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  1. 1. Welcome to 8th Grade Parent Night!<br />Academics: Planning the Next Four Years<br />Practical Tips for Success<br />Co-Curricular Activities<br />
  2. 2. Course Selection Book2011-2012<br />The updated course selection book is available online at http://www.howellschools.com<br /> (follow the links to the High School Guidance Department).<br />Copies will be available to use at the guidance office and media center.<br />
  3. 3. The Course Selection Book Has Helpful Info…<br />Course descriptions<br />Information on prerequisites<br />Graduation requirements<br />Testing-out procedures<br />Dual Enrollment<br />Career Pathways / 4-year plan (EDP)<br />Co-op<br />Out of District classes<br />Co-Curricular Activities<br />And much, much, more!<br />
  4. 4. Credits for Graduation<br /><ul><li>To earn a diploma, a student must earn at least 22 credits.
  5. 5. Each year, a student can earn 6 credits.
  6. 6. A student can earn 24 credits during four years of high school.</li></li></ul><li>Promotion Guidelines<br />Freshman students must accumulate at least 5 credits to be promoted to 10th grade.<br />
  7. 7. What is a Personal Curriculum Modification ?<br />This is a documented process that modifies certain requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum (graduation requirements).<br />Modification is allowed for only two reasons:<br />A student wishes to go beyond the academic credit requirements by adding more math, science, or English.<br />A student with an IEP needs to modify the credit requirements based on his or her disability.<br />
  8. 8. When would I be able to request a Personal Curriculum Modification?<br />Students are not able to request a modification of graduation requirements until his/her junior year.<br />At this time he/she needs to have either an EDP (Educational Development Plan) or an IEP (Individualized Education Program)<br />
  9. 9. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsMATHEMATICS<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />4 credits Algebra I 1 credit<br /> Geometry 1 credit<br /> Algebra II 1 credit<br /> 1 additional credit, such as:<br /> Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST), Intro. to Probability and Stats, Building Wealth.<br />1 credit must be earned in the senior year<br />
  10. 10. Mathematics (continued)<br />A math class must be successfully completed in the senior year, with no exceptions.<br />Earning four credits prior to the senior year, including 8th grade, does not satisfy the requirement of having to take a math class in the senior year.<br />
  11. 11. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS<br />RequirementExample<br />4 credits English 9 1 credit<br /> English 10 1 credit<br /> Advanced Amer. Lit. 1 credit<br /> Advanced Comp. 1 credit<br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br />No modification allowed.<br />
  12. 12. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsSCIENCE<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />3 credits Biology 1 credit<br /> Chemistry or Physics 1 credit<br /> Additional Sci. Credit 1 credit<br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br />No modification allowed.<br />General Notes:<br />Colleges strongly encourage 4 credits of science.<br />
  13. 13. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsSOCIAL STUDIES<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />3 credits World History 1 credit<br /> U.S. History 1 credit<br /> Government/Civics 0.5 credit<br /> Economics 0.5<br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br />No modification of Government<br />Modifications only if student has earned 2 credits and takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.<br />
  14. 14. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsPHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />1 credit Health 0.5 credit<br /> Physical Education 0.5 credit<br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br /> Modification only if the student takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.<br />
  15. 15. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsVISUAL, PERFORMING, OR APPLIED ARTS<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />1 credit 1 credit in any combination of these categories.<br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br /> Modification only if the student takes additional credit(s) beyond the required credits in English, Math, Science.<br />
  16. 16. Michigan Merit Curriculum and Graduation RequirementsONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCE<br />RequirementSpecifics<br />Transcript Requirement may be fulfilled <br />Notation in an online course, online learning experience, or integrated online learning in required graduation credit courses. <br />Personal Curriculum Modification<br />No modification allowed.<br />
  17. 17. What classes will provide the online learning requirement?<br /> These are some examples, however, other classes will offer the opportunity to meet this requirement, as well, through online classroom activities.<br />608 Introduction to TV/Video Production<br />501 Introduction to Business<br />505 Computer Applications<br />506 Computer Applications II<br />504 Entrepreneurship<br />509 Introduction to Web Page Design<br />510 Advanced Web Page Design<br />
  18. 18. Review of Graduation Requirements<br />English 4 Credits (8 semesters)<br />World History 1 Credit (2 semesters)<br />U. S. History 1 Credit (2 semesters)<br />Government ½ Credit (1 semester)<br />Economics ½ Credit (1 semester)<br />Math 4 Credits (8 semesters)<br />Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Additional Math or Math Related Credit<br />Science 3 Credits (6 semesters)<br />Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Additional Science Credit<br />Health ½ Credit (1 semester) <br />PE ½ Credit (1 semester)<br />Visual, Performing, Applied Arts 1 credit (2 semesters)<br />Online Learning Experience<br /> (Total = 16 required)<br />Plus 6.0 Credits (12 semesters) Electives<br />Total for Graduation = minimum of 22 credits<br />
  19. 19. Students Must Also Take the MME (Michigan Merit Exam) to Graduate<br />The MME is the state assessment administered in March of a student’s junior year.<br />The MME consists of three major components: <br />The ACT college entrance exam <br />Work Keys job skills assessments in reading and math <br />Michigan assessments in math, science, social studies, and persuasive writing. <br />The combined MME assessment measures student learning in the Michigan high school standards, benchmarks, and core content expectations. <br />
  20. 20. Curriculum Howell High School<br />
  21. 21. Science Sequencing Options<br />AP Physics B ( non – science majors )<br />pre-req: Chemistry<br />co-req: FST<br />AP Physics C ( science majors )<br />pre-req: Chemistry, FST<br />co-req: AP Calculus<br />
  22. 22. Math Sequencing<br />Algebra<br />Geometry<br />Algebra II<br />Functions Statistics and Trig. or Trig. & Stats.<br />Pre-Calculus and Discrete Math<br />AP Statistics <br />AP Calculus<br />Additional Math Classes<br />Consumer Math<br />Building Wealth<br />
  23. 23. English Sequence Options<br />
  24. 24. Social Studies<br />
  25. 25. ELECTIVES<br /><ul><li>9th grade Band
  26. 26. 9th grade Choir
  27. 27. Drawing
  28. 28. Photography I
  29. 29. Digital Imaging
  30. 30. French I (1)
  31. 31. German I (1)
  32. 32. Spanish I (1)</li></ul>Required Elective in 9th grade<br /><ul><li>Health Education
  33. 33. Basic Physical Education/Swimming or Basic Aerobics/Swimming</li></li></ul><li>Scheduling<br />Students will meet with a guidance counselor to select classes for next year.<br />Students select a total of 6 credits and 4 alternate classes.<br />Students who have demonstrated a need for assistance (MEAP SCORES, SRI, course grades) in Math and/or English, will be scheduled for additional support during the school day.<br />
  34. 34. FOUR-YEAR PLANComponent of Educational Development Plan (EDP)<br />
  35. 35. SAMPLE: FOUR-YEAR PLANComponent of Educational Development Plan (EDP)<br />10 Grade<br />English<br />
  36. 36. AP Classes Available at Howell High School<br />AP Calculus<br />AP Statistics<br />AP Biology<br />AP Physics B<br />AP Physics C<br />AP Chemistry<br />AP Computer Science<br />AP English<br />AP European History<br />AP U.S. History<br />AP Government<br />AP Comparative Gov. and Politics<br />AP Psychology<br />
  37. 37. Out-Of-District Applied Tech Education Programs<br /><ul><li>Great opportunities for hands-on learning!</li></ul>Programs are offered at an out-of-district site (Brighton, Hartland or Pinckney High Schools).<br />Transportation is not provided.<br />See Course Selection Book for more detailed information on classes.<br />Counselors can provide additional information regarding registration procedures.<br />
  38. 38. Out of District LATEC Courses for School year 2011-2012<br />Advanced Automotive/Brakes & Electronic Systems (FHS 3 credits)<br />Cisco Networking (PHS 3 credits)<br />Graphic Communications (BHS 3 credits)<br />Network Administrator (Cleary University 2 credits) <br />Robotics and Industrial Automation I and II (PHS 3 credits)<br />
  39. 39. Career Pathways<br />A career pathway is a plan determined by a student’s interests and abilities that ensures that what he/she learns in school connects to his/her long term goals.<br />Encourage your son/daughter to choose classes that support his/her career pathway.<br />
  40. 40. Career Pathways<br /><ul><li>Arts and Communications
  41. 41. Business, Management, Marketing and Technology
  42. 42. Engineering / Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
  43. 43. Health Sciences
  44. 44. Human Services
  45. 45. Natural Resources and Agriscience</li></li></ul><li>Getting the Most Out of High School<br />
  46. 46. The Key to Success in High School…<br />Study Skills<br />
  47. 47. Understanding the Difference Between Homework and Studying<br />Homework – completing an assignment<br />Studying – outlining a chapter, rewriting notes, or making flashcards.<br />
  48. 48. Homework<br /><ul><li>Use a planner everyday!
  49. 49. Set up a study space free from distractions
  50. 50. Determine what time of day is best to study
  51. 51. Turn off the TV and phone
  52. 52. Organize – use three-ring binders and homework folders
  53. 53. Go to tutoring if struggling
  54. 54. Make up missed assignments right away</li></li></ul><li>On Taking Notes In Class…<br />Write key points (i.e. names, dates, terms)<br />Write information teacher repeats or emphasizes<br />Copy what teacher writes on board or overheads<br />Rewrite notes<br />Write questions on material<br />
  55. 55. On Studying for Tests…<br />Prepared students perform better <br />Cramming for tests is never best!<br />Review notes, highlight important points<br />Create flash cards (review frequently)<br />Review quizzes and homework from same unit<br />look up correct answers to missed questions <br />Read chapter summaries<br />Take notes and make outline from reading<br />Study with a buddy!<br />Quiz your student<br />
  56. 56. If Your Student is Not Successful in Class<br />Require use of a planner <br />Make arrangements to meet with teacher(s) before or after school <br />Communicate with teachers via email<br />Check PowerSchool frequently<br />Expect that your student make up missed assignments<br />Monitor student’s attendance record<br />
  57. 57. Attendance Policy<br />Parents call attendance office for explained absence.<br />The attendance policy is most effective if parents call the absence in within two days.<br />
  58. 58. Attendance Continued…Tardies and Lateness<br /><ul><li>Parent will receive a phone call from the automated system (ParentLink) for each occurrence.
  59. 59. Lates, tardies, and unexcused absences may affect student grades.
  60. 60. Progression of consequences are:
  61. 61. Warning
  62. 62. Detention
  63. 63. Saturday School
  64. 64. Out-of-School</li></li></ul><li>Student ConcernsWhere to go for help…<br />Academic Assistance<br />Meet with teachers after school<br />NHS tutoring Tuesday and Thursdays after school<br />Talk to counselors/administrators<br />Student Issues & Concerns<br />Parents <br />Teachers<br />Guidance counselors<br />Safety Team (hall monitors)<br />Assistant Principal/Principal<br />
  65. 65. Information<br />Daily Announcements <br />PowerSchool<br />School web page @ www.howellschools.com<br />ParentLink<br />Staff<br />Principal’s View Blog<br />
  66. 66. Testing<br />
  67. 67. Testing Sequence<br />11th Grade:<br /><ul><li>PSAT* – qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship
  68. 68. ACT – ($28/42) required for college admissions
  69. 69. SAT – ($41.50) may be required for some college admissions
  70. 70. MME/ACT required for graduation and to receive state money for college</li></ul>9th Grade:<br /><ul><li>MEAP (Oct.) – Social Studies
  71. 71. PSAT* (Oct.) – practice ($15)
  72. 72. Explore – pre-ACT (March)</li></ul>10th Grade:<br /><ul><li>PSAT* - practice
  73. 73. PLAN *– pre-ACT</li></ul>*Necessary scores for dual-enrollment in 11th or 12th grade<br />
  74. 74. PSATPreliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test<br />9th and 10th grade students are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT<br />11th grade students compete for scholarships through PSAT test score<br />Administered 3rd Saturday of October<br />Cost = $15<br />Students register in Guidance Office<br />Counselors review scores with students<br />
  75. 75. EXPLORE TestPractice ACT<br />Excellent predictor of ACT scores<br />EXPLORE is designed for 9th grade students<br />Taken during ACT/MME testing window early March<br />PLAN test taken as 10th grade student <br />
  76. 76. ACT or SAT?National Testing Companies<br />Test scores are part of the college application process<br />90-95% of colleges, nationwide, accept the ACT<br />Most colleges accept either test score<br />Which test is required? Check resources in Guidance Office<br />Scores are listed on high school transcript<br />ACT website: www.act.org<br />SAT website: www.collegeboard.com<br />
  77. 77. Can a student take the ACT more than once?<br />YES!<br />Statistics show scores rise 1-4 points<br />Future classes may be required to take writing portion; check requirements for specific college<br />ACT Registration includes: completed ACT packet from Guidance Office, pay fees and mail to ACT. Online registration available, too, at www.actstudent.org<br />
  78. 78. Preparation for National TestsACT & SAT<br />KAPLAN Test Prep<br />Practice tests available for both tests<br />MSU, U of M and other colleges offer ACT and SAT prep workshops<br />CD-ROM from ACT – “ACTive Prep”<br />Private Test Prep Companies<br />Practice books available at bookstores<br />
  79. 79. Dual Enrollment<br />Allows a student to enroll in postsecondary for high school credit, or postsecondary credit, or both.<br />Eligibility:<br />Must be enrolled in at least one high school class.<br />Must take the PSAT or PLAN in 10th grade to dual enroll in 11th grade (qualifying scores are required; see course selection book pg. 6)<br />If student decides not to take HHS’s AP same subject course, he/she does so at own expense.<br />3 - 4 credit college courses transfer to HHS as 1.0 credit.<br />1 - 2 credit college courses transfer to HHS as 0.5 credit.<br />
  80. 80. Qualifying Scores for Dual Enrollment<br />PLAN Test (or ACT) – Minimum Scores Required<br />Mathematics 18<br />Reading 17<br />Science 19<br />English 21<br />PSAT Test – Minimum Scores Required<br />Reading 44<br />Writing 49<br />Mathematics 45 <br />
  81. 81. Testing Out Procedures<br />High School credit may be earned in any course offered by the school by testing out. This applies to all HHS courses (except courses lower in sequence of those already passed).<br />Student must attain a 77% or above on the semester exam.<br />
  82. 82. Testing Out Timelines<br />Sign Up: <br />Guidance Office (each building) 4th quarter <br />Pick Up Materials: <br />Media Center (each building) first two weeks after school is out for Summer<br />Test Out Dates: (Located at 10-12 Building)<br />Aug 8th - PE in AM, Health in PM: <br />Aug 9 Math in AM, ELA in PM, <br />Aug 10 Science in AM, Soc. Stud in PM<br />Exact Times and Room numbers to follow.<br />
  83. 83. Athletics & Co-Curricular At HHS<br />
  84. 84. Athletics and Co-Curricular Eligibility<br />1. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA<br />Student must have earned this 2.0 GPA in the quarter or semester immediately preceding the beginning of the sport or activity.<br />GPA must be maintained throughout the period of continuous involvement in the co-curricular program.<br />2. Must have passed five out of six classes in the quarter or semester (or six of seven) immediately preceding the beginning of the sport or activity. <br />The student must continue to pass five (or more) classes through the period of continuous involvement in the co-curricular program.<br /> <br />
  86. 86. FALL SPORTS<br />Cross Country (B/G)<br />Equestrian** (B/G) <br />Football<br />Golf (G)<br />Soccer* (B) <br />Swimming (G)<br />Tennis (B)<br />Volleyball*<br />Cheerleading*<br />*TRY-OUTS REQUIRED<br />**Not a Michigan High School Athletic Association recognized sport<br />
  87. 87. WINTER SPORTS<br />Basketball* (B/G)<br />Bowling (B/G)<br />Competitive Cheer*<br />Gymnastics<br />Hockey*<br />Inline Hockey<br />Skiing<br />Swimming (B)<br />Wrestling<br />*TRY-OUTS REQUIRED<br />
  88. 88. SPRING SPORTS<br />Baseball* (B)<br />Golf* (B)<br />Inline Hockey<br />Lacrosse (B)<br />Soccer* (G)<br />Softball* (G –V)<br />Softball* (G – JV)<br />Tennis (G)<br />Track (B/G)<br />* TRY-OUTS REQUIRED<br />
  89. 89. It is important to get involved in high school, balancing academics and extra-curricular activities. The following are great ways to be involved!<br /><ul><li>Quiz Bowl
  90. 90. Anime Club
  91. 91. Free Thinking Club
  92. 92. National Honors Society (NHS)
  93. 93. Band
  94. 94. Yearbook
  95. 95. Culinary Arts & Catering
  96. 96. Engineering Club
  97. 97. Robotics / Engineering
  98. 98. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  99. 99. We the People
  100. 100. Choir
  101. 101. Classicality, Chorale
  102. 102. D.E.C.A.
  103. 103. Bible Study
  104. 104. Interact
  105. 105. School Musical
  106. 106. School Play
  107. 107. Environmental
  108. 108. Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
  109. 109. Destination Imagination
  110. 110. Band Auxiliary Groups
  111. 111. Main Four Student Newspaper
  112. 112. Student Council
  113. 113. Diversity Club
  114. 114. Friends Network
  115. 115. FCCLA
  116. 116. Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  117. 117. Drama</li></li></ul><li>Thank You!<br />