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2008 Incoming 9th Grade Parents Orientation

  1. 1. <ul><li>For parents and students who are definitely planning to attend VCHS! </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for choosing courses! </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizing the summer to prepare for high school! </li></ul>Welcome to the Class of 2012 9th Grade Parent’s Orientation
  2. 2. Guidance Counseling Scott Wessling and ? (9th), Jonathon Burton, Jennifer Griffin & Mark Lodewyk - ? (10 th - 12th) <ul><li>4 - Year Plan ( Fall/Winter, Grade 9 ), PSAT, </li></ul><ul><li>basic Family Connection software training </li></ul><ul><li>(Spring, Grade 9), Career Interests </li></ul><ul><li>4 - Year Plan Update, PSAT, and additional </li></ul><ul><li>career inventory (Grade 10) </li></ul><ul><li>College Preparation, Grade 11 & 12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S.A.T. Preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Connection College Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly Lunch Seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Representatives on Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Applications Bootcamp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vocational College Track </li></ul>
  3. 3. Guidance Counseling Scott Wessling and ? (9th), Jonathon Burton, Jennifer Griffin & Mark Lodewyk - ? (10 th - 12th) <ul><li>VCHS’ unique Modified Block Schedule… </li></ul>
  4. 4. The 2009-2010 Schedule Our “Modified Block” Schedule
  5. 5. Our Schedule <ul><li>The A Day Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>(Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) </li></ul><ul><li>Period 1: 7:40 – 9:05 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 9:05 – 9:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 3: 9:20 – 10:50 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 10:50 – 10:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 5: 11:00 – 12:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch: 12:25 – 12:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 7: 1:00 – 2:25 </li></ul><ul><li>The B Day Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>(Periods 2, 4, 6, 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Period 2: 7:40 – 9:05 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 9:05 – 9:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 4: 9:20 – 10:50 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 10:50 – 10:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 6: 11:00 – 12:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch: 12:25 – 12:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 8: 1:00 – 2:25 </li></ul>
  6. 6. So Here Is A Normal 2 Weeks. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday A 1,3,5,7 B 2,4,6,8 A 1,3,5,7 A 1,3,5,7 B 2,4,6,8 Week One: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday A 1,3,5,7 A 1,3,5,7 B 2,4,6,8 B 2,4,6,8 B 2,4,6,8 Week Two:
  7. 7. What Happens With A Holiday? A A B B OFF Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday B A A B Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday A
  8. 8. Highlights <ul><li>Classes are typically 85 minutes long (75 minutes on chapel days) </li></ul><ul><li>4 period days are 7:40 – 2:25 </li></ul><ul><li>3 period days start after 9:00 and end at 2:25 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Highlights (cont’d) <ul><li>We have tutorials in the mornings for those students who have 3 classes that day. </li></ul><ul><li>Classes always have at least a 10-minute break between them. </li></ul><ul><li>Students in carpools may adjust their schedules to have the same open period. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Taking 8 Classes <ul><li>Students have the option of taking an 8 th class (and pay some extra tuition $$). </li></ul><ul><li>We generally do not recommend taking an 8 th academic class, except for Music Conservatory students (COMP program), or students who would like to take a double subject. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Academic Benefits <ul><li>Fewer classes a day allows for more focused and efficient student work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer subjects each day for students to study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More flexibility in managing workload (always have a day between classes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built-in tutorial times allows for greater access to faculty </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Our Schedule <ul><li>The A Day Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>(Periods 1, 3, 5, 7) </li></ul><ul><li>Period 1: 7:40 – 9:05 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 9:05 – 9:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 3: 9:20 – 10:50 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 5: 11:00 – 12:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch: 12:25 – 12:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 7: 1:00 – 2:25 </li></ul><ul><li>The B Day Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>(Periods 2, 4, 6, 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Period 2: 7:40 – 9:05 </li></ul><ul><li>Break: 9:05 – 9:15 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 4: 9:20 – 10:50 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 6: 11:00 – 12:25 </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch: 12:25 – 12:55 </li></ul><ul><li>Period 8: 1:00 – 2:25 </li></ul>Half our students have 4 A-Day classes and 3 B-Day classes. Half our students have 3 A-Day classes and 4 B-Day classes. Students have Optional Tutorial either period 1 or period 2.
  13. 13. What Is The Optional Tutorial? <ul><li>You may come early for extra help. </li></ul><ul><li>You may meet other students to work on group projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring will be in assigned rooms by department (math, science, English, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>There is also the library to which you can go for quiet work, printing documents, etc. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Optional Tutorial Success! <ul><li>Students who use their Optional Tutorial time to their advantage typically: </li></ul><ul><li>1. raise their semester GPA by .5 – 1.0 points (such as a 2.7 to a 3.5!) </li></ul><ul><li>2. have better relationships with their teachers because their effort is evident </li></ul>
  15. 15. Optional Tutorial Disaster! <ul><li>Many students typically do not use their Optional Tutorial time to their advantage because: </li></ul><ul><li>1. They don’t need it in first week or two, then decide it’s not necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>2. They don’t see some friends not using it, then decide it’s not necessary. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reminder: here is our first week of school: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday A 1,3,5,7 B 2,4,6,8 A 1,3,5,7 A 1,3,5,7 B 2,4,6,8
  17. 17. First General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 Success Challenge
  18. 18. First General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 Success Challenge
  19. 19. First General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 Success Challenge
  20. 20. First General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 Success Challenge
  21. 21. Second General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 Every student is unique; your selections don’t have to be the same as others!
  22. 22. Third General Principle for Choosing Courses for Gr. 9 a. You have spent years watching your student struggle, watching them succeed—that results in wisdom ! Discuss this schedule with them, check with their current teachers, pray with them, and trust your wisdom as a starting point! b. Enter your schedule on the website with your best choices by the due date – you can always make some “tweaks” later on.
  23. 23. For detailed course descriptions, to www.vcs.net, “Academics— High School—2007-2008 Course Catalog”
  24. 24. The Basic Schedule: 5 Required Classes, 2 Electives <ul><li>Christianity In Our Culture/OT </li></ul><ul><li>Global Studies 1 </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>P.E. or Strength & Conditioning </li></ul>Choose TWO from the following: ** Science ** Foreign Lang. ** Fine Art ** Technology ** General Elective
  25. 25. 5 Required Classes…
  26. 26. 1. Bible (4 year Grad. Reqr.) Nathan Smith, Bible Department Chair <ul><li>“ Christianity In Our Culture” (1 st Sem.) and “History of Israel” (2 nd Sem.) required for all 9 th graders. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of grade 11-12 Bible choices based on Bible grade in previous year and teacher recommendations. </li></ul>Required
  27. 27. 1. Bible (4 year Grad. Reqr.) Andy McIntyre, Bible Department Chair <ul><li>Two Levels of Bible Education for Grades 9 & 10: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bible Study”, for those with a strong background in the Bible (Christian schools, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bible Survey”, for those with limited Bible study experiences (or in Christian school now with C or less grade). </li></ul>Required
  28. 28. Bible : Community Service <ul><li>25 hours required during 9 th grade, due December & May. </li></ul><ul><li>May be served in the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>Theme for 9 th graders is “Serving the Elderly and the Handicapped”, plus service through a local Christian church. </li></ul><ul><li>Hours Verification Form available in your packet, the high school office or at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.vcs.net--academics--high school. </li></ul>
  29. 29. 2. Social Science (4 year Grad. Reqr.) Gray Judge, History Department Chair <ul><li>3 Choices For 9 th Graders: </li></ul><ul><li>Global Studies I . </li></ul><ul><li>Global Studies I – Honors . (based on English/History grades, placement tests) </li></ul><ul><li>Music History . Conservatory students only. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Grade at end of the freshman year, teacher recommendation, and 9 th grade standardized test scores will determine 10th grade placement: Global Studies 2 or AP European History or AP Human Geography. </li></ul>Required
  30. 30. 3. English (4 year Grad. Reqr.) Judy Marc, English Department Chair <ul><li>2 Levels of English for 9th Grade: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College Prep English 9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English 9 - Honors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will notified early summer if we determine a different English placement is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>If essay writing needs help, consider our summer seminar! </li></ul>Required
  31. 31. English: Summer Reading <ul><li>1 Book ( The Princess Bride , William Golden) for all 9 th grade students. </li></ul><ul><li>No book report, but there will be a test on content and themes of Summer Reading takes place the first week of school. </li></ul>
  32. 32. 4. Math (3 year Grad. Reqr.) Cathy Gengl, Math Department Chair <ul><li>7 Levels of Math for 9th Grade: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Algebra 1A (Pre-Alg/Alg A), then 1B (Alg. B) in 10 th grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Algebra 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geometry, Geometry Honors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Math Placement Test. (VCJH will take their test April 28 & 29) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Required
  33. 33. 4. Math (3 year Grad. Reqr.) Cathy Gengl, Math Department Chair <ul><li>Special math placement questions, summer on-line math options, etc. should be directed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Cathy Gengl </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Required
  34. 34. 2 Elective Choices… Choose from the following: ** Science ** Foreign Lang. ** Fine Art ** Technology ** General Elective ** Study Hall (no credit)
  35. 35. <ul><li>3 Levels of Science for 9th Grade: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Science , which is an </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>intro to chemistry & physics, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology, Honors Biology (mostly 10th graders), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry , Honors Chemistry (must have completed Biology) </li></ul></ul>Science (2 year Grad. Reqr.) Scott Vander Veen, Science Department Chair <ul><ul><li>Biology and Chemistry Placement Test. (VCJH students will take their test May 19 - 22) </li></ul></ul>Elective
  36. 36. Foreign Language (No Grad. Reqr.) Mary Riley, Foreign Language Department Chair <ul><li>Spanish I, II, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>French I, II, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese I, II, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin I, II, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Latin I, II, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign Language I, II, etc. </li></ul>Elective !!
  37. 37. Foreign Language (No Grad. Reqr.) Mary Riley, For. Lang. Department Chair <ul><li>2 years minimum for most 4 year colleges and universities. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of Thumb: 2 yrs JH (every day!) = 1 year HS. </li></ul>Elective <ul><li>2 years need phrase-strong English grammar skills, good memory skills and work ethic to succeed in our foreign language classes in 9th grade. About 15 - 20% of freshman drop Foreign Language in 9 th grade due to low grades! </li></ul>!!
  38. 38. Fine Arts (1 year Grad. Reqr.) Chairs: Troy Gunter (Music), Autumn Mortenson (Dance) <ul><li>Music . 11 Choices for 9th Grade. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra,, Jazz (2 levels), Percussion, String Ensemble, Piano, Choir (2 levels), Worship Band, Music Technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auditions for the Bands, Jazz Bands, Strings, Choirs and Worship Bands. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Program (Summer Band and Colorguard Camp in August). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Art . Art 1, Advanced Art. </li></ul><ul><li>Photography . Photographic Design 1 & 2. </li></ul><ul><li>Dance . Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, level 1 or 2. </li></ul>Elective
  39. 39. valleychristianconservatory.org
  40. 40. Fine Arts (continued) For more info, phone 513-2415 <ul><li>Music Auditions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact the Music Department ASAP for audition info and to schedule an audition date. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Music Dates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marching Band and Colorguard Camp July 31. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colorguard workshops begin in mid-June. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colorguard Informational Meeting in the spring. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email Contact Info: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  41. 41. Fine Arts (1 year Grad. Reqr.) Chairs: Troy Gunter (Music), Autumn Mortenson (Dance) <ul><li>Music . 11 Choices for 9th Grade. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra,, Jazz (2 levels), Percussion, String Ensemble, Piano, Choir (2 levels), Worship Band, Music Technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Auditions for the Bands, Jazz Bands, Strings, Choirs and Worship Bands. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Program (Summer Band and Colorguard Camp in August). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Art . Art 1, Advanced Art. </li></ul><ul><li>Photography . Photographic Design 1 & 2. </li></ul><ul><li>Dance . Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, level 1 or 2. </li></ul>Elective
  42. 42. 2008 Spring Dance Show “ Beyond Limits” April 24 & 25 May 2 & 3
  43. 43. Fine Arts: Theatre Matthew DeMeritt, Director of Theatre <ul><li>3 Choices for 9th Grade. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theatre I </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting For Film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Theatre I (actually either a technology or fine art course. This includes hands-on experience with various aspects of technical theatre) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3 Major After-School Productions. </li></ul><ul><li>Student directed shows throughout the year. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Theatre, “Seussical”, June 16 thru July 12. April 20 application deadline. For info, call: 513-2444. </li></ul>Elective
  44. 44. Technology (2 year Grad. Reqr.) Chairs: D. Fugate, T. McElhatton, J. Wiebe <ul><li>Computer Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Software. (MS Office, Adobe, Corel, Macromedia products). Includes web design tools. This ON-LINE course is required for graduation , unless a student-- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a. has taken Computer 1 at VCJH, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. passes the MS Office Challenge Test, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. takes an MS Office summer course. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-------------------- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server Scripting/Beginning Progamming. (prerequisite: Computer Software). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics. </li></ul></ul>Elective
  45. 45. Technology (2 year Grad. Reqr.) Chairs: D. Fugate, T. McElhatton, J. Wiebe <ul><li>Summer strategy: Consider the </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge Tests; for more info: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Other Tech Electives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journalism (should have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strong English skills) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Radio Broadcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art of Filmmaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Film/TV/Video </li></ul></ul>Elective
  46. 46. General Electives <ul><li>Scriptwriting (developing scripts for film and television). </li></ul><ul><li>Study Hall (no credit). </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Study Hall ( credit). </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Class (a third elective choice; an additional one-seventh approximate tuition charge). Takes the place of the typical Optional Tutorial. </li></ul>Elective
  47. 47. The Basic Schedule: 5 Required Classes, 2 Electives <ul><li>Christianity In Our Culture/OT </li></ul><ul><li>Global Studies 1 </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>P.E. or Strength & Conditioning </li></ul>Choose TWO from the following: ** Science ** Foreign Lang. ** Fine Art ** Technology ** General Elective
  48. 48. 5. P.E./Athletics (2 year Grad. Reqr.) Eric Scharrenberg, Vice-Pres. of Athletics <ul><li>P.E. is required* in 9th Grade through either </li></ul><ul><li>of these two choices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boy’s P.E., Girl’s P.E. (with Health). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength/Conditioning (with Health). Prerequisite: participation in VCHS after school sports, VCHS Coach’s recommendation at the start of school. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preparing for Sports (note: VCHS offers physicals May 27, 6-9 pm, approx. $40. Call 513-2455 to sign up) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Sports Camps </li></ul>* Conservatory students in Marching Band are not required to take P.E.
  49. 49. 9th Grade Orientation, F.A.S.T. TRAK <ul><li>9:00 am - 12:30 pm, August 13-14 </li></ul><ul><li>Friendship Building Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations on High School Life (Staff & Student Leaders) </li></ul><ul><li>Registration, Pictures, Lockers, Schedules, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch! </li></ul>
  50. 50. Question & Answer Scott Wessling: 513-2409 or wessling@vcs.net

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