The Road to High School So Many Options and Potential Obstacles! Areas of difficulty for 9th grade students: • Change in educational environment (larger building size, new people, new routines) • More independence and responsibility on students (At times giving the perception the staff is less nurturing) • Heavier Workload (homework, athletics, performances, etc.) (resulting in time management and organization struggles) What You Can Do to Help • Be involved. - Online Grade access - Email communication with teachers • Encourage your student to use some type of planner or organizer. • Encourage your student to find a way to get connected at school. (athletics, fine arts, UIL academics, clubs, etc.) Extra Curricular Activities and Clubs Art Club Band Orchestra Color Guard Cheerleading Choir Athletics French Club German Club Spanish Club Student Council Link Leaders Interact Club JROTC Club STUCO Skateboarding Club Key Club Business Professionals of America (BPA) Drill Team (Bobcat Dazzlers) Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Future Farmers of America (FFA) Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) National Honor Society (NHS) Newspaper (Bobcat Insider) Speech and Debate Student Athletic Trainers UIL Academic Events Yearbook (The Territory) Theater Things You Need to Know: Schedule change procedures - Changes can be made the first ten days of school - Level changes (Out of Pre-AP into Regular) are only made at the end of each six week period after the beginning of school Where to Start? Keep the End in Mind! Career? Fields of Study? Destination: High School Graduation! Requirements: 26 credits 4X4 - Four of each: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies 7 classes x 4 years = opportunity for 28 credits plus any credits earned in middle school 26 miles to Graduation Earning Credits Full year courses can be averaged to gain full credit Example – English I: Semester One Semester Two 65 1.0 credit is granted 75 Avg. 70 Poor attendance can cost you credits! Two Major Routes R Recommended D Distinguished The Plans Recommended 16.0 core 1.0 PE 1.O Fine Art 2.0 World Lang. 0.5 Comm. Appl. 5.5 electives 26.0 credits Distinguished 16.0 core 1.0 PE 1.O Fine Art 3.0 World Lang. 0.5 Comm. Appl. 4.5 electives 26.0 credits The Distinguished Achievement Plan also Requires . . . A combination of FOUR advanced measures: -A score of three or above on an AP exam -National Merit Commendation based on PSAT score; limited to one measure from this category -A grade of 3.0 (B) or higher on courses that count for college credit (dual credit or tech prep); limited to one measure from this category -Original research/project; limited to two measures from this category The Freshman Core English – Regular, Pre-AP, or GT Math – Algebra I or Pre-AP Algebra I Geometry or Pre-AP Geometry Science – Biology or Pre-AP Biology Social Studies – World Geography Regular, Pre-AP, or GT Rigorous Coursework A student should select the most rigorous courses he/she is capable of completing. Colleges will look for rigor. Students with higher level courses are generally more prepared for college level work. (However, beware of overloading your student in the 9th grade year) GPA & Ranking o o o o The grade point average (GPA) used to determine class rank is calculated on a weighted scale. Advanced Placement (AP) = up to 7 points Pre-AP = up to 6 points Regular courses = up to 5 points (This is referred to as the weighted GPA) Physical Education credit PE courses listed on the course request form (excludes Health) Band (fall semester) Color Guard (fall semester) Cheerleading (fall semester) Drill Team (fall semester) Sports Sports offered… ~ Football ~ Wrestling ~ Volleyball ~ Cross Country /Track ~ Basketball ~ Soccer ~ Swimming /Diving ~ Baseball /Softball ~ Golf ~ Tennis Fine Arts Art Dance Orchestra Band Choir Theatre Arts AP Art History (11th & 12th) AP Music Theory Floral Design World Languages German Mandarin Chinese Electives Students have four core classes plus three electives each year. As your student goes through each year, keep this in mind and help them plan accordingly. * Consider required electives first and then interests Pacing the Journey… 6 credits = Sophomore 13 credits = Junior 19 credits = Senior And again… 26 credits to reach the FINISH LINE!!! Ways to gain extra miles… Summer School Correspondence Courses Dual Credit BNHS Counselors 9th Grade – Paige Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 817-698-5600 10th Grade – Alicia Edwards email@example.com 817-698-5672 11th Grade – Mark Hard firstname.lastname@example.org 817-698-5673 BNHS Administration Linda Parker – Principal email@example.com 817-698-5600 Jason Childress – 9th Grade Principal 817-698-5600 firstname.lastname@example.org Barry Fox – 10th Grade Principal email@example.com 817-698-5607 Kathleen Eckert – Associate Principal/ 11th Grade firstname.lastname@example.org 817-698-5604 Thank you for attending tonight and your involvement in your student’s educational journey! We are excited to be partnering with you in this wonderful adventure.