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Sandwich High School
The Freshman Experience

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  • 1. Sandwich High School Mission Statement
    • The mission of Sandwich High School is to
    • provide a safe and supportive student focused
    • environment, which challenges all students to
    • strive toward their individual potential, by
    • offering a sound, diverse, educational program
    • with a variety of co-curricular learning
    • opportunities. Sandwich High School fosters
    • and values effort, integrity, and self discipline
    • to prepare students for life long learning in a
    • changing global society.
  • 2. Provide, Produce and Increase
    • Provide varied and relevant learning activities that connect subject areas
    • Produce a rich learning environment in which students are highly engaged
    • Increase student motivation through reinforcement of learning
  • 3. Where are we?
  • 4. The Freshman Experience
  • 5.
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • Assessment
    NEAS&C Standards
  • 6.
    • Physical Growth
    • Socialization
    • Emotional Needs
    • Academic Readiness
    • Cognitive Development
    Responsiveness
  • 7. Cognitive Development
  • 8.
    • Guidance Model at SHS
      • Grade-level specific
    • Responsibilities of Freshman Counselor
      • Grade 8 Transition
      • Grade 9 Transition
    Freshman Guidance Counselor Guidance Model
  • 9.
    • Academic Readiness
      • Organization
      • Time Management
      • Study Skills
      • Quiz and Test-taking Skills
    Freshman Guidance Counselor Guidance Model
  • 10. Transitions
  • 11. Get Involved F.O.C.U.S. Freshman, JV & Varsity Athletics Style Choir Student Council Student Advisory Council Radio Club: WSDH Peer Mediation PALS Outdoor Club National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Math Club Leadership Team Lancer Yearbook Knight’s Theater Company & Tech Crew Key Club Jazz Club International Studies Ecology Club: Roots and Shoots Diversity Club Destination Imagination Concert Band Chess Club American Government Club
  • 12.
    • Visits to three K-8 Elementary Schools
    • Scheduling: Individual Student/Parent Mtgs.
    • Move up Day
    • Summer Newsletter/Letter
    • Building Tours
    • Freshman Orientation/Parent Orientation
    • Peer Leaders/Mentors
    • F.O.C.U.S.
    Freshman Activities
  • 13.
    • Fine Arts Exploratory
    • English Language Arts/History
    • Introduction to Computer Technology
    • Science
    • Math
    • Physical Education/Health
    • Foreign Language
    Schedule
  • 14.
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • January Average/Ongoing Progress
    • End of Year Review
    The placement of students is based on the following 3 criteria: Student Placement
  • 15. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • 75 Students
    • Rotate through
    • 30 days of Art
    • 30 days of Music
    • 30 days of Theater
  • 16. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • 1 credit required course for Freshman .
    • semester long, rotating class that focuses on the study of Art, Music and Theater.
  • 17. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • In the Art portion, students
    • Explore Artists, their individual styles
    • and the movements their styles provoked
    • Various art techniques
            • Pablo Picasso
  • 18. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • Examples of artists discussed
    Mondrian Pollock
  • 19. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • Examples of Art Movements
    • Cubism
    • Abstract Expressionism
    • Minimalism
    • Pop Art
  • 20. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • Sketchbook Examples…
  • 21. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • In the Music portion, students explore
    • the history of music
    • elements of music such as sound, pitch and voice range
  • 22. Fine Arts Exploratory
    • In the Theater portion, students
    • Discuss non-conformity as a theme
    • Explore the history of theater
      • Chicago
      • West Side Story
      • Hair
      • A Chorus Line
    • Learn how to read, write and perform theatrical productions
  • 23.
    • Teams share and swap the same group of kids
    • 180 minutes of Humanities
    • College Prep and Honors options
    • Focus on connections
    The Human Condition: Freshman English and History Team Teaching
  • 24. Value-Based Curriculum
    • Content
      • English ( Romeo and Juliet, Night, To Kill a Mockingbird , The Old Man and the Sea and poetry)
      • History (World History until 1789)
    • Values
      • Justice/Injustice
      • Courage/Cowardice
      • Self-Control/Foolishness
      • Wisdom/Foolishness
      • Loyalty/Betrayal
      • Honesty/Dishonesty
      • Responsibility/Irresponsibility
    Freshman English and History
  • 25. Activity 1 Demonstrates Instructional Practices
    • Value Project
      • Students discuss the 7 value combinations across the curricula
      • Students then come up with 4 additional values they believe are important.
      • Students lastly discuss their values across the curricula
    • Homework
  • 26. Activity 2 Addresses Curricula
    • Five Factors of Civilization
    • “ Identify three of the five factors necessary to drive
    • civilizations and explain why they are important.”
  • 27. Activity 3 Assessment
    • The Old Man and the Sea
    • “ Choose three of the values below and explain how
    • Hemingway develops them in the novella. For
    • each of the three topics, cite at least two
    • passages from the text. In your conclusion,
    • connect those values to something you’ve learned
    • in history.”
  • 28. Activity 4 Summer Reading Common Assessment
  • 29. Next Year
    • Why?
    • 2009-2010 Humanities Curriculum
    • History
    • American Part 1 (1760s-1870s)
    • English
    • To be decided
  • 30. Introduction to Computer Technology The Freshman Experience
  • 31.
    • File Management/Effective Back-up
    • Internet Safety/ Responsible Use
    • Word Processing Features
    • Spreadsheet
    • Research and Writing Skills
    The Freshman Experience Introduction to Computer Technology
  • 32.
      • make connections across disciplines
      • engage as active learners
      • become engaged in higher order thinking to promote depth of understanding
      • apply knowledge or skills
      • promote self-assessment and self-reflection
    The Freshman Experience Introduction to Computer Technology This workshop provides opportunities for students to:
  • 33. Introduction to Computer Technology The Freshman Experience “ I like the workshop environment, we learned by doing” Briana Smith 2010 “ Comp Tech helped me to learn more about computer use for school and work” John Ryan 2009 “ I feel more comfortable using the office programs. I created a great PowerPoint for my English class!” Ben Downey 2010
  • 34. Earth and Space Science
    • Earth and Space Science: An introduction to Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology and Astronomy 84 minutes/day x 90 days
    • Heterogeneous classroom
    • featuring differentiated instruction to all learners
    • “ Local to Global Exploration”
    The Freshman Experience
  • 35. Heterogeneous Earth and Space Science Challenges
    • Tailoring instruction to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom (differentiation)
    • Training teachers in differentiated instruction
    • Addressing the actual and perceived heterogeneity issues of our school community (students, parents and faculty).
    The Freshman Experience
  • 36. Heterogeneous Earth and Space Science Issues / Myths
    • “ the pace of the class will be too slow”
    • “ higher-achieving students will be distracted by those who are less interested in the curriculum”
    • “ honors students should be grouped with like-minded, high-achievers”
    • “ higher-achieving students will be denied honors credit on their transcripts”
    The Freshman Experience
  • 37. Heterogeneous Earth and Space Science
    • In line with MA frameworks
    • Peer (intellectual, motivational) leadership
    • Fewer esteem issues related to ability grouping
    • Heterogeneity serves/addresses the needs of our largest population of students
    • Differentiated instruction serves all
    The Freshman Experience
  • 38. Earth and Space Science Honors-Option
    • Honors-level credit in a
    • heterogeneous setting!
    • Research-based, instructor-
    • directed, independent study
    • 10 week research experience
    The Freshman Experience
  • 39. Earth and Space Science Honors-Option
    • Application process
    • Assessment of math, language, science skills
    • Research proposal
    • Faculty/peer review of research
    • Research paper
    • Round-table research discussion
      • Research journal
      • Photo-essay
    • “ H” designation on transcript
    The Freshman Experience
  • 40. Earth and Space Science Honors-Option
    • Evaluation of honors-option program
      • The number of participants
      • The quality of research
      • Future participation/grades in honors and AP level science coursework
      • Student feedback
    The Freshman Experience
  • 41. Earth and Space Science Honors-Option “ I am not limited to the boundaries of a classroom or a curriculum” The Freshman Experience
      • The Action of the Longshore Current and the
      • Effects of Longshore Deposition (littoral drift) on the
      • Cape Cod Bay Shoreline of Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • 42. Earth and Space Science Honors-Option “ I’m doing cutting-edge research” The Freshman Experience
      • Groundwater Pollution: Sources, Effects and Remediation in the Sandwich Sole-Source Aquifer
      • Seismic Activity, Risk and Preparedness in Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • 43. Physical Education & Health The Freshman Experience
  • 44. Foreign Languages
    • SHS offers 3 languages:
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Latin
    The Freshman Experience
  • 45.
    • The offerings for Freshman are as follows:
    • Integrated Algebra I College Prep
    • Algebra I College Prep
    • Algebra I Honors
    • Geometry Honors
    Math The Freshman Experience
  • 46. success Alternate Paths AP Calculus H. Geometry H. Algebra I CP Algebra I H. Alg. II/Trig H. Precalculus CP Precalculus Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 H. Geometry CP Geometry CP Alg. II/Trig
  • 47. Outcomes
    • 0% drop out rate during or after Freshman
    • Highest number of students who make honor roll and high honors
    • Attendance/Discipline
    • Preparedness for sophomore year
    • Two out of 255 retained
    • Visits to Guidance
  • 48.
    • How did we implement the program?
    • What roadblocks and challenges did we face?
    • What might we do differently?
    • What are the positive outcomes for the students?
    Freshman Experience
  • 49. Thank You! Please Feel free to contact us! Ellin Booras, Principal email:ebooras@sandwich.k12.ma.us Ashley McPherson, Freshman Guidance email: amcpherson@sandwich.k12.ma.us Kristen Curtis, Art Teacher email:kcurtis@sandwich.k12.ma.us Karen McGrath, Technology Teacher email: kmcgrath@sandwich.k12.ma.us Chip Hill, Science Teacher email: chill@sandwich.k12.ma.us Meg Gayton, English Teacher email: mgayton@sandwich.k12.ma.us
  • 50. Sandwich High School Mission Statement
    • The mission of Sandwich High School is to
    • provide a safe and supportive student focused
    • environment, which challenges all students to
    • strive toward their individual potential, by
    • offering a sound, diverse, educational program
    • with a variety of co-curricular learning
    • opportunities. Sandwich High School fosters
    • and values effort, integrity, and self discipline
    • to prepare students for life long learning in a
    • changing global society.