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					The Road to High School
So Many Options and
Potential Obstacles!
Areas of difficulty for 9th
grade students:

• Change in educational environment
(larger building size, new people, new routines)


• More independence and responsibility
on students
(At times giving the perception the staff is less
nurturing)


• Heavier Workload (homework, athletics,
performances, etc.)
(resulting in time management and organization
struggles)
    What You Can Do to Help
•   Be involved.
    - Online Grade access
    - Email communication with teachers

•   Encourage your student to
    use some type of planner or
    organizer.

•   Encourage your student to
    find a way to get connected at
    school.
    (athletics, fine arts, UIL academics, clubs,
    etc.)
  Extra Curricular Activities and Clubs


Art Club             Business Professionals of
Band                    America (BPA)
Orchestra            Drill Team (Bobcat Dazzlers)
Color Guard          Family, Career and Community
Cheerleading           Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Choir                Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Athletics              (FCA)
French Club          Future Farmers of America (FFA)
German Club          Health Occupation Students of
Spanish Club           America (HOSA)
Student Council      National Honor Society (NHS)
Link Leaders         Newspaper (Bobcat Insider)
Interact Club        Speech and Debate
JROTC Club           Student Athletic Trainers
STUCO                UIL Academic Events
Skateboarding Club   Yearbook (The Territory)
Key Club             Theater
Things You Need to Know:

Schedule change procedures

 - Changes can be made the
    first ten days of school
 - Level changes (Out of
    Pre-AP into Regular)
    are only made at the end
    of each six week period
    after the beginning of
    school
Where to Start?




  Keep the End in Mind!
Career?




          Fields of
          Study?
 Destination:
     High School
     Graduation!




   Requirements:
            26 credits
4X4 - Four of each: English,
Math, Science, and Social Studies
7 classes x 4 years =
opportunity for 28 credits
plus any credits earned in
middle school

                    26 miles to Graduation
       Earning Credits
   Full year courses can be averaged to
    gain full credit


   Example – English I:
     Semester One Semester Two          Avg.
         65                 75           70


    1.0 credit is granted            Poor
                                  attendance
                                 can cost you
                                    credits!
    Two Major Routes


R                       D


              Distinguished
Recommended
           The Plans
Recommended          Distinguished
16.0 core            16.0 core
  1.0 PE              1.0 PE
  1.O Fine Art        1.O Fine Art
 2.0 World Lang.      3.0 World Lang.
   0.5 Comm. Appl.     0.5 Comm. Appl.
 5.5 electives        4.5 electives
26.0 credits         26.0 credits
The Distinguished Achievement
Plan also Requires . . .
A combination of FOUR advanced measures:

-A score of three or above on an AP exam
-National Merit Commendation based on
  PSAT score; limited to one measure
  from this category
-A grade of 3.0 (B) or higher on courses
  that count for college credit (dual
  credit or tech prep); limited to one
  measure from this category
-Original research/project; limited to
  two measures from this category
    The Freshman Core
English –   Regular, Pre-AP, or GT


Math –  Algebra I or Pre-AP Algebra I
       Geometry or Pre-AP Geometry

Science – Biology or Pre-AP Biology

Social Studies – World Geography
      Regular, Pre-AP, or GT
 Rigorous Coursework
A student should select the most
rigorous courses he/she is
capable of completing.

Colleges will look for rigor.

Students with higher level
courses are generally more
prepared for college level work.
  (However, beware of overloading
 your student in the 9th grade year)
       GPA & Ranking
o   The grade point average (GPA)
    used to determine class rank is
    calculated on a weighted scale.
o   Advanced Placement (AP) = up to 7
    points
o   Pre-AP = up to 6 points
o   Regular courses = up to 5 points

       (This is referred to as the
               weighted GPA)
Physical Education credit
   PE courses listed on the course
    request form (excludes Health)

   Band (fall semester)

   Color Guard (fall semester)

   Cheerleading (fall semester)

   Drill Team (fall semester)

   Sports
   Sports offered…
~ Football     ~ Wrestling

~ Volleyball   ~ Cross Country
                 /Track
~ Basketball
               ~ Swimming
~ Soccer         /Diving
~ Baseball     ~ Golf
  /Softball
               ~ Tennis
        Fine Arts
Art
Dance
Orchestra
Band
Choir
Theatre Arts
AP Art History (11th & 12th)
AP Music Theory
Floral Design
  World Languages




German    Mandarin Chinese
         Electives

Students have four core classes
plus three electives each year. As
your student goes through each
year, keep this in mind and help
them plan accordingly.

* Consider required electives
  first and then interests
Pacing the Journey…
6 credits = Sophomore
13 credits = Junior
19 credits = Senior

     And again…
         26 credits to reach
         the FINISH LINE!!!
Ways to gain extra
miles…




    Summer School
Correspondence Courses
     Dual Credit
  BNHS Counselors
 9th Grade – Paige Smith
 psmith04@nisdtx.org
       817-698-5600
10th Grade – Alicia Edwards
   aedwards@nisdtx.org
        817-698-5672
  11th Grade – Mark Hard
     mhard@nisdtx.org
        817-698-5673
    BNHS Administration
       Linda Parker – Principal
          lparker@nisdtx.org
             817-698-5600

 Jason Childress – 9th Grade Principal
             817-698-5600
        jchildress@nisdtx.org

   Barry Fox – 10th Grade Principal
          bfox@nisdtx.org
            817-698-5607

Kathleen Eckert – Associate Principal/
              11th Grade
         keckert@nisdtx.org
            817-698-5604
Thank you for attending tonight
  and your involvement in your
 student’s educational journey!
We are excited to be partnering
  with you in this wonderful
          adventure.

				
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