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					Welcome Carroll
   Parents!
   Rising 9th Grade Parent Night
           Class of 2014-
Overview of Transition to High School
Goals of Parent Night

   To learn about the new Future Ready Core high
    school graduation requirements
   To understand courses your student must take
    to meet the new graduation requirements
   To better understand the rigor of high school
   To lessen the stress and anxiety of high school
    transition time
    Future Ready Core!

  "The Future-Ready Core will help ensure that
students graduate with the academic foundation
  they need for success in the global economy"
Math – 4 Credits

   Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
   4th Math Course to be aligned with the
    student's post high school plans
   In the rare instance a student is unable to
    complete the math requirements, upon
    principal approval they may be exempt.
English – 4 Credits

   English I, II, III, & IV
Science – 3 Credits

   Biology
   Earth/Environmental Science
   Physical Science (Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
Social Studies – 3 Credits

   World History
   Civics and Economics
   U.S. History
Health and Physical Education – 1
Credit
   We highly recommend it be completed during
    freshman year!
Electives – 6 Credits

   2 elective credits of any combination from
    either Career and Technical Education, Arts
    Education, Second Languages. Four elective
    credits strongly recommended from one of
    the following: Career and Technical Education,
    JROTC, Arts Education, and any other subject
    area (Math, Science, Social Studies, English.)
Foreign Language

   Not required for high school graduation, but 2
    credits (minimum) required for admission to
    the UNC system.
Computer Skills

   No requirement, and currently there is not a
    computer proficiency test.
TOTAL = 26 CREDITS to graduate from
     a Wake County High School
(other counties/magnet school options
          may be different)
Career and Technical Education

   Students are encouraged to use four elective
    credits to concentrate in an area of special
    interest.
   To qualify as a CTE Concentrator for
    graduation, students must earn four credits
    within one of the career clusters.
Career Clusters
   Agriculture Education
   Business and Information Technology
    Education
   Career Development Education
   Family & Consumer Sciences Education
   Health Occupations Education
   Marketing Education
   Technology Education
   Trade & Industrial Education
       (State Career Cluster list – not all schools have each cluster.)
End Of Course Tests
   EOC tests are required for:
       Algebra 1
       Biology
       Civics and Economics
       English 1
       U.S. History
   EOC’s count as 25% of the final course grade!
Sample Course Selections for 9th
Graders
       English 1
       Math
       Science
       Social Studies
       Healthful Living
       Additional Course (Elective*)
       Additional Course (Elective*)
       Additional Course (Elective*)
         Many students choose an additional math in place of an elective.

        *Electives are courses you “choose” to take. You can take a
        core course as an elective.
GPA & Quality Points

  Grade   Standard     Honors   AP Courses

   A        4            5         6

   B        3            4         5

   C        2            3         4

   D        1            2         3

   F        0            0         0
Foreign Language
   Foreign Language is generally not
    recommended for 9th graders unless taking
    Honors English:
       Levels I and II are taken the same year
       You can pick-up a second foreign language—one in
        9th and 10th, second in 11th and 12th , or show 5 to 6
        years in the same language
       Spanish, French, German, Latin
       Language course offerings vary from school to
        school!
Attendance

   Wake County policy dictates that a student
    absent for more than 10 days in a semester
    class or 20 days in a yearlong class can be
    assigned a grade of FF indicating failure due to
    excessive absences. This includes both
    excused and unexcused absences.
   2 absences in a block scheduled class is like
    missing 4 days of learning.
DWFHS (Driving while Failing High
School)
   Students must pass 70% of courses (3 out of 4
    on a block schedule) to be able to obtain or
    maintain their drivers license!
Thoughts to Ponder
   Recommendations are made by current teachers for
    9th grade
   The block schedule pace is fast. Each block is 450
    minutes/week!
   Think carefully about high school activities and how
    much time they will take (band, athletics, drama, etc.)
   Ask yourself—would I have time to do all of this?
   Your student WILL HAVE HOMEWORK MOST NIGHTS!
   Students do not get to select which courses they get
    each semester.
   Students could get 3 honors classes in the same
    semester.
Sample Schedule

        Semester 1                  Semester 2

   English I Honors          Healthful Living
   World History Honors      Computer Apps I
   Earth Science             Geometry
   Algebra I                 Interior Design
OR…You take all Honors Courses and
begin a Foreign Language…
        Semester 1             Semester 2

   Healthful Living      Computer Apps I
   Geometry Honors       English I Honors
   Biology Honors        World History Honors
   Spanish I             Spanish II
College Planning? In Middle School?
   College Admission Offices pay careful attention
    to the following:
       Grade Point Average (GPA)
       Difficulty of course load
       SAT/ACT scores
       Class rank
       HS and community activities, involvement
       Recommendations
   IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START PLANNING!
SPAN
   Students can register for high school courses
    through SPAN at home beginning on March
    8th. All students must have a parent-signed
    copy of their high school course selection sheet
    returned to their Social Studies teacher for Ms.
    Russell by Wed., March 24th the latest.
   During the weeks of March 8th and 15th, Ms.
    Russell will be available in the computer lab
    during your child’s Social Studies class and
    other times, when needed, to help students
    with SPAN registration if you choose to
    register at school rather than at home.
Registering on SPAN

   Detailed instructions will be available in your
    packets.
   Students will select 8 primary (1st choice)
    credit courses AND 3 alternate elective (2nd
    choice) credit courses.
   Choose CAREFULLY because many 9th graders
    will have alternates in their final schedule.
CMS HS Registration Timeline
Feb. 16th – 26th - Teacher Recommendations completed
Week of March 1st - SPAN/Power point presentation on Transition to H.S. in
          Social Studies Classes (Ms. Rickman and Ms. Smith).
          - Forms sent home with students:
            1. On Line H.S. Registration Sheet for SPAN
            2. 9th Gr. Course Selection worksheets for Sanderson, Leesville, and
               Millbrook High Schools.
            3. High School Planning Guide Abridged version (full guide on line)
Weeks of March 8 and 15th - Students will be doing SPAN high school registration
    during Social Studies classes in the computer lab. Other times to register will also be
    available, as needed, on an individual basis.
By March 24th the latest – Students must turn in signed copy of H.S. selection sheet
    and Teacher Recommendation sheet to Social Studies teacher for Ms. Russell.
All high school registration will be completed before spring break.
Open House Dates

           TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS
   Millbrook - Feb. 18th 6:00-7:30 pm
   Sanderson – Feb. 25th 6:30-8:00 pm
   Leesville – March 4rd, 6:30pm
Magnet Schools

   Magnet applications are only accepted online. The
    February application period will end on February 28 th.
    www.wcpss.net
   CRITERIA
       Was the application on-time?
       Transportation patterns
       Siblings
       School capacity
       Classroom capacity
       Diversity
       Present magnet/year-round status of applicant
CFNC – The College Foundation of
North Carolina
   Numerous resources for high school/college
    planning.
   Access CFNC, check out the high school planner
    tab for more information


               www.cfnc.org
         Top Transition Survival Tips
   Be interested and enthusiastic about your child’s
    move to high school.
   Don’t plan family vacations during the school year!
   Make sure your child keeps his/her mind engaged during the
    summer.
   Take your child to visit a college over the summer.
   When in doubt, ask! You have probably heard that before!
   Bookmark Carroll http://carrollms.wcpss.net
    and your student’s high school’s homepage. Know important dates.
   Teach your child how to advocate for themselves – only get
    involved when necessary - but check their SPAN account!
Remember…
 Day One Counts, Start off on
      the right foot!!!!!
   THANK YOU!

Questions? Comments…
Please contact Barbara Russell,
8th Grade Counselor
brussell2@wcpss.net
919 881-1378

				
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