Rising Freshman Curriculum Night Presentation

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Curriculum Night 2015
 AUDITORIUM
 6:00-6:40
Program for Parents of Rising 9th
Graders
 6:45-7:45
Program for Parents of Current WSHS
Students
 CAFETERIA
 6:45-7:45
Curriculum Fair
• Focus: Rising 9th Grade Electives
 7:45-8:45
Curriculum Fair
• Focus: Some AP Courses
• Focus: Electives for Upperclassmen
Curriculum Night 2015
 Program for Parents of Rising 9th Graders
 Welcome & Overview of the evening
 PowerPoint for Students – walk-through
 Overview of the Course Selection Process
 Where to Find Further Information
 AP Specific Information
Curriculum Night 2015
 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen
 Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight
 PowerPoint for Students – walk-through
 Overview of the Course Selection Process
 Where to Find Further Information
 AP Specific Information
West Springfield High School
 Overview of the
Registration Process
 Graduation Requirements
 Course Sequences
 Curriculum Updates
WSHS School Counselors
Counselor
Assigned Caseload
Jeff Stahl
Last Names A-B
Austin Hamill
Last Names C-D
Braden Peterson
Last Names E-HI
Steve Myers
Last Names HO-LE
Kara Stamper
Last Names LI-NE
Katy Sokolove
Last Names NG-RO
Vanessa Elam
Last Names RU-TH
Evelyn Clumpkens
Last Names TI-Z
What’s Different About High School?
CHOICES: It’s all about making choices that impact
your future! What are your goals? How can we help you
get there?
SCHOOL HOURS: 8:00 am-2:55 pm (Not final yet)
Orange Days = Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Blue Days = Periods 2, (LS,ST), 6, 8
CLASSES: No teams in high school. More
independence but also more responsibility!
Is High School harder? YES...
But there is a lot of help!
 Learning Seminar (LS) is a rotating 40 min. period of
additional instructional time every Blue Day. (classes
rotate throughout the year- and it is all pre-printed in
your planner!)
 Spartan Time (ST) is a 45 minute period that offers an
opportunity for remediation and enrichment in your
classes.
If you have C or better- where to go is up to you.
If you have below a C, remediation may be required for that class.
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2019
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
4
3
4
4
Algebra 1, Pt 1
NO, Elective Credit Only
NO, Elective Credit Only
Geom Pt 1
NO, Elective Credit Only
NO, Elective Credit Only
Yes, must include a CTE completer (i)
Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE
completer (i)
World Language
3
4
2
N/A
4
4
2
3 or 2+2
Fine Arts OR CTE
2
1
Econ & Personal Fin
1
1
Electives (must
include sequential
electives)
3
3
CTE Credential (ii)
YES
NO
Virtual Course
YES
YES
Subject
English
Math
Computer Sci
Science
History
Health/PE
Diploma Requirements for Class of 2019
VERIFIED CREDITS
VERIFIED CREDITS (Pass course/ End of Year SOL)
STANDARD DIPLOMA
(22 CREDITS)
ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA
(26 CREDITS)
2 (both during Junior year)
1
2 (both during Junior year)
2
Science
1
2
History
Student Choice
1
1
2
1
TOTAL:
6
9
Subject
English
Math
Academic Levels
Standard
Honors
AP
Standard
Curriculum
Standard
Curriculum
Standard
Pacing
Faster
Pacing
College
Level
Curriculum
Homework
is for
practice /
review
concepts
from class
More
independent
work to go
more in
depth
Independent
projects
Faster
Pacing
Significant
Independent
reading
Significantly
more HW
Should I Take an Honors Class? Self-Assessment
 A or B+ in that subject
 B or lower in that subject
 Independent learner
 Rely heavily on teacher instruction
 Loves the subject
 Lacks interest in the subject
 Good note-taker
 Does not take good notes
 Self-disciplined
 Often needs re-direction
 Is organized
 Finds organization difficult
 Independent reader
 Prefers not to read outside of class
 Desires academic challenge
 Prefers work to be easier
 Willing to commit extra time
 Would prefer to spend little time
doing homework
YES, but be sure to consider the
BALANCE of your schedule and
factor in outside activities
Probably Not this next year, but you
should re-evaluate after you get the
hang of high school..
Schedule for
th
9
Grade
Courses for a 9th Grader who has PASSED his/her 8th grade Courses
1. English 9 / English 9 Honors
2. World History 1 / World History 1 Honors
3. Health and PE 9
4. Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2) *Honors available in all 3 classes
5. Biology or Biology Honors
6. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective
7. Elective
Factors to Consider when Selecting Electives
The purpose of electives is to allow you to explore
subjects that may help you to develop a new life or
academic skill, develop career specific skills or
knowledge, or develop a skill/talent outside of the core
curriculum areas. Choose something that you are
interested in!
Caution: moving on in Math and Languages
For World Languages AND
Mathematics, it is STRONGLY
recommended that you have a B
or better before moving to the
next course.
Why? The next levels of these
courses build on your foundation
from middle school! You have
the option to repeat these classes
if you feel you need a stronger
foundation!
Things to Consider
 Make an informed decision when picking your classes.
Know what classes you are signing up for!
 Speak with your teachers about what classes they
recommend for you. Talk to your school counselor if you
have questions. Discuss your schedule with your parents.
 Once the school year starts, it can be difficult to change
your schedule due to space available. So it’s important to
choose wisely so you can get the classes that you want!
 You want to challenge yourself but not be overwhelmed.
Think about your extra-curricular activities, the time
you have to dedicate to courses, your academic strengths,
and what you are interested in!
What’s next?
Go to the Course Selection Guide on the WSHS
website and read descriptions of the courses.
2. Select 7 Courses plus 3 Alternatives.
3. Discuss your 2015-16 schedule with your parents and
have them sign your course selection sheet.
4. Arrive prepared with a completed draft for your one
on one academic advising session with your
counselor. Counselor is there for questions, but preplanning is a must to have a productive session.
1.
Signed Course Registration sheet due
back to Science 8 teachers by:
FEBRUARY
th
th
5 /6
Important Upcoming Dates
February 13th: Future Spartan Orientation
9:30 – 11:00 am at West Springfield HS. Rising 9th graders
come to WSHS to learn about electives, activities, &
tour the building
February 9th: Curriculum Night
6:00 – 9:00 pm at West Springfield HS. Parents of rising
9th graders come to WSHS to learn about graduation
requriemetns and electives open to 9th graders.
Welcome to West Springfield!
Dream Big
Work Hard
Be Proud
Spartan Strong
Questions?
Curriculum Night 2015
 Program for Parents of Rising 9th Graders
 Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight
 Power Point for Students - Walkthrough
 Overview of the Course Selection Process
 Where to Find Further Information
 Closing Remarks
Welcome to Best Springfield!
Work
Smart =
Have
Success

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