Rising 9 Grade Family Night 2014
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• Principals Welcome – Mr. Case
• Class of 2018 Administrator – Ms. Faz
• WP PTSA – M...
West Potomac Student Services
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Kevin McMahon – Director of Student Services
WPHS School Counselors
• A – Bel – Michael J...
Standard Diploma Requirements
2013-2014 and Beyond

Standard Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9th Grade f...
Advanced Studies Diploma Requirements
2013-2014 and Beyond
Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements for Students Enter...
Typical 9th Grade Schedule
(7 courses)
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English 9/English 9 HN
World History and Geography 1/WHG 1 HN
Math (se...
Math Courses for 9 Grade
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• Algebra 1 Part 1 and Algebra 1 (double-block)
Algebra 1 Part 1 is an elective credit

• Alg...
World Language
• French
• German
• Latin
• Spanish
• Spanish for Fluent Speakers (class is designed for
students with a ba...
9 Grade Electives
th

• English
Journalism 1, Photojournalism 1, Creative Writing, Film Study,
Debate, Developing Literaci...
9th Grade Electives
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•

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Technology Education
Design & Technology, Basic Technical Drawing, Electronics,
Aerosp...
AVID

–

an elective option!

• Advancement Via Individual Determination
• AVID is an academic program designed to increas...
On-Level vs. Honors
•
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Course-specific information by each dept.
Student interest/motivation
Higher-order thinki...
Special Education
• Middle School Case Manager makes
recommendations based on the student’s IEP
• Level of services (SC, T...
ESOL

(English for Speakers of Other Languages)
• Middle School ESOL Dept. determines the
ESOL level of each student based...
Important Hints about High School
• Daily attendance is important.
• Absences must be reported by a parent/guardian by
pho...
Important Hints about High School
• Choose your friends wisely.
• Establish a study buddy system.
• Activities such as clu...
Important Dates
• February 5: Rising 9th Grade Family Night
(tonight)
• February 5-7: WP Counselors visit SMS
• February 1...
Action Items
• Course selection sheet requires parent/guardian
signature – please discuss the selections!
• Select two alt...
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
2014 rising 9th night ppt final
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2014 rising 9th night ppt final

  1. 1. Rising 9 Grade Family Night 2014 th • Principals Welcome – Mr. Case • Class of 2018 Administrator – Ms. Faz • WP PTSA – Mr. McIlwain, President
  2. 2. West Potomac Student Services • Kevin McMahon – Director of Student Services WPHS School Counselors • A – Bel – Michael Johnson • Bem – Cl – Anthony Moore • Cm – Fi – Desiree Cave • Fj – Ho – Gail Allison • Hp – Li – Sofia Nyamweya • Lj – M – Randi Rosenberg • N – Ric – Kazue Watlington • Rid – St – Madelyn Turner • Su – Z – Charlette Jefferson Dixon
  3. 3. Standard Diploma Requirements 2013-2014 and Beyond Standard Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9th Grade for the First Time in 2011-2012 and Beyond Subject Standard Credits Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics 3 1 Laboratory Science 3 1 History and Social Sciences 4 1 Health and Physical Education 2 World Language, Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 2 Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives (must include sequential electives) 3 Student Selected Test 1 Career and Technical Education Credential Total Credits 22 6 4
  4. 4. Advanced Studies Diploma Requirements 2013-2014 and Beyond Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9th Grade for the First Time in 2011-2012 and Beyond Subject Area Standard Credits Verified Credits English 4 2 Mathematics 4 2 Laboratory Science 4 2 History and Social Sciences 4 2 World Language 3 (or 2+2) Health and Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 1 Economics & Personal Finance 1 Electives 3 Student Selected Test Total Credits 1 26 9 5
  5. 5. Typical 9th Grade Schedule (7 courses) • • • • • • English 9/English 9 HN World History and Geography 1/WHG 1 HN Math (see next slide) Biology/Biology HN (Science Fair for HN) Health and PE 9 World Language (see later slide) or Elective (see later slide) • Elective
  6. 6. Math Courses for 9 Grade th • Algebra 1 Part 1 and Algebra 1 (double-block) Algebra 1 Part 1 is an elective credit • Algebra 1/Algebra 1 HN • Geometry/Geometry HN • Algebra 2/Algebra 2 HN Teacher recommendation is very important!
  7. 7. World Language • French • German • Latin • Spanish • Spanish for Fluent Speakers (class is designed for students with a background in Spanish or who speak Spanish at home) Teacher recommendation for upper levels
  8. 8. 9 Grade Electives th • English Journalism 1, Photojournalism 1, Creative Writing, Film Study, Debate, Developing Literacies • Math Computer Science • Business Economics & Personal Finance (required for graduation) Information Tech Fund., Information Systems, Webpage Development, Programming Accounting, Business Law/Business Management • Marketing Intro to Marketing
  9. 9. 9th Grade Electives • • • • • • Technology Education Design & Technology, Basic Technical Drawing, Electronics, Aerospace Science Visual Arts Studio Art 1, Computer Graphics 1, Photography 1, Visual Communications 1 Performing Arts Music Sampler, Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Percussion Ensemble, Piano, Chorus (recommendation/audition) Theatre Arts Theatre Arts 1, Technical Theatre 1 West Potomac Academy Dance 1 General Army JROTC 1, AVID, Leadership Training (interview), Peer Mediation
  10. 10. AVID – an elective option! • Advancement Via Individual Determination • AVID is an academic program designed to increase the rigor of coursework taken by West Potomac students. • Every AVID student is in at least one Honors/AP. • All AVID Students have the goal of going to college! • Over the last three years all AVID seniors who applied to a four year college were accepted into at least one four year school! • Tutorials, College Visits, Family Nights, Guest Speakers… • Application required – see Ms. Caldwell for more information.
  11. 11. On-Level vs. Honors • • • • • • Course-specific information by each dept. Student interest/motivation Higher-order thinking skills Interdisciplinary connections Overall workload of seven courses Balance with other commitments (extra-curricular activities, family time, leisure, etc.) • Time management • Organizational skills February 11: Advanced Academics Night
  12. 12. Special Education • Middle School Case Manager makes recommendations based on the student’s IEP • Level of services (SC, TM, general ed) • Special Education courses as needed (Basic Skills, Developmental Reading, Personal Development, etc.)
  13. 13. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) • Middle School ESOL Dept. determines the ESOL level of each student based on the WIDA scores. • ESOL 1 • ESOL 2 • ESOL 2/3 • ESOL 3 • ESOL 4
  14. 14. Important Hints about High School • Daily attendance is important. • Absences must be reported by a parent/guardian by phone or with a note within 3 days. • Use your agenda book every day. • Check Blackboard every day. • Homework counts! • Missed assignments are your responsibility. • Utilize the Wolverine Time. • Late buses are available for after-school help.
  15. 15. Important Hints about High School • Choose your friends wisely. • Establish a study buddy system. • Activities such as clubs, sports and music are great ways to get involved in the school community. • Grades must be maintained to participate in sports. • Grade Point Averages (GPA’s) are computed from your grades in ALL subjects, ALL four years. Ninth grade is important!
  16. 16. Important Dates • February 5: Rising 9th Grade Family Night (tonight) • February 5-7: WP Counselors visit SMS • February 11: Advanced Academics Night • April: List of your courses mailed home for review
  17. 17. Action Items • Course selection sheet requires parent/guardian signature – please discuss the selections! • Select two alternate electives. • Seek out teacher recommendations (AP/HN – expected to stay in the course for the first nine weeks). • Work with your counselor. • For more information, visit our website: www.fcps.edu/WestPotomacHS under “Student Services” and “Academic Advising”
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