2014 Freshmen Orientation Packet

Report
Oliver Ames High School
CLASS OF 2018
FRESHMEN ORIENTATION
OA Website and Principal Contact Info.
 http://www.oliverames.org/
 Wes Paul email wespaul@easton.k12.ma.us
 Twitter Account @OAHSTigers
 Phone 508-230-3210 Ext. 3
 My Secretary is Peggy Crowley
pcrowley@easton.k12.ma.us
Introductions
Assistant Principals
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Catherine Queally cqueally@easton.k12.ma.us
Thomas Flanagan tflanagan@easton.k12.ma.us
Director of Guidance
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William Sullivan retiring
Athletic Director
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Bill Matthews bmatthews@easton.k12.ma.us
Director of Music
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Charlene Dalrymple cdalrymple@easton.k12.ma.us
Guidance
 Bill Sullivan is our Director of Guidance, and Bill is
retiring at the end of this school year after 43 years
of teaching, leading, and directing students and
parents at a level of excellence that will be hard to
replace. Our new Director of Guidance is Susan
Mancuso and she will begin her role in early July.
 Guidance Phone is 508-230-3220 and our Guidance
Secretary is Kathy Duggan
Kcduggan@easton.k12.ma.us
Athletics
Mr. Bill Matthews is the Athletic Director for OAHS
Email is bmatthews@easton.k12.ma.us
 Office Phone is 508-230-3210 ext. 1454
 Twitter @OAHSTigersports
 Sports Pilot https://isis.sportspilot.com/register/Family/Default.asp?ASO
ID=106177
Football fall camp begins August 18. All other
sports begin August 21.
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Athletics
 Important things to know:
 We offer the following sports in the fall: boys & girls
cross country, field hockey, football, boys & girls
soccer, and girls volleyball.
Athletics
 To participate all athletes must:
 Be registered by a parent or guardian through our online
registration process at oliverames.org/sports. Activity fees
are $150 per athlete per sport. Family maximum is $600
per year for athletics.
 Have a valid physical on file at the nurses office. Physicals
expire 13 months to the day from the date they were
conducted. New physicals can be turned in to the athletic
director or school nurse.
 Have taken the ImPACT concussion baseline test within the
past 2 years if participating in football, field hockey or
soccer
Athletics
 Note: coaches have lists of valid physicals and ImPACT
tests if you need to check the status of either for your child.
 Links to email addresses for coaches and me can be found
on oliverames.org/sports. If you have any questions, please
email
 For real time sports updates, game cancellations, and
scores, follow AD Matthews Twitter at @oahstigersports.
Music
 Charlene Dalrymple is our Director of Music
 Email is cdalrymple@easton.k12.ma.us
 Phone is 508-230-3210 ext. 1434
 http://www.oliverames.org/music.php
 TEMPO https://sites.google.com/site/oatemposite/
Introductions
School Nurse
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Lynne LeBlanc
Department Heads
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Marie Whalen – Family Consumer Science
Kristyn Shea – Art
Jim Sullivan – Industrial Technologies
Joan Holt – Librarian
Cathy Harp – Business & Technology
Charlene Dalrymple – Music
Mary Romans – Math
Matt Auger – History
Joanne Coffman – English
Maria Annunziato and Nancy Donahue – Science
Ron Riley – Foreign Language Retiring
Maria Palma Foreign Langue July 214
OA Mission Statement
 The Oliver Ames High School community of faculty, staff,
students, parents, and residents believe that in order to fulfill
its mission of excellence and equity in education, we must
embody the ideals of a comprehensive high school. We will
work together to create a safe, nurturing, and stimulating
learning environment. Students will become critical thinkers,
problem solvers and independent learners who contribute in
many ways to our ever changing world. We recognize the need
for a variety of educational experiences that extend beyond
the classroom and promote intellectual curiosity, individual
responsibility and respectful interaction. By achieving goals
and overcoming adversity, students will be encouraged to
reach their potential and be prepared to assume meaningful
roles in society.
Core Values
 Learn collaboratively
 Express creativity
 Act with integrity
 Demonstrate responsibility
 Embrace curiosity
 Respect each other
 Strive for excellence
Expectations
21st CENTURY ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
OA students will ACCESS information in a variety of ways, including:
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A1. Actively and critically reading, listening and observing
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A2. Initiating appropriate questions
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A3. Conducting independent and collaborative research
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A4. Using appropriate technologies and networks to locate and retrieve information
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A5. Demonstrating initiative while seeking information
OA students will PROCESS information in a variety of ways, including:
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P1. Assimilating and organizing information
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P2. Recognizing patterns, evaluating trends, and making comparisons
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P3. Drawing inferences and making conclusions
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P4. Responding and adapting quickly to unexpected challenges
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P5. Creating and designing solutions to problems and challenges
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P6. Applying appropriate form and technique to performance tasks
OA students will COMMUNICATE information in a variety of ways, including:
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C1. Writing and speaking clearly and purposefully for a variety of audiences
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C2. Presenting creative products in a variety of formats
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C3. Using technology to present information
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C4. Demonstrating leadership while promoting individual and collaborative activities
OA students will DEVELOP themselves in a variety of ways, including:
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D1. Demonstrating a sense of curiosity by considering alternative perspectives
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D2. Gaining a better understanding of their learning process through consistent self – reflection
Social/Civic Expectation for Student Learning
OA students will act responsibly for themselves and others in a variety of ways, including:
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SC1. Working cooperatively and collaboratively
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SC2. Respecting and understanding cultural differences
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SC3. Participating with a local/global perspective
OA students will act respectfully to themselves and others in a variety of ways, including
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SC4. Interacting appropriately with all members of the community
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SC5. Honoring school policies and procedures
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SC6. Understanding and demonstrating academic integrity
Overview
 Oliver Ames High School is a comprehensive
high school with an impressive and well
deserved reputation in academics and cocurricular activities.
Video Introduction of OAHS
 This video was produced by Kristin Marani and the
OAHS Student Council. It provides a nice overview
of the clubs and activities available at OAHS.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldHwiS2a2uU
Overview
“School Profile and NEAS&C Accredited”
 Community The Town of Easton Massachusetts -
population 22.980 is a residential community 25 miles
south of Boston.
 Oliver Ames High School has a current enrollment of
approximately 1178 students in grades 9-12.
 The academic year consists of four terms of 45 days each.
 OAHS is a comprehensive high school accredited by the
New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the
Massachusetts Department of Education.
Overview
 Class of 2013 Statistics
 84%
enrolled in a 4-year college or
university
 10% enrolled in a 1 0r 2 year program
 5% employment
 1% entered Armed Services
Keys to Success
 Take challenging and realistic courses.
 Treat high school as an important investment in your
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future.
Set goals to become the best you can be.
Grow up and take responsibility.
Learn to be organized and a great communicator.
Get involved but do not over extend.
Remember that we live in a competitive world and
education is the key to success. Do not take your
high school education for granted.
Student Perspective
Interviews with Harrison Phelps and Robert Capodilupo
Senior Class President and Junior Class President
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What makes OA special to you?
What is your favorite memory at OA?
How would you describe the culture of OA to
perspective students and parents?
How can you maximize your educational
opportunities while still being involved in activities?
What advice do you have for students and parents?
Can you sing us a song?
Frequently Asked Questions
 The next slides are composed on questions asked by
parents and students each year and I thought I
would include the questions or issues in this
program that will be placed on our website within
the week for your reference.
What Type of Schedule Do We Run?
 We run a schedule that is a modified block and
drop schedule. Each student has 7 classes in
their schedule but only 6 classes meet each day.
 This schedule is fully rotating with two 65 min.
classes and four 50 min. classes meeting each
day. The next slide is not an eye exam chart but
a template of the schedule.
Days
7:30-8:20
1st Block
50 minutes
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2
3
4
5
6
7
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F
D
B
G
E
C
8:24-9:29
2nd Block
65 minutes
9:33--9:45
Advisory
12 minutes
B
G
E
C
A
F
D
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
9:33--9:45
Student Advisory
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A
F
D
B
G
E
9:49-10:54
3rd Block
65 minutes
10:58-11:20
4th Block
22 Minutes
First Lunch
11:24-11:46
22 Minutes
Second Lunch
D
B
G
E
C
A
F
First Lunch
First Lunch
First Lunch
First Lunch
First Lunch
First Lunch
First Lunch
D
Second Lunch
11:50-12:12
22 minutes
Third Lunch
12:16- 1:06
5th Block
50 Minutes
1:10-2:00
6th Block
50 Minutes
DROP
B
Second
Lunch
G
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C
A
F
Second Lunch
Second Lunch
Second Lunch
Second Lunch
Second Lunch
D
B
G
E
C
A
F
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
Third Lunch
E
C
A
F
D
B
G
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D
B
G
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C
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B
What is Student Advisory?
Within this schedule we carved out 12 minutes
each day for Student Advisory
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There are about 14 students in each advisory class, and every teacher
is assigned one.
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During this advisory period, the students may eat a snack they bring
and read the morning announcements.
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Teachers meet individually with their advisory students to review
their goals for the year ahead and to check on their progress.
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Teachers may take a few minutes with each student to make sure all
is good or may sit around in a circle to check how their students are
doing with picking classes or are aware of OA’s upcoming events.
When and What is Summer Orientation?
Freshmen Orientation is a half day
August 27th 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
 Team
building activities
 Guest speaker Ed Gerety
 Teacher and student panel presentation
 Distribution of schedules
 Tours of the building
 Pizza lunch
What are the School Hours?
What are the school hours?
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First bell is 7:20 a.m. and that is the best time to plan on
arriving at school so you have time to go to your locker.
Students who walk to school at 7:25 do not have time to get
to their lockers and first class by 7:30. You are late if you
are not in your class at the 7:30 bell.
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School ends at 2:00 p.m., and teachers are available for
some assistance until 2:20 p.m. Most teachers will make
arrangements to stay later if necessary.
Where do buses drop off and pick up?
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Drop off is in front of Auditorium/Gym Entrance
Pick up is the same place for the Middle School
How do locks and lockers work at the H.S.?
Where are freshmen lockers and how do you get a lock?
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Third floor and the number will be printed on their schedules.
Locks are issued first day during advisory period, and you keep
the lock all four years so take it home at the end of the year.
Replacement cost is $5.00.
What if your lock or locker does not work?
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Come to the office with the number of the locker or the serial
number from the back of the lock. We will get a custodian to
meet you at your locker if the problem is mechanical.
Why are student ID’s Important?
When do you get a student ID?
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First week of school during PE class a student’s picture is taken
for the ID. IDs must be worn on a lanyard at all times. Issued
during Freshmen and Junior years - so hang on to them.
Replacement cost is $5.00
What safety measures are in place?
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Doors lock at 7:30 am, and then everyone must enter via main
office buzzer system. Security cameras, atrium attendant,
School Resource Officer Pat Healey
What is the attendance policy?
What is the attendance policy for co-curricular
activities like sports, clubs, music, drama?
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Students must be in school on time in order to be eligible to
practice or play in any co-curricular activity.
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If they are late to school, they can’t practice. Exceptions are
made for early morning doctor appointments but not for
sleeping in so they can be rested for the day ahead. If they are
too sick to be in school on time, then they should not be
practicing after school.
How much are activity fees?
What are ACTIVITY FEES?
 Activity fees pertain to all co-curricular activities, not just
athletics. All co-curricular activity fees are subject to the
Easton Public Schools Activity Fee Policy.
 $150 per Sport and $125 for Show Choir, Marching Band
and Jazz Band. Some sports have a slightly higher fee like
Gymnastics and Hockey.
 There are separate family maximums pertaining to Music
$375 and Athletics $450.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the big events in the Freshmen year?
 Spirit
Halls
 Executive Board
 Homecoming Semi Formal Dance
 Freshmen Dinner Dance – Open to OA
Freshmen Only
 Sporting events as a spectator
 Music Events – Show Choir, Drama, Musical
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the graduation requirements?
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
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1. All students must carry seven courses each year.
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2. Pass four (4) years of English grades 9-12.
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3. Pass three (3) years of social studies grades 9-12.
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4. Pass three (3) years of science grades 9-12.
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5. Pass four (4) years of math grades 9-12.
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6. Pass physical education for grades 9 and 10 five days a week
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7. Pass one (1) year of one or combination of Music, Industrial Technology, Art, Family and Consumer Sciences.
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8. Pass one (1) year of business/technology education.
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9. A total of 18 courses are required as part of the graduation requirements; students may choose 8 electives grades 9-12.
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10. Successful completion of a total 130 credits.
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11. A typical college bound graduate from Oliver Ames High School will have successfully completed a minimum of two (2) years
of lab science course work.
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12. Students must either earn a scaled score of at least 240 on the grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests, or earn a
scaled score between 220 and 238 on these tests and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP). Students
must also earn a scaled score of at least 220 on one of the high school MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests:
Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering. If a student does not receive a passing grade in either
Math, English, or Science, they are eligible to take MCAS retests.
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13. Students may participate in graduation activities only when all credit requirements are fulfilled.
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14. Under exceptional circumstances or situations, requests for waivers for exceptions to these graduation requirements shall be
addressed to the building principal. Determinations shall on a case–by–case basis with priority placed on scheduling conflicts
with higher level course. The decision of the building principal shall be final.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are schedules delivered?
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At the Summer Orientation or via mail the last week of summer.
How do mid-year and final exams work at the high
school?
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Mid-year and Final Exams count for 10% of final grade. Term
grades account for 20% of final grade.
Exams Days are at end of 2nd and 4th marking period and last 4
days.
These days are half days of testing with teacher help and library
service offered until 2:00 p.m. after the second exam period.
Students are free to leave after their second exam, but busses do
not pick up until 2:00 p.m. Fitness room is open after exams.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is detention, and why is it issued?
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Most common issue: tardiness
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After six (6) excused tardies in a semester, all subsequent
tardies must be cleared in advance with the school
administration to be considered excused. Students who are
tardy without an acceptable excuse may be assigned one office
detention on the day they are tardy.
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This detention will be served during the office detention
period 2:05 to 2:35. Tuesday-Thursday.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the policy on dismissals?
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Students must bring dismissal note signed by their
parent/guardian with their phone number and student ID to
the main office before the 7:30 bell to get their dismissal pass.
You cannot dismiss a child over the phone. The nurse makes
the call on sickness dismissals.
When is back to school night?
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Usually scheduled in mid to late September, and parents
follow child’s schedule reporting to each class in alphabetical
order A-G for 10 min. This provides parents an opportunity to
meet each teacher and hear the teacher’s orientation message.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are Parent Conferences and
how do they work for scheduling?
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. and
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Five minute conferences. There are not
enough slots for all parents to meet with each teacher so we
ask that you try to focus on the classes where your child is
having a tough time.
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We will use online scheduling for the first time this year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a parent communicate with a teacher?
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Email – found on website – Most effective method
Phone - Extensions listed on website
X2 Aspen Parent Portal – provides parents with weekly
updated records on student progress and grade. Teachers
upgrade on a weekly basis. This newer feature has cut down on
many parents attending parent report card conferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
 What are the curriculum levels at OAHS?
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Oliver Ames High School offers a choice of offerings to each student. They
include AP, honors, and college, and standard level courses
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Selection of a particular course should be weighed carefully with a view
toward ability, interest, and future plans. The selection should be made with the
approval of parent(s)/guardian(s) and guidance counselors. It is recommended that
students and parent(s)/guardian(s) familiarize themselves with the Program of
Studies booklet. This booklet contains detailed information of the curricula offered
and the courses offered in each program. The pupil’s teachers, guidance counselor
and principal will be glad to advise and consult with parent(s)/guardian(s) and
students. Appointments may be arranged by contacting the high school guidance
office at 508-230-3213. All subject and/or course changes must be processed
through the guidance office. A change slip listing those subjects to be dropped as
well as those to be added will be issued to the student, who is required to obtain
teachers’ , department head, and parent(s)/guardian(s)’ signatures indicating their
approval. The change slip must be returned to the Guidance office. Only then will
the student be permitted to start the new schedule.
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A student may not change from a course after the first marking period has
ended. A student may not change from a class that was a parent override.
Frequently Asked Questions
 How
is GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
determined
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GPA is determined by the honor point value of each grade
multiplied by the number of credits assigned to the course.
The total number of these weighted honor points is then
divided by the total number of credits attempted to determine
the GPA. Class Rank is determined by GPA.
Frequently Asked Questions
 The scaling of honors to non-honors courses for figuring rank in class
and grade-point average is as follows:
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REGULAR
4.0
3.8
3.5
3.3
3.0
2.7
2.4
2.0
1.7
1.4
1.0
0.5
0
A+
A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CD+
D
DF
HONORS
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.3
3.0
2.4
2.0
1.7
1.4
1.0
0.5
0
Thank You for Coming
Dear Members of The Class of 2018,
Each new school year we find ourselves at a different point in our journey through life and for many
of us, the start of school is an opportunity to begin fresh with a renewed commitment to improve
ourselves. We desire that each student find success in all that they do, and our top priority is to
make the learning experience at Oliver Ames High School exceptional. Oliver Ames High School has
an outstanding faculty and supporting staff that are dedicated to helping each student grow
academically and socially. The success each student achieves depends on the effort they expend and
the decisions they make. Ultimately, they are responsible for their own accomplishments at Oliver
Ames High School, and we are responsible to assist each student in this endeavor. I urge every
student to use his or her time wisely to help prepare you for a rewarding future.
In conclusion, I encourage every student to get involved in the activities of our school. Don't sit back
and watch, but rather get out and participate in the rich and varied co-curricular activities available
to you at Oliver Ames High School. These activities will add immeasurably to your personal
development, enrich your days at Oliver Ames High School, and further prepare you for future
endeavors. Oliver Ames High School will always give you its very best, and we expect in return only
the very best effort from you. Your high school years should be ones in which you grow
intellectually, mature socially, develop and refine co-curricular skills, and in general, prepare
yourself for life-long learning and active participation in future communities. Take pride in yourself,
in your accomplishments, in our school and in our town. Make this your best year ever!
Wesley H. Paul
Principal
Where to now?
 At this point our formal program is over, and you are
invited to the cafeteria located behind where I am
standing for some light refreshments and an
opportunity to speak with department heads if you
have a particular question they might be able to
answer for you.

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