Information for Parents and Students Counselor Contact Information Lori Lovelace – 10th Grade Counselor (256) 768-2260 firstname.lastname@example.org Glenda Page – 11th Grade Counselor (256) 768-2216 email@example.com Caroline Jones – 12th Grade Counselor (256) 768-2218 firstname.lastname@example.org Tamala Jones – Guidance Clerk (256) 768-2215 email@example.com Counselor Duties 10th Grade Lovelace Credit Recovery/ Apex 11th Grade Page Building Testing Coordinator 12th Grade Jones Scholarship Coordinator ACCESS Website Maintenance Dual Enrollment Coordinator AHSGE Coordinator ASVAB Coordinator PSAT Coordinator College Reps. Graduation Senior Awards Crisis Intervention (School Liaison Riverbend) ACT/SAT Coordinator Financial Aid Coordinator Support Programs (RESCUE, Alternative School, Homebound, 12 for Life) AP Coordinator College and Career Readiness and Military Liaison 504 Plans for 10th grade 504 Plans for 11th grade 504 Plans for 12th grade Junior Parent Night Senior Parent Night Sophomore Orientation EDMODO INFORMATION Keep up with important FHS news all year long by: Visiting www.edmodo.com Creating a parent account Your parent code is located on your student’s Edmodo home screen. Make sure your student has joined the FHS ANNOUNCEMENTS group Finding the folders with information on the right-hand side of the page Students must be linked to a group in order for parents to see that information. If a parent cannot see FHS Announcements, please tell your student to ask for help in the Guidance Office. Important Dates: FHS Guidance Website Graduation Requirements / Diploma Types Getting Ready for College Checklist Dates for important tests such as ACT/SAT How to Register for the ACT / link to website NCAA / Athletic Eligibility Requirements How to Register for Dual Enrollment / link to UNA Class Schedule How to File for Financial Aid (FAFSA) Overview of our Special Programs List of Skills Needed for students to take an ACCESS course FHS Extracurricular Information Useful College/Career Websites Go to www.florencek12.org and click Guidance Counselor to take you to link to enter Please Be Sure To Visit ! Graduation Requirements for Class of 2016 English = 4 credits Math = 4 credits Science = 4 credits Social Studies = 4 credits PE = 1 credit Health = 1/2 credit Fine Arts = 1/2 credit Computer Literacy = 1/2 credit Foreign Language = 2 credits (Adv. Dip.) TOTAL UNITS = 24 Graduation Requirements for Class of 2017 and 2018 ACADEMIC DIPLOMA REQUIRES: OPTIONS FOR DIPLOMA DISTINCTIONS: English 9, 10, 11, 12 or higher Algebra I , Geometry , Alg II , plus one additional math Biology , A Phy Sci, and two additional sciences either Life or Physical WH/G, Am His To 1877, Am His > ACADEMIC HONORS 1877, Govt/Econ or higher 1 credit of PE or equiv, ½ credit Health or equiv, 1 credit career preparedness, 3 credits in CT, FL, or Fine Arts - plus 2.5 credits addit. Electives (refer to handout) ADVANCED PLACEMENT CAREER TECHNICAL ATHLETICS DUAL ENROLLMENT/FIRST THIRTY (see following slides for details for specifics on distinctions)) Diploma Distinctions ACADEMIC HONORS ADVANCED PLACEMENT Two credits in PreAP Three credits in PreAP Courses Seven AP Courses Alg I, Geometry, Alg II/Trig, one Courses Three Adv Placement Courses Two credits in a single For. Lang. Alg I, Geometry, Alg II/Trig, one addtl 1.0 credit Math course Biology, Chemistry, two addtl 1.0 credit Science courses Other requirements of the basic diploma addtl 1.0 credit Math course 4.0 Credits in For. Lang. (at least two years in a single For. Lang.) Biology, Chemistry, two addtl 1.0 credit Science courses Other requirements of the basic diploma Diploma Distinctions CAREER TECHNICAL ATHLETICS Three credits in a given area Four yrs of participation in a of Career Tech OR one credit in a given area of CT and two credits in sequence Successful completion of the credentialing assessment Other requirements for the basic diploma single sport 4.0 credits in Athletic PE (Note: Wt cond may be substituted with approval of the AD) 1.0 credit in any of the following courses; Psy/Soc, For. Lang., Sports Med, Food & Nut, Anat & Phy, or Sports Mangt Other requirements for the basic diploma Diploma Distinctions UNA FIRST THIRTY OTHER TIDBITS ABOUT COURSES Algebra II may be earned by successful completion of Algebra II, Algebra II with Trig, or a postsecondary equivalent course A waiver for 1 credit PE may be achieved by earning one credit in Band, Dance, Show Choir, or Athletics Successful completion of the one-semester course in Family Wellness or the two-semester course in Foundations of Health Science may satisfy the Health requirement A student who chooses courses in CTE, the Fine Arts and/or Foreign Language is encouraged (not required) to complete two courses in sequence. New Grading Policy Florence City Schools has a comprehensive grading policy for all grades: 1. NO MORE EXAMS - Benchmark in each of four core areas and in foreign languages at end of each nine weeks 2. All courses will utilize a 10% assessment each nine weeks (performance-based, portfolio, benchmark for course, etc.) 3. CONSISTENT GRADING PERCENTAGES: 60% tests 30% daily work 10% benchmark test Tracking Grades Progress Reports are issued at the mid-point of each grading period. Report Cards are issued at the end of each grading period(nine weeks). Use INOW Parental Portal to track attendance, grades, discipline via the internet. Your login and password from last year still work. If you don’t have this info, please see Mrs. McClure in the main office. Keep in touch with teacher(s) via email and conferences. Senior Graduation Requirements Transfer Students - Always double-check to be sure that your transcript reflects enough credits to qualify for graduating at FHS! You are not considered a SENIOR until you have earned at least 17 credits. You must successfully complete the AHSGE portions needed for your diploma type. NCAA Athletic Eligibility Class of 2014 Needs: 4 – English credits 3 – Math credits (above Alg. I) 2 – Natural/Physical Science credits 1 – extra English/Math/Science credit 2 – Social Science credits 4 – extra core credits (can include all mentioned above plus religion and philosophy courses) Total = 16 Core Credits Be sure to also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center website!! http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp ACT Testing Information Reminders: Registering for a test date takes about 45minutes online. Some colleges require the writing portion. Check the school’s website to be sure Fee waivers can be used twice a year for students that qualify. The website is: www.actstudent.org/start Most colleges state that the last ACT test date they will accept for scholarships is THE OCTOBER TESTING DATE. However, some will continue to update your file. It NEVER hurts to call an admissions office and ask! Guidance Office Procedures If your contact information changes at any point, PLEASE let Mrs. Tamala Jones know so that it can be updated. GPA and Class Rank Your counselor will provide you with this info Will not change again until end of a course (year long course ends in May) Will not be given over the phone Only handed directly to that student Transcript Request Forms In Guidance Office stand for Mrs. Jones First copy = free additional copies = $5 each Electronic requests are only used if the scholarship/school specifically requests one. Guidance Office Procedures Deadlines Scholarship deadlines are listed in Edmodo and will be updated often. Please try to have all information submitted to the Guidance Office AT LEAST one week in advance to ensure there is time to properly submit documents. Homework Requests Student must be absent for two or more days Let us know by 10:00am if possible so that we can gather work by 2:45pm Guidance Office Procedures Dual Enrollment Procedures : Come to guidance and pick up a Dual Enrollment and Early Scholars application packet located on the left wall when entering the guidance office. FHS’s deadlines for submitting paperwork are: Nov. 1 – Spring Semester April 1 – Summer and Fall Semesters Note: If a student does not get into the class for which he/she registered, Ms. Lovelace will work with the student to look at feasible alternatives. IF YOU PLAN TO DUAL ENROLL FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SPRING, PLEASE STOP BY GUIDANCE AND LEAVE HER A NOTE OR SEND AN EMAIL TO LET MRS. LOVELACE-MUSE KNOW THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED! Terms to Know: Transcript— student cumulative record GPA— average of student’s semester grades (cumulative/standard/numerical) Class Rank— based on GPA, determines where a student stands academically in his/her class. ACT/SAT Score— College entrance exams; required by 4 year colleges/universities. Recommendation Letters— required for some college/university admissions process/scholarships/summer programs Resume— includes extracurricular activities/volunteer work/community service and etc. Essays— required for some college admissions/scholarships and etc. Interview— sometimes required for admissions and scholarships. Resume Information We need a resume on file for each senior in the guidance office so that we can send it with transcripts and scholarship reports. Please bring one to Mrs. Foote. As you update your resume, you will need to bring us an updated copy. I have sample student resumes posted in Edmodo. Please look at these examples for ideas about format variations. AP COURSES AP Art History (on-line) AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Stats AP Eng Language / AP Eng Lit AP French / AP Spanish AP Government AP Latin(Poetry) AP Microeconomics AP Music Theory AP US History AP Physics I & II / AP Physics C Computer Science 155 and 255 DualHigh School Equivalent is Programming AP FHS is a A+ College Ready Cohort School for 2014-15 A+ College Ready works to expand AP course offerings in the key subject areas of math, science and English and increase the number of students receiving qualifying scores on these Advanced Placement Exams. Grant provides student supports, teacher supports, program management and stipends and awards for students and teachers. VIRTUAL SCHOOL INFO Students must have a minimum of an 80 cumulative grade point average to take a Florence HS Virtual course. Students who are self-motivated with an aptitude for reading realize high degrees of success in the virtual program. Students must have adequate time outside the regular school day for work on virtual classes in order to be successful. Students with Virtual courses may also choose to have a designated period to be scheduled in the ACCESS lab to work on their Virtual courses. Students are required to meet deadlines, just like in regular face-to-face classes. Turning assignments in on time is the key to success! All Tests MUST be completed in the ACCESS Lab. All students enrolled in Virtual Courses will attend a meeting at FHS to orient them to taking a virtual course and courses will begin sometime next week. ACCESS COURSE INFO Online classes taught by other teachers throughout the state of Alabama. Must be a self motivated learner with good reading skills. A period in the school day is required to take an ACCESS course (or time on dual enrollment off days) You can only enroll in ACCESS courses at the beginning of semesters. Contact Mrs. Lovelace about courses available through ACCESS. FLORENCE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS INFO Visit www.gofafa.org for details…… Prescribed curriculum to begin in Grade 9 through Grade 12 with selected fine arts majors in three broad areas: Performing Arts (Ex: Dance, Theatre) Visual Arts (Ex: Painting, Fashion Design) Digital Arts (Ex: Production and Engineering) Entry into the program By Application Only Contact Mr. Jerry Foster, FAFA Director, with questions firstname.lastname@example.org FHS SPECIAL PROGRAMS ACCESS Online Courses (VCI and Web-Based) available to our students to take for reasons such as scheduling conflicts, to make up a missed credit, or to take a course that FHS does offer. Please visit our Guidance website by clicking on Special Programs in the left side bar to learn about the skills needed for students to be successful taking an ACCESS course. APEX A computer based credit recovery program to allow our students the opportunity to gain mastery of content and skills in order to regain lost credit in a required course needed to graduate. Enrollment into our Apex program is based on Grade Counselor recommendations. Homebound Our Homebound program is for students who require a flexible academic schedule to complete their high school course requirements. Entry to the program requires a Doctor's Recommendation. Homebound Request Forms with information on how to be considered for this program can be picked up from Ms. Foote, our guidance assistant, in the FHS Guidance Department. RESCUE Our RESCUE program is an alternative placement for students to work on course requirements for earning a high school diploma. Entry to this program is based on Counselor and Administrator Referrals. The program is housed at Florence HS from 3:30 pm to 8 pm on Monday through Thursday evenings. 12 4 LIFE This innovative program provides selected students with an opportunity to work part of the day in a manufacturing setting and to attend school part of the day. Students who are interested in applying for 12 4 Life may pick up an application in our Guidance Department. Completed applications can be turned in to the student's Grade Counselor. SUMMER SCHOOL INFO Summer School usually begins around the 5th of June and ends sometime in the last week of July (Six weeks with a sem break around the 4th of July ) ACCESS curriculum will be used for credit advancement in summer school. Specific information about courses your child can take during summer school will be included with the summer school applications. Either ACCESS or APEX curriculum will be used for credit recovery in summer school Tuition Fee = $200 FHS BENCHMARK TESTING INFO English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language give benchmark exams each nine-weeks which counts as 10% of each nine-weeks grade. All other areas have types of targeted benchmarks which will represent 10% of the grade also. End of Course Tests will be administered in Algebra I and English10 in 2014-2015. College Entrance Prep TESTS PLAN PSAT The PLAN is a preliminary ACT test intended for students to take in Grade 10 to provide a baseline of a student’s strengths and weaknesses and receive a prediction of how a student would score on the ACT prior to taking the actual ACT. The PSAT is a Preliminary SAT. It is not only intended as a practice for the SAT, but when taken in the junior year, it is the qualifying test for being considered as a National Merit Finalist. On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the test will be given at FHS to all Grade 10 and Grade 11 students who register for the test. Students may register through Mrs. Jones #2 or Mrs. Page in the Guidance Office during lunch or before or after school. Cost is $20. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 the plan will be given at FHS to ALL students in Grade 10 at no cost. For more specific questions regarding the PLAN, please contact Glenda Page, our Grade 11 Counselor & FHS Building Test Coordinator. College Entrance Tests ACT Go to www.actstudent.org to register, send, and check scores, etc. Beginning in Grade 11, up to two fee waivers are available for students who receive free/reduced lunch. See Ms. Foote in Guidance for fee waivers. Knowledge-Based Test Same format as the PLAN. On Tuesday, October 21 2014, the PLAN will be given at FHS to all students in Grade 10. Visit our FHS Guidance website to view the PowerPoint I use when talking to the student titled “About The ACT” and/or pick up a hard copy of ACT test dates and instructions on where to go to register in the FHS Guidance lobby. SAT Go to www.collegeboard.com to register, send, and check scores. Beginning in Grade 11, up to two fee waivers are available for students who receive free/reduced lunch. See Mrs. Foote for fee waivers. Reasoning-Based Test Same format as the PSAT (hint: if your child does very well on PSAT he/she would most likely score well on SAT) Guidelines for Requesting Recommendation Letters Always provide at least two weeks, whenever possible, before expecting a recommendation letter to be sent. Provide teacher with a resume or brief description of your background and, if applicable, provide information about the particular scholarship or program for reference Provide a stamped envelope with college address on it and a post-it note with due date Be selective when choosing who to ask; be specific when requesting POLITELY check back with them before the deadline to make sure the letter was mailed Always thank whomever is writing a letter on your behalf and follow up with them about the outcome. Who should recommend me? The following should be used for college recommendations: Teachers from core subjects – should be your primary recommenders Teachers in other subjects – should only be primary if scholarship applies to that skill A coach or sponsor An outside adult – ex: youth pastor, employer, etc A student or alumnus of the college who knows you well College Applications Selecting colleges and applying for admission is exciting! Be sure to meet all deadlines and follow directions so that you don’t get frazzled! Which applications should I complete? How many do I complete? Important aspects to consider when selecting a school… think PLACES Public vs. Private? Location and size? Academic standards vs. your own academic achievement? Cost to attend? Extracurricular activities of those enrolled vs. your own interests? Scholarship and financial aid opportunities? How do colleges decide? Academic record and school recommendation GPA Test Scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) Activities Personal factors (special skills such as athletics or drama, unique financial need, etc.) Essays Interviews Teacher recommendations College Visits Remember to ask important questions! Examples: How large are classes for freshmen? What are your strongest departments? How do my credentials compare to those of the current freshmen? Are freshmen required to live on campus? What are the academic requirements for my major? College Application Reminders: WATCH FOR DEADLINES! Bring the application to guidance at least ONE WEEK BEFORE it is due. Reply promptly to every school that offers you admission. In May you will be given a form that you will return to Guidance with the name of the college that should receive your final transcript. Reply to every scholarship you are offered, whether you will be accepting it or not. Don’t assume Admissions will do this for you. Types of Scholarships Academic-based – grades, test scores, transcript is most important Merit-based – Leadership and community service, extra-curricular activities, honors, etc. are most important Need-based – Financial need as seen on tax information and household income are most important Finding Scholarships Research scholarships offered by colleges by checking school websites Review FHS Scholarship Information on Edmodo Use a search engine on the Internet or an app on the iPad (www.fastweb.com /www.bigfuture.org) FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid Here are a few reminders about FAFSA: The application needed for students who will enter college in Fall 2014 will not open until January 1, 2014. You will need your 2013 tax returns to complete this form. This is a FREE application. Be sure you are on www.fafsa.gov. You will need to complete the FAFSA every January. Once you complete the FAFSA, you are still NOT FINISHED with this process. I AM HERE TO HELP YOU! Call me and I will talk you through it or find someone who can answer your questions! FAFSA Parent Night – Feb. 6, 2014, at 6:00pm Selective Service Registration (www.sss.gov) All young men in the United States are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of turning 18. Registration is federal law. It is required to stay eligible for many federal and state benefits, including student financial aid. Failure to register is a felony. Scholarship Essay Tips Be organized Demonstrate originality and creativity Be specific Develop a theme Turn in a professional-looking essay It never hurts to ask someone to proofread an essay, but please allow AT LEAST 24 HOURS before you need it back to make corrections. Essay Prompt Examples Directions will typically read: Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations. Possible Topics: Are people likely to succeed by repeating actions that worked for them in the past? Are people more likely to achieve their goals by being flexible or by refusing to compromise? Should people respect and tolerate everyone's opinions, or should people take a stand against opinions they consider to be wrong? Admissions Interview Process Be prepared for the following types of interview situations: The on-campus/group interview: This is purely to inform the visiting prospective student and is not used for evaluation purposes. The on-campus/personal interview: This is a direct, one-on-one interview. Whether or not it is announced as part of the admissions evaluation process, you MUST treat it as if it is. The off-campus interview: This interview is conducted by an alumnus and is customarily used for evaluation or for information sharing. You should ask the alumnus how his education prepared him for his job. GREAT Interview Etiquette Be honest Listen, take time to reflect Be energetic and enthusiastic Make eye contact Give a firm handshake Use the name of your interviewer Arrive early Bring a resume Dress comfortably and neatly Leave cell phone in the car POOR Interview Etiquette Lie or exaggerate Be negative Yawn, slouch, or stretch Be monosyllabic Chew gum, hair, or nails Interrupt your interviewer Be disinterested Criticize your teachers, school, or friends Bring an elaborate portfolio, resume, or display Take a cell phone into the room Parents, is this what you hear at home? Students, please don’t be afraid to ask me to clarify something if you do not understand! It is okay to take notes!