Freshman Student and Parent
Orientation
High School Auditorium
February 5, 2007
7 pm
Introductions
• Chris Ward - Middle School Counselor
(945.0513)
• Guidance Office - Denise Rushing
(945.0313)
• Jennifer Robinson - Counseling Intern
• Cheryl Ewert (H-P 945.0307)
• Jim Schulz (Q-Z 945.0306)
• Linda Van Der Leest (A-G 945.0308)
Graduation Requirements
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7 semesters of English
1 semester of Speech 10
4 semesters of Science
6 semesters of Math
4 semesters of Social Studies
– US History (2 semesters)
– Government (Jr Yr)
– Social Studies Elective (Fr - Sr Yr)
Graduation Requirements
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1 semester of Vocational Education
1 semester of Health
7 semesters of Physical Education
1 or 2 semesters of Consumer
Education
Admission Recommendations
for College, Universities and
Community Colleges
• English - 4 years or 8 credits
• Mathematics - 3 years or 6 credits of Algebra
I and beyond
• Social Studies - 3 years or 6 credits
• Science - 3 years or 6 credits
• Foreign Language, Music, Art, Theatre,
Humanities, Vocational Education - 2 years or
4 credits*
*Individual College requirements may vary. Be sure
to check with the college.
State University Foreign
Language Requirement
(see handout)
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Chicago State University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University
Illinois State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Southern Illinois - Carbondale
Southern Illinois - Edwardsville
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Illinois Springfield
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Western Illinois University
Career Exploration
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Use of PLAN and EXPLORE in college and career planning
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Importance of planning early
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Better educated about opportunities
Increase self-awareness of self and skills
Allows you to build your schedule in a manner that corresponds with goals and
aspirations
Less overwhelmed by future college and/ or career prospects
Allows time to research, ask questions, job shadow, and talk with people who can
provide insight in career and/or college decisions
College choices often need to be made during 1st semester of senior year
Military academies
Available resources
• www.careernet.org and www.bls.gov
Questions and Answers
• Is High School different from the middle school? Yes
• Students must carry 6 classes each semester. A student can
take a study hall every semester, pass all 6 classes each
semester and graduate with 48 credits. 42 credits are required.
• Course Planning Guide - www.dist228.org
• Important to understand the courses a student needs to take if
they are college bound. Also, read February newsletter for
NCAA changes.
• Grades - critical in high school. Available at power school. Also,
if you have a concern or question about a class, make sure you
talk with the teacher first.
• Physical Examination - REQUIRED
Activities
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National Honor Society
National Technical Honor Society
Clubs and Organizations
Sports
Visual and Performing Arts
Overview of Courses
“English Curriculum” page
-This is how it will appear in the course planning
guide. Note credits and prerequisites. This
information will help you select the correct classes
in the correct order
“Requirements” page
-outlines the required class which are offered in
English, Math, and Science
“Electives” page
-outlines the additional classes a freshman make
take
Freshman Requirements
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English - 2 semesters
Mathematics - 2 semesters
Science - 2 semester
PE/Health
– 1st semester Health if in Marching Band (subject to change based on numbers)
– 1st semester PE if last name A-K (subject to change based on numbers)
– 1st semester Health if last name L-Z
(subject to change based on numbers)
Electives
(need to pick 3-6)
1- World History
– Honors
– 1 or 2 semesters of World History
2- Other Electives to follow
3- Study Hall (1 or 2 semesters)
(not guaranteed in the semester of the request)
Handouts
available in HS Counseling Offices - please stop in for a copy if you are interested
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Agriculture
Business
Family and Consumer Science
Foreign Language
Technology
Agriculture
(green handout)
Introduction to the Agricultural Industry
2 semesters
Units of study include:
History of FFA
Soil Science
Crop Science
Record Keeping
Electricity
Welding
Woodworking
Agriculture
• Agricultural Science
– Year Long
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Soil Science
Fertility
Crop Science
GPS/GIS
Biotechnology
Animal Science
Pre Vet Science
Animal Rights/Animal Welfare
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Business
(blue handout)
• BE 145 A, B, C - Word Processing
• BE 180 - Business Communications
• Business and Technology Concepts (fulfills consumer
education requirement)
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Computer Applications A (used to be Keyboarding A)
Computer Applications B
Consumer Economics (fulfills consumer education requirement)
CS 100 - Computers
(used to be Keyboarding B)
English
• Media Literacy - this course will acquaint students with the
various methods, formats and intents of media. Students in film, art,
music, journalism, radio and the Internet will be approached with an
emphasis on “students as a consumer”. Students will be engaged in a
variety of group and solo presentations. Guest speakers will be invited
to speak on the various forms of media.
• This class can not replace an English
requirement and can only be used as
elective credit.
Family and Consumer
Science
(yellow handout)
• FACS (Studies in Family and Consumer
Sciences) 2 semester class
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This class offers units of study serving as an introduction to all Family & Consumer Science classes,
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Foods and Nutrition
Gerontology (study of aging)
Parenting
Basic Sewing Skills
Interior Design
Family and Consumer Science
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• Food and Nutrition I (1 semester class)
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Influence on Food Choices
Food & Culture
Cooking Methods
Food Preservation
Mealtime Customs
The Food Supply
Sanitation
Celebration Meals
Convenience Foods
Regional Foods
Family and Consumer
Science
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• Food and Nutrition II (1semester class)
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Nutrients and their role
Dietary Guidelines
Fact/Fiction
Planning Food Choices
Food and Fitness
Eating Disorders
Yeast Breads
Pastry
Cake Decorating
Careers
Foreign Language
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There are many reasons why your son or daughter may want to begin second language study as
a freshman:
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1. Learning a second language is an excellent way to enhance a student’s understanding of
English.
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2. Learning a second language can improve study skills and a student’s understanding of
other subjects, such as social studies, music, and art.
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3. Since the freshman year is the first chance for Geneseo students to study a second
language, many students have yet to discover that they have a special talent for language
study.
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4. By beginning language study as a freshman, a student may then choose to take four
consecutive years of that language.
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5. Proficiency in a second language can give our graduates an advantage in a competitive
job market.
Recommendations
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If students plan to take only two years of
French or Spanish, we recommend that they do
this during their last two years of high school.
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For the most success, we recommend that
students study a second language in consecutive
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We encourage students to study both
languages if their schedule permits it.
Other information regarding
Foreign Language
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Many colleges require two years of a foreign
language for entrance.
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Many of these same colleges also require two
additional years of language study as a requirement for
graduation.
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A student who has had four years of foreign
language in high school is generally exempt from this
requirement.
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This can be a savings of thousands of dollars that
would be needed for eight or more hours of college
credit.
Technology
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• Drafting / Communications Technology: A one-semester
course designed to inform students of the resources, technical
processes, industrial applications, and technological impact of
communication technology. It involves designing and drafting
through the traditional systems. Other areas that will be covered
include the graphic and electronic means of transmitting and
receiving messages with experiences in telecommunications,
photography, and graphic arts.
Technology
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Energy Technology: A one-semester course designed to orient
students to the resources, technical processes, industrial application
and technological impact of energy and its uses in today's society.
Class discussion, lecture, and laboratory experiences cover the field of
electricity, its principles, generation, transmission and distribution, and
uses of this energy source. Additional units of study in solar energy,
wind and water, fossil fuels, nuclear resources, and conservation of
energy as well as alternate methods of production are to be applied in
laboratory experiences.
**Students are required to furnish OSHA approved safety glasses.
Technology
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Introduction to Manufacturing-Woods: A one-semester course designed to
introduce the student to the production materials, tools, equipment and
techniques with emphasis in woodworking. Students will be made aware of
resources, technical processes, industrial applications, and technological
impacts of manufacturing and construction technology in today's society. The
students will be involved in management, material processing, research and
development, production, marketing and servicing components of industries
which provide goods, services, and structures. Activities include: organizing a
manufacturing and/or construction company; designing a factory production line;
producing interchangeable parts using jigs and fixtures; designing a factory
assembly line flowchart; assembling a product quickly and accurately using
production methods.
**Students are required to furnish OSHA approved safety glasses and a tape
measure.
Technology
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Power and Transportation Technology: A one-semester course that
includes an overview of the following: internal combustion engines,
fuels, transmission systems, and various modes of transportation. Lab
experiences involving mechanics, experiments, and testing as well as
class lecture and discussion will occur. Projects will be used as
learning devices. Transportation demands and uses and environmental
aspects will be included.
**Students are required to furnish OSHA approved safety glasses.
Technology
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• TV 160 - Introduction to Radio Broadcasting: A year long
course that will follow the Black Hawk College’s TV 160
Introduction to Radio Broadcasting curriculum, which will be
offered as dual credit. The student will be exposed to various
aspects of radio such as FCC rules and what goes into a radio
production. Due to limited lab space, students will be expected
to complete assignments outside of the assigned class period.
Technology
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Introduction to Metals Processes: This semester long course will
introduce the student to the basics of metal processes, from raw
material to finished product. Students will be acquainted with basic
hand tools and the basic stationary tools like the band saw, surface
grinder, stationary grinder, and drill press. Related layout and precision
measurement techniques are included. Safety and industry desired
work habits are stressed.
**Students are required to furnish welding gloves and OSHA approved
safety glasses.
Production Machining: Pre requisite is Intro to Metals Processes.
This class focuses on lathe and milling operations.
Visual & Performing Arts
• Marching Band or Concert Band
• Freshman Chorale
• Introduction to Art
Registering on Power school
• Students will need to bring their
computer login information plus their
Power School login on February 13
• Students will meet with high school and
middle school counselors to select
classes for the 2007-08 school year.
Timeline
• February 6 - Registration information
distributed at the middle school
• February 9 - Completed Pink class request
form must be returned to your homeroom
teacher
• February 13 - Students will enter class
requests in Power school and return their
pink registration forms. These forms
represent your final requests.
• March 1 - recommendations to high school
Registration Forms
• Please make sure they are filled out
entirely, including alternate classes and
both a parent and student signature.
Remember, in the event of a conflict or
a dropped class, the alternate class
may replace the class in c onflict
without any notification.
Placement Letters
• The middle school will mail placement
letters to students.
• On March 20, you will be able to view
your students’ class requests on Power
School. Do not make any changes.
• Questions
• Prepare for the future - what classes do
you want to take while in high school?
• Reminder - Pink form with class
requests and alternates to your
homeroom teacher on February 9.
• Post Secondary Plans
• Thank you for attending tonight
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