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EHS Sophomore Parent Night

  1. 1. Welcome Parents of Incoming Sophomores to Curriculum Night Edina High School Bruce Locklear
  2. 2. The Day in the Life of an EHS Student <ul><li>Video produced by Kyle Engler, Austin Dummer </li></ul>
  3. 3. How does this evening work?
  4. 4. Elective Locations
  5. 5. Get Involved <ul><li>We also invite you to stop by the Commons area, located near the entrance of Fick Auditorium, to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities available to your son/daughter at EHS. Represented tonight are the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>German Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latin Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images Literary Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zephyrus Newspaper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mock Trial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model UN </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Mathematics Course Offerings Edina High School David Boone
  7. 7. Mathematics Pathways
  8. 8. Mathematics Opportunities <ul><li>Math Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Math Team practices once a week from September through February. There are 5 competitions during the season in which students earn individual points as well as team points. Students can earn an EHS letter for their letter jacket. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AP Classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Placement: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Computer Science, and Statistics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students assume a greater responsibility for independent learning and the work load is more than that of a regular class. College credit may be earned. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are invited to participate in the American Mathematical Competition in February by their teacher. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students scoring over 100 on this exam are invited to participate in the AIME national exam. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extra Help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math teachers make themselves available during their contracted hours and many times outside their contracted hours to help students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We also offer slower paced (3 semester) math courses in Advanced Algebra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edina Math is also offered for those students needing targeted standards based instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calculators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We recommend the TI-nSpire CAS . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who do I contact? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>David Boone - Mathematics Area Leader [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. English Course Offerings Edina High School Tim Klobuchar
  10. 10. Curriculum Focus in English 10 <ul><li>Develop strong reading, writing, and literary analysis skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin high school research, including critical evaluation of source material. </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing areas of study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar, usage, and mechanics </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. English 10 <ul><li>The majority of sophomores take this course. </li></ul><ul><li>This course is designed as a transition to high school English. </li></ul><ul><li>The English 10 curriculum makes some interdisciplinary connections with EHS sophomore history classes. Students report that these connections are helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Rigorous, college-prep course (up to ½ hour of homework a night) </li></ul><ul><li>AP still an option for 11 th grade </li></ul>
  12. 12. Enriched English 10 <ul><li>Enriched English 10 is a good fit for students who are successful at reading and writing analytically. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful Enriched 10 students can maintain rigorous homework expectations. (Up to one hour a night). </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched English 10 students arrive in September with a strong command of writing conventions. Consider student’s past experience with analytical essays. </li></ul><ul><li>Significantly more reading and writing than in English 10. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Consider English Electives <ul><li>Public Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Film I and II </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Media (blended format) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sophomores can get a jumpstart on their senior year English credits. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers have observed that sophomores act more mature and respectful when placed with juniors and seniors. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Science Course Offerings Edina High School Steve Sanger
  15. 15. The “Physics First” Sequence Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Physics Enriched Physics Chemistry Enriched Chemistry Biology Enriched Biology CORE Beyond the Core Students can select from a variety of AP or non-AP electives.
  16. 16. Chemistry <ul><li>The majority of sophomores take this course. </li></ul><ul><li>This course builds on students’ prior work in 9 th grade Physics or Enriched Physics and will prepare them for subsequent work in Biology or Enriched Biology </li></ul><ul><li>College-prep course </li></ul>
  17. 17. Enriched Chemistry <ul><li>This is a more rigorous Chemistry course </li></ul><ul><li>Consider enrolling in Enriched Chemistry if you are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>highly interested in science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>self-motivated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>self-disciplined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quite comfortable with math (concurrently in Advanced Algebra) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Selecting a Chemistry Course Chemistry Most students would fit here. <ul><li>not fitting in the above </li></ul>Enriched Chemistry Note: You need to be taking Advanced Algebra concurrently with Enriched Chemistry in 10 th grade, OR you need to have completed Advanced Algebra already in 9 th grade. This group generally consists of about 20% of all students. <ul><li>highly interested in science </li></ul><ul><li>self-motivated </li></ul><ul><li>self-disciplined </li></ul><ul><li>quite comfortable with math </li></ul>You should choose... If you are...
  19. 19. Other Science Offerings <ul><li>AP Courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Environmental Sci. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AP Physics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Electives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparative Anatomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Anatomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Universe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering courses (see elective session in Rm. 326 today) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field-based Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Club and Robotics </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Social Studies Course Offerings Edina High School Dan Baron, Betsy Nimmo
  21. 21. 10th Grade Social Studies <ul><li>World History </li></ul><ul><li>AP World History </li></ul><ul><li>AP European History </li></ul><ul><li>Standard or AP? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of interest and motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort level with advanced reading and writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous experience in Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider Advanced Placement Social Studies including : </li></ul><ul><li>* AP Psychology (1 Semester) </li></ul><ul><li>* AP Human Geography (1 Semester) </li></ul><ul><li>* AP US Government (1 Semester) </li></ul><ul><li>* AP Comparative Government (1 Semester) </li></ul><ul><li>* AP US History (Full Year)-11 th Grade </li></ul>
  22. 22. Standard World History <ul><li>Broad survey course beginning with early civilizations up to the 21 st century </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Methods include group activities, class discussions, lecture, simulations, debates, and research </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment—objective tests, essay writing, projects, and assignments </li></ul>
  23. 23. AP History <ul><li>AP World History </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological study of major geographic regions—Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe from early civilizations to globalization in the 21 st century </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes global perspective of world events </li></ul><ul><li>Students can expect a combination of lecture, simulations, debate, and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>AP European History </li></ul><ul><li>Europe and areas impacted by Europeans from 1450-present. </li></ul><ul><li>Shorter period of time than AP World and fewer places to cover. </li></ul><ul><li>Depth rather than breadth with the same rigor as the AP World history course. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Counseling Department Edina High School Jeanne Brown
  25. 25. EHS Counselors <ul><li>Janet Schmiel A-Bri </li></ul><ul><li>Jeanne Brown Bro-Fo </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Holbach Fr-Ka </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Burnham Ke-Mo </li></ul><ul><li>Sandy Schmidt Mu-Se </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Hicks Sh-Z </li></ul><ul><li>Support Staff : </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Knutson </li></ul><ul><li>Lory Mullis </li></ul>
  26. 26. Registration Timeline <ul><li>February 8-9 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EHS Counselors meet with freshmen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>February 17-18 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SV registration to take place at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School View activation codes distributed by SVMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact South View </li></ul></ul><ul><li>February 10-23 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VV Freshmen registration opens online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School View activation codes distributed by VVMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Valley View </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Course Catalog <ul><li>You will find the full course catalog at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Students were given sophomore only course catalogs </li></ul><ul><li>Use this site to look up course descriptions, requirements, and other specific information related to scheduling </li></ul>
  28. 28. EHS Graduation Requirements <ul><li>#1 - 42 Semester credits – grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>9 th grade credits count toward both the 42 credits needed towards graduation as well as college requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>At least 30 credits must be earned through Edina High School. </li></ul><ul><li>9 th grade courses and grades will appear on the Edina High School transcript. </li></ul><ul><li>#2 – GRAD component of the MCA II </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WRITING – Gr. 9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>READING – Gr. 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MATH – Gr. 11 </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Graduation Requirement #1 <ul><li>42 semester credits are required grades 9-12 including… </li></ul><ul><li>ENGLISH (8 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIAL STUDIES (7 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>SCIENCE (6 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>MATH (6 credits)- 4 credits from the HS </li></ul><ul><li>PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1 credit) – Grade 9 </li></ul><ul><li>PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1 credit) – Grades 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>HEALTH (1 credit) – Grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>FINE ARTS (2 credits) – Grades 9-12 </li></ul>
  30. 30. SchoolView Edina Public Schools Steve Buettner
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  32. 36. How YOU can get involved! <ul><li>Join EHS Parent Council </li></ul><ul><li>Go to  and you will find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An Online Parent Survival Guide written by parents for parents new to EHS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information about EHS Parent Council and how it supports our students and staff </li></ul></ul>
  33. 37. What’s Up at EHS? <ul><li>Hornet Headlines is your news source at EHS </li></ul><ul><li>Hornet Headlines is located on the home page of the EHS website and is updated regularly. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  34. 38. Elective Sessions/Activity Booths