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  • Students assigned alphabetically Counselors can be reached by phone or email Website (if it’s set up) – Jane directs them to web site
  • Explain difference between 2
  • Direct them to open Academic Guidebook
  • Insert actual Grad. Req. Comparisons page from guidebook
  • Don’t forget you need 1 credit of Fine Arts to graduate! Jane direct them graduate requirement comparisons – far left column
  • These are the MINIMUM recommended entrance requirements. You are encouraged to take a more rigorous academic program for the best preparation for college classes. 3 Units in Math should include: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. IF YOU ARE IN ALGEBRA 1AB & PLAN ON GOING TO A 4 YEAR COLLEGE, YOU SHOULD TAKE ALGEBRA 1 NEXT YEAR! Jane direct them to far left column graduation requirements comparisons
  • Specific programs at technical colleges will recommend certain high school courses. For example, it is recommended that you have high school Chemistry with a C or better if you are pursuing Nursing at WCTC. If you do not, you must take chemistry at WCTC, which extends your program at WCTC.
  • “ Members of the MHS administration believe that every student who is thinking about attending a 4-year college ‘should’ take at least one AP course at some point in their high school career”
  • Jane fix
  • Look at the Career Clusters in the Academic Guidebook and look at the recommendations on appropriate courses to take.
  • Remember to choose TWO alternative classes in case a course is cancelled or you have a conflict.
  • 8 th grade_orientation

    2. 2. Welcome to MHS <ul><li>Incoming Freshman </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Other Family Members </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators, Counselors, PAC Manager </li></ul>
    3. 3. Evening Overview
    4. 4. Academics MHS Bands and Choirs
    5. 5. LEARNING TARGETS <ul><li>Registration Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>College Admission Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>The Freshman Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Options in High School </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for Post High School Options </li></ul>
    6. 6. TONIGHT WE WILL COVER: <ul><li>Academic Options in High School-Freshman Academic Guidebook </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>College Admission Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>The Freshman Program </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for Post High School Options </li></ul><ul><li>Registration Timeline </li></ul>
    7. 7. YOUR COUNSELORS <ul><li>A-D Mr. Antoniewicz Ext. 4514 </li></ul><ul><li>E-J Ms. Wiesbrock Ext. 4511 </li></ul><ul><li>K-MIC Ms. Merg Ext. 4525 </li></ul><ul><li>MID-SCHR Ms. Kralj Ext. 4512 </li></ul><ul><li>SCHS-Z Ms. Schuett Ext. 4513 </li></ul>
    8. 8. ACADEMIC GUIDEBOOKS <ul><li>Freshman Academic Guidebook (short version for first- year students) </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Muskego High School Academic Guidebook (comprehensive information for 9- 12) available online on MHS website </li></ul><ul><li>These have all the information you need! </li></ul>
    9. 9. FRESHMAN ACADEMIC GUIDEBOOK <ul><li>Graduation requirements </li></ul><ul><li>4 Year Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Courses open to Freshmen </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Placement courses </li></ul><ul><li>Project Lead the Way courses </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripted Credit courses </li></ul><ul><li>Non- Traditional programming options </li></ul><ul><li>Repeating Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Career Information </li></ul>
    10. 10. Top Reasons Students Should Pursue a Rigorous Curriculum in High School <ul><li>It will make college easier </li></ul><ul><li>It prepares them for their major & career </li></ul><ul><li>It will save them money </li></ul>
    11. 11. Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2016 <ul><li>Credits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English 4.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social studies 3.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical education 1.5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health .5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine Arts 1.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electives 8.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total 22 </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. College and University Minimum Entrance Requirements <ul><li>4 units </li></ul><ul><li>3 units </li></ul><ul><li>3 units </li></ul><ul><li>3 units </li></ul><ul><li>4 units </li></ul><ul><li>17 units </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Other Academics* </li></ul><ul><li>*(Foreign Lang, Fine Arts, Computer Science) </li></ul>
    13. 13. World Language Requirement <ul><li>The following schools require a minimum of </li></ul><ul><li>two years of the same world </li></ul><ul><li>language as part of admission: </li></ul><ul><li>UW-Madison UW-Eau Claire </li></ul><ul><li>UMN-Twin Cities </li></ul><ul><li>( recommended by other colleges! ) </li></ul>
    14. 14. OTHER POST-H.S. OPTIONS <ul><li>Wisconsin Technical Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation from Muskego High School will meet entrance requirements for all Wisconsin technical colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Military </li></ul><ul><li>All branches of the military require high school graduation for consideration for enlisting </li></ul>
    15. 15. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CLASSES (AP) <ul><li>Most AP classes are for Grades 10-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Summer work often required </li></ul><ul><li>Not completing summer work is NOT an acceptable reason to drop an AP class in fall! </li></ul><ul><li>GPA is weighted .05 for each semester </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your teachers! Know what the expectations will be! </li></ul>Try at least 1 AP class if you are going to a 4 year college!
    16. 16. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) <ul><li>Pre- Engineering courses </li></ul><ul><li>Combines math and science with engineering and technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Some engineering schools give advanced standing for successful completion of PLTW courses </li></ul>
    17. 17. Transcripted Credits <ul><li>Higher level academic and vocational courses </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students for advanced courses in college </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible for credit at Waukesha County Technical College or Milwaukee Area Technical College after successful completion </li></ul>
    18. 18. Non- Traditional Programming <ul><li>Change traditional course sequence to meet individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>Done to meet the same requirements in a different way </li></ul>
    19. 19. TIPS TO SUCCESS IN H.S. <ul><li>Monitor your grades on Infinite Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Use an assignment notebook (electronic?) </li></ul><ul><li>Stay after school with teachers when struggling </li></ul><ul><li>ASAP </li></ul><ul><li>Math Lab and Writing Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial Assistance Program (TAP) </li></ul><ul><li>Attend the Freshman Transition Program in August (date TBD) </li></ul><ul><li>Work with teachers on study and note- taking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently asked questions: page 10 of the Freshman Academic Guidebook </li></ul>
    20. 20. CAREER COMPONENTS <ul><li>16 Career Clusters </li></ul><ul><li>- All occupations at a glance </li></ul><ul><li>- Related MHS Course </li></ul><ul><li>- Sample Occupations Within Career </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiscareers.wisc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Wiscareer accounts and Individualized Learning Plans </li></ul><ul><li>(ILP’s) </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.wicareerpathways.org </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Career Pathways matched with post secondary programs and career areas </li></ul>
    21. 21. REGISTRATION TIME LINE <ul><li>January 9-16 – Register for classes online </li></ul><ul><li>Counselors to visit middle schools : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 10 Lake Denoon </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 11 Bay Lane </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>January 11 Parochial Night – MHS Library </li></ul><ul><li>April – Confirmation of classes </li></ul><ul><li>May 1 – Deadline to change classes (on a space available basis) </li></ul><ul><li>August TBA - Transition to High School </li></ul><ul><li>August 14 & 15 – Pick up schedule, pay fees, picture taken on Registration Day </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>If you register on January 16 th , you will have the same opportunity for classes as someone who registers on January 9 th . </li></ul><ul><li>However, if you don’t register by January 16 th , you may not get your first choice of electives. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Registration Timeline <ul><li>Portal open for Registration Jan. 9 - Jan 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Out of district students will turn in Course Selection form and proof of residency to MHS by January 16th </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not register by Jan 16, you may not get your first choice in classes! </li></ul>
    25. 25. Why take more than 6 credits? <ul><li>This is your opportunity to challenge yourself and prepare yourself for college-level work. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to take career-related courses such as Project Lead the Way; Business; Family & Consumer; Technology, Engineering & Design; Art. Prepare yourself for the 21 st Century job market. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are not able to add classes after the deadline if your request does not meet the schedule change criteria </li></ul><ul><li>This is another opportunity to increase your rigor, expand your knowledge. and show your true abilities! </li></ul>
    26. 26. Online Registration <ul><li>Log onto Infinite Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Use TWO numbers for a year-long class (1 for each semester) </li></ul><ul><li>Course numbers are found on the course selection form and in the Academic Guidebook </li></ul><ul><li>Directions to register online are in the Academic Guidebook </li></ul>
    27. 27. Course Selection Form
    28. 28. Instructions for Online Course Selection
    29. 29. YOU’RE ALMOST DONE!! <ul><li>Select your alternative courses CAREFULLY!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Be ACCURATE with course numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Two sheets due back to your Homeroom teacher by Monday, JANUARY 16 TH </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in TWO sheets: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Course Selection Sheet </li></ul><ul><li>2. Printout of what you entered online </li></ul><ul><li>Parent signature is REQUIRED </li></ul>