th 8 Grade Course Selection Welcome to Melrose High School! High School Staff Assistant Principals Mr. Fogarty Mr. Merrill Guidance Counselors Mr. Bolduc Ms. LoGrasso Mr. Parrillo Ms. Shackelford Mr. Buxton Welcome to High School High school is a time of learning, growth, fun, and more responsibility High school is a HUGE step toward becoming an adult Teachers and Counselors want to help you reach your individual goals and be successful High School Graduation Requirements 4 Years of English 4 Years of Math 4 Years of Science and Technology 3 Years of Social Studies 2 Years of Foreign Language 4 Years of Health/Wellness 2 Years of Fine/Applied Arts 24 credits total minimum Pass MCAS ELA, Math, and Science 48 hours of community service Criteria for Teacher Recommendations Each department has their own criteria Objective criteria are used as well as your effort and homework habits Your teachers will recommend you for Honors or College Prep based on guidelines for each department Teacher recommendations for English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Global Language will be made online in Aspen in early April We want you to be successful AP courses for 9th grade AP Biology AP European History AP or Advanced Placement courses are college level courses Speak to your teacher and your parents if interested These are difficult courses with a significant amount of homework and reading Big commitment Pathways at MHS “Pathways” are courses that you take in specific areas that focus on skills you will need for college and your career Pathways help you further develop areas of interest that you might study in college Specific requirements for each including projects and internships Pathways are described in detail in the Program of Studies available at www.melroseschools.com Pathways at MHS Five optional “pathways” of study at MHS Global Education in Melrose (GEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Business Pathway Fine Arts Pathway Humanities Pathway Program of Studies Contains course descriptions of each course offered in the high school, and pathways Contains information on graduation requirements Also available online at www.melroseschools.com under high school link, go to “our school” 9th Grade Electives for 2015-2016 See Elective Sheet Global Language If you are taking a language now, your 8th grade teacher will most likely recommend that you continue in the same language If you have not taken a language, you will sign up for the first year of a language, and will still need another elective. The choices for first year languages are Spanish 1, French 1, and Latin 1. You can sign up for a second global language as your elective, but students that have never taken a global language are given top priority. Department Chairs Mrs. Singer – English Ms. Cardella – Math Ms. Shea – Science Mr. Corrigan – Social Studies Ms. Talbot – Foreign Language Ms. DiFruscia – Fine and Performing Arts Ms. Ruggiero – Health and Wellness Ms. Berman – Special Education Questions? Contact the high school guidance office at 781-979-2210, or you can ask the 8th grade counselor Mr. Bolduc.