Freshman Parent Orientation Defiance High School March 1, 2012
Staff Introductions • Administration: • Mr.Morton, Principal • Mr. Jerger, Asst. Principal • Mr. Buti, Athletic Director • School Counselors: • Mrs. Gable (A - G) • Ms. McCann (H - O) • Mr. Manz (P - Z) • Teaching Faculty: • Mrs. Haviland - English • Mr. Voll - Social Studies • Mr. Wahl - Math • Ms. McAfee - Foreign Language • Mr. Parrish – Physical Education/Health • Mrs. Booth – Instrumental Music • Mr. West – Vocal Music • Mr. Anderson - Science • Mrs. Kamphaus - Family Consumer Science
What To Expect in High School • Higher Level of Academics • Greater Independence and Responsibility • Taking New Courses • Having New Teachers • Making New Friends • Extracurricular Opportunities • Life and Career Goals After High School
Advice for Freshman What you do your Freshman year sets the foundation for your academic success in high school.
21 Total Credits English 4 credits Mathematics 4 credits, including 1 unit of Algebra II or equivalent Science 3 credits Social Studies 3 credits Fine Arts 1 credit Health .5 credit P.E. .5 credit Electives 4.5 credits Economics/Finance .5 credit Pass all 5 sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) Graduation Requirements
4 English 4 Math 4 Science 4 Social Studies 1 Fine art 3 of one foreign language or 2 of two different foreign languages 3.5 GPA 27 ACT / 1210 SAT Honors Diploma Must Meet 7 of 8 Criteria
Building A Strong Transcript • Credits • Awarded at semester for passing grades (60%) • Semester courses are worth 0.5 credits • Course History • Strength of schedule and total number of credits in subject areas • Cumulative GPA • Calculated each semester: each quarter is worth 40% and the semester exam is worth 20%. • Weighted vs. Non-weighted GPAs • Class Rank • Calculated each semester and based upon cumulative GPA.
iPad Information • $50.00 Insurance to take home • Required Parent meeting in the Fall • Student is responsible for wear and tear • Can be used for personal use • Academic tool • Distributed the 2nd week of school
School Day Structure • 7:55 AM - 2:44 PM • 7 Academic Periods • 6 class minimum schedule (only 1 study hall) • 4 minutes between classes • Lunch schedule - 3 lunch periods • Absences called in prior to 8:00 A.M.
Registration Process • Students have already met with counselors to go over the registration process and next week students will actually sit down and create requests via the computer. • Special Education Students - Teachers will assist in registration process to determine appropriate courses in accordance with IEP. • The school has the right to change student schedules at any time and there are no guarantees that requests will be honored.
Summer School • Summer Option • June 11 – June 30 and July 9-July 27 • 8:00-10:00 / 10:00-12:00 (depending on enrollment) • Remedial Courses Offered: • English • Math • Science • History • P.E. • Advanced P.E. (non remedial)
Schedule Changes • You have the first 5 days of the semester to add/drop any course. • Any drop after 5 days will be a withdrawal failure and a meeting must be held. • Year-long courses can be dropped at the semester if you have a D or F OR you can withdrawal fail (with parent permission). • Teacher changes/requests will NOT be made. • Please try to make schedule changes prior to the beginning of the next year.
University of Toledo Scholarly Savings Account The SSA • UT will make an annual deposit of $2,000 into an individual student’s scholarship account for a maximum of five years. • The first deposit of $2,000 will be in June 2011 for successful completion of 8th grade. • The annual deposit of $2,000 will be for each year of successful high school grade level completion, with school districts determining the criteria for success.
University of Toledo Scholarly Savings Account The SSA Payout • Upon graduation from high school, the student may have accumulated a maximum of $10,000 in the scholarship savings account to be utilized toward UT tuition. • Scholarship funds will be disbursed in annual increments of $2,500 for each of the four years of attendance at UT. • Scholarship funds will be disbursed in one of the existing UT scholarship programs: the Blue and Gold Scholar, Rocket Scholar, and Presidential Scholarship programs.
University of Toledo Scholarly Savings Account UT Requirements for SSA Disbursement • The student must graduate high school with a minimum 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale). • The student must meet requirements for regular admission to UT, including satisfaction of the academic core curriculum requirements. • The student must maintain an annual UT GPA of 3.00 and complete a minimum of 30 credits annually
Important Rules • No “holes” in clothes • No Shorts October 1 – May 1 • Piercing in ears only • No iPods, MP3 or cell phones • Tardiness • PDA • Profanity • Insubordination
Athletic Eligibility – Mr. Buti • Eligibility determined each quarter. • 4th quarter of 8th grade determines eligibility of 1st quarter Freshman year. • Drug Testing • 1.5 Grade Point Average • Must be enrolled and passing FIVE (.5 credit) classes
Parent/Guardian Role in High School Transition • Share your own high school experiences. • Help set goals and develop a 4-year plan. • Monitor their academic progress. • Develop a study/homework plan. • Stay involved with the school. • Promote a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise, stress) • Talk with your child about making good decisions. • Foster independence and responsibility by setting limits. • Be involved with their interests, activities, and friends. • Stay connected by listening and communicating.
Parent/Guardian Resources • Defiance City Schools Website • www.defiancecityschools.org • Parent Viewer - check grades and attendance • Update lunch accounts • Honeywell Instant Alert • ODE Website • www.ode.state.oh.us • OGT resources • Graduation requirements
Thank You For Attending! Please contact a counselor or administrator with any questions about next year.