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Science Hill 9th Grade Academy Exertion • Creating Positive Relationships • Making All Students Know They Are Important • Inspiring All Students To Learn • Developing Strong Work Ethic and Self Discipline to Push Towards Achieving Goals • Building Energy and Excitement to Fuel Success Relationships Self Discipline Character Enthusiasm Diligence
“The greatest differences in the K-12 organizational cultures exist in the gap between middle school and high school.” • Pre-school feels like kindergarten • 5th grade feels like 6th grade • The Senior year is similar to being a Freshman in college but….. The 8th grade is nothing like the 9th grade!” Jay Hertzog on a quote from Whitefish Bay Schools, Wis.
What is considered as the major differences between middle school and high school? • Size: High schools are generally larger than middle schools. • Scheduling/Class changes: Students are assigned and move to classes as individuals rather than groups. • Classroom expectations: Students must adapt to a variety of instructional styles and conform to a different system of rules and expectations. • Academic competition: Students experience a different, usually higher, grading standard. • Mixed classes: Students take classes with students who are three grades ahead of them. • The discipline code: utilizes more serious punishments and is strictly enforced. • GPA/Rank:Students compete for class rankings that greatly impact their postsecondary opportunities. • Family involvement: Parents tend to become less involved in their child’s education because there is a gap between what the parents want to do and what they know how to do,(Epstein, 1995).
What 8th graders think about high school……… (National survey of 3000 students) Hertzog and Morgan, March 2004 • Bullying – “Heard that 9th graders are constantly getting beat up by the older students.” • “Mean teachers” – In 8th grade language mean teachers means lots and lots of homework. • Getting lost – New building, larger area, more confusing. • Having time to go to lockers – Students worried they wouldn’t have time to get to class. • Being late to class – They had been “told” what high school teachers do to students who are late to class. • Finding a boy/girl friend – Boys and girls differed in that girls wanted to date older boys while boys didn’t feel anyone would go out with them. • Homework – Students had heard how much homework there would be in high school. • Tests – They heard how hard they were. • Graduation – Worried they wouldn’t graduate. • Extracurricular activities – too many choices, don’t know what to choose.
What students found out about high school as 9th graders……… Hertzog and Morgan, March 2004 • High school was “different.” Different from what they had expected and different from middle school, but they usually liked these differences. • Students did not bully like they thought. The older students were typically helpful. • Teachers welcomed students and helped them during class, tutored before school and after school, and attend the students extracurricular activities regularly. They cared about the student as a person. • Getting lost was really not an issue. It took no time at all to know where things were located. What became the students new concerns….. How to study? How to manage their time?
TOPICS FOR REVIEW • Counselors • Credits • Required Classes • Types of Diplomas • Athletic Eligibility • Registration Process • Schedule Changes • IB • Questions
COUNSELORS / SCHOOL SUPPORT Counselor Grade 9 Tolley Counselors Grades 10-12 A – D Honeycutt E – J McPherson K – Q Ellis R – Z Stoner School Support Estepp 9th Grade Transition Coach Bailey Graduation Coach Jones Graduation Mentor Christman Attendance/Truancy Coach
CREDITS • Each class passed earns 1 credit • Students take 4 classes per semester • Students may earn up to 8 credits per year • Students need 28 credits to graduate • State of Tennessee designates 22 of those credits which leaves students 6 credits to take as electives.
GRADE CLASSIFICATION • Students who do not earn at least 4 out of 8 credits their Freshman year may begin the Sophomore year at the Alternative Center to recover credits. • Students roll up to the next grade regardless of number of credits earned but must earn required credits to graduate. • Students have 4 years to graduate with their entering freshman class (cohort).
GRADING SCALE A 93 – 100 B 85 – 92 C 75 – 84 D 70 – 74 F Below 70
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) • The final grade determines credit and is put on transcript • The final grade is used to calculate GPA • GPA is a factor in eligibility for the TN Hope Scholarship (Lottery). Looks like a winning lottery ticket to me!!
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS • English 4.0 Credits • Math 4.0 Credits • Science 3.0 Credits • Social Studies 3.0 Credits • Wellness/PE 1.5 Credits • Personal Finance .5 Credits • World Language 2.0 Credits • Fine Arts 1.0 Credits • Elective Focus 3.0 Credits • Electives (SHHS) 6.0 Credits 28.0 Credits
ENGLISH 4 CREDITS Must take a semester of English each year. • English 9 PARCC 25% CP or Honors • English 10 PARCC 25% CP or Honors • English 11 PARCC 25% CP, Honors, Or IB • English 12 CP, AP, IB, or Jump Start
MATH 4 CREDITS Must take a semester of math each year • Algebra 1 PARCC 25% A & B or Honors • Geometry Regular or Honors • Algebra 2 PARCC 25% Regular or Honors • Upper Level Math • Bridge Math (if less than 19 on PLAN or ACT) • Finite Math (by teacher recommendation) • STEM: Adv. Alg/Trig, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, or Statistics (by teacher recommendation)
Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may satisfy the 4 Math credits by taking: • Algebra 1A 9th grade Fall/Spring • Algebra 1B PARCC 25% 10th grade Fall/Spring • Geometry 1A 11th grade • Geometry 1B 12th grade
SCIENCE 3 CREDITS • Biology 1 • Chemistry or Physics • Students will have to take another lab science such as: Earth or Physical Science or an advanced lab science
Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may satisfy the 3 credits by taking: • Earth or Physical Science • Biology 1A • Biology 1B
SOCIAL STUDIES 3 CREDITS • World History or World Geography • US History • Economics/Government AP US History II satisfies the US History credit IB History of the Americas (2 yrs) satisfies the US History/Economics/Government credits
WELLNESS/PE 1.5 CREDITS • Wellness • PE /Personal Finance ROTC (2 credits) satisfies the Wellness credit ROTC (4 credits) satisfies all of the above
FINE ARTS 1 CREDIT • Band • Art • Drama • Choir • Orchestra
WORLD LANGUAGE 2 CREDITS • French • German • Latin • Spanish Must take 2 credits in the same world language
ELECTIVE FOCUS 3 CREDITS Students must declare an elective focus of 3 credits in the following areas: (not inclusive and above required courses) • Career Technical Education (CTE) • Humanities • Math • Science • AP • Dual Enrollment • Fine Arts • IB • STEM • ROTC
UNIVERSITY WAIVER Students may waive: • Fine Arts 1 Credit • World Language 2 Credits And replace with: • Additional Elective Focus 3 credits
TN DIPLOMA GRADUATING WITH HONORS • Students who earn the 28 required credits • Students who score at or above college readiness benchmarks on the ACT or SAT ACT Subtests Score • English 18 • Mathematics 22 • Reading 21 • Science 24 • Student completes 40 hours of community service THIS DIPLOMA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLASS RANK OR GPA
GRADUATING WITH DISTINCTION • Students who earn the 28 required credits • Students who maintain a B average (GPA 3.0 +) and complete 1 (one) additional approved credential will graduate with distinction. Approved credentials include: • Nationally recognized industry certification • Tennessee Governor's School • All State musical organization • National Merit finalist or semi-finalist • A composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT • A score of 3 or higher on two AP exams • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme • 12 or more hours of transcripted post-secondary credit • Community Service (40 Hours SHHS requirement)
SHHS REGULAR DIPLOMA • Student earns the 28 Science Hill High School required credits • Student completes 40 hours of community service
ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY • Must have 6 full credits in the preceding year • Must not be 19 years of age on or before August 1st • Permitted 8 sessions of eligibility beginning with the 9th grade • Must have a physical dated after April 15th of each year before participating in a practice or game. • For questions, consult Keith Turner, Athletic Director • www.eligibilitycenter.org • www.playnaia.org Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Swimming, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track
REGISTRATION PROCESS • Teachers will present registration material in classes at LBMS • Program of Study is on-line • Course selections will be made with a counselor/parent. • Students should have selected their electives before registering with their counselors.
THINGS TO CONSIDER DURING REGISTRATION • Prerequisites (http://sciencehillhighschool.weebly.com/) • Course recommendations • Course sequences • Teacher recommendations • Alternates • Elective Focus • Diploma Type
About the process…. • You are choosing 8 classes • you are not choosing a specific teacher or schedule.
SCHEDULE CHANGES • A great deal of time is invested in preparing the master schedule. • Course offerings are selected to meet student needs for graduation, student interests, and state requirements. • Students are expected to follow the schedule for classes chosen during registration. • Students must select two alternates in case there are conflicts.
REASONS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR CHANGING A SCHEDULE • Student has failed the preceding class in the course sequence • Student is in a class but does not meet the requirements for that class (grade level, prerequisites) • Student is in a class that he or she has already passed • Student is not in a class that he or she must have to graduate
JUST A REVIEW • Counselors will assist students with registration • Current teachers will help by making recommendations • Students need to have their course selections ready before registration begins
TOPICS OF INTEREST • Visit the Counselor Webpage http://sciencehillhighschool.weebly.com/counseling.html • Communicate with teachers via webpage/email • Create Passport to Gradebook Account • Read the Daily Announcements on-line
TOPICS OF INTEREST Visit the Counselor Webpage http://sciencehillhighschool.weebly.com/counseling.html Communicate with teachers via webpage/email Create Passport to Gradebook Account Read the Daily Announcements on-line
SHHS 9TH GR ACADEMY WEB PAGE & BLOG: http://shhs9academy.weebly.com/ TWITTER: @shhs9academy QUESTIONS?