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					 8th Grade Parent
Transition Meeting
Nazareth Area High School
     June 13, 2011
  6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Welcome & Introduction
 Presented by Mr. Alan Davis, NAHS Principal

• Approximately 1,600 students grades 9-12
• Campus is approximately 338, 000 square feet
• Approximately 175 faculty, staff, support staff
  on campus
• Over 45 co-curricular activities and
• A total of 26 P.I.A.A. / District XI / L.V.I.A.C.
  sanctioned athletic programs
Introduction to NAHS

• Block schedule with
  4 periods each day
  and 3 lunch periods
• Two academic
  semesters / 4
  marking periods
• ACE / BDF model
  class schedule
Sample Student Bell Schedule
  Main Office Opens           7:00 a.m.               Minutes
       Block 1          7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.            75
    Passing Time                                         7
     Homeroom           8:52 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            8
    Passing Time                                         7
       Block 2         9:07 a.m. – 10:22 a.m.            75
    Passing Time                                         7
       Block 3         10:29 a.m. – 12:17 p.m.     108 minutes (74
                                                 minutes of instruction)

      Lunch 1          10:29 a.m. – 11:03 a.m.            34
    Passing Time                                           3
      Lunch 2          11:06 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.            34
    Passing Time                                           3
      Lunch 3          11:43 a.m. – 12:17 p.m.            34
    Passing Time                                           7
       Block 4         12:24 p.m. – 1:39 p.m.             75
    Passing Time                                           6
    Eagle Block*       1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              45
  Main Office Closes         3:30 p.m.
Introduction to NAHS
• A total of 12 academic
• Approximately 800 courses
  offered each year
• Student support services
  team approach –
  Administrator, Nurse,
  Counselor, Homeroom
  Teacher/Graduation Project
  Advisor, Special Education
  Case Manager, Gifted
  Education Case Manager
  assigned to students for all 4
Introduction to NAHS

• All buses drop off and
  pick up in front of North
• Only Juniors and
  Seniors are permitted to
  drive to school if they
  meet all of the eligibility
  criteria and receive a
  parking permit
Introduction to NAHS
• Our goal is to prepare all
  students for their post-
  high school plans, be it
  college, trade or technical
  school, military or the
• Close to 90% of our
  graduates move on to
  some form of post-
  secondary education each
Scheduling Information
Presented by Mr. Mark Madson, NAHS Assistant Principal
             Mrs. Kristy Hall, Counselor for Grade 9 (L-Z)
             Mrs. Susan Walsh, Counselor for Grade 9 (A-K)

• Process
 Academic Placement

• Electives

• Core Academic
Next Steps – Student Schedules

•   Return request changes
    by June 17th.
•   Core class changes will be
    reviewed by our specialist
    team and counselors
    along with middle school
•   Final schedules will be
    mailed in August.
Academic Program Information

Presented by Mr. Alan Davis, NAHS Principal

• Students are required to
  complete 26 credits in order to
• 4 Math, 4 English, 4 Social
  Studies, 3 Science, 2 Physical
  Education, 1 Freshmen Seminar,
  .5 Junior Seminar, .5 Health, 7
  credits in elective areas
• Students must also complete
  their Graduation Project in order
  to graduate
Academic Program Information
• Freshmen and Sophomores must schedule a
  full 8.0 credits in each of their first two years;
  Juniors and Seniors must minimally schedule
  7.0 credits during their last 2 years; they must
  take 1.0 credit at NAHS and they must pass at
  least 6.0 credits in their senior year in order to
• There are 2 academic semesters, each with 2
  marking periods. Students receive mid-quarter
  progress reports in school for all 4 marking
  periods. Students receive report cards 4 times
  a year.
Academic Program Information
• Students have the opportunity to attend the Career
  Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) and Bethlehem Area
  Vocational Technical School (B.A.V.T.S.) beginning in
  10th grade
• Students have the opportunity to participate in the Dual
  Enrollment Program with Northampton Community
  College (NCC) in eleventh grade (elective courses only)
  and Northampton Community College (NCC) or East
  Stroudsburg University (ESU) in twelfth grade (elective
  and core subject courses) provided they meet the
  eligibility criteria
• Students may be asked to participate in the High School
  Scholars Program by taking courses at any of the
  following colleges in their senior year: Lehigh
  University, DeSales University, Moravian College and
  Lafayette College.
  Academic Program Information
• In high school, students take the
  following standardized tests:
   – Grade 9, 10 and 11 – 4Sight Tests in
     Math and Reading to determine which
     students may need additional support
     through either the Mathematics Skills
     Mastery Program and/or the English
     Skills Mastery Program
   – Grade 10 – Students typically take the
     P.S.A.T. Tests
   – Grade 11 – Students typically take the
     S.A.T. and/or A.C.T. Tests; Students will
     also take the PSSA in Math, Reading,
     Writing and Science
   – Grade 12 – Students may choose to take
     the S.A.T.
   – Students in all grades will take mid-term
     and final exams for most of their courses
Eagle Block

• Eagle Block was new for the 2010-2011 school
• Eagle Block is a 45 minute period for students
  to participate in any of the 4 types of programs:
  – Enhancement – Students can choose from a variety of
    activities that will enhance their overall high school
    experience such as clubs, athletics, etc.
  – Enrichment – Students can choose to participate in a
    variety of activities that align to a specific course or
    curricular area
  – Intervention – Students receive individual support
    from subject area teachers
  – Remediation – Specific support for specific skills
    based upon standardized assessments such as the
    PSSA and 4Sights
 Eagle Block

• Students will make their Eagle
  Block selections for a marking
  period; teachers will be able to
  pull students from their
  selections every 6 days
  depending upon their grades
• Students can register for Eagle
  Block from home, at school
  and during lunch in the Eagle
  Block selection center
Eagle Block
• Eagle Block is treated
  as part of the school
  day and all students,
  with the exception of
  qualifying seniors,
  must attend
• An Eagle Block
  Activities Guide is
  available for students
  in order for them to
  make their choices
  (Over 800 options
  exist for them)
Standardized Grading Practices
• The High School has been
  preparing for a transition to a
  form of standards-based
  reporting to supplement
  traditional report cards
• Committees of students,
  parents, teachers and staff
  have been working
  throughout the spring to
  make recommendations on
  how to approach this new
  type of grade reporting
Standardized Grading Practices

• Students will still receive a traditional, numeric report
  card for all of their courses
• Students in grade 9 will also receive a Progress
  Report that indicates how they have achieved their
  numeric grades and how they are doing in regards to
  the identified academic standards
 Standardized Grading Practices
• All courses for 9th grade students have
  completed aligning their common
  assessments to the standards; rubrics have
  also been created for common projects and
  activities; students in 9th grade courses with
  different teachers should be taught and
  assessed the same basic information with
  the only differences being the teachers’
  instructional strategies and delivery
• Some decisions still need to be made in
  regards to the format of the standards-based
  progress report, the weighting of some
  courses, the managerial aspects of reporting
  on the standards for teachers and
  modifications to the grading scale
Staying Informed
• In almost all cases, students are given materials and
  information to take home to their parents/guardians.
• Information is also posted on the HS Webpage.
• Parents can also join the HS Principal e-mail group to
  receive information.
• Parents and students are also able to register for Eagle
  Call as well. Very little information is mailed home from
  the high school!
• Parent Advisory Committee
Policies & Procedures - Attendance

 Presented by Mr. John Fidelibus, Assistant Principal
• Absenteeism from school is categorized as either
  cumulative or non-cumulative.
Cumulative Absences                                   Non-Cumulative Absences
Illness covered by a personal note or contact         Illness verified by a doctor’s note

Family vacation while school is in session and        Death in the family
which has been attested to through an affidavit

Truancy                                               Religious holidays as designated by the
                                                      Pennsylvania Department of Education
Non-school activity while school is in session        Administrative reasons, school activities, college
                                                      visits and job shadowing (Graduation Project)
Out of school suspension requested by parent(s) in    Out-of-school suspension when no alternative is
lieu of alternative disciplinary measures             offered

All other absences not listed in the Non-Cumulative
section are considered cumulative
 Policies & Procedures - Attendance

• Credit is withheld for all courses of
  study for students who exceed 10
  cumulative absences per semester OR
  for each individual course a student
  exceeds 10 cumulative absences per
• An illegal or unexcused absence
  results in a “zero” for all work missed,
  and may result in disciplinary action.
  Cutting school will result in a “zero” for
  all missed work, two days of In-School
  Suspension and the student will be
  marked truant. Students can be cited
  for truancy after three
  illegal/unexcused days of absence.
Policies & Procedures - Attendance

• Parents are encouraged
  to notify the Attendance
  Office to call their child
  off sick for the day.
• Following an absence, a
  student has five days to
  bring an excuse note to
  the Attendance Office.
Tardy Policy
• Students who are tardy to school are
  subject to the following consequences:
  – 4th-6th tardies: Detention
  – 7th-9th tardies: Saturday Detention
  – 10th and subsequent tardies: 1 day of in-school

  • Tardy time will accumulate towards class cuts
  • A student reporting to school late without a note
    & missing more than half the block will receive a
    class cut.
Information from the Nurse's Office

 Presented by Mrs. Jill Hoch, Nurse
• Nursing Staff
   – Mrs. Jill Hoch RN, CSN: 9th, 11th, & 12th (Monday
     thru Friday)
   – Mrs. Christine Brown RN, CSN: 10th (Wednesday,
     Thursday & Friday)
   – Mrs. Corinne Giannone RN- Associate Nurse:
     (Monday & Tuesday)
• Keep nurses informed of any changes: phone numbers
  and medical needs/concerns
• Medication Authorization Form for ALL medications
• Elevator Keys-$5 deposit, MD note of medical necessity
• Nurses need to speak to parents/guardians of any
  student going home ill
Athletics & Activities
Presented by Mr. Rusty Amato, Athletic Administrator
Question & Answer Session

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