Welcome District 215 Parents of
the class of 2010 & 2011
Post Secondary Planning
What should I do now?
COUNSELORS
 Broderick Booth
 Juanita Castillo
 Marlene Hill
 Angela Shama
 Susan Olson
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COUNSELORS
 Matt Johnson
 Nancy Smith
 Jeff Majewski
 Marcia James
 Jennifer Anderson
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COUNSELORS
 Broderick Booth
 Juanita Castillo
 Marlene Hill
 Angela Shama
 Susan Olson
708-585-1018
708-585-1032
708-585-1019
708-585-1021
708-585-1020
COUNSELORS
 Matt Johnson
 Nancy Smith
 Jeff Majewski
 Marcia James
 Jennifer Anderson
708-585-2021
708-585-2023
708-585-2024
708-585-2020
708-585-2022
Important Telephone Numbers
Attendance
708-585-1007
– Please call prior to the absence or by 2p.m. on the day of the absence.
– This is a number correction from the newsletter that you recently
received.
Homework request 708-585-1008
– Requires a 24 hour turn around time
Important Telephone Numbers
Attendance
708-585-2040
– Please call prior to the absence or by 2p.m. on the day of the absence.
– This is a number correction from the newsletter that you recently
received.
Homework request 708-585-2015
– Requires a 24 hour turn around time
How can I find out what’s going
on at school?
If you have email, you may subscribe to
District 215’s Quick Notes by going to the
district website: tfd215.org
Meteor Messenger will be mailed to
parents monthly, with a calendar of events
attached.
Ask your child (you’d be surprised how far
this can go)
How can I find out what’s going
on at school?
If you have email, you may subscribe to
District 215’s Quick Notes by going to the
district website: tfd215.org
Southsider will be mailed to parents
monthly, with a calendar of events
attached.
Ask your child (you’d be surprised how far
this can go)
GRADES
 PROGRESS
REPORTS
 REPORT CARDS
 TRANSCRIPTS
How are grades determined?
 Each marking period is
worth 2/7
 The final exam is worth
1/7
 ___% X 2 =
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 ___% X 2 =
 ___% X 1 =
 Total /7 = semester grade
Report Cards
Report cards are
mailed 3 times a
semester.
– The first report card of
each semester is held for
Parent-Teacher Conference
night.
– October 9, 2008 &
February 26, 2009
– 2:30-4:30p.m. & 6:308:30p.m.
Transcripts
 Transcripts are
official copies of a
student’s academic
records.
 Transcripts are
required for post
secondary schooling
and most jobs as
proof of high school
graduation.
Transcripts
 Each school shall
maintain student
permanent records for
not less than 60 years
after the student has
transferred, graduated
or otherwise
permanently
withdrawn from the
school. (ILCS 10/4)
CREDITS
 Transcripts tell how
many credits a student
has earned.
 District 215 graduates
must complete 43
credits in various
subject areas.
Graduation Requirements
English
Math
Science
Social Science
Health/PE
Electives
TOTAL
8 credits
6 credits
4 credits
6 credits
8 credits
11 credits
43 credits
CREDITS
 English
8 credits
– English 9
– English 10
– English 11 or
AP Language &
Composition
– English 12 or
AP Literature
CREDITS
 Social Studies 6 credits
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World History
U. S. History
Government*
Economics**
*all students must pass the Constitution of
the U.S. and the State of Illinois
examinations. Both are included in the
Government course.
**this course fulfills the State of Illinois
requirement for Consumer Economics
CREDITS
 Mathematics
– 6 credits
• Algebra
• Geometry
• 3rd year of math
CREDITS
 Science 4 credits
– Biology
– 2nd year of science
CREDITS
 Physical Education*
7 credits
 Health
1 credit
*Marching band counts as PE credit
*Driver Education can be counted for
one PE credit.
CREDITS – Class of 2012
 Electives 11 credits
– These credits may
include courses from
Academic or
Vocational areas.
Post Secondary Options
4 year College/University
2 year Colleges
Technical & Trade Schools
Apprenticeship Programs
Military
4 year College/University
 How does my child get admitted?
– High School
– Admission Process
– Testing
• ACT
• Placement
 How do I pay for this?
– FAFSA
– Scholarships & Grants
– Loans
2 year College
What are the advantages of a 2 year
program?
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Transitional Opportunity
Cost
Location
Varied Degree options
What are the options post 2 year
experience?
Technical & Trade Schools
Is this form of education best for my child?
– District 215 programs
How do I help my child find a quality
program?
– Visit the campus
– Know the school’s placement rates
– Pre plan critical questions to asks
Do all schools cost the same?
Apprenticeship Programs
 What is an apprenticeship program?
– Education and on the job training for the skilled trades
 What is the selection process?
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Application
General Skills Test
Specific Trade Testing
Interview Process
 CISCO Presentation December 5, 2008
– More specific details to follow
Military
 What are the benefits of military experience for
my child?
 What is the recruitment process?
– Recruiters make periodic visits to campus
– Parents should be ACTIVELY involved
 Is it true that the military accepts EVERY
person?
– The simple answer is No.
– ASVAB testing
– Each branch has specific requirements
Where is my child going and how
does he/she get there?
Courses/Curriculum
Academic Record/Transcript
Activities/Involvement
Test Scores
Good Habits/Life Skills
“Map it Out”/”Plan Ahead!”
Be Informed
What impedes credit
acquisition?
 Poor attendance
 Tardies
 Not completing class
assignments
 Not completing
homework
assignments
 Not following
directions
 Poor test scores
 Poor study habits
 Lack of active
participation in the
educational process
 Not asking questions
for clarification
 Multiple suspensions
Testing
Explore
Plan
Retired ACT
PSAE
– ACT
– Work Keys
And now that you’ve decided…
Check into specific requirements for your
child’s post secondary choice.
Which classes are required for my child to
obtain his/her goal?
What helps students become
successful?
District 215 Expectations!
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Hard working
Caring
Responsible
Respectful
Involved
What helps students become
successful?
 ACTIVE participation is KEY!
– Athletics and Activities
 Committed to school
– Academics lead to Successful careers
– All School Testing – October 3, 2008
• EXPLORE TEST (FR)
• PLAN TEST (SOPH)
• Retired ACT TEST (Juniors)
 Family
What helps Meteors become
successful?
ATHLETICS
585-1027
– Ms. McLaughlin, Athletic Director
ACTIVITIES
585-1028
– Mr. Paradise, Asst. Activities Director
What helps Rebels become
successful?
ATHLETICS
585-2063
– Mr. Runaas, Athletic Director
ACTIVITIES
585-2062
– Mrs. Szuba, Asst. Activities Director
Congratulations!!!
 When your child puts
forth a diligent effort
with support from
home and school, the
end result is
SUCCESS!!!
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