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Parent Orientation 2012


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A presentation for parents new to Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, CA.

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Parent Orientation 2012

  1. 1. Foothill Technology High School 2005 California Distinguished School 2006 National Blue Ribbon School 2005 – 2012 Top 20 Ranked School in California 2010 – 2012 AVID National Demonstration School2012 – U.S News and World Report – Top 2% “Best Schools in America”
  2. 2. The research is in, and it is clear. Study afterstudy has shown that the involvement of parents andfamilies in the schooling of their children makes asignificant difference. Regardless of income and background, studentswith parents who are involved in their academiccareers are more likely to earn high grades and testscores, enroll in higher level programs, and bepromoted. These students attend school regularly,show improved behavior, adapt well to school, andhave better social skills. The findings hold true across all segments ofsociety – poor, minority, and middle class. Allstudents do better when their parents are involved intheir school lives. “Parent and communityinvolvement that is linked to student learning has agreater effect on achievement than more generalforms of involvement”.
  3. 3. New Parent Night Agenda-Welcome & Introductions-Essentials-Tips for Success-FIRE Advisory-AVID—College Readiness-Student Support-School Policies-Technology-PE Options-Community Service-Ways to Support FTHS
  4. 4. The EssentialsGetting Your Child To School • VHS & BHS bus routes • Drop Off/Pick Up • Tardy PolicySchool Supplies • Agenda available at student store $5 • Wait for syllabusTextbooks • Home set, class setOffice • Sign in when student tardy & anytime visiting campus • Sign out when leaving • Office staff will not interrupt classes to deliver lunches, forgotten HW, etc.
  5. 5. Tips for Success•Check grades early and often in Zangle•Communicate with faculty about your students social / emotional needs•Encourage your student to use their agenda•Encourage your student to get involved Opportunities include: over 30 clubs, ASB, Journalism, Speech & Debate, FIRE leader, etc.•Get involved!
  6. 6. F.I.R.E.•FIRE is an advisory/academic intervention for all 9 th graders•11:21-11:51 every Tuesday-Thursday year long• Junior/Senior Mentors will lead the advisory under the supervision of a teacher•In FIRE, students will: • Receive academic support based on assessment data • Obtain help from a teacher in a specific class • Develop high school socialization skills • Receive study skill/organization support • Work on homework / projects • Learn AVID strategies
  7. 7. College CultureWe believe • All graduates should be eligible and prepared to enter a four-year college upon graduation from FTHS (A – G ready) • College Ready – Work Ready • All students should participate in rigorous coursesAVID • School wide strategies & activities • Support Team including Administration, Counselors, Career Center, Coordinator, Elective Teachers & Site Team th th
  8. 8. College Readiness9th Grade : • Four year plan in Health Class & EDA (September) • Practice PLAN (November – limited spaces) • Career exploration in Media Center & EDA • Begin building a resume10th Grade: • 10th Grade Counseling Sessions (October) • Transcript Review • Practice PSAT (October – limited spaces), PLAN (November) • Sophomore Parent Night (October) • College/Career exploration
  9. 9. 11th Grade: • PSAT (October) • Junior Parent Night (January) • Job Shadows & college/career exploration • SAT prep course (recommended for some students) • SAT and ACT tests (Spring) • AP Testing (Spring) • Personal statements for college applications12th Grade: • SAT/ACT testing (Fall) • Personal Statement support and feedback (Fall) • College Application workshops (October) • Scholarship workshops • Senior Parent Night (October) • Financial Aid Night (January) • AP Testing (Spring)
  10. 10. Student SupportCounselors: Mr. Boyd – Last Names A – Gh, ext. 1011 Ms. Freeman – Last Names Gi – O, ext. 1013 Mrs. Vega – Last Names P – Z, ext. 1014 Your counselors assist all students with their academic and social / emotional needs.Media Center Specialist: Mrs. Kapala, ext. 1008 College and scholarship coordinator as well as the community service coordinator. Mrs. Kapala works closely with students on career and college planning.Registrar Ms. Nordin, ext. 1005 Ms. Nordin is the point person for official transcripts, VC transcripts, Cal Grant Submissions, and multi-site enrollment forms.
  11. 11. School PoliciesDiscipline Review discipline policy in student agenda to ensureunderstanding of school and district rulesDress Code Clothing shall be void of any illegal substances, sexual, profane, gang-related, or offensive attributes Clothes shall conceal undergarments. See-through, fish-net, off the shoulder, halter tops, bare mid-riffs, and skirts above the thigh are prohibited (skirts and shorts should reach the bottom of their finger tips with hands at their sides).Attendance Absence and Tardy Policy
  12. 12. New website!
  13. 13. Sign up for email newsletter on the new website: Email newsletter starting this year. Sign up here.
  14. 14. Find teacher webpages on the new website:• Every teacher has a landing page including: – Contact information – Homework / Classwork – Syllabus – Class resources
  15. 15. Check grades &attendance on Parent Connection• Zangle has become Q-Connect• Middle school log-ins work at FTHS• Parents may request their password in the front office at any time• Passwords ARE case sensitive• Parents can view: – Attendance – Assignment scores – Quarterly and progress report grades – Student transcripts – Student test scores
  16. 16. Parent Connect: it used to look… How it looks now…
  17. 17. Parent Connect:
  18. 18. Parent Connect:
  19. 19. Student online newspaper: Photos Videos Articles
  20. 20. TwitterFollow us @FoothillTech …to get reminders and links to updates on our website.
  21. 21. Physical Education -On campus cross training -On campus dance -Mavericks -YMCA -Independent Study -Athletics at boundary high school
  22. 22. Supervised/Independent Study Physical Education•Supervised P.E. students enrolled in the YMCA/Mavericks classes will be provided transportation.•Please encourage your student to put forth their maximum effort•It is critical that Independent P.E. students turn in contracts & hours monthlyAthletics•Athletes are released for sports at 1:55pm each day•Transportation is provided•Please contact your boundary high school directly for try-out information – Athletic Directors: BHS – Craig Williams VHS – Dave Hess•Parents of athletes – please stay for a brief meeting immediately following this presentation.
  23. 23. Community Service•All students must complete 75 hours of community service as agraduation requirement•Recommended 20 hours each of the first three years and 15during senior year•All hours must be pre-approved (Mrs. Kapala)•Comprehensive list of pre-approved organizations on website (
  24. 24. Ways to Support FTHS•Join PFSO•Volunteer at school•Chaperone an activity or dance•Technology fund•Select FTHS at participating stores (Target, OfficeSupply, etc.)•Escrip ( or Upromise(• Turn in your Vons 10% Back To Schools coupon to the office•Sign up for your employer’smatching funds program•Donate to Renaissance or AVID
  25. 25. • This presentation is available on our new website: