Thank you for giving us your attention tonight. Time is precious and I hope that we answer questions and address concerns that you may have. Please provide us with feedback. Let us know if you believe that this was a good use of your time. You can find the evaluation form on the table in the back. Tonight we will have a brief meeting together as a large group and then you are invited to attend a breakout session with your child’s counselor and student leaders. Let me take a moment to introduce our West Potomac staff that are in attendance tonight.
Each of you are here tonight because you care about your child’s educational experience. You have taken the first step to ensure your student’s achievement by being involved in his or her education. READ SLIDE
Graduation is one stop along the educational highway READ SLIDE
READ SLIDE and make clear. Check for understanding through tumbs. So don’t listen to your friends or older brothers and sisters.
How many of you have a story that you like to tell about your days in high school? We all have stories. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are stories of challenges and mountains we had to climb.
Your child is in the middle of writing his or her story. What can you do to help write that story. Here are a few area that good stories are developed and what you can do to help make the story a positive story. Address each area
Continue with Balance and life lessons
We have a team of professionals that are here to help you and your child navigate through their high school years. Read the list, offer examples, and how to get in contact with them.
Studies show that the most accurate predictor of student achievement is the extent to which the family is involved in his or her education.
Henderson, Anne T., and Nancy Berla. "A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement." ERIC – World’s Largest Digital Library of Education Literature . National Committee for Citizens in Education, Washington, DC. Web. 27 Jan. 2012. <http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true>.
Graduation requirements are based on the year a student enters 9 th grade for the first time .
FCPS requirements vary slightly from VDOE.
VDOE made recent changes which put students into four different groups:
Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2009-2010 and prior
Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2010-2011
Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2011-2012
Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2012-2013 and beyond.
Diploma Options for Students First Time in 9 th Grade 2009-2010 and prior First Time in 9 th Grade 2010-2011 First Time in 9 th Grade 2011-2012 First Time in 9 th Grade 2012-2013 Decision Pending 3 diploma options: Standard, Advanced Studies, Modified Standard Same Diploma Requirements as 2009-2010 and prior Changes in requirements for Standard and Advanced Studies diplomas including addition of Econ/PF credit requirement Addition of 2 diploma options: Standard Technical and Advanced Technical Changes to courses that fulfill mathematics requirement Courses that fulfill diploma requirements for math are the same as students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2010-2011 All other requirements and diploma options remain the same as students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2011-2012
Standard Diploma Requirements 2011-2012 and Beyond Standard Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9 th 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 Languages, Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 2 Economic and Personal Finance 1 Electives (must include sequential elective) 3 Student Selected Test 1 Total Credits 22 6
Advanced Studies Diploma Requirements 2011-2012 and Beyond Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9 th 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 Health and Physical Education 2 Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education 1 Economic and Personal Finance 1 Electives 3 Student Selected Test 1 Total Credits 26 9