meetings (March) • Advisory Q & A (April) • Student Tours of Upper School (May) • Student End of Year BBQ (June) • Grade9 Student Orientation (13:00 Monday, August 18th) • First day of High School (Tuesday, August 19th, 2014)
    11. 11. Upper School Schedule 2014/15 D
    12. 12. Upper School Schedule • 8 courses (A to H) • Each course meets 5 times every 2 weeks • 4 periods per day • Periods are 85 minutes (65 min on Wednesday) • • • • • Daily Advisory meetings 50 minute Lunch School Day Starts at 8.45 School Day Ends at 15.50 Early Release at 14.40 on Wednesday
    13. 13. Upper School Schedule 2014/15 D
    14. 14. Upper School Schedule 2014/15
    15. 15. Upper School Schedule 2014/15
    16. 16. Graduation Requirements • • • • • • • • • 4 credits English 2 credits World Language 3 credits Social Studies 3 credits Science 3 credits Math 2 credits Creative Arts 2 credits Physical Education 4 credits Electives Service Learning
    17. 17. Graduation Requirements • Each class counts as 1 credit English 9 = 1 English Credit • By the end of Grade 12 you need to fulfill the minimum requirements • Information recorded on “Transcript” • Only minor impact on
    18. 18. Graduation Requirements • • • • • • • • • 4 credits English 2 credits World Language 3 credits Social Studies 3 credits Science 3 credits Math 2 credits Creative Arts 2 credits Physical Education 4 credits Electives Service Learning
    19. 19. Graduation Requirements • 4 credits English • 2 credits World Language • 3 credits Social Studies Helpful to fulfill Creative Arts • 3 credits Science requirement in • 3 credits Math Grade 9 & 10 • 2 credits Creative Arts Students taking the • 2 credits PE full IB in grade 11 • 4 credits Electives & 12 may not be able to take Creative • Service Learning Arts class
    20. 20. All Grade 9 students take EIGHT classes • • • • • • • • History I Coordinated Science I PE / Health 9 English 9 German Math Elective 1 Elective 2
    21. 21. All Grade 9 students take EIGHT classes • • • • History I Coordinated Science I No selection English 9 required PE / Health 9 • German • Math Student must select level • Elective 1 • Elective 2 Student can select courses
    22. 22. All Grade 9 students take EIGHT classes • • • • History I Coordinated Science I No selection English 9 required** PE / Health 9 • German • Math Student must select level • Elective 1 • Elective 2 Student can select courses
    23. 23. Grade 9 Humanities Option • Interdisciplinary course • Explore issues that challenge human societies • Extends their understanding of the world around them in local and global contexts • Blends together English, Geography, History, and World Religions • Students earn 2 credits • Taken instead of English 9 and History 1
    24. 24. Grade 9 Outdoor Pursuits • Semester Long Elective. • Can be taken in grade 9 or grade 10. • Experience Based Outdoor Adventure and environmental education • Focus on knowledge and skills and safety. • Activities may include: mountaineering, kayaking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing. • Expectations: 2 overnight expeditions and 3 hour long sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
    25. 25. Upper School Schedule 2014/15
    26. 26. All Grade 9 students take EIGHT classes • • • • History I Coordinated Science I No selection English 9 required PE / Health 9 • German • Math Student must select level • Elective 1 • Elective 2 Student can select courses
    27. 27. Math Options • Math 9 Studies • Math 9 • Math 9 Honors Current Math teacher will help you determine which course is most appropriate.
    28. 28. German Options All students must enroll in one German class. • German I • German 1b / 2a • German II • German 2b • German III • German IV • German Studies for Fluent Speakers • German Standard for Fluent Speakers Current German teacher will help you determine which
    29. 29. German – from MS to US MS German Course US German Course German: Beginner/Basics Intermediate Advanced German I, Ib, II, IIb, III or IV German Mother Tongue Speakers/ Mother based on recommendation of teacher. German Studies for Fluent Speakers German Standard for Fluent Speakers
    30. 30. All Grade 9 students take EIGHT classes • • • • History I Coordinated Science I No selection English 9 required PE / Health 9 • German • Math Student must select level • Elective 1 • Elective 2 Student can select courses
    31. 31. Elective Options Languages • French • Spanish Creative Arts • Concert Band • Concert Choir • Creative Music • Essential Theater • Foundation Art and Design • String Orchestra English • EAL III • Digital Journalism* does not count as an English credit. Other • Learning Support • Virtual High School (VHS)
    32. 32. French Options • • • • • French French French French French I II III IV for Fluent Speakers Current French teacher will help you determine which course is most appropriate.
    33. 33. Spanish Options • • • • • Spanish I Spanish II Spanish III Spanish IV Spanish for Fluent Speakers Current Spanish teacher will help you determine which course is most appropriate.
    34. 34. Creative Arts Requirements • 2 Creative Arts credits needed to graduate. • Art, Music and Drama classes all count towards this requirement. • STRONGLY encouraged to complete this requirement before Gr 11. • *especially true for IB Diploma students
    35. 35. Music Options • Creative Music Gives students a chance to explore music and musicianship through a wide range of activities. Students will learn skills on the guitar and keyboards for a large portion of the course and apply those skills to performance and composition. Students get to choose the music that they enjoy the most… • Concert Band • Concert Choir • String Orchestra
    36. 36. Art Option  Foundation Art and Design Aims to provide a firm foundation in the fundamentals of Art and Design. The curriculum provides a broad range of experiences utilizing the full range of media available in the Art department, including painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, digital software and photography.
    37. 37. Drama Option  Essential Theater Introductory course designed to give students a sampling of what the theater has to offer. The course covers both work on-stage and backstage. Students are exposed to acting and to the history of theater through scripted work and improvisation
    38. 38. English Elective Options Digital Journalism Multimedia news, opinion features and investigative reports. Publication on individual blogs and school newspaper, The Lion’s Journal Teamwork and cooperation on projects and shared publications.
    39. 39. Virtual High School (VHS) • More information at http://www.govhs.org • Not a common course for grade 9 students. • Students who choose this option should be independent workers, self-motivated and serious in their studies. • Permission is needed to enroll. Talk to Mr. Kirkwood or Mr. Soldner.
    40. 40. Mandatory “Electives” Some Students may be “required” to take certain electives based on teacher recommendations.  EAL Students enroll in EAL and English 9 at the same time.  Learning Support Designed to assist students achieve a level of skills which enables them to compete in the mainstream academic arena and make progress towards the completion of their education goals.
    41. 41. What’s Next? • Student Meetings: Students will have a chance to hear this same information on Wednesday. • Conversations: Students, teachers and parents talk about the most appropriate classes for next year. • Research: Go to http://www.zis.ch/ to view the Program of Studies for more information about each class • Complete: Fill-out the Course Request Form
    42. 42. Course Selection Timeline: • February 24th: Parent Information Meeting • February 26th / March 5th : Student Information Meetings. Students receive Course Request Forms • Now – March 7th (Kilchberg) March 14th (Baden) Students discuss course selection with parents and current teachers • By March 7th or March 14th:
    43. 43. Questions??? • Right Now: General interest questions as a large group • In A Moment: Specific questions about personal situations. Mrs. Greene, Mr. Castelli, Mrs. Fox, Mr. McGrath and Mr. Friesen will all be available to speak with you individually. • Additional Information: Grade 9 Transition Program email sent from PA
    44. 44. Key Dates • March 7th – Course Request Forms Due • March 18th – Parent “Transition Tour” #1 • April 11th – Parent “Transition Tour” #2 • May 5th – Parent “Transition Tour” #3 • May 14st – Grade 8 Parent Information Evening
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