Incoming Freshman - Class of 2017 Parent Information power point

Tri-Valley High School Parent Night for
Incoming Freshman
Guidance Web Page
 Course descriptions
 Requirements for Graduation
 Extra-Curricular Information
 Resources for Post Secondary Education Information
 Financial Aid- Scholarships
 Regent Scholars Information
 Parent Resources
Graduation Requirements
for Class of 2017
4 English – Freshman English, Sophomore Comp/Speech,
Junior English and Senior English or Sr. Tech Eng or AP
3 Math – Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II *
3 Science –Intro To Phy Sci, Phy Science, Intro to Bio, Bio,
Chemistry or Physics *
*may be excused from Algebra II or Geometry but not both
in favor of a more appropriate course- Must fill out and
exclusion form
* Student may be excused for Chemistry or Physics – must
fill out an Exclusion Form
3.5 Social Studies – World Geography, World History/Civics,
American History, America Government/Personal Economics
.5 P.E./ .5 Health
.5 Computer – Computer Applications
1 Fine Art – Band or Chorus or Art
2 Career/Tech Ed or Spanish (or comb of) – CTE includes FACS,
Business or Agriculture courses or CTE Academy
24 Total
Regent Scholar
4 Credits of English
*Writing 1.5
*Speech .5
*Am. Literature .5
* Literature 1.5
3.5 Credits of Social Studies
* US History 1
*Geography .5
* Civics .5
*US Government .5
*World History .5
* Personal Economics
1 Credit Fine Art
*Band/Chorus/Art/Understanding Music
.5 Credit Health or Physical Education
Regent Scholar continued…
4 Credits Math
*Algebra I 1
* Geometry 1
*Algebra II 1
*Advanced Math Elective 1
4 Credits of Lab Science
* Physical Science
* Chemistry or Physics
* Biology 1
*other Science Electives
.5 Credit of Computer
2 Credits Foreign Language
South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship
To meet the curriculum requirements for the Opportunity Scholarship, all
recipients must receive a C or higher on all coursework including + a 24 on the
Students Entering High School After July 2010
4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or
literary analysis may be included to meet this requirement).
3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S.
government, and similar courses).
4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics
[algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic,
business, consumer, or general mathematics or other similar courses.
4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in
biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory period is
scheduled each week). Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with
lab) shall be decided on a case-by-case basis.
1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular
2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two
 Approved career and technical education courses
 Modern or Classical Language (Includes American Sign Language)
1/2 units of personal finance or economics
1/2 unit of physical education
1/2 unit of health or health integration (Students entering high school after
July 2013)
Recommended Classes for Freshman
 English I
1 Credit
 Intro to Biology (need slower pace)
or Physical Science
World Geography
Pre-Algebra (need slower pace)
or Algebra I or Geometry
PE/ Health
Computer I
1 Credit
.5 Credit
1 Credit
.5 Credit
Electives for Freshman
 Band or Honors Band (counts in GPA)
 Chorus
 Introduction to FACS
 Introduction to Agriculture
 Art I
 Spanish
 General Business
Grading Scale
 A: 93-100
 B: 85- 92
 C: 78-84
 D: 70-77
 F: 69-0
 GPA – Based only on Semester grades
The grade point
is figured by
adding up the
points for each
grade that is
counted and
dividing by the
number of
grades usedBand, chorus,
AP Classes and
PE/Health do
not count
toward GPA
Honor Band
does count
toward GPA
Sports : Football, Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Volley Ball, Track, Boys &
Girls Golf, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Weight Lifting
Fine Arts :
Musical - Band, Chorus, Swing Choir
Theatre - One Act Play, All School Play
Other: Student Council, FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, National Honor Society
Publications: Annual, School Paper
 Grade/Eligibility will be determined at the end of
each quarter/semester. In order to be eligible, a
student must pass all of his/her academic courses
or have a 1.6 grade point average in those subjects.
Should a student become ineligible, he/she won't
be allowed to participate during the following
 All SDHSAA requirements and policies must also
be met. (Students will be allowed to practice.)
NCAA Eligibility Requirements
Division I – 16 Core Courses
Division II – 16 Core Courses
4 years English
4 years English
3 years math (Algebra I and higher)
2 years math (Algebra I and higher
2 years natural/physical science (lab class)
2 years natural/physical science (lab class)
1 year additional English/Math or Science
3 years additional English/Math or Science
2 years of Social Science
2 years of Social Science
4 years of additional courses from any area
above or Foreign Language
4 years of additional courses from any area
above or Foreign Language
Minimum GPA 2.3 for competition
Minimum GPA 2.0
Minimum GPA – using NCAA core courses only & ACT sum score of 68 minimum
 To be classified at each grade level, a student must meet the
minimum credit requirements at the start of each school
 year, as outlined below.
Freshman 0 credits minimum
Junior 12 credits minimum
Sophomore 6 credits minimum
Senior 18 credits minimum
 Each student must sign up for a minimum of six classes per
semester. It is the student’s responsibility to complete course work
as assigned by the teacher.
 In order to receive credit in any course, the student must meet the
requirements of the course as established by the teacher. Credits
are issued on a semester basis.
 Students who fail a required course will be required to repeat the
course at the earliest feasible time.
We are a Laptop High School
At the high school level students will be
using technology on a regular basis and it is
expected that students will use the
technology respectfully and responsibly.
If your student is issued a laptop the
responsibility for insuring it will be up to
you but we will provide you with options
in the fall. Without insurance you will be
expected to pay for any damages.
Ways to stay Informed
 One of the best ways to keep informed on
your students academic progress is to sign
up for a Parent Portal account – the forms
are available on line
 Email teachers if you have concerns
 Sign up for My Distribution List
Thank you for coming!
FOR MORE INFO..see the Guidance Website or call

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