Jaguars Class of 2016 Flower Mound High School
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS • Recommended Plan – 26 Credits • English: I, II, III, IV (4 Credits) • Math: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II , one additional math (4 Credits) • Science: (4 Credits)Biology, Chemistry, Physics and ? OR Biology, IPC, Chemistry, Physics. • For credit in IPC, the course must be taken before Chem and Phys. The (?) fourth credit can be from any other science course offered • Social Studies: World Geography, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Gov’t, Economics (4 credits) • Communication Applications(½ Credit) • Physical Education or Waiver(1 Credit) • Foreign Language(2 Credits in the same language) • Fine Arts(1 Credit) • Electives (5 ½ Credits) 26 Credits Total
Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP): 26 credits ** • Includes 3 years of a Language Other Than English (LOTE) • Includes 4 advanced measures • (Biology, Chemistry and Physics must be taken in order) • (Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 must be taken in order)
DAP Advanced Measures: • A score of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit, including concurrent enrollment or dual credit courses • A score of “3” or higher on an AP exam • Named National Merit Commended Scholar or Semifinalist based on junior year PSAT score
Current students have the option to opt into the new state graduation plan; however, we want to do what is in the student’s best interest. We recommend that students stay on their current plan. (Course Verification’s will go out on April 21st)
What’s Different about AP Courses? • AP courses provide COLLEGE-LEVEL curriculum • Require 1-2 hours of homework per night • Every student enrolled in a specific AP class takes an exam at the same specified time each May. • Scores range from 1-5 on an AP exam. • Students making a score of 3, 4, or 5 may be eligible for college credit based on their AP exam score. See College Board website for information www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
Should I Sign Up for Regular, Pre-AP, or AP in a Subject? • If you don’t know which level of a course to take, ask your teacher in that subject. They know your abilities and study habits best. • For example, if you are deciding between English 3 and English 3 AP, ask your current English teacher which is most appropriate for you at this time.
Questions to help your decision • Do you like to read? • Do you follow directions the first time they are given? • Do you budget your time well OR do you do everything at the last minute? • Can you multi-task? Very often AP courses will have multiple assignments. • Are you willing to devote some time each night to an AP course?
Check Your Transcript! This is the first year to see your transcript and class-rank. Rank will likely change dramatically in the junior year as more students take AP level coursework. Especially notice: • Credits from middle school • Credits from summer school • For new students, credits from other schools • Online courses If you find a discrepancy, notify your counselor ASAP!
What COUNTS in the GPA? Grades in the areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Languages Other Than English, Advanced Placement and ACDEC will be used for determining GPA and RIC. GPA currently DOES include: • Correspondence courses • Online courses • Distance learning courses • Dual credit courses GPA currently DOES NOT include: • Middle school courses • Credit-by-exam • Summer school
Alternative Ways To Earn Credit • LISD Summer School • (remediation only) • Summer School in any other district – (acceleration) • Online courses – (VLA and TxVSN) • Credit by Exam • Distance Learning(Correspondence) • Exam for Acceleration
VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMYLISD online classes Several Online courses are offered through LISD. There is a charge for each class. Expect a minimum of 1 hour of homework nightly. • Health (Grades 8-12) • Economics • US Government • Business Info Management (Part A) (Grades 8-12) • Business Info Management (Part B) (Grades 8-12) • Art ( Part A) (Grades 8-12) • Art ( Part B) (Grades 8-12) • P.E. • Speech (Professional Communication available spring 2015) For a comprehensive listing, please go to: LISD.NET/VLA
NCTC Dual Credit • Dual Credit is taking a district approved college course through NCTC to receive both high school and college credit simultaneously. • Students are eligible to take dual credit classes with an unweighted 3.0 GPA, and when classified as a junior or senior (starting the summer after the sophomore year). • Currently, students may take one course per semester at a cost of $240 per course. Additional $50 for online option. The cost may increase for next year. • Students may take dual credit courses at any NCTC campus or online. • Courses are taken outside the school day. • Dual Credit courses have a 1.2 grade multiplier for weighted numerical GPA
LISD approved Dual Credit Classes • U. S. History • Economics • U.S. Government • English (pending)
CAREER CENTERS • http://cce.lisd.net/ • CAREER CENTER EAST • http://djcc.lisd.net/index.htm • DALE JACKSON CAREER CENTER
What workplace basic skills are most important for entry level workers?* • ORAL COMMUNICATION • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION • INITIATIVE • TEAMWORK • PROBLEM-SOLVING • WORK ETHIC • TIME MANAGEMENT • PERSEVERANCE • INTEGRITY • ATTENTION TO DETAIL *Texas Regional Employer Survey – Interlink (www.interlink-ntx.org)
Texas Workforce through 2018* • Will create 4 million job vacancies both from new jobs and from job openings due to retirement: • 2.2 million vacancies for those with postsecondary credentials • 1.1 million for high school graduates • 62 % of all jobs in Texas will require some postsecondary training • Health Science sector will increase 32% • 41% of all jobs will be in Business Management and Administration, Marketing, Sales and Services, Hospitality and Tourism *Texas Workforce Commission (www.twc.gov)
JOBS by 2018* • Graduate Degree – 10 % • Bachelors Degree - 23 % • Associate Degree – 17 % • Some College – 12 % • High School Grad – 28 % *Texas Workforce Commission (www.twc.gov)
COMMUNITY COLLEGE NCTC – Gainesville, Corinth, Flower Mound, Bowie, Graham Collin College – Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Rockwall Dallas Community College – Northlake, Brookhaven, El Centro, Dallas, Texas State Technical College – Waco
COLLEGE SEARCH Explore our website http://fmhs.lisd.net/counseling/ Attend College Fairs Visit with college reps during lunch Sign up for college classroom visits Attend college preview days
CAREER CRUISING THIS PROGRAM IS FABULOUS!! http://www.careercruising.com This is a service provided to you by LISD.
PSAT - The Practice SAT Scores range from 20-80 in 3 areas: Critical Reading / Math / Writing Skills Perfect score = 80 x 3 sections = 240 Convert score to estimated SAT score by multiplying score by 10 Example: Critical Reading 50 SAT 500 Math 52 SAT 520 Writing Skills 44SAT 440 Section Index 146 SAT 1460
PSAT - The Practice SATHow to Interpret Your Scores Using the Score Report • Gives the correct answer to each question • Gives the student’s answer to each question • Tells you whether this was an easy, medium or hard question (e, m or h) • For math, it gives the type tested (algebra, geometry, arithmetic, data) • Look for patterns! What types of questions did you repeatedly miss? • Look online at www.collegeboard.com/quickstart for other information. Your password/code is located in several spots on your profile.
PSAT - The Practice SATWhy Take It? • Research shows that familiarity with the test is what changes scores. • Identify patterns and practice what you missed. • For juniors, the PSAT identifies National Merit Semifinalists, the top 1/2 of 1% of testers in each state. • In Texas last year the NMSQT cutoff score was 219 for semifinalists and 203 for commended scholars. • Changes to the PSAT take effect in Oct. 2015. Changes to the SAT take effect spring 2016. Next year’s PSAT will stay the same.
The SAT and ACT are standardized, objective tests that are required for entrance into four-year colleges and universities. Your scores show colleges how ready you are to handle the work at their institutions and how your skills compare with other applicants. Sophomores should prepare to take these exams during the spring of their Junior year.
Plan for and take testsACT vsSAT • Cost $36.50$51.00 With Writing $52.50 Score Report 1-363 portions, each 800 pts=2400 National Avg. 20.9CR 496, M 514, W 488 FMHS Avg.25.6 1703 Test Content English(75 items, 45 min.) Math(60items, 60 min.) Reading(40 items, 35 min.) Science(40 items, 35 min.) Writing(optional, 30 min.) Writing Mandatory(60 min.) Math (70 min.) Reading (70 min.) No Science
Help for preparing for College Entrance Exams can be found on the FMHS counseling website under TESTING INFORMATION
FYI Seniors are strongly encouraged to take a full schedule of classes to be competitive in the college admissions process.
RESOURCES IN THE FMHS COUNSELING OFFICE – FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS • SAT/ACT information packets – registration online • Dual Enrollment forms • College Admissions Resource Guides • College guide books available for check out • http://fmhs.lisd.net/counseling/ • Local Scholarship Applications
FMHS COLLEGE FORUMMay 1, 2014 FMHS Cafeteria, 6:00 pm • Purdue • Abilene Christian College • Texas A & M • Iowa State • Kansas State • Oklahoma State University • SMU • Texas A&M Corpus Christi • Samford University • University of Tulsa • Stephen F. Austin • UT Dallas • Oklahoma City University • University of Oklahoma • University of Alabama • University of North Texas • UT Arlington • University of Arizona • University of South Alabama • UT Austin • University of Central Arkansas • Hardin Simmons • UT Tyler • Baylor • Texas State • John Brown University
A COPY OF THIS PRESENTATION IS AVAILABLE AT fmhs.lisd.net/counseling
Jaguars Class of 2016 Flower Mound High School
Risk factors for depression and suicide are decreased by close family relationships.
A poor relationship with a parent is one of the highest stressors for kids – don’t be a lone ranger family and don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
BACK TO BASICS!! Parents, turn off the phone, computer, blackberry – kids need more time with family! INFREQUENT FAMILY DINNERS PUT KIDS AT HIGH RISK FOR POOR CHOICES.
A good rule for parents is: if you are talking more than 3 minutes –STOP and listen! Pay attention to your teens like you do your bank account!
TEENS FLEE FROM A RIGID AND CRITICAL ENVIRONMENT. THEY FLOURISH IN A WARM AND ACCEPTING HOME, WHICH INCLUDES:
Safety – physical and emotional “It is ok to make mistakes – it is how we learn.” Acceptance – “You are an important part of this family.” Self-worth – “I believe in you” (at least 5 positive statements for every 1 negative) Skills – teens still need to be taught skills – don’t assume – do help and encourage. Support – when a problem arises, ask your teen to write down all the options, then ask, “How can I help you through this?”
USE COMMON SENSE Know where your teen is at all times! Do not hesitate to talk with other parents. Do not put a computer in your teens bedroom. Know your teens friends. Put the cell phone to bed at a reasonable hour. Is there adult supervision at the party? Monitor computer, television and cell phone use.
Recognize and Avoid Enabling… DON’T MAKE EXCUSES FOR YOUR TEEN’S BEHAVIOR. HAVE HIM/HER TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HAPPENS. Choices have Consequences!
SIGNS IN THE HOMEDRUG AWARENESS • loss of interest in family activities • disrespect for family rules • withdrawal from responsibilities • verbally or physically abusive • sudden increase or decrease in appetite • disappearance of valuable items or money • not coming home on time • not telling you where they are going • constant excuses for behavior • spending a lot of time in their rooms • lies about activities • finding the following: cigarette rolling papers, pipes, roach clips, small glass vials, plastic baggies, remnants of drugs (seeds, etc.)
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SIGNSDRUG AWARENESS • changes friends • smell of alcohol or marijuana on breath or body • unexplainable mood swings and behavior • negative, argumentative, paranoid or confused, destructive, anxious • over-reacts to criticism • acts rebellious • sharing few if any of their personal problems • doesn't seem as happy as they used to be • overly tired or hyperactive • drastic weight loss or gain • unhappy and depressed • cheats, steals • always needs money, or has excessive amounts of money • sloppiness in appearance
SIGNS AT SCHOOLDRUG AWARENESS • sudden drop in grades • truancy • loss of interest in learning • sleeping in class • poor work performance • not doing homework • defiant of authority • poor attitude towards sports or other extracurricular activities • reduced memory and attention span • not informing you of teacher meetings, open houses, etc.