ABC’S OF 9TH GRADE
Presented by
Mr. Berrios & Ms. Scinto
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS
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REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
One hundred and twenty (120) credits are required for
graduation from Columbia High School. Successful completion
of the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)
is also required.
*Beginning with the class of 2013, graduates will be required to
pass the N.J. Biology end-of-course exam.
SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS:
English
20 credits
Mathematics
15 credits
Science
15 credits
Social Studies
15 credits (includes World History 2,
US History I and II)
Physical Education
20 credits (includes 3 quarters
Health/Family Life / 1 quarter Driver
Education)
World Language
5 credits
Fine/Performing Arts
5 credits
Practical Arts
5 credits
Students are encouraged to study World Languages, beyond
the one-year requirement.
A course meeting daily for a full year earns 5 credits and one
that meets daily one-half year earns 2-1/2 credits.
Transfer Students: Transfer students must meet all state and
local requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. No
diploma is issued until the requirements are met.
Full Time Status: All students in grades 9, 10, 11 are required
to schedule for a minimum of 35 credits each year.
AP COURSES
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS A
TOTAL OF 20 COURSES
RISING 9TH GRADERS ARE
ELIGIBLE FOR
 AP
 AP
 AP
 AP
US HISTORY 1
MUSIC THEORY
ART HISTORY
STATISTICS*
TRANSCRIPT “A”
TRANSCRIPT “B”
TRANSCRIPT “C”
SIMPLE AVERAGE
SUBJECT GRADE VALUE
Algebra
B
3
English
A
4
Biology
B
3
World History A
4
Spanish
A
4
Art 1
B
3
21
Average =21/6=3.50
SIMPLE AVERAGE
SUBJECT GRADE VALUE
Algebra
B
3
English
A
4
Biology
B
3
World History A
4
Spanish
F
0
Art 1
B
3
17
Average =17/6=2.83
GPA
(GRADE POINT
AVERAGE)
 The number of credits and the levels
contribute to the weight a grade has
 Plus or minus grades have different numeric
values
 Course failures indicated by grades E or NC
are treated as a loss of credit and are
calculated in the GPA as 0.00
 If a student retakes and passes a previously
failed course during the school year; both
classes are reported on the transcript and
both grades are computed in the GPA.
Summer school grades are NOT calculated
into the weighted GPA/
 Two grade point averages are calculated for
each student: an academic GPA and a total
GPA
 Many colleges have their own system of
calculating GPA
 See your CHS Student/Parent Handbook for
GPA System details
COUNSELOR
RECOMMENDATION
QUESTIONNAIRE
NAME
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
COUNSELING CENTER
COUNSELOR’S RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONNAIRE
LAST
ADDRESS
STREET
MI
FIRST
TOWN
PHONE #
Zip Code
Email Address:
S.S. #
HOMEROOM
The information you provide in this questionnaire will help your counselor in
writing letters of recommendation for you to post-secondary
schools/colleges/future employers. Please answer all questions to the
best of your ability. The more information you provide, the better job
your counselor will be able to do in writing your recommendation.
DATE OF BIRTH
PLACE OF BIRTH
CITIZEN: Are you a US citizen?
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: If you are
PARENTS Occupation/Employer/ College Attended/ Degrees Earned/ Mother’s
Name /Father’s name/Proficient in a language other than English, specify:
Siblings: Do you have any siblings (ages)? Are any now attending or have
graduated from college (and from which college)?
__________________________________________________
Athletics: Do you plan on playing Division I or II sports in college? If yes,
specify sport.
________________________________________________________________
ACTIVITIES: In what school and/or community activities have you participated
during your high school years? What role or position did you play in each
activity? Be specific
GRADE 9/GRADE 10/ GRADE 11/GRADE 12 Position (Captain, president…)
INTEREST/HOBBIES: Please discuss some of your interests/hobbies, the extent
of your involvement and any special accomplishments in these
interests/hobbies that have brought you a sense of satisfaction and why.
COUNSELOR
RECOMMENDATION
QUESTIONNAIRE(p.2)
SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Have you participated in any summer and/or enrichment
programs? Please specify dates and the nature of the program.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Have you held any part-time or summer jobs? (Specify your
dates of employment) Have those jobs influenced your choice of major or career
in any way? Have they enabled you to save money for college? Discuss your
jobs and their impact on you and/or your future. Also describe any volunteer
work.
EMPLOYER
Starting Date, Ending Date, Position GROWTH: What events or experiences have
shaped your growth and way of thinking or have been important to your personal
development? (enrichment experience i.e. Exchange program; special family
situation)
ACADEMIC INTERESTS: What are your academic interests? Which courses have you
enjoyed the most?…the least?…and why?
CAREER GOALS: What will be your major in college?________________________
Have you thought of a future profession or career? If so, what interests you and why?
SOCIAL CONCERNS: Briefly discuss your major social concern.
SPECIFIC EVENT: describe a recent experience that has given you a sense of
satisfaction or pride. Explain why you were satisfied or proud.
SELF EVALUATION: Please give adjectives that would describe you from:
- friends
- family
- yourself
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Are there any outside circumstances, which have
interfered with your academic performance.
READINGS: name the most interesting book or article that you have read in the last six
months. Why did you find it interesting and/or meaningful?
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOLCOUNSELING CENTER PARENT BRAG SHEET
Please share your insights
What are some of the outstanding accomplishments of your son/daughter during their
high school years?
In which areas have you observed the most development and growth in your child?
What are your daughter/son’s outstanding personality traits?
If you had to describe your son/daughter choosing 5-6 adjectives which ones would you
use? Please explain.
STUDY TIPS
 What is your learning style?
 Auditory
 Visual
 Tactile
 Get Organized
 Use Your Agenda
 Take Good Notes
 Form Study Groups
 Take Breaks
 Do Not Cram
NAVIANCE
 Web-based college search engine
 Career interest inventory
 Should be receiving password in an
upcoming homeroom
 Counselor Recommendation
Questionnaire available on Naviance
(download your copy).
ACHIEVE TUTOR
PROGRAM
 Tutors are either high school
students (peer tutors) or adults
from the community
 One hour a weekly for at least
8 weeks
 Tutoring takes place at CHS
 Tutors assigned according to
volunteer availability and
subject area
 Forms are available at the
Counseling Center
FINAL NOTES
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You must successfully complete 30 credits to be
promoted to the 10th grade
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Excessive absences and/or tardiness may lead to an E or
NC grade and hence loss of credit
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Two cuts in the same marking period in a class will result
in failure (59%), indicated by a grade of “E”
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Three (3) tardies to class will count as one cumulative
absence
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Appropriate email
 Never use you D.O.B. or your SS number as you
email
 Avoid words that could be perceived as silly,
inappropriate, offensive or vulgar
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Facebook and My Space
 Avoid posting anything that could damage your
character
See your Guidance Counselor early on to
discuss a plan for success in your
High School years
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ABC’S OF 9TH GRADE