Welcome to Bremen High School’s th 8 grade Parent Orientation Night February 6, 2014 Principal’s Greeting Mr. Bruce Jennings Principal Expectations • Show up consistently on time • Do your work consistently on time • Get involved New Website http://bremenlionsguidance.weebly.com/ 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 • GREAT EXPECTATIONS • CARING SCHOOL COMMUNITY • MUTUAL RESPECT 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.” Aristotle The pursuit of Excellence starts here! Bremen High School 511 West Grant Street Bremen, Indiana 46506 (574) 546-3511 http://www.bps.k12.in.us/ 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; and • 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! DECA: • 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 announcements • 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 distinction. • 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 schools. 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 yourself. • 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) GRADE PLAN for college PREPARE for college PAY for college 9th Graduation Plan Extracurricular or Service Activity Paying for College 101 10th Career Interest Assessment Workplace Experience College Costs Estimator 11th College Campus Visits College Entrance Exam Scholarship Search College Application College Success 101 FAFSA Filing 12th 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 address; • 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! Questions? • Visit Scholars.IN.gov • Email [email protected] • Call 1-888-528-4719 Instructional Program “Education is our passport to the future. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!” Challenges • 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 classes. Credits • 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 Schedule Term 1 Aug. – Nov. Term 2 Nov. – Feb. Term 3 Feb. – May Bonus: Monday through Wednesday Bonus: Monday through Wednesday Bonus: Monday through Wednesday ① English 9A ① Preparing for College and Careers ① Spanish 1 B ② ICP A ② Algebra 1B ② Intro to Ag B ③ Algebra 1A ③ PE 2 ③ Choir LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH ④ Choir ④ Intro to Ag A ④ ICP B 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 school. • 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 Business) 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 Accounting Chemistry 1 Chemistry 2 Physics 1 Economics AP Macroeconomics THIS LIST IS STILL VERY FLUID AND CAN CHANGE ANYTIME http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/ccr/quantitative-reasoning-courses New Course Offerings • Integrated Chemistry/Physics • 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 Credit) • Food Science • Horticulture Science • Plant and Soil Science • Web Design • Introduction to Engineering Design Science Courses Integrated Chemistry/Physics Earth/Space Science Astronomy Honors Physics Biology Chemistry 2 Chemistry 1 Biology 2 Math Courses ACP Finite Math Pre Calculus 2 terms 2 terms Calculus 2 terms Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2 2 terms 2 terms 2 terms Probability and Statistics 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 Honors • 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 hour. • 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) Programs • 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 LIFE SCIENCE PATHWAY AGRIBUSINESS PATHWAY 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 • CONCENTRATION: ANIMAL SCIENCE Resources 2-6 credits: Animal Science • 2 – 6 credits: Agriculture Power, Structure, and 2 credits: Advanced Life Science: Animals Technology • CONCENTRATION: PLANTS & SOILS • 2 credits: Agribusiness 2 credits: Plant and Soil Science Management 2 credits: Advanced Life Science: Plants and Soils Bremen High School Career Clusters from 201314 School Year - BUSINESS Business Administration Pathway CONCENTRATION: ENTREPRENEURSHIP & MANAGEMENT 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 FOCUS: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 2-4 credits: Advanced Business Management Average Salary $75,829 Range $28K to $154K CONCENTRATION: MARKETING MANAGEMENT 1 credit: Introduction to Business 1 credit: Principles of Marketing 2-4 credits: Strategic Marketing FOCUS: SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING 1 credit: Sports & Entertainment Marketing Elkhart Area Career Center http://www.myeacc.org/Home.html 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 all. • 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! • • • • • • • • • • ACT Art Club B Club Ballet Club Bowling Club BTV Chess Club DECA Fall Play FCS • • • • • • • • • • FFA Freshman Mentoring Intramural Key Club NHS Science Club Spanish Club Spring Musical Stay-in-Bounds Mentor STUCO Get Involved! Fall • Football • Girls Golf • Cross Country • Volleyball • Boys Tennis • Soccer Winter • Swimming • Basketball • Wrestling Spring • Baseball • Softball • Boys Golf • Track • Girls Tennis ISHSAA Eligibility: • 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 period. • 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. ISHSAA 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 classrooms. 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 Risk) Go Lions! The pursuit of Excellence starts with you!