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Orientation Refresher November 17, 2009
Objectives <ul><li>Review Angel tools and functions </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss importance of school participation </li></ul...
Begin Application Sharing
Practice #1 – Create Daily Schedule
Practice #1 <ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to work on this Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Stay logged in to Wimba while you ...
Importance of Completing Assignments <ul><li>Lets your teachers know if you understand the material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Importance of Attending Wimba Classes <ul><li>Helps you learn new material </li></ul><ul><li>You can ask questions as they...
Importance of Communicating with Teachers <ul><li>You must respond to teacher phone calls and emails within one week </li>...
How/When to Call Teachers <ul><li>Call your teacher immediately when you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are having trouble with an...
How/When to Call Academic Advisor <ul><li>Call ME (Ms. Franus) when: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’re having technical problem...
Importance of Communicating with your Parent/Guardian <ul><li>Keep track of your hours </li></ul><ul><li>They should check...
Practice #2 – Discussion Thread <ul><li>Post a message to the Discussion Thread about “Why I Enrolled in Cyber School” </l...
Earning Credits <ul><li>Who can tell me what it means to “earn a credit” in high school? </li></ul>
Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students earn .5 credits for each high school course they complete w...
Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer:  </li></ul><ul><li>6 courses x .5 credits =   3 credits per semester </li></ul><ul><li>If ...
Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer:  </li></ul><ul><li>  3 credits x 2 semesters = 6 credits </li></ul>
Consequences of failing a course <ul><li>Who can tell me what happens if a student does not earn 60% or higher in a course...
Consequences of failing a course (7-8) <ul><li>Retention! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If students in grades 7 & 8 fail two or mo...
Consequences of failing a course (9-12 grade) <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The student will “fail” the course and...
Credit Recovery (9-12) <ul><li>Uh oh…you had a rough semester and you failed a class (or even more than one). You don’t wa...
Credit Recovery (9-12) <ul><ul><li>There are a few options for making up a shortage of credits, which we call “credit reco...
Credits Required for Graduation <ul><li>The number of credits you are required to have in order to graduate depends upon w...
Credits Breakdown <ul><li>English – 4 credits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English IV A includes Graduation Project </li></ul></u...
Grade Level by Credits Earned
Additional Graduation Requirements <ul><li>Students must complete the minimum required credits </li></ul><ul><li>Students ...
The Goal is in Sight!!! <ul><li>Graduation is attainable for all of you! </li></ul><ul><li>You and your family will be inv...
Practice #3 <ul><li>For this Practice, you'll take a screen shot (also known as a screen capture or a print screen) of one...
Practice #3 <ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to work on this Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Stay logged in to Wimba while you ...
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Orientation Refresher - PDLCS

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This is a presentation I just did with about 40 of my 7th-9th grade cyber school students today. Some of them are still struggling to understand how to use many of the tools of our school system.

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Orientation Refresher - PDLCS

  1. 1. Orientation Refresher November 17, 2009
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Review Angel tools and functions </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss importance of school participation </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation and Goal Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Practice #1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Daily Schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put in Drop Box </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice #2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion Thread </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practice #3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Screen Shot of Course Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail to Academic Advisor </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Begin Application Sharing
  4. 4. Practice #1 – Create Daily Schedule
  5. 5. Practice #1 <ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to work on this Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Stay logged in to Wimba while you are working </li></ul><ul><li>Put up a green check mark once you complete this Practice and submit it to the appropriate Drop Box </li></ul><ul><li>If you are going to need extra time please send me a private text </li></ul>
  6. 6. Importance of Completing Assignments <ul><li>Lets your teachers know if you understand the material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not complete partial assignments just to “get it in” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gives you the opportunity to practice what you are learning in class </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents you from accruing IPACT points </li></ul>
  7. 7. Importance of Attending Wimba Classes <ul><li>Helps you learn new material </li></ul><ul><li>You can ask questions as they come up </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to interact with other students </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you participation points toward your grade </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents you from accruing IPACT points </li></ul>
  8. 8. Importance of Communicating with Teachers <ul><li>You must respond to teacher phone calls and emails within one week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Response Required” emails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your teachers are your best tutors! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They write the courses and check your assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We do not know you need help if you choose to do nothing </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are more willing to work with students who are showing effort </li></ul>
  9. 9. How/When to Call Teachers <ul><li>Call your teacher immediately when you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are having trouble with an assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are concerned about your grade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have an excused absence (you also need to call me!) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. How/When to Call Academic Advisor <ul><li>Call ME (Ms. Franus) when: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’re having technical problems. (You should also call Tech Support to resolve these issues right away.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have an Excused Absence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’re not sure who to call </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Importance of Communicating with your Parent/Guardian <ul><li>Keep track of your hours </li></ul><ul><li>They should check for assignment submissions before logging your hours </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule “check-in” times so they can help you stay on track </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should call or email your teachers once every week or two to check in </li></ul>
  12. 12. Practice #2 – Discussion Thread <ul><li>Post a message to the Discussion Thread about “Why I Enrolled in Cyber School” </li></ul><ul><li>You do not need to share personal information; just the basics </li></ul><ul><li>Make at least two comments on other students’ posts (be encouraging, you are all in this together!) </li></ul><ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to complete this Practice; stay logged in to Wimba while you are completing it; put up a green check mark when you have finished this Practice </li></ul>
  13. 13. Earning Credits <ul><li>Who can tell me what it means to “earn a credit” in high school? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students earn .5 credits for each high school course they complete with a grade of 60% or better </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On the average, most students take 6 courses each semester. If each course has a value of .5 credits, how many credits could a student potentially earn in one semester? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>6 courses x .5 credits = 3 credits per semester </li></ul><ul><li>If a student can earn 3 credits in one semester, how many credits can a student earn in one school year? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Earning Credits <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li> 3 credits x 2 semesters = 6 credits </li></ul>
  17. 17. Consequences of failing a course <ul><li>Who can tell me what happens if a student does not earn 60% or higher in a course? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Consequences of failing a course (7-8) <ul><li>Retention! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If students in grades 7 & 8 fail two or more of their courses, they will be recommended for retention by Teachers and Administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retention means being held back and repeating the same grade the following year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also means you’ll be repeating subjects, classes, and assignments that you’ve already done </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Consequences of failing a course (9-12 grade) <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The student will “fail” the course and will not earn .5 credits for that course. The student must also repeat the same course all over again during the next semester. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Failing courses will also affect your graduation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If a student does not earn the expected number of credits per year (6 credits) his/her graduation may be set back to a later date. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does that mean that a student can keep trying to earn enough credits to graduate forever? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No! Students may only enroll in public school through the semester he/she turns age 21. The student may continue with school during the semester they turn 21, but cannot re-enroll for the next semester. It will be too late! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Credit Recovery (9-12) <ul><li>Uh oh…you had a rough semester and you failed a class (or even more than one). You don’t want your graduation date to be moved back so what can you do? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Credit Recovery (9-12) <ul><ul><li>There are a few options for making up a shortage of credits, which we call “credit recovery.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can take more than the normal 6 courses in upcoming semesters (if you meet Ms. Franus’ requirements). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can take a course or two over the summer. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can work on a course at an “accelerated” pace. (If you fall behind, this option will be revoked.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Credits Required for Graduation <ul><li>The number of credits you are required to have in order to graduate depends upon when you started high school at PDLCS. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you enrolled/started in high school (grades 9-12) at PDLCS before June 2007 you must earn 21 credits to graduate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you enrolled/started in high school at PDLCS after June 2007 you must earn 24 credits to graduate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you earned any credits at another school before you came to PDLCS, all of those credits are transferred in. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Credits Breakdown <ul><li>English – 4 credits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English IV A includes Graduation Project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Math – 3 credits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 credit Algebra I </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Science – 3 credits </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies – 3 credits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 credit American History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.5 credit American Government </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Language – 2 credits </li></ul><ul><li>Electives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Electives – 6.5 credits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health - .5 credits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Education - .5 credits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine Arts – 1 credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology - .5 credits </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Grade Level by Credits Earned
  25. 25. Additional Graduation Requirements <ul><li>Students must complete the minimum required credits </li></ul><ul><li>Students must also earn a score of Proficient or Advanced on the 11th grade PSSA tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who do not earn this score will have the opportunity to take the test again during the fall of 12th grade and may need to participate in additional remediation as needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students must have logged the required number of hours of attendance each year </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Goal is in Sight!!! <ul><li>Graduation is attainable for all of you! </li></ul><ul><li>You and your family will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony and you will receive a diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Just picture yourself walking across the stage as Dr. Hoover hands you the diploma that you earned </li></ul><ul><li>How proud will you be when you can put High School Graduate on college and work applications? </li></ul><ul><li>Will we see YOU on graduation day…? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Practice #3 <ul><li>For this Practice, you'll take a screen shot (also known as a screen capture or a print screen) of one of your Course Calendars and e-mail it to your Academic Advisor.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open the Course Calendar in one of your courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a screen shot of the calendar. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paste the screen shot into a Microsoft Word document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save this document and send it as an attachment in an e-mail to your Academic Advisor. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Practice #3 <ul><li>You will have 15 minutes to work on this Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Stay logged in to Wimba while you are working </li></ul><ul><li>Put up a green check mark once you have completed this Practice </li></ul><ul><li>If you are going to need extra time please send me a private text </li></ul>
  29. 29. Questions??

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