Excellence - Bremen High School Guidance Department

Welcome to Bremen
High School’s
8 grade Parent
Orientation Night
February 6, 2014
Principal’s Greeting
Mr. Bruce Jennings
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Mission Statement
The Bremen Public Schools community
works collaboratively to provide a safe,
nurturing environment where students
are inspired academically and socially to
reach each one’s potential in life.
Core Values
Administration Team
Mr. Andrew Rohde
Assistant Principal
Mr. Troy Holmes
Athletic Director
Mrs. Tina Northern
Special Services Director
Guidance Services
Melissa Manges
Department Chair
Grades 11 and 12
Teresa King
Grades 9 and 10
Sarah LeCount
Grades K through 8
“We are what we
repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not
an act, but a habit.”
The pursuit of
Excellence starts here!
Bremen High School
511 West Grant Street
Bremen, Indiana 46506
(574) 546-3511
A Tradition of Excellence!
National Honor Society:
• Candidates must be a junior or senior;
• Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic
average of 3.3 over 5 trimesters;
• Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of
service, leadership, character, and scholarship;
• Candidates are inducted in the spring of the
sophomore school year.
A Tradition of Excellence!
Academic Super Bowl:
• Fine Arts – Ashley Boardman
• English – Melissa Manges
• Math – John Kuecela
• Science – Aaron McNeely
• Social Studies – Laura Watts
• Interdisciplinary – Melissa Manges
• Spell Bowl – Kristi Monesmith
• Quiz Bowl – Bruce Jennings
• A rich history of state championships
A Tradition of Excellence!
Prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and
management in high schools around the globe!
Bremen is in their 9th year of having a DECA chapter. 7 of the 9 years BHS Students
have qualified for and competed at ICDC (International Career Development
Conference) in Los Angeles, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Louisville, Atlanta and Dallas. In
2009 and 2010 BHS earned the District 2 Sweepstakes award for having the highest
number of winners advance to the State competition.
Our first year we started with 13 students who knew nothing about DECA…this year
our membership is at 58.
Any BHS Student enrolled in a business course is eligible to join. Students work on
skills such as teamwork, public speaking and critical thinking.
ANY student interested in pursuing a degree in Business is encouraged to join!
See www.deca.org and www.indianadeca.org for more information.
A Tradition of Excellence!
Get involved by:
• Joining the yearbook or newspaper staff
• Taking Mass Media (the yearbook or
newspaper production class)
• Helping with the BTV morning
• Taking photos
See Mrs. Monesmith to GET INVOLVED!
A Tradition of Excellence!
Bremen Band Program
• Last year, the band earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s
(ISSMA) instrumental “All Music” Award for its excellence in all facets of
this program. This is an award given yearly to less than 10% of schools in
Indiana based on accomplishments in Jazz Band, Marching Band, and
Concert Band.
• The band at the middle school and high school level has earned superior
ratings at the highest difficulty level at the yearly ISSMA concert band
festival. Out of several hundred schools that performed last year, we were
the only school with an enrollment under 600 that achieved this
• Our Marching Band were Semi-State Finalists two years ago, a first for the
Bremen Band program.
• Over 100 students participated in the Solo/Ensemble festival last year. 14
students qualified for the state level competition by receiving superior
ratings at the highest difficulty level.
A Tradition of Excellence!
• Top 10 Medallions
• National Technical Honors Society
– Members from Elkhart Area Career Center
– The goal of National Technical Honor Society is to
see that deserving CTE students be recognized
and that the local community becomes aware of
the talents and abilities of the people who choose
career technical education as a pathway to a
successful future.
A Tradition of Excellence!
The Bremen Community revealed
its support for the Class of 2013 by
awarding more than $97,775.00 in
local scholarships.
A Tradition of Excellence!
80% of the the Class of 2013
planned to continue their
education after graduation by
attending 2 or 4 year
colleges/universities or vocational
Freshmen Year
New Challenges
New Freedoms
New Responsibilities
The pursuit of Excellence starts
with YOU!
• You are your own best motivator.
• Your motivation must come from within
• Others may try to encourage you, but you are
the only one who can attain what you desire.
• You must convince yourself – You can!
The 21st Century Scholars Program
Take a Step Toward Your Future
What is Expected of a 21st Century Scholar
Students enrolled in the 21st Century
Scholars Program must honor the
21st Century Scholar Pledge.
The Scholar Pledge
 I will graduate with at least a Core 40 Diploma from a high school accredited
by the Indiana Department of Education.
 I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least
2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
 I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college, university or
proprietary institution as a high school senior.
 I will apply on time for state and federal student financial aid
(by March 10 of my senior year of high school).
 I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit a crime or
delinquent act.
 I will participate in the Scholar Success Program to help plan, prepare and
pay for college success.
Scholar Success Program
PERFORM academically
Core 40 Diploma with 2.5 Grade Point Average (cumulative)
PLAN for college
PREPARE for college
PAY for college
Graduation Plan
or Service Activity
Paying for College 101
Career Interest
Workplace Experience
College Costs Estimator
College Campus Visits
College Entrance Exam
Scholarship Search
College Application
College Success 101
FAFSA Filing
Who is Eligible?
To enroll in the 21st Century Scholars program, you must:
• Be a resident of Indiana as an applicant and as a scholarship recipient
(determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian);
• Be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
• Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a charter school, freeway school or
other Indiana school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education;
• Agree to fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge;
• Meet income eligibility requirements.
What Information Do I Need to Apply?
• Student’s Social Security Number, date of birth, and
• Parent or guardian’s Social Security Number or Individual
Taxpayer Identification Number, if applicable;
• 2013 gross income amounts for all members of the
household (if applying before December 31, 2013, please
use 2012 gross income);
• A valid email address.
How Do I Apply?
• Apply online at Scholars.IN.gov or see your middle
school guidance counselor for help
• The deadline to apply is June 30 of your 8th grade year!
• Visit
• Email
[email protected]
• Call
Instructional Program
“Education is our passport to
the future. Tomorrow belongs
to those who prepare for it
• Verified Credits Required for Graduation
Earned by:
- Passing the course AND
- Passing the End-of-Course
Assessments (Algebra and English 10)
• Be familiar with the requirements for
graduation and ask questions!
• Meet with your guidance counselor regularly.
Academic Expectations
• Students will take charge of their education.
• Students will seek out and make-up missed
work right away.
• Students will ask for help when needed.
• Students will do their best work to pass ALL
• High School Schedule = 3 semesters in a
school year (trimesters)
• 5 classes each trimester for 70 minutes each
• Each class each trimester is worth one (1)
credit if passed
• 47 credits to graduate
Term 1 Aug. – Nov.
Term 2 Nov. – Feb.
Term 3 Feb. – May
Bonus: Monday through
Bonus: Monday through
Bonus: Monday through
① English 9A
① Preparing for College
and Careers
① Spanish 1 B
② Algebra 1B
② Intro to Ag B
③ Algebra 1A
③ PE 2
③ Choir
④ Choir
④ Intro to Ag A
⑤ PE 1
⑤ Spanish 1 A
⑤ English 9 B
Core 40 Diploma
• 8 credits in English (English 9, English 10, English
11, and English 12 (Regular or Honors))
• 6 credits in Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, and
Algebra 2)
• All students must now take a Math or
Quantitative Reasoning course EACH year of high
• 6 credits in Science (Biology 1, Chemistry OR
Physics OR Integrated Chemistry/Physics, and 1
Core 40 science elective)
Core 40 Diploma
• 6 credits in Social Studies (World History, US
History, Government, and Economics)
• 2 credits in Physical Education
• 1 credit in Health
• 4 credits in Practical Arts ( Preparing for
College and Careers, Personal Financial
Responsibility, and 2 credits from the areas of
Industrial Technology, Agriculture, FACS, or
Core 40 Diploma
• 2 credits in Fine Arts (Choir, Band, Art, or
Theatre courses)
• World Language credits recommended BUT
not required
• Total Credits = 47
Quantitative Reasoning Courses
Advanced Life Science: Foods
Advanced Life Science: Animals
Agribusiness Management
Landscape Management
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
Physics 1
AP Macroeconomics
New Course Offerings
• Integrated
• AP / ACP Macroeconomics
• Studio Art
• Women’s Chorus
• Elective PE “Zero Hour”
• ACP US History (in place of
US History Honors)
• World Geography is now a
prerequisite for Honors
World History
• ACP Personal Finance
• ACP Finite Math
• Advanced Life Science:
Animals (Dual Credit)
• Advanced Life Science:
Plants and Soils (Dual
• Food Science
• Horticulture Science
• Plant and Soil Science
• Web Design
• Introduction to Engineering
Science Courses
Honors Physics
Chemistry 2
Chemistry 1
Biology 2
Math Courses
ACP Finite
Pre Calculus
2 terms
2 terms
2 terms
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
2 terms
2 terms
2 terms
Probability and
1 term
Adv. Modeling
and Analysis
1 term
From the Math Department
Recommended Calculator:
Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS
It is a very good calculator, easy to use, and
students should be able to use it throughout
high school. It will usually be on sale for around
$10 in late July or early August.
Academic Honors Diploma
Everything from the Core 40 plus:
• 6 credits in Spanish
• 2 additional math credits (8 total)
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• NO final grade lower than a C
• Total Credits = 50
Academic Honors Diploma
Complete one of the following:
• Earn 4 credits in 2 or more AP courses and take
corresponding AP exams
• Earn 6 verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit
courses from the approved dual credit list.
• Earn two of the following:
– A minimum of 3 verifiable transcripted college credits from the
approved dual credit list,
– 2 credits in AP courses and corresponding AP exams,
• Earn a combined score of 1750 or higher on the SAT critical
reading, mathematics and writing sections and a minimum
score of 530 on each
• Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete
written section
Technical Honors Diploma
Everything from the Core 40 plus:
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• NO final grade lower than a C
• Earn 6 credits in the college and career preparation
courses in a state-approved College & Career
Pathway and one of the following:
– State approved, industry recognized certification or
credential, or
– Pathway dual credits from the approved dual credit list
resulting in 6 transcripted college credits
Technical Honors Diploma
Complete one of the following:
• Any one of the options (A - F) of the Core 40 with Academic
• Earn the following scores or higher on WorkKeys; Reading
for Information – Level 6, Applied Mathematics – Level 6,
and Locating Information-Level 5.
• Earn the following minimum score(s) on Accuplacer:
Writing 80, Reading 90, Math 75.
• Earn the following minimum score(s) on Compass; Algebra
66 , Writing 70, Reading 80.
Total Credits = 47
Optional College Credit
Dual Credit Courses = HS + College Credit at the
same time through IUSB. Cost: $25 per credit
• NOTE: You will have a transcript on file with
IUSB that shows your college course credits.
AP Course = Advanced Placement
• Students pay a fee to take the AP Exam
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
• There are 11 Indiana state approved Career Clusters,
and each Cluster includes multiple pathways
• The Indiana College and Career Pathways provide an
aligned sequence of secondary and post-secondary
courses leading to an industry-recognized credential,
technical certification, or an associate of
baccalaureate degree at an accredited postsecondary
institution for careers that are high wage and/or high
demand in Indiana
Bremen High School Career Clusters from 201314 School Year - AGRICULTURE
 Average Salary $50,868
 Average Salary $57,131
 Range $28K to $88K
 Range $33K to $92K
• 2 Credits: Introduction to Agriculture, Food,
• 2 Credits: Introduction to
and Natural Resources
Agriculture, Food, and Natural
 2-6 credits: Animal Science
• 2 – 6 credits: Agriculture
Power, Structure, and
 2 credits: Advanced Life Science: Animals
• 2 credits: Agribusiness
 2 credits: Plant and Soil Science
 2 credits: Advanced Life Science: Plants
and Soils
Bremen High School Career Clusters from 201314 School Year - BUSINESS
Business Administration
 1 credit: Introduction to Business
 2 credits: Accounting
 1 credit: Principles of Business
Management (ACP Business Admin)
 1 credit: Principles of Marketing
 1 credit: Business Law & Ethics
 2-4 credits: Advanced Business
Average Salary $75,829
Range $28K to $154K
 1 credit: Introduction to Business
 1 credit: Principles of Marketing
 2-4 credits: Strategic Marketing
 1 credit: Sports & Entertainment
Elkhart Area Career Center
2 Credits
Per Term
Attendance Expectations
• Attendance is directly connected to academic
achievement – students MUST have good
attendance to get good grades.
• When class is missed, material is missed,
making it difficult to stay current with work.
• Excessive class absences can result in
academic failure.
• Credits can be lost for more than 6 absences
per class per trimester
Attendance Expectations
• Early dismissal/Late Arrival – The office must
be notified in writing or by phone call and the
student must sign in/out in the office
• Absences – Please call the office or send a
signed note upon student’s return
Student Conduct
• Mutual Respect
• Each student will be part of creating
a positive learning environment for
• Each student will get to every class
on time with everything needed.
• Each student will be where they are
supposed to be at all times.
Get Involved!
Art Club
B Club
Ballet Club
Bowling Club
Chess Club
Fall Play
Freshman Mentoring
Key Club
Science Club
Spanish Club
Spring Musical
Stay-in-Bounds Mentor
Get Involved!
• Football
• Girls Golf
• Cross Country
• Volleyball
• Boys Tennis
• Soccer
• Swimming
• Basketball
• Wrestling
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys Golf
• Track
• Girls Tennis
• All students in grades 9-12 who participate in an extra-curricular
activity shall have received passing grades (D-) at the end of each
trimester grading period in school in at least four (4) subjects.
• Students who are ineligible scholastically at the end of a trimester
grading period are ineligible for the following trimester grading
• Officers of all extra-curricular organizations and honorary positions
on athletic teams, including captains, shall maintain at least a C(1.7) grade average at the end of each trimester grading period in
order to continue such office.
• Students must be in attendance at school during the 4th and 5th
periods on the day of any event or practice in order to be eligible to
participate unless the absence is approved by administration.
Without an Athletic Participation
Permit issued from the BHS
Athletic Office, you will not be
allowed to start practices.
Parent Conferences
Parents who desire to have conferences with
teachers should make arrangements in advance.
This can be accomplished by contacting teachers
directly, calling the school counselor’s office, or
contacting the main office. Parent conferences are
not held during class time.
Please start with the teachers first if you have a
concern. They know what goes on in their
A Special Note to Students:
You forfeit your chance for life at its fullest when you
withhold your best effort in learning. When you give only
the minimum to learning, you receive only the minimum in
return. Even with your parents’ best examples and your
teachers’ best efforts, in the end, it is your work that
determines how much and how well you learn. When you
work to your full capacity, you can hope to attain the
knowledge and skills that will enable you to create your
future and control your destiny. If you do not, you will
have your future thrust upon you by others. Take hold of
life, apply your gifts and talents, work with dedication and
self-discipline. Have high expectations for yourself and
convert every challenge into an opportunity. (A Nation at
Go Lions!
The pursuit of
Excellence starts with

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