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Grade 8 9 course selection 2014-2015

  1. 1. re tu u F A student and parent information session
  2. 2. VSH Counseling Department Located in room 1067, directly across from High 1067 School Administration 6 counselors (two for grade 9/10, four for grade 11/12) *Doug McQueen – Grade 9/10 (Surnames A-Lh) Steve Ayling – Grade 9/10 (Surnames Li-Z) * Crystal Cappuccio- Grade 9/10 (A-Lh) --------------------------------------------------------------------Curt Nichols (Dept. Head) Janelle Grier David Birchenall *Doug McQueen
  3. 3. HS Counseling Department Academic, Personal/Social & College/Career Counseling G-Talks (Homeroom discussions…grades 9/10) Student Ambassadors Naviance: Family Connection Variety of Resources (College & Parenting Resources) SAT Testing Site
  4. 4. HS Transitioning - Issues Academic Pressures Friendships Freedom Age of Exploration Dating Alcohol Rebellion
  5. 5. You are NEVER alone Counselor Trusted Friends Student Ambassadors Teachers/ Coaches/ Administration Other trusted adults & Family members If there is EVER a situation you are uncomfortable with, unsure of , confused or upset about...speak with someone. We can work it out
  6. 6. Your Responses matter to us… 1. Reflect on a past problem you have had, how you felt and how you overcame the issue and/or managed to deal with it? 2. Think about a current issue or concern you are facing, or something/somebody you are concerned about. What can you or others do to help the situation? 3. What are you most looking forward to in high school? What excites you about the transition to high school? 4. What are your strengths? What are you good at? How do you use these on a daily basis? 5. What are you curious about? What questions do you have about High School? 6. What are your future goals and dreams? These can be school related but could also link to your future self, many years from now....
  7. 7. An Important message from the HS Counseling Department What you do in high school, colleges will know! know Transcripts Teacher Letters of Reference Extra-Curricular Activities Becoming the person you will be for the rest of your life… This really can be a Fresh Start 
  8. 8. What colleges want to see? They want to see that you are challenging yourself to the best of your ability with the courses you select. They want to see the best possible grades you are capable of achieving. This allows them to “predict” how successful you could be at their college. They want to see a well rounded individual that contributes to their high school and community in a positive, enthusiastic way.
  9. 9. Diploma Options at ISM IB Diploma + ISM High Most Rigorous Offered School Diploma IB Certificates + ISM High School Diploma ISM High School Diploma Least Rigorous Offered (still challenging)
  10. 10. Year 1 of a Four Year Plan
  11. 11. ISM Graduation Requirements (MINIMUM) – *think of 1 credit = 1 year SUBJECT MIN. REQUIRED # of CREDITS English 4 Math 2 Science 2 Social Studies 2 Modern Languages 2 Fine & Performing Arts 2 Physical Education 2 Wellness/Computer Literacy 1 Electives 6 TOTAL 23
  12. 12. After Grade 9? (WHAT YOU WILL HAVE ACHIEVED) SUBJECT CREDITS OBTAINED CREDITS REMAINING English (4) 1 3 Math (2) 1 1 Science (2) 1 1 Social Studies (2) 1 1 Modern Languages (2) 1 1 Fine & Performing Arts (2) 1 1 Physical Education (2) 1 1 Wellness/Computer Lit. (1) 1 0 Electives (6) 0 6 TOTAL 8 15
  13. 13. What should I know now? Being ‘unsure’ is okay  Grade 9 courses- some are a pathway to IB courses. Some IB courses have pre-requisites Take special care with (as shown in your handout); 1. Modern Language 2. Technology Elective (one semester) 3. Fine and Performing Arts
  14. 14. Grade 9 Course Choices
  15. 15. Course Flow from 9-10 Grade 9 Grade 10
  16. 16. HS Course Offerings SY 2014-15
  17. 17. IB Subject Flow (English-Mainstream)
  18. 18. IB Subject Flow (English-ESL)
  19. 19. IB Subject Flow (Math) Math placement is determined by exam/test scores, classroom performance and teacher recommendations
  20. 20. IB Subject Flow (Science) Integrated Science 1 combines and integrates the three content areas of biology, chemistry and physics. In grade 10 you will have the choice of continuing with Integrated Science 2, or specializing with a full year course(s) in either biology, chemistry and/or physics.
  21. 21. 1) Modern Language option Students are strongly recommended to continue their modern language from grade 8* Colleges prefer that students stick with one second language. French (grade 8) French (grade 9) (*exception being switching to Filipino Intro to Literature 1)
  22. 22. 2) Technology Offering Your Elective Choose a semester long technology offering…
  23. 23. 3) Fine and Performing Arts
  24. 24. Actual Course Selection When? March 10th- March 14th , 2014 Where? Homeroom/ Tutorial time (and the link WILL WORK at home!) so you can choose together! How? Online selection (as follows)
  25. 25. ks n ha e T ur ut F en hm es Fr re tu Fu & en m sh re F s! nt re Pa
  26. 26. Any Questions? Contact Information: Mr. Doug McQueen (A-Lh) Office number 840 8664 Mr. Steve Ayling (Li-Z) Office number 840 8657