West Potomac High School
Rising Freshmen Night <ul><li>West Potomac High School </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to West Potomac High School </li></ul><ul...
Tonight’s Goal <ul><li>Participants will walk away from Rising Parent Information Night with a better understanding of gra...
Parent/Guardian Involvement <ul><li>Studies show that the most accurate predictor of student achievement is the extent to ...
Diploma Options for Students  <ul><li>Graduation requirements are based on the year a student enters 9 th  grade  for the ...
Diploma Options for Students  First Time in 9 th  Grade 2009-2010  and prior First Time in 9 th  Grade  2010-2011 First Ti...
Standard Diploma Requirements  2011-2012 and Beyond  Standard Diploma Course Requirements for Students Entering 9 th  Grad...
Advanced Studies Diploma Requirements 2011-2012 and Beyond Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements for Students Enter...
 
How can you help write your child’s high school story? <ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleeping in one day turns ...
How can you help write your child’s high school story? <ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics, extracurricular ac...
Who can help? <ul><li>School Counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Pare...
West Potomac HS From the students’ prospective
Parents/Guardians and Students, please report to the location identified below: <ul><li>Break Out Sessions </li></ul><ul><...
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  • 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.
  • Rising freshmen night final 2 14 12

    1. 1. West Potomac High School
    2. 2. Rising Freshmen Night <ul><li>West Potomac High School </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to West Potomac High School </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Student Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counselors </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Tonight’s Goal <ul><li>Participants will walk away from Rising Parent Information Night with a better understanding of graduation requirement, the West Potomac experience, and clarity on any questions or concerns. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Parent/Guardian Involvement <ul><li>Studies show that the most accurate predictor of student achievement is the extent to which the family is involved in his or her education. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Henderson, Anne T., and Nancy Berla. &quot;A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement.&quot; 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>.
    5. 5. Diploma Options for Students <ul><li>Graduation requirements are based on the year a student enters 9 th grade for the first time . </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS requirements vary slightly from VDOE. </li></ul><ul><li>VDOE made recent changes which put students into four different groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2009-2010 and prior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2010-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2011-2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students entering 9 th grade for the first time in 2012-2013 and beyond. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 10. How can you help write your child’s high school story? <ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleeping in one day turns into two days and two days turn into three day next thing you know your child has missed 10 days of school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 days X 7 hours = 70 hours of missed instruction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenging courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic wall – what can be done to get around, over, or under the wall. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Different group of friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here is your chance to make new friends </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. How can you help write your child’s high school story? <ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics, extracurricular activities, clubs, friends, family, community activities/service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal social maturity through experiences </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Who can help? <ul><li>School Counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Liaisons </li></ul><ul><li>PTSA </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches/Club Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>School Social </li></ul><ul><li>School Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>School Nurse </li></ul>
    12. 13. West Potomac HS From the students’ prospective
    13. 14. Parents/Guardians and Students, please report to the location identified below: <ul><li>Break Out Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Students with last names beginning with A-For report to room 520 </li></ul><ul><li>Students with last names beginning with Fora – Mam report to room 528 </li></ul><ul><li>Students with last names beginning with Mama – Robe report to room 501 </li></ul><ul><li>Students with last names beginning with Robf – Z report to room 503 </li></ul>
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