8th to 9th Transition
VF Middle School
Class of 2019
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
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January 29, 2015 – TONIGHT!
Your parents go to CHS tonight to hear presentations from Counselors and department
chairpersons regarding curriculum and credit requirements. Bring your Program of Studies
home! Your parents need bring your Program of Studies!!!
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February 4, 2015
Conestoga Special Areas and Core Class Department Chairs visit VFMS and make presentations
to 8th graders regarding course offerings, credit requirements, and other curricular information.
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Special Areas:
Core:
8:00am - 8:45am (1st period)
12:10pm - 1:44pm (6th & 7th periods)
**Students should have their Program of Studies booklet with them.
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February 6, 2015
CHS counselors visit VFMS 8th graders in math classes and give out course selection cards.
CHS counselors will go over, in detail, the Conestoga course selection process.
**Students should have their Program of Studies booklet with them.
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February 9-17, 2015
(Monday to Tuesday – only 5 days to get teacher recs)
8th grade teachers will make recommendations on students’ course selection cards.
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February 19, 2015
(Thursday)
Completed course selection cards are due back to Mr. Sola.
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‘Green Cards’ must have teacher (for recs), parent, and student signatures on it
Late submissions will receive lower priority for electives!
CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR 9-12
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English
Social Studies
Science
Math
4.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
These are minimum requirements; most college-bound students will take these
core courses all four years at CHS
• Core Electives
2.0
– Must include at least one course in each of these three areas:
• Visual & Performing Arts
• Business & Technology
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Health & Phys Ed
• Electives
1.9
5.1
World Language Requirements
• World Language
2.0
– Level 1, 2 – CHS; if changing languages for 9th, must take
minimum of 2.0 credits
– Level 3 - CHS; if continuing same Middle School language for
9th, must take minimum of 1.0 credits in same language and 1.0
elective in any other course.
– French, Spanish, German. Italian, Chinese, Latin
• every student must finish at least one Level 2 or 3 language
course at CHS
• 4 years of same language is strongly recommended by the
department
• If you plan on taking two languages your freshman year – please
see Mr. Sola to plan your electives
COURSE LEVELS:
• Academic (A)
– serious academic studies- pace is modified to accommodate the
individual needs and abilities of the students. College-prep level.
• Accelerated (X)
– solid foundation for success in most colleges and universities. Pace is
accelerated and the workload is demanding.
• Honors (H)
– taught at high school level, but like AP courses, provide greatest
challenge and best preparation for success at academically rigorous
colleges.
• Advanced Placement (AP)
– college-level courses taught according to syllabi prescribed by The
College Board Advanced Placement Program. Possible college credit
can be awarded by the college through AP tests.
Course Levels – 9th grade
Core classes
• SCIENCE
– Biology
• AP, H, X, A
• SOCIAL STUDIES
– World History
• AP, H, X
• ENGLISH
– World Literature
• H, X, A
• MATH
– Next level after 8th grade math class
• Offered: A, X, H for all freshman math classes
• LANGUAGES
– French, German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
• Offered: A, X, H for levels 1-3.
AP COURSES – 9th Grade
• offered only in Biology & World History
• For students with:
– Strong reading and writing skills
– Strong motivation (800-1000 pages of text +
note-taking)
– College-level text books
– Strong organizational and study skills
– Speed matters: reading and notes
– For students who have excellent attendance
HEALTH – 9th grade
• No summer Health
• Freshman Health is now called “Health &
Fitness”
– Semester course meeting every day (6/6 days
of cycle)
• 4/6 days Health
• 2/6 days Phys. Ed. (lab)
PHYS. ED. – 9th Grade
• Called “PE – 9”
– Semester course
• Meets 2/6 days
• PE required in 10th through 12th
…EVERY semester
– After 9th grade, students can substitute Core PE with
“alternative experiences” (CHS team sports,
‘extended experience’, etc)
Periods Per Cycle
• Students must schedule 36 (min.) and 42 (max.) periods per cycle
• Exceptions not counted towards the 42 class period cap:
– ESL
– Academic Seminars
– Co-Curriculars
• Writing: Spoke (newspaper), Lit. Mag., Yearbook
• Science Olympiad
• Music Groups: Camerata, Chanteuses, Chorale, Concert Band, Concert
Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, String
Ensemble, Wind Ensemble
– Experiential Learning Opportunities:
• ELO (online courses, service learning)
– Science labs
STUDENT BLOCK SCHEDULE
1st Semester
Day 1
Period 1
Period
2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 6
Period 7
Period 8
Day 2
Day 3
2nd Semester
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 1
Period
1
Period
2
Period
3
Period
4
Period
5
Period
6
Period
7
Period
8
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
9th Grade Student’ BLOCK SCHEDULE
1st Semester
Day 1
Period 1
Period
Day 2
Day 3
2nd Semester
Day 4
Day 5
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
WORLD HISTORY
2
Period
MATH
Period
3
BIOLOGY
4
Period
Period 4
WORLD LANGUAGE
5
Period
Period 5
Period 8
Day 2
Period
Period 3
Period 7
Day 1
WORLD LITERATURE
1
2
Period 6
Day 6
HEALTH & FITNESS
ELECTIVE
STUDY HALL
Period
6
Period
7
Period
8
PE 9
ELECTIVE
ELECTIVE
STUDY HALL
Day 6
LUNCH
• There are four 30-minute lunch periods
per day (in either 5th or 6th period)
• You find out first day of school which lunch
you have.
• Lunch does not count towards 42 periods
per semester
ENGLISH CO-CURRICULARS
Applications due back to your English teacher
• Yearbook
• Newspaper (Spoke)
• Lit. Mag.
February 19, 2015
February 23, 2015
March 2, 2015
See your English teachers for applications
• Multimedia Magazine
an English co-curricular elective
• If you are not accepted to Yearbook, Lit. Mag., or The Spoke as
freshmen, CHS strongly encourages you to take Multimedia
Magazine as an elective.
– In that course, students will receive journalism training that will:
• enable students to acquire the skills needed to increase the likelihood of
acceptance into the publication of choice for their sophomore year
See Mr. Sola
• Before school
• After school
• Lunch or lunch activity
• Make an appointment!
• Bring your ‘Program of Studies’
home tonight!
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8th to 9th Transition - Tredyffrin/Easttown School District