Jefferson Academy: 8th Grade Parent Meeting December 19, 2013 Good Evening! • WELCOME! • Please take your seat and reflect: – What academic progress have your students made so far this year? – What growth do you hope they will demonstrate by the end of the year? Greeting • Turn to your neighbor and greet them with a bright “Good Evening.” • Ask your neighbor about his/her hopes for his/her student and share yours!! Some Fun • To start our evening off right, we are going to play a little game called… Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member and his/her sister were elected President and Vice President of student government in middle school. • ANSWER: Ms. Gordon • Their slogan was “Double your pleasure, double your fun- Vote for the Gordon Sisters – we’re number one!” Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member was the President of the Honor Society at his/her high school. • ANSWER: Mr. TC • Mr. TC also had the opportunity to speak as the MC for a meeting with the National Honor Society Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member won a scholarship to a local high school and graduated as the Salutatorian with a 4.2 GPA. • ANSWER: Mrs. Lee • Mrs. Lee was also nominated “most talented” by her 8th grade class. Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member was the captain of the rugby team. • ANSWER: Mr. Webster • Mr. Webster led his team to victory and they were the New England champions! Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member was a high school cheerleader! • ANSWER: Ms. Mann • Ms. Mann also got into EVERY college she applied to! Raise your Hand if you think you know!!!! • This staff member one the Service Award for completing the most service hours in her high school. • ANSWER: Ms. Alwon • Ms. Alwon also won a scholarship because of her awesome commitment to service. Agenda • • • • High School Application Information Service Opportunities End of Year Updates Shout Outs High School Application • The DCPS High School Applications opened this past Monday. • Go to www.MySchoolDC.org to apply • The DEADLINE is February 3, 2013 Reminders • *Be sure to include your Student ID this allows for the automatic transfer of your test scores and transcripts • *Spend Winter Break working on your high school application essays • *Make sure you are putting in a valid email address - this is how some high schools will contact you for interviews! • *Also make sure you are putting in valid email addresses for your recommendations! Some SPECIAL Points • Most specialized high schools have additional deadlines for entrance exams, interviews, or auditions. Please see the schools’ profiles for details about these dates! (all information is available on www.MySchoolDC.org) • Benjamin Banneker, for example: – After submitting their application, qualified applicants will be asked to interview on one of three dates: • Wednesday, February 19 • Wednesday, March 5 • Saturday, March 8 Recommendations • DCPS Recommendations – we can begin recommendations on Dec. 23rd • Letters of Recommendations Requests – Students must request recommendations from adults in writing using the recommendation requests form Essays • Essays are required for HS applications • In order for students to submit the best essays possible: – Mrs. Lee will host application and essay writing sessions over the winter break from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM every day except Christmas and New Years. Students must sign up. – Students can e-mail Mrs. Lee, Ms. Alwon, or Mr. TC to proof their essays. – Students will have opportunities to work on the application and essays in advisory upon returning from break. Scholarships • Individual Schools – HSPT – High School Placement Test – January 2014 • http://www.dcscholarships.org/ Agenda • • • • High School Application Information Service Opportunities End of Year Updates Shout Outs Service Opportunities • Monday: Teacher Interview @ 10:00 AM • Local Churches & Libraries • DC Central Kitchen – Group Field Trip (end of February) • Environmental Science – Anacostia Watershed Clean-up Trip Agenda • • • • High School Application Information Service Opportunities End of Year Updates Shout Outs EOY Updates • Ms. Bush has been working very hard to plan the end of year events! She will have updates with cost information in January! Agenda • • • • High School Application Information Service Opportunities End of Year Updates Shout Outs Congratulations! • Pre-Algebra PIA Top Scorers! – – – – • Saniye Brewer Natori White Shavonte Moore Dante Scott Pre-Algebra Top Growth – – – – – – – – – – – – – Natori White Shavonte Moore Saniye Brewer Dante Scott Mylan Barnes Tamia Hughes Michael Waldron Destiny Daughtry Amon Lansdown Davon Lucas Tamia Hughes Floyd Davis Shaina Williams Congratulations! • Proficient Score in Algebra – Yingzhi Dai – Micah Bibb – Ellen Guo – Yuanlong Dai – Chen-Ying Wong Congratulations! • • • • • • • • ELA MOST IMPROVED!!! *Floyd Davis *Destiny Daughtry *Dyamone Tutt *D'Marco Kingsberry *Rico Smith *Dante Scott *Mahki Freeman Congratulations! • Jatahj Tenner • Yuanlong Dai • For the most community service hours so far!!! Questions?